The Speckled Palate
March 9, 2016

Chocolate Banana “Ice Cream”

Celebrate with vegan, healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream! Instead of using heavy cream and whole milk, freeze a banana, then blend it until smooth with cocoa powder and pure vanilla extract. This creamy, dreamy “ice cream” is the perfect dessert to enjoy for a birthday!

Celebrate with vegan, healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream! Instead of using heavy cream and whole milk, freeze a banana, then blend it until smooth with cocoa powder and pure vanilla extract. This creamy, dreamy "ice cream" is the perfect dessert to enjoy for a birthday!

One year ago today, our lives changed indefinitely.

One year ago today, we finally got to meet and hold our little girl.

It’s a big day, and while Lady Baby doesn’t know the significance of this day, I want to celebrate!

The thing is… while I’m making cupcakes for her party this coming weekend (strawberry, because she’s her mother’s daughter), we wanted to do a little something for her today.

Celebrate with vegan, healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream! Instead of using heavy cream and whole milk, freeze a banana, then blend it until smooth with cocoa powder and pure vanilla extract. This creamy, dreamy "ice cream" is the perfect dessert to enjoy for a birthday!

Enter this Chocolate Banana “Ice Cream.”

Lady Baby and I flew solo while Winston was out of town for work last week. While he was gone, I may or may not have allowed her to eat a few bites of my ice cream.

Unsurprisingly, she was a big fan.

So to celebrate her first birthday today, I thought it would be lovely to make her some healthier “ice cream.” Because even though she and I both love the real stuff, I really don’t want to give her too much sugar. Which is why she’s only had a few spoonfuls of actual ice cream and why the cookies she’s devoured were not given to her by us. (Yes, she took the cookies herself. Because she intrinsically knows cookies are something she wants to eat. Smart kid.)

And even though I have a banana allergy, my baby girl l-o-v-e-s bananas these days, so I knew this recipe is going to be a new favorite of hers.

Celebrate with vegan, healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream! Instead of using heavy cream and whole milk, freeze a banana, then blend it until smooth with cocoa powder and pure vanilla extract. This creamy, dreamy "ice cream" is the perfect dessert to enjoy for a birthday!

I cannot wait to give this treat to Lady Baby tonight!

Here’s how I made it:

Celebrate with vegan, healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream! Instead of using heavy cream and whole milk, freeze a banana, then blend it until smooth with cocoa powder and pure vanilla extract. This creamy, dreamy "ice cream" is the perfect dessert to enjoy for a birthday!
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Chocolate Banana "Ice Cream"

Celebrate with vegan, healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream! Instead of using heavy cream and whole milk, freeze a banana, then blend it until smooth with cocoa powder and pure vanilla extract. This creamy, dreamy "ice cream" is the perfect dessert to enjoy for a birthday!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas , sliced and frozen
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place the frozen bananas in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Measure in the cocoa powder and vanilla extract, then turn on the food processor.
  3. Blend until the bananas are completely smooth. This may take upwards of 5 minutes, so don't fret if it's running for a while.
  4. Once smooth and blended, transfer to a freezer-safe container, and freeze overnight.
  5. Scoop when it's time to celebrate (or enjoy dessert!), and enjoy.

 

Celebrate with vegan, healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream! Instead of using heavy cream and whole milk, freeze a banana, then blend it until smooth with cocoa powder and pure vanilla extract. This creamy, dreamy "ice cream" is the perfect dessert to enjoy for a birthday!

Have you made this kind of “ice cream” before?

How did you celebrate your child’s first birthday?

Celebrate with vegan, healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream! Instead of using heavy cream and whole milk, freeze a banana, then blend it until smooth with cocoa powder and pure vanilla extract. This creamy, dreamy "ice cream" is the perfect dessert to enjoy for a birthday!

6 Comments

  1. Maegan @thebakermama

    Happy Birthday sweet girl! So glad we got to celebrate with you this morning! Hope she has the best day. I have no doubt she’s going to love this banana ice cream. Yum! Can’t wait to make it for my crew too! Have fun celebrating!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Maegan! <3 We had a blast and are so happy we got to celebrate with y'all this morning! She's already asking for more donuts, haha. I have no doubt we'll continue having fun as we ring in her first birthday right with some of this ice cream tonight, too!

  2. Amy Chatwin

    Happy birthday Lady Baby! I’m sure she’s going to love her chocolate and banana treat and I know I will too 🙂 What a great healthy dessert for kids of every age!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Amy! She DID love her chocolate and banana treat, and I hope you do, too! This was really fun and different to make, and we’ll certainly be making renditions of this in the future since it was well-loved on its first go round! (And since I couldn’t try it out, my husband played taste tester. His analysis? “It tastes like banana pudding ice cream!” Not too shabby!)

  3. Kitty

    Wish I liked bananas because this looks so yummy! Happy Birthday Lady Baby!

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