Food: Dairy Free Ice Cream

Healthy versions of ice cream have been doing the rounds for some time now, and there seem to be a million variations. Mine came from a slip in my Abel and Cