Dairy Free Banana Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! My family literally goes BANANAS ;) for this delicious dairy-free banana ice cream. And when I say it's simple to make, it really is super duper easy and fool proof. 

If you are looking for a healthy alternative to the traditional brands of ice cream that are full of sugar, fats, preservatives and other not-so-great ingredients...look no further because this recipe is a healthy dessert option. And this ice cream is also dairy free, so that's always a plus! Stay tuned for a future blog post on dairy and I will give you the lowdown and the full scoop (no pun intended) ;)

Like I always say, I absolutely love when I know every ingredient in my family's food. It really is an incredibly rewarding feeling when you know you are nourishing your body with healthy food choices. 

Sooo, did you know that bananas are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world? Bananas have significant nutritional value and here are some of the key nutritional benefits of eating bananas:

  • bananas are a great source of potassium. potassium is an essential mineral for maintaing normal blood pressure and heart function

  • bananas have a good amount of soluble dietary fiber and this helps promote proper digestion and regular bowel movements

  • Bananas are a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of manganese, vitamin C, biotin, and copper.

Bananas do have a high sugar and caloric content so I don't recommend eating them daily. Consume them in moderation and eat a variety of fruits to ensure you are getting a wide array of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. 

Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Serves: 4 Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter or other nut butter *optional
  • pinch fine sea salt *optional 

1. Start by peeling and chopping the ripe bananas. The bananas should be deliciously soft, sweet and perfectly ripe. 

2. Put the chopped banana pieces into an airtight container and freeze for a minimum of 2 hours but ideally overnight. 

A little secret: I try to always have a bunch of frozen ripe bananas in the freezer, so I can whip up a quick dessert at anytime. If you have whole frozen bananas, give them about 10 minutes to thaw slightly before you attempt to peel and chop them. :)

3. Place the frozen banana pieces into a food processor or blender. Although I have a Vitamix blender, I prefer to use my small food processor for this recipe. Blend the bananas until smooth and creamy. 

4. Here's the really fun part...if you are choosing to add almond butter or another nut butter. Add the butter and sea salt and blend again.

5. And now my friends...you have a deliciously healthy batch of banana ice cream. 

 Smooth and creamy...yummm!

Smooth and creamy...yummm!

some yummy and healthy toppings

Yes you can definitely top your ice cream with healthy foods. Some options are: chia seeds, hemp seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut, chocolate chips (I love the Camino 71% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips), drizzle of maple syrup or honey, pinch of cinnamon...or feel free to add any other healthy topping of your choice. My girls love banana-almond ice cream topped with chia seeds, shredded coconut and chocolate chips. :)

 A little banana ice cream buffet set up for my family. 

A little banana ice cream buffet set up for my family.