How to Make Raw Ice Cream in 5 Minutes!

I’m really into fast and easy raw desserts lately.  I mean, why wouldn’t I be, right? There are a few raw, vegan recipes that I consider life-changing, and along with raw chocolate, walnut/date brownies, kale chips of any variety, and avocado puddings, raw “ice creams” that come together in a food processor or blender in about 5 minutes are one of my top life-changers.

Last week I posted about a raw mango sorbet that I recently fell in love with, but today I’ve got an old stand-by for you.  Much like the mango sorbet, this has a “soft ice cream” texture, but can be hardened up in the freezer for a few minutes if you’re looking for a more solid texture.  Much like the mango sorbet, the secret here is beginning with frozen fruit – banana, in this case, and letting your food processor or blender whip it into an ice cream-like texture.  This banana base is incredibly versatile – I made a little chocolate treat this afternoon, and yesterday a chunky blueberry version with a client who proclaimed it better than the unhealthy “fruit” ice creams she would buy at the store.

I think the key to really succeeding with a whole foods, plant-based diet is to find suitable alternatives to the treats we may be used to, so we don’t feel like we’re eating leaves and “rabbit food” and depriving ourselves.  With things like kale chips, raw chocolates and fruit-based “ice creams” in our bag of tricks, eating nourishing, whole foods is awesome as hell, guys.

Banana Ice Cream

1 frozen banana per serving, broken into chunks
options: 1/4-1/2 cup frozen berries; 1 tbsp raw cacao; 2 tbsp walnuts & 1/4 tsp cinnamon; anything else you can think of!

Place banana chunks in food processor or powerful blender.  Blend until a creamy, smooth “ice cream” texture is achieved.  This made take about 5 minutes of continuous blending, and you may want to stop to scrape down the sides occasionally.  About halfway through you might think it’s not going to work, but just let it keep going.  The banana needs to soften quite a bit from frozen to get really smooth.

straight-up banana

When ice cream texture is reached, add flavourings of choice, or just eat it straight up!

chocolate and chocolate!

Do you have any “life-changing” recipes?  If so, what did they change for you?!

3 thoughts on “How to Make Raw Ice Cream in 5 Minutes!

  1. bought some frozen mango today. gonna make sorbet tomorrow. this banana chocolate thing looks good too!

  2. When I first made this, I was so surprised how fluffy the frozen bananas could be whipped with the food processor.. it just never got that way with a blender for me. Love your possible add-ins. :)

  3. janet, the first time I tried this in the food processor I didn't believe it would be as good as it turned out! soooo fluffy & "soft ice cream"-like!

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