Vanilla Coffee Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream (Secretly Healthy!!)

Vanilla Coffee Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

So it’s almost 10:30pm on a rainy Tuesday night and I was sitting on the couch watching Shark Tank OnDemand and filling out my planner for the next few weeks when my sweet tooth hit with a vengeance!!

Naturally my freezer has three containers of frozen yogurt at the moment, but I had already eaten a bunch earlier and was attempting to avoid my third serving of the day.

The gluten free granola my mom sent me in a care package took care of need for a crunch earlier, but I needed chocolate and cold creaminess and desperately wanted something healthy. I’ve also been fighting the urge for a giant Starbucks latte for days now.

The answer: Vanilla Coffee Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream.

That’s what you guessed though, right?!

I could have just been lazy and made the World’s Healthiest Ice Cream… but I was feeling creative.Worlds Healthiest Ice Cream

Within seven minutes my mouth was the beyond happy and my belly was just a little bit too full! This barely even qualifies as a recipe because it was SOOOO easy! I only snapped one quick picture on my phone of the main ingredients and the finished product in my favorite Talenti container!

I am pretty positive the ingredients speak for themselves this time!

frozen bananas

Usually I give you tons of pictures to make you understand how amazing the end product is and explain the full process but this one was so easy and delicious and full of yummy products ANDDD to be completely honest I wasn’t even planning on posting it, but it was too good not to share with you guys!

Sooo here it goes! I’m off to bed aka making a pit stop at the freezer with my spoon and then curling up with a new episode of Revenge before passing out!

YOU’RE WELCOME!! (I know you will be thanking me so I am saying you’re welcome in advance)

Good night!! 🙂

Vanilla Coffee Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream (SCERETLY HEALTHY)

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Yield: 4 1/2 cups

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Calories per serving: 108

Fat per serving: 1.9

Vanilla Coffee Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream (SCERETLY HEALTHY)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Chop banana into 1/4 - 1/2 inch chunks. don't try to skip the cutting up of the banana stage... trust me on this... your food processor will not be happy!
  2. Lay on a plate or baking pan.
  3. Place in freezer for minimum 3 hours... the results better if you can wait over night though.
  4. Once frozen, remove tray from freezer.
  5. Place all banana chunks, 1/4 cup of the coconut milk and the vanilla extract
  6. in a food processor.
  7. Now for the easiest and the hardest step: BLEND! I suggest doing this on high and scrapping it down every 30 seconds or so. Depending on your food processor this will take any where for two - six minutes, give or take a minute or two. Don't give up when it looks like you are getting no where. I promise that the stage of chopped up banana to ice cream happens quickly!
  8. When the banana mixture is thick and creamy like ice cream, add the instant coffee and the other 1/4 cup coconut milk. Blend till mixed.
  9. Add chocolate chunks until they are chopped till your liking (longer for smaller chunks).
  10. Scoop into a bowl and enjoy! (or just stick your spoon in the food processor AFTER you unplug it!!!!) YOU'RE WELCOME!!

Notes

Place leftover in a Tupperware container and save it in the freezer for later. Depending on how long you refreeze it, you may want to let it thaw for a few minutes before enjoying again but this certainly is not necessary... or easy to do!

SUBSTITUTIONS You could easily make this vegan by subbing the Nestle Chunks for Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips like these and using an instant coffee that does not include any dairy product!

OR

On the other hand, if allergies or dietary needs don't require you to go dairy free, you could use regular milk in place of the coconut milk.

OR

If coffee isn't your style you could substitute the instant coffee with unsweetened cocoa powder... or leave it out all together!

http://www.andasideoficecream.com/2014/04/15/vanilla-coffee-chocolate-chunk-ice-cream-secretly-healthy/

Reader Response:

  • Want even more banana ice cream fun?? What would you add in this ice cream?
  • MY IDEAS: -peanut butter -cocoa powder -jam -berries (fresh or frozen) -cinnamon -chopped nuts
  • Have you seen my recipe for the World’s Healthiest Ice Cream??

