True life, I thought I could NEVER be vegan for this simple reason: ICE CREAM. Frozen yogurt, pudding, cheese, but mostly ice cream has always been my favorite food, my number one food to overeat, and the number one treat holding me back from full veganism. Then I discovered “nice-cream”. Took 4 frozen bananas from the freezer, added a tsp of vanilla extract and a splash of unflavored/unsweetened soymilk, and 2 minutes later, I had 4 servings of deliciousness. Seriously, the texture is out of this world. And wihile mildly banana-y, not in an overpowering way. If you add vanilla, it tastes like vanilla, cocoa powder, tastes just like a chocolate soft serve. I have NO idea how simply freezing a banana turns it into the fluffy, stiff-peaked, soft-serve of my dreams, but it DOES! I chop my bananas before I freeze them just for ease of blending, and fortunately I invested in a vitamix, ready with a tamper to keep bananas in the line of blending, so it is quite easy. You will not believe this is dairy free (and also low fat!).
Non-dairy mild to aid blending
A strong blender or food processor
Frozen fruit of choice
Blend, serve, add toppings if you like, and enjoy!!! Ooh now I need to buy some vegan ice cream cones!
Oh my, this is the comfort food of my dreams. Honestly ice cream is one of my very favorite foods and I never thought I would find anything that was an adequate substitute in vegan cuisine. Since getting my vitamix I have used it for many awesome recipes, but this guilt free, delicious dairy-free ice cream is now my favorite thing I can make, period. All I can say is that if I knew it made ice cream, I would’ve bought this machine years ago!!!
-2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
-6oz greek style plain cultured coconut yogurt
-2tbs natural peanut butter
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-3tbs cocoa powder
-1 ripe banana chopped into slices
-I handful chocolate chips
Blend top 6 ingredients together.
Pour into 3 small or 2 large ice trays and freeze until solid.
Freeze banana slices in a ziplock along with the handful of chocolate chips while cubes are setting as well.
Then pop cubes, chips, and banana coins in high powered blender or food processor adding almond milk as needed to process.
Voilà! Soft serve magic 🙂