Dairy Free Ice Cream

| March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Is there such a thing as dairy free ice cream? Surely it’s a contradiction in terms…

Well yes technically I guess it can’t be called ice “cream” because by definition it is dairy free. So no cream! But if like me you have an aversion to dairy then this is the next best thing, but without the stuffy nose and gluggy throat.

Dairy Free Ice Cream

I came across this frozen treat many years ago when I was detoxing after the misscarriage of my first pregnancy…I was basically alcohol free, coffee free, dairy free, sugar free, wheat free, taste free and craving SOMETHING… anything that felt a little naughty!

After a rather disastrous tofu “cheesecake” I stumbled across the simplicity that was frozen banana. I first saw it combined with frozen strawberries. Yep just banana and strawberries, frozen and whizzed up in the food processor. I was skeptical… but pleasantly surprised at how creamy and delicious it was.

I haven’t turned back.

With a lot of years of experimenting on the perfect combination I believe I have found it.

Banana & Peanut Butter “Ice Cream”

Dairy Free Ice Cream

The name pretty much sums it up…

3 x Bananas
2 tablespoons Peanut Butter

Chop up bananas into bite size pieces and freeze in a container or zip lock bag.
Add frozen banana to a food processor along with the peanut butter.
Whizz until smooth and creamy. You will need to scrape down the sides and mix up a couple of times until all banana lumps are whizzed.

Note: If your bananas are frozen solid you may need to add a little liquid. I have used a little rice milk as well as plain yoghurt (about a tablespoon), or let the bananas thaw just a tad so they are softer on the outside. This helps them go creamy rather than crystallised.

But don’t let me hold you back you can make up any combinations you wish, but the banana is the key ingredient. As you can see by the photo I can’t resist adding dark chocolate chips for that little extra naughty.

In the past I have made banana and blueberry (about 1/8 cup berries to 1 cup banana), banana and coconut (2 tablespoons coconut cream), banana and strawberry (1/4 cup strawberries to 1 cup banana), banana and kahlua (yep! Just a tablespoon to 1.5 cups banana – too much liquid makes your icecream too runny)

This will serve 2-3 people, depending on how greedy you are.

Get combining!
Oh and the kids tell me it is their FAVOURITE icecream EVA!

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