Grab a FREE Cone at Ben & Jerry’s Today, April 8th

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Check out your local Ben & Jerry’s shop today, April 8th for FREE Cone Day!

Since 1979, Ben & Jerry’s has been inviting fans to come in and get a FREE cone of their chunkiest, funkiest ice cream flavors. So be sure to stop in today between 12pm – 8pm and get this awesome freebie if you have a store in your area.

You can go HERE for more details and to find a participating location near you.

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I feel compelled to find the closet store in a 50 mile radius!

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The shop I worked at every summer as a teenager!

Ps. Did you know I worked at a Ben & Jerry’s for 3 years?! #firstjob

Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Because Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Avocado Ice Cream was a mouthful!
A delicious one at that!!

Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

awesome quote via a Talenti Gelato container!

In the last week three different people have shared recipes with me for Chocolate Avocado Pudding, telling me that it made them think of me. I think I am honored! Anddddd I think my love for all things creamy and chocolatey proceeds me.

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Me being me… woke up this morning, craving chocolate. Me also being me, popped one of my 24 Calorie Banana Cocoa-Nut Bites to tide me over while I decided what to make. I usually go for a smoothie or chia seed, fruit and oat concoction in the morning. This morning the avocados and bananas AND chocolate were calling my name. After all the tempting photos of the combination of these three products I have seen this week I decided to give it a shot.

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Me being me AGAIN couldn’t stop at the pudding level (although it was freaking delicious and I want to thank all my awesome friends who suggested these recipes to me!) I had to forge forward and put my chilled ice cream bowl to use! Must I remind you here that I approve of ice cream for breakfast? Well I do. Especially when it involves avocado, banana, chocolate, andddd PEANUT BUTTER! Sign me up! I am ready to dig in!
Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
So I started with the frozen banana and avocado and whipped them up in my food processor until they were thick and creamy and delicious. Then I added in two LARGE tablespoons of cocoa powder. This brought me to the recipe you see all over the web for healthy chocolate pudding. It was super yummy! I have to admit I consumed a small bowl at this stage before continuing.

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Once these ingredients were blended…. and tasted devoured… I thought about what I could add to make this the perfect mixture to swirl around in my ice cream maker. Almond milk was a give in. Next I thought chia seeds would add a nice texture both because of their tapioca like texture and their inner shell crunch when you bite in. I might be the first person ever to add chia to their ice cream but dare I say it turned out pretty damn good!

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The mixture was delicious at this point but it needed one… or maybe two more things. Both of which I decided to add after adding it to the ice cream machine for a little more texture in the finished product.
Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice CreamSo into the machine this creamy mix went. After about ten minutes the last two secret ingredients went in… Richard’s Creamy Peanut Butter anddddd Pure Clover Honey! I am not sure where my ingredient ideas stem from, but I am fairly certain that my willingness to experiment with different flavor combos is a good thing based on this ice cream!

With no further ado, I present to you the biggest mouthful of an ice cream flavor ever! Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream!

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Enjoy every mouthful! I dare you to stop at one serving!

Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4.5 cups

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Calories per serving: 141

Fat per serving: 9.7

Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place ice cream machine bowl in freezer at least 8 hours (preferably 24... if it is not completely frozen this will not work!) before starting. Must be frozen completely! See your machine's specific directions for this step!
  2. You can do this all at the same time or step by step to taste the different flavor combos
  3. Cut your avocado in half, carefully remove the pit and scrap the flesh into the food processor.
  4. Add frozen banana chunks, cocoa, chia seeds, and Almond Milk.
  5. Taste to assure flavor is to your liking. You can add sweetener at this point if you would like a sweeter end product. this is NOT sweet ice cream. I recommend adding agave, honey or sugar in that raw if you want it to be sweet
  6. Place mixture in the freezer for ten minutes to ensure it is completely chilled (it is essential that your ice cream/frozen yogurt base is very cold when you place it in your machine).
  7. Remove base of machine from the freezer and assemble just moments before pouring your mixture in.
  8. Once assembled, turn on based on your machines directions and pour the ice cream mixture in.
  9. Depending on your machine and the temp and volume of your mixture, the freezing process should take 10-20 minutes (mine took about 15 minutes).
  10. If you would like to add peanut butter (or nuts or any other ingredient) gently pour in when mixture is almost completely frozen.
  11. When the mixture is frozen, scoop out with a non-metal spoon/scraper into a Tupperware container with a tight fitting lid.
  12. You can serve immediately (will still be slightly soft) or you can freeze for about 20-30 minutes for a slightly more frozen consistency.
  13. Scoop! Eat! Enjoy!

