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How to make vegan ice cream (in loads of flavours!)

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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.

 

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Images and recipe courtesy of One Ingredient Chef

 

You’ll need:

  • 4–5 ripe bananas
  • A blender/food processor
  • Extra ingredients for more flavours (as per below)

 

How to make it

 

Step 1

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.

 

Step 2

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.

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These pieces are actually a little big. Cut them in smaller, 1 cm 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.

 

Tip: It’s a great idea to always have some frozen bananas in the freezer for vegan ice cream anytime, or even as an ingredient to a nice summer smoothie.

 

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:

 

Mint Chip

Add a few drops of peppermint oil and a handful of dairy-free dark chocolate

Images and recipe courtesy of One Ingredient Chef

Images and recipe courtesy of One Ingredient Chef

 

Cherry Vanilla

Add a few frozen cherries and a few drops of vanilla essence

Images and recipe courtesy of One Ingredient Chef

Images and recipe courtesy of One Ingredient Chef

Chocolate Coconut

Add some unsweetened coconut flakes and 1–2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

Images and recipe courtesy of One Ingredient Chef

Images and recipe courtesy of One Ingredient Chef

Peanut Butter Raisin

Add 1–2 tablespoons of peanut butter and a handful of raisins

Images and recipe courtesy of One Ingredient Chef

Images and recipe courtesy of One Ingredient Chef

Got a vegan ice cream flavour idea you’d like to try? Let us know in the comments below.

 

About the author

Robyn Foster

Robyn Foster

Robyn is a Stellenbosch graduate who likes to impress her husband and friends in the kitchen. This avid entertainer and fitness enthusiast is also concerned about making sure food is as healthy and tasty as possible. As an accountant, Robyn knows how to budget without comprising on quality. And she adores guinea pigs.