You won’t believe how simple it is to make this super healthy and vegan-friendly ice cream
by Robyn Foster
Whole-ingredient, plant-based and vegan foods are excellent for making you feel good and living a healthier life. And now, thanks to the One Ingredient Chef, Andrew Olsen, making the choice to eat healthy, raw foods and going vegan doesn’t mean you need to say goodbye to summer favourites like ice cream.
This is a completely vegan-friendly, dairy-free alternative to ice cream. And you should know that it is super healthy, because it’s preservative, lactose and sugar free. But here’s the best part: it tastes awesome!
Can you guess what our single, raw, vegan-friendly ingredient is? Banana. That’s right, the awesome ice cream pictures you see here are actually frozen ripe bananas, quickly blended (30 seconds) into a naturally flavourful frozen ice cream dessert that’s so delicious, you’ve got to try it.
- 4–5 ripe bananas
- A blender/food processor
- Extra ingredients for more flavours (as per below)
How to make it
Take 4–5 ripe bananas (the more ripe the better – they should have at least a few brown spots), peel them, and add to a plastic freezer bag to freeze overnight until they’re completely solid. They will keep for at least a week.
Cut the bananas into 1 centimetre chunks and add them to a food processor. The banana pieces in the picture are actually too big. Rather use small banana chunks.
After about 30–60 seconds, the bananas should be fully blended into a smooth, creamy, and light frozen dessert. Don’t blend them any longer than 60 seconds, or the movement will start to melt the ice cream and make it sloppy. You can enjoy this dessert right away for best results, but it will also freeze well for a day or two.
Make your own flavours
This frozen banana vegan ice cream tastes great all by itself. But, of course, you can add any ingredient you like to make any flavour you can imagine. All you’re going to do is blend the banana for 30 seconds, and then add in your extra ingredients and blend for the last 10–15 seconds, and voila!
Here are some more flavour inspirations:
Add a few drops of peppermint oil and a handful of dairy-free dark chocolate
Add a few frozen cherries and a few drops of vanilla essence
Add some unsweetened coconut flakes and 1–2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
Peanut Butter Raisin
Add 1–2 tablespoons of peanut butter and a handful of raisins
Got a vegan ice cream flavour idea you’d like to try? Let us know in the comments below.