Notes

!No Ice Cream Machine?

Place your mixture in the freezer in a shallow container and stir every 45 minutes for at least 4 hours. This is fairly time consuming but not horrible if you are working from home or make it after dinner while watching tv. The end result will not be as creamy but will still be delicious!

!Left Over? If you have left overs, be sure to seal container to avoid freezer burn. When you are ready to serve again, take out of freezer for 15-20 minutes before serving to allow it to thaw enough to scoop. it will freeze fairly hard but it thaws out perfectly!

If you plan to make ice cream or frozen yogurt even a few times a year I swear the investment in an ice cream machine like this is worth it!

http://www.andasideoficecream.com/2014/03/31/twisted-chocolate-peanut-butter-ice-cream/

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Reader Response:

  • What do you wake up craving?
  • Do you prefer homemade ice cream or store bought?
  • What’s your favorite way to use avocados?

Heavenly Avocado Strawberry Lime Frozen Yogurt

Heavenly Avocado Strawberry Lime Frozen Yogurt

My taste buds are in their happy place! Avocado… yum! Strawberry… yum! Lime… yum! Tangy greek yogurt… yum! Chocolate… double yum!

ALL IN ONE COLD CREAMY CONCOCTION = HEAVEN!!

Heavenly Avocado Strawberry Lime Frozen Yogurt

So it all began late one night after 17 hours of dreaming about avocado ice cream. I’m not even exaggerating. In fact it was longer than that, but we won’t even count the hours I spent the night before on Pinterest drooling over other avocado ice cream recipes (this one inspired me).

Heavenly Avocado Strawberry Lime Frozen Yogurt

Naturally I fell asleep thinking about this cold, creamy, beautifully colored heaven and woke up at 5am (I am NOT a morning person!!) unable to stay in bed any longer without finalizing my plans to get avocado heaven in my mouth.

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I quietly crawled out of bed not wanting to wake my boyfriend on my crazy mission (I am pretty sure he would actually find my NEED for ice cream at 5am fairly normal all things considered in my life). Unfortunately, I failed to put my ice cream maker base in the freezer the night before. (I have a Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker and I LOVE it!) So my first goal was get this baby in the freezer asap!

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Next was to decide officially on the flavors I wanted in my bowl of heaven later. I had some perfectly ripe avocados I had been waiting to find a perfect use for so I checked that off my list.  My fridge has also been full of fresh strawberries lately… when I say full I mean like 3+ containers at all times! I love strawberry season! Based on my Pinterest exploration, it seemed almost unanimous that lime was a must have pairing with avocado.

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The only thing left to decide was to go with a dairy free option? or low fat? or traditional egg based ice cream? or use creamy coconut milk? or try to make my first ever frozen yogurt! My curiosity and slight fear of the already high fat content of avocados… I know they are healthy fats and soooo good for you but sometimes my calorie/fat content driven brand takes over. I am working on it.

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This time my mind ended up being very smart. I opted for a dairy free milk base with added greek yogurt for the live cultures, probiotics and low fat content. Win. Win. Win. The other awesome part of this was the ability to CUT OUT ALL ADDED SUGAR since most greek yogurts on the market are already sweetened… especially flavored ones. I chose Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt in Vanilla and Key Lime! I love their flavors and that they only use Evaporated Cane Juice and Stevia to sweeten their products instead of nasty high-fructose corn syrup!! I knew I wanted to use vanilla an lime in my finished product so I figured these flavors would be the perfect addition.

