Banana Split Dairy-Free Ice Cream

IMAG2214.jpgI have always loved ice cream. I think it is hereditary. My father is a lover of ice cream. My nephew Gavin it seems has also picked up the habit. It’s a little odd because I love baking and all that, but I like the refreshing, creamy qualities of ice cream. I don’t eat it that often, thought. Granted meeting my husband has led me to eating it more than I had in years (another thing we have in common I guess is our love of ice cream). Posting my favorite recipes last week and going through my catalog, I remembered all the ice cream I have experimented with in the past. I haven’t posted or made ice cream in a LONG time!

Determined to break this spell, I instantly knew I wanted to make a banana split ice cream. Maybe because I was making a banana split cake for the frat boys that week. Regardless, I felt it had everything you could want. Bananas my husband loves, but they would also add a sweetness to the base without having to add a lot of added honey to it. Plus it has my favorite thing: cherries. And chocolate. And a strawberry fruit swirl. It basically has it all.

I do not have an ice cream maker, so this took a couple of steps and several freezing intervals. I like to keep it simple and just use my food processor and then freeze in a glass bowl. I learned running it back through the processor after an initial freeze, made it creamier. Here is where I added the swirls of strawberries and chocolate.

My final verdict is that this is a winner among dairy-free ice creams. Not overwhelming sweet, but it has depth and lots of flavor.

Banana Split Ice Cream

  • 2 cans full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup diced and drained pineapple
  • 3 bananas
  • ½ cup chopped cherries
  • ½ cup melted Enjoy Life Chocolate
  • Strawberry Swirl: ½ cup strawberries, 2 tsp tapioca starch, 1/8 cup coconut sugar, 1 tsp lemon juice

Let’s Make it Happen:

Begin by processing the bananas, coconut, honey, and pineapple in your food processor. Scrape into a glass bowl. Put in the freezer overnight.

Remove and allow it set and soften enough to get out of the bowl.

While it does this make your strawberry swirl by heating all the ingredients on the stove at a medium heat until the strawberries break down and the mixture thickens. Set this aside and allow it to cool.

Repeat this with the chocolate in a double broiler.

Break up the ice cream and run it back through your food processor to make it creamy and smoother. Add in the cherries. Place back into the bowl. Fold in strawberry swirl and chocolate. Smooth and place back in the freezer for a bit.

Scoop and enjoy!

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