Raw Banana “Ice Cream”

When it comes to raw food, fresh is always best. But at certain times during the year and in different areas of the world,  it may be tough to get your hands on some kinds of fresh produce. In New York, for instance, peaches, nectarines, cherries, and cantaloupe are my go-to eats in the summer but I usually take a break from them in the winter since the quality is not nearly as good and the price practically triples. With that said, I find that a fresh banana is the one fruit that I can get at any time of the year and 99% of the time it will taste just as good, if not better, than the last. For this reason, it seems irrational to keep a permanent stash of frozen bananas in my freezer. Well, maybe just irrational to those who have never whipped up a delicious batch of banana ice cream…

I remember watching a television infomercial for a product called yonanas, and thinking how cool it was that this thing could turn frozen bananas into soft serve ice cream. Many times I was tempted to purchase one but decided to hold off and instead save for a Vitamix blender, which has the power to blend everything from frozen bananas to an iPad mini. Joking. I highly advise that you not blend your iPad mini, or any inedible objects for that matter. But you get the idea–the Vitamix or any other quality high-speed blender is a great tool to have in your raw kitchen for creating sweet treats like these here:

MINT CHIP:

mint

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: One bowl (About 1.5 cups)

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 peeled, frozen bananas
  • 3 Medjool Dates
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves (add less or more depending on how strong you want the mint flavor)
  • 1/4 cup raw cocoa nibs (I purchase mine at a small shop in NYC, you can order online here).

Directions:

1. Remove the bananas from the freezer and allow them to thaw at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes.

2. When the bananas have a slight give to them, place them in a high-speed blender with the dates and mint leaves. Begin blending on low for 15-20 seconds and then on high for an additional 30 seconds. Be careful not to over blend, as this causes melting. If melting does occur, you can place the ice cream back in the freezer for another 10-15 minutes.

3. Stir in the raw cocoa nibs with a spoon until they are evenly distributed.

4. Garnish with an extra mint leaf and an extra scoop of cocoa nibs. Enjoy!

Extra:

Add 1/2 TBSP of raw carob powder for added sweetness and chocolate flavor.

Bluenana:

berry

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: One bowl (About 1.5 cups)

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 peeled, frozen bananas
  • 3 Medjool Dates
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries

Directions:

1. Remove the bananas from the freezer and allow them to thaw at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes.

2. When the bananas have a slight give to them, place them in a high-speed blender with all of the other ingredients. Begin blending on low for 15-20 seconds and then on high for an additional 30 seconds. Be careful not to over blend, as this causes melting. If melting does occur, you can place the ice cream back in the freezer for another 10-15 minutes.

4. Garnish with a mint leaf and some extra fresh blueberries and blackberries. Enjoy!

 

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