About Chobani® Greek yogurt

  • More protein per serving than regular yogurt
  • Only natural ingredients
  • No artificial flavors or sweeteners
  • No preservatives
  • Made with milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones**
  • Includes live & active cultures
  • Three types of probiotics
  • Gluten free
  • Kosher certified
  • Vegetarian friendly
  • Less than 5% lactose

The only other ingredients I needed now was my favorite unsweetened almond milk, vanilla extract, fresh lime juice and sea salt! That’s only 7 ingredients!! Check out your favorite ice cream ingredients next time you are at the store… I promise there are WAYYYY more than seven! If you want to get superrrrr technical there are other ingredients in the yogurt I used… but guess what?? YOU CAN PRONOUNCE ALL OF THEM!!

Rule of Thumb: Can’t pronounce it?? Don’t eat it!!

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Wanna know what is easy to pronounce… CHOCOLATE!!

So I said 7 ingredients huh?? Welllllll I lied! I used 8. But in my defense the decision to add chocolate was completely last minute. As in so last minute the frozen yogurt was done and I kept the machine running longer than necessary just to add the chocolate chunks in. Ooopppsss! Have I mentioned I like chocolate?! Like a lot?! It’s so weird to me that I do like chocolate because growing up I hated it! Mom always got all the Hershey Bars and Tootsie Rolls on Halloween and the Neopolitan was always just a sad container of 1/3 chocolate when I was finished with it.

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Then something happened. I not only started liking chocolate (admittedly it was a slow process of tasting lots of high end yummy chocolates) I started craving it! Anddd not just once a month…. all the time! Morning. Night. Skinny days. Fat Days. I wanted it. Oddly, I still am a devoted vanilla ice cream kinda girl but give me chocolate toppings any day 🙂 Hey on a rare occasion you can even keep the ice cream and give me the toppings and I am happy! But only on a veryyyy rare occasion!
Heavenly Avocado Strawberry Lime Frozen YogurtAll that being said, the chocolate (I used this kind) is not a necessity in this recipe and the use of dairy greek yogurt is totally up to you. Although I have not tried it, I am pretty certain any non-dairy yogurt like So Delicious Coconut Yogurt would work perfectly fine, making this Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo Friendly and Vegan (if you leave out the chocolate or use Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips).

I will now apologize in advance for the slow load time on this page due to the amazing photo shoot I had with this heaven!

Heavenly Avocado Strawberry Lime Frozen YogurtThis entire recipe made approximately 4 cups, or 8 servings according to the standard ice cream serving size of a 1/2 cup. But all joking aside… WHO ONLY EATS 1/2 A CUP OF ICE CREAM?!! Seriously, I have never once sat down with 1/2 a cup of ice cream and been satisfied. That is like three bites straight from the carton while I am serving the actual bowl of ice cream I am about to eat.
Heavenly Avocado Strawberry Lime Frozen Yogurt
Soooo I will give you the amazing nutritional facts for the measly 1/2 a cup (114 calories, 5.2 grams of fat, 5.1 grams of sugar) but just know that this made it 24 hours in my fridge… and my boyfriend doesn’t really love yogurt… so if you are any good at math you can easily figure this equation out:

ME + 4 cups heavenly avocado strawberry lime frozen yogurt = 3 servings (682 calories)
plus about one more spread out over the course of the day in the form of bites straight from the freezer.

Heavenly Avocado Strawberry Lime Frozen Yogurt
All Joking aside, while this can keep in the freezer for about month in a sealed tight container, homemade ice cream is significantly better the day it is made. Because it lacks stabilizers like store bought ice creams, ice crystals will begin to form and the flavor and texture of your mixture will start to deteriorate. It’s technically still fine to eat but if you put the time and effort into making ice cream from scratch I say enjoy it while it’s fresh!

Now give it a whirl yourself and let me know what you think!

Heavenly Avocado Strawberry Lime Frozen Yogurt

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 cups

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Calories per serving: 114,

Fat per serving: 5.2, only 5.1 grams sugar!

Heavenly Avocado Strawberry Lime Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients

  • 2 small ripe avocados (ignore the third in the pictures... I mashed it up and froze it for smoothies!)
  • 15 small strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 C Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk (any milk will work but I suggest trying almond milk if you haven't already)
  • 5.3oz Chobani Simply 100 Vanilla Greek Yogurt (or dairy free yogurt of your choice)
  • 5.3oz Chobani Simply 100 Key Lime Greek Yogurt (or dairy free yogurt of your choice)
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • lime juice to taste (fresh or concentrate) I used about 1.5 teaspoons
  • 1/8 t Coarse Sea Salt
  • 2 T Nestle Toll House Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks
  • Need:
  • High Speed Blender (this is the one I have... except I got mine almost ten years ago so this is the newer model)
  • Ice Cream Maker (this is the one I have... I love Cuisinart. Last Christmas I got everyone in my family one of this model and they love it!
  • *Note: you can make this without an ice cream maker but it takes a lot more time and patience. If you have both of those then read the notes section at the end for step by step directions without an ice cream maker

Instructions

  1. Place ice cream machine bowl in freezer at least 8 hours (preferably 24... if it is not completely frozen this will not work!) before starting. Must be frozen completely! See your machine's specific directions for this step!
  2. Cut each avocado in half, carefully remove the pit and scrap the flesh into the blender.
  3. Wash and pit strawberries (or use frozen) and place in blender.
  4. Add Almond Milk or milk of choice, as well as the yogurt of your choice.
  5. Add vanilla, lime juice and sea salt.
  6. Start on low and turn to high, blending until ingredients are completely combined.
  7. Taste to assure flavor is to your liking. You can add sweetener at this point if you would like a sweeter end product.
  8. Place mixture in the freezer for ten minutes to ensure it is completely chilled (it is essential that your ice cream/frozen yogurt base is very cold when you place it in your machine).
  9. Remove base of machine from the freezer and assemble just moments before pouring your mixture in.
  10. Once assembled, turn on based on your machines directions and pour the frozen yogurt mixture in.
  11. Depending on your machine and the temp and volume of your mixture, the freezing process should take 10-20 minutes (mine took about 15 minutes).
  12. If you would like to add chocolate (or nuts or any other ingredient), chop into desired size and gently pour in when mixture is almost completely frozen.
  13. When the mixture is frozen, scoop out with a non-metal spoon/scraper into a Tupperware container with a tight fitting lid.
  14. You can serve immediately (will still be slightly soft) or you can freeze for about 20-30 minutes for a slightly more frozen consistency.
  15. Scoop! Eat! Enjoy!

Notes

!No Ice Cream Machine?

Place your mixture in the freezer in a shallow container and stir every 45 minutes for at least 4 hours. This is fairly time consuming but not horrible if you are working from home or make it after dinner while watching tv. The end result will not be as creamy but will still be delicious!

!Left Over? If you have left overs, be sure to seal container to avoid freezer burn. When you are ready to serve again, take out of freezer for 15-20 minutes before serving to allow it to thaw enough to scoop. the low fat content of the yogurt will cause a fairly hard freeze but it thaws out perfectly!

If you plan to make ice cream or frozen yogurt even a few times a year I swear the investment in an ice cream machine like this is worth it!

http://www.andasideoficecream.com/2014/03/23/heavenly-avocado-strawberry-lime-frozen-yogurt/

Reader Response:

  • Have your taste buds changed over the years?
  • Do you have any foods you feel the way about that I feel about chocolate and ice cream??
  • What did you think of my first frozen yogurt recipe?

World’s Healthiest Ice Cream

Worlds Healthiest Ice Cream

Oh. My. Goodness! My mouth is so happy right now! I should be in bed for my early morning Bikram class, but naturally I needed dessert and decided to try out the one ingredient ice cream you have probably been seeing all over the internet. Like I mentioned in my post about Chocolate Banana Muffins, I pretty much always have sliced bananas in my freezer for smoothies and snacking, so I was in the clear for the first step of the recipe.

World's Healthiest Banana Ice Cream

Not only does this recipe only require one ingredient, it is also the easiest recipe ever! If you follow my lead with frozen bananas you can literally whip this up any time of day in about 5 minutes! It takes me longer than that to brush my hair and teeth in the morning! Heck! You could make this for breakfast whileeee you are brushing your hair and teeth!! Told you I find acceptable ways to incorporate ice cream into my diet at all times! 😉

World's Healthiest Ice Cream

I won’t make you wait to much longer before getting to this amazingness below but I want to make sure you check out the notes section for ideas about add ins. I am pointing this out BEFORE you start the process because as you will see momentarily, the ice cream begins to melt very quickly. Once it is finished you definitely want to gobble it up or put it in some tupperware for later… right away (there is no way to make that sentence sound right).

World's Healthiest Ice Cream

I also want to mention that this entire recipe for one only has 105 calories, trace amounts of fat, 3.1 grams of fiber, 1.3 grams of protein and 422 milligrams potassium! You could even add peanut butter and enjoy this after your hot, sweaty workout for the perfect protein boost!

Banana Ice Cream with Strawberries

Mmmmm I might have to do that tomorrow after class! 105 degrees in the hot room… 105 calories in a banana…. coincidence?? I think not! I added strawberries to mine, but I may or may not have eaten half before the second half of the pictures were taken… SORRY!! You can see how fast is started to melt in my attempts to get the perfect pictures! 

World's Healthiest Ice Cream: for one!

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 1 small bowl of heaven

Serving Size: 1

Calories per serving: 105

Fat per serving: .4

World's Healthiest Ice Cream: for one!

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • Need:
  • Food Processor or Blender
  • I have an even older version of this little guy and he did the trick so don't be discouraged if you have a not so amazing piece of equipment

Instructions

  1. Chop banana into 1/4 - 1/2 inch chunks.
  2. Lay on a plate or baking pan.
  3. Place in freezer for minimum 3 hours... the results better if you can wait over night though.
  4. Once frozen, remove tray from freezer and place all banana chunks in a food processor. (don't try to skip the cutting up of the banana stage... trust me on this... your food processor will not be happy!)
  5. Now for the easiest and the hardest step: BLEND! I suggest doing this on high and scrapping it down every 30 seconds or so. Depending on your food processor this will take any where for two - six minutes, give or take a minute or two.
  6. Don't give up when it looks like you are getting no where. I promise that the stage of chopped up banana to ice cream happens quickly! *If you absolutely have to you can add a splash of almond or coconut milk but it really is not necessary if you keep scraping the walls of the bowl down.
  7. Within a few minutes you will have the creamiest, healthiest ice cream you have ever tasted!
  8. Scoop into a bowl and enjoy! (or check out the notes section for more ideas!)
  9. OR place in a Tupperware container and save it in the freezer for later. Depending on how long you refreeze it, you may want to let it thaw for a few minutes before enjoying again but this certainly is not necessary... or easy to do!
  10. Check the Notes Section!

Notes

This recipe can easily be modified to make large batches (although you will probably want to make multiple small batches with more bananas instead of one large batch so your food processor doesn't freak out).

Want even more banana ice cream fun?? ADD IN IDEAS -peanut butter -cocoa powder -jam -berries (fresh or frozen) -chocolate chips -vanilla extract -cinnamon *or anything else your heart desires!

Mix it up! Play with this recipe plain or make it your own with a bunch of add ins and toppings!

http://www.andasideoficecream.com/2014/03/09/worlds-healthiest-ice-cream/
  Required because you will love me after you make this: Leave me a comment letting me now what you thought AND what fun mix in you decided to try! Maybe you even come up with a fun name for your culinary concoction!

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