1 food 5 ways, Bananas, Way #2: Banana Split Ice Cream

I love ice cream. I especially love ice cream that you need to chew. I like it to be hard and have other stuff in it. When you are a soy free vegan who doesn’t own an ice cream maker, there aren’t a ton of choices out there that fit that description. One of my favorites growing up was a banana split ice cream. Not a real banana split, but the banana flavored ice cream with the fruit and chocolate mixed in. Lucky for me, Dreena Burton made a cashew banana ice cream that I was able to adapt to replace this childhood favorite.

Banana Split “Ice Cream”

“Ice Cream”:
5 very ripe bananas, cut into large chunks and frozen (1.25 lbs after being peeled about 4 cups frozen chunks)
1/2 cup salted all natural peanut butter (the stir-in-the jar kind)*
1/4 cup agave nectar

*If you have unsalted peanut butter add 1/8″ tsp salt

1/2 cup chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand are vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free)
1/2 cup frozen pineapple, cut in 1/2″ dice
1/2 cup frozen strawberries, cut in 1/2″ dice
1/4 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts

Mix the add-ins together in a large mixing bowl. Put bowl in the freezer while you make the ice cream base so you won’t end up with strawberry juice streaks in the “ice cream”.

Put the frozen banana chunks in food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. If you have a small processor, you might want to do that in stages. Even with my large one, it almost tossed the processor around a bit. Add the peanut butter and agave nectar and process until smooth.

Get out the add-in bowl and scrape the “ice cream” on top of the add-ins. Then fold in the add-in ingredients until they are evenly distributed.

Put the entire mixture in a freezer-safe container and freeze ice cream until hard, overnight-12 hours. I put that time on it because at 5 hrs after making it was too soft, when I woke up at the 12 hour mark it was perfect! If it’s too hard to scoop after refreezing, just leave it sitting out for a couple minutes and it should scoop perfectly.

I kinda hate to admit it, but I ate this for breakfast as soon as it was frozen hard enough. I just couldn’t help myself. Then again, with all that fruit in it, I guess it’s not so bad.
Liebster Award:

Thanks to Richa from Hobby and More , Mel from Veganise This! and Kelly from Three and a Half Vegans for each awarding me a Liebster. “Liebster” is German and means ‘dearest’ or ‘beloved’ but it can also mean ‘favorite’. The idea behind this award is to bring attention to bloggers who have less than 200 followers and show your support during Vegan Mofo!
The rules of winning this award are as follows:
1. Show your thanks to those who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal 5 of your top picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Enjoy the love and support of some wonderful people on the www!
I’d like to award Liebsters to the following:
1. Amanda at In My Vegan Life
2. Celyn at Miso For Breakfast
3. Celeste at Growing Up Veg
4. Cara at Fork And Beans
5. VeggieAmanda at Newman Improved

  13 comments for “1 food 5 ways, Bananas, Way #2: Banana Split Ice Cream

  1. October 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Oh. Wow. That sounds (and looks) delicious. When I glanced at the instructions I was thinking “darn I wish I had an ice cream maker)” and then – I realized I didn’t need one!

    I’d eat it for breakfast too! 😀

  2. October 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks so much for the award! :-) I am not an ice cream fan, but this looks AWESOME!

  3. October 19, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    You are so welcome for the support Dawn–thank YOU for the award. It has been so much fun following you during VeganMoFo :) And for my second award, I would like to request some of that ice cream please… It’s the only fair thing to do :)

  4. October 19, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Fair perhaps, but I don’t think it would ship to you in original condition.

  5. October 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I just wanted to tell you I love your blog and I wanted to pass on the love with a Liebster Award. Check out how it works on my blog post http://threeandahalfvegans.blogspot.com/2011/10/my-first-double-post-in-one-day.html and pass on the blog love!

  6. October 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I don’t like banana but that ice cream looks delicious and I might make an exception.

  7. October 19, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    i’d be eating that for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Dawn. i don’t have an ice cream maker either – and personally, i prefer my ice cream soy-free, too (and i also like my ice cream to contain lots of other yumminesses). huzzah! this is going to be such a delicious week. yay!

  8. October 19, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I love making banana ice cream but bananas never last at my place, I always eat them before they’re ripe enough to be frozen. I’m going to buy a bunch and set them aside so that I can make this in a few days.

    I love banana week! :)

  9. October 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Also, I don’t have a preference, I like both kinds of arepas!

  10. October 19, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I do have to buy extras for freezing. OR sometimes you can get them on sale if they are already really ripe. I also steal the ripe ones from my mom and dad if they bought too many. :)

  11. October 20, 2011 at 1:45 am

    holy cow, that looks totally delish! I also like chunky bits in my ice cream. It’s way more fun that way!

  12. October 28, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Thank you so much for nominating me for the Liebster award! You are so kind. It really made my day. What a fantastic way to share new blogs found through Vegan Mofo!

    Your blog has such wonderful recipes. I’ve got a few friends who do not eat gluten and I’ll definitely be using your site for ideas. Thanks!

  13. June 2, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Yum!!! I’m totally making this! I don’t have a mixer but I have a Vitamix. Would that work? I’m exited to try it! #soexcite

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