One-Ingredient “Ice Cream” (Vegan)

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My darlings!

It has been much much too long. And for this, I beg your forgiveness.

The delay, you see, was directly resultant from my negligent behaviour towards my dear laptop. I have been bringing it to work this week in order to connect with the projector in my classroom, and have, thrice, forgotten it there as I packed up and headed home.

Although it has, unequivocally, been mostly my own fault, I’d like to lay partial blame on the fact that I have been eschewed from my classroom every afternoon in order to accommodate for students writing exams. Disarray.

I accept 82% of the responsibility. 18% was out of my hands.

To show my remorse, I am going to share a fabulous, delicious, easy, and healthy dessert recipe with you, my kind friends.

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This one-ingredient vegan “ice cream” requires no special ice-cream-making equipment, nor deftness in the kitchen. A freezer, a food processor (or powerful blender), some enthusiasm, and an open-mind is the recipe for success here.

Although it doesn’t mimic ice cream to-a-tee, it is certainly delicious enough to satisfy your craving.

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It also acts as a blank canvas into (…onto?) which you can do your best, individualized, work. Stir in whatever you find delicious, or eat it plain. Either way, you’re ahead of the Dairy-Queen-game when it comes to nutrition.

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One-Ingredient “Ice Cream” (Vegan)

Ripe bananas (I usually use 4 at a time, for a small batch)
Optional: chopped nuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, nut butter, etc.

1. Slice the bananas into 1-inch pieces and freeze in an air-tight container overnight.
2. Transfer the banana pieces into the bowl of your food processor.
3. Process the bananas until they turn into a soft-serve-ice-cream consistency. You will have to stop occasionally and scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, to ensure that the bananas are staying in line. Don’t get frustrated; know that you’ll have to scrape a few times, but that your labour will be absolutely worth it.
4. Once you have achieved the smooth consistency, transfer it to an air-tight container (I just use the same one that I froze the bananas in) and stir in any of your add-ins, if using. Freeze again until firm and enjoy! Alternately, you could serve it directly from the processor.

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Done. And delish.

If this tickles your fancy, how about trying my two-ingredient, vegan, Pineapple-Mango Sorbet?

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  • Linda

    Now this is my kind of recipe…….one ingredient!

    • Alison

      Simplicity at its finest (and most delicious)!

  • HP

    Dear Alison,
    I tried this 2 days ago and it was totally delicious. I used just one banana and a handful of mint chocolate chips. Yummmm. The most difficult part of the recipe was the wait while the banana was freezing :-) in the freezer. It is recipes like this that bring excitement and joy into my kitchen. Thank you sooooooo much for putting this on FoodGawker.

    Hope to find more delicious and healthy recipes from you.


    • Alison

      Oh, YAY! Thanks so much for the sweet words :)
      Firstly, mint chocolate is a fabulous choice. You set yourself up for success with that one :)
      And, secondly, I totally agree with the banana-freezing-impatience! I feel the same way about waiting for bananas to ripen to the perfect state for baking and/or “ice cream” making. And then usually, at that point, there are none left!

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