2 Oct 2012

vanilla bean ice cream


you know that popular recipe i have for "the best raw vegan ice cream ever"? i am a liar. that stuff is off the chain, but nothing - and i mean, nothing - can compete with this recipe. it's one ingredient, stupid-easy, fat-free, around 150 calories, filling, full of fiber, dairy-free, delicious, and the best soft serve you will ever eat.

i sure hope you like bananas.


that's right, all that's in this recipe that's really necessary are frozen bananas. for the pictures you see here i added vanilla seeds, some sweetener and lemon oil. the possibilities are endless with this, feel free to add whatever you like. i'll be doing several variations in the future with ingeniously clever names such as: chocolate craze, caramel swirl, gone nuts... oh that's all i got. damn. that wasn't impressive at all. maybe you guys can help me think up some cute names? 

i am currently suffering a terribly uncomfortable sore throat and all i am capable of consuming is liquids; miso soup, tea, hot water. i've been having a lot of lemon (good for the throat and anti-inflammatory) to soothe my discomfort and hopefully bring the swelling down. that explains the lemon in the ice cream! this has been my dinner for two nights now, it's the closest thing to solid food i can have. grrr. 


the truly best raw vegan ice cream ever: serves one

2 frozen bananas

Optional add ons
seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)
1 tablespoon maple syrup/date paste

throw everything in your blender and blend until GORGEOUSLY smooth like vanilla soft serve - i can never get over how pretty this looks. make sure to keep pushing the bananas down into the blades otherwise they'll just get shredded into small pieces and stick to the side.


19 comments:

  1. I have been making banana "ice cream" for years with frozen bananas and my champion juicer! When my girls were young, I used to occasionally make banana splits for supper in the summer! We would make banana ice cream ( pear and mango are great too but peel the pear), add a split banana, and then they could add whatever healthy toppings they wanted! Like nuts, other fruit such as strawberries, coconut, maple syrup etc. Tastes so good, and all good for you!

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    1. your girls are lucky! mm yes i can't wait to try all that once my throat heals up. thanks for the comment, anne!

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  2. yay thank you so much for this recipe! i did the mistake of just putting 2 bananas with skins on them in the freezer... meaning they were impossible to peel so i had to wait for them to defrost a bit :P i then blended them up with mixed spice (for that wintery feeling!) some stevia, a bit of hazelnut milk and then stirred in some peanut butter. the peanut butter was the best part, because the bananas have a gooey texture the peanut butter added the kinda "powdery" texture it needed.

    thank you so much for all these wonderful recipes! when christmas comes i'm excited to make all your pies :)

    p.s. thanks for accepting me on facebook, i'm not some crazy stalker i promise :P

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    1. ahaha hey issi, that sounds awesome! i think i'll make it with peanut butter tonight =)

      yes! christmas! get ready to see some new winter recipes.

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    2. i just ate some frozen grapes, and it occurred to me you should make a post about them! because they are like individual sorbets mmm.

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    3. oh good idea! because i do that too (freeze grapes and eat them) and it's delish.

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  3. Made this tonight. So yummy! Thk you!

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    1. Thanks so much, Winnie :) You have a pretty name.

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  4. Seriously...where has THIS been all my life! My husband and son are both allergic, to like, everything, including diary. My favorite dessert is ice cream. To be sympathetic to them, I also stopped consuming dairy. Ice cream was (and still is) my go to sweet indulgence. Up till now, I've been making due with coconut ice cream which is expensive. But I see you have that on here too so YAY! I made this vanilla bean ice cream just the way you put in your recipe but I added some cinnamon to it and oh boyyyyy....is it heavenly! My husband and I are both consuming it right now. Thank you!

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    1. Oh I am so happy you found me then!! :)

      Much love,
      Em

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  5. I just stumbled upon your site looking for reasonable raw recipes, and I am amazed at your talent and skill with food! You make the raw food lifestyle classy, elegant, and simple (not to mention highly nutritious) :) This recipe is amazing, especially with the chocolate sauce!! Coconut oil is so versatile and my carnivore boyfriend LOVED that it created a hard shell of deliciousness when used on the ice cream. You're also a wonderful photographer, what kind of camera and lens do you use for your shots? Thanks for all your wonderful recipes. I'm about to try making some wheat berry sprouts because bread has been a hard staple to give up around here and this is the perfect solution. Keep on rockin out the awesome food!

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    1. Thanks so much, Miru!! <3 Great to hear that, congrats on overcoming fears ;)

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  6. Yummmm!! Tomorrow night, ice cream :)

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  7. Oh my...I am thoroughly enjoying this right now with some sweetened cacao nibs sprinkled on top. Thank you for this super simple yet oh so delicious recipe!

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  8. Hey Emily,
    I just discovered your blog last week and I have been trying out some recipes (How could one resist? the pictures are just way too beautiful...) though I don't usually eat raw (I DO eat a lot of fruit and salad but...) and am not even vegan. The two desserts that I have tried (some crazy caramel-choco bars and the amazing vanilla cheesecake) were just superdelicious, but with all the tasty ingredients in them I would have bet they would be... so my biggest surprise was this simple ice cream (who is the genius who just thought about freezing bananas before mixing them?)It is just as creamy as the one with... cream (which I can't eat as I can't eat diary) and tastes better as I'm anyway not a huge fan of cream. So thank you for this recipe and all the others (I want to try one everyday, it's crazy... and I can, I'm on holiday wauhuuu) for all the great pictures and for what I feel in your texts like being a refreshing authenticity.

    love

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  9. AnonymousJuly 30, 2015

    Do you think honey could be a good replacement for maple syrup/date paste? :)

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  10. This sounds wonderful, I can't wait to try. Just wondering can u mash up the banana while soft and then freeze it? Will you get the same texture when it's defrosted a bit? I love reading through your recipes, so creative!

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  11. could I use vanilla bean paste.. instead of the vanilla bean?
    Or would it give the nice cream to much of an alcohol extract flavor?
    and if I can how much would you recommend I use?
    Thank You!!!!

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  12. Summertime is one of my favorite times of the year to go out and find the best vanilla ice cream. I love all flavors of ice cream, but a scoop of true pure vanilla is the ultimate sophisticated dessert

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Feel free to comment below, I love hearing your thoughts! xo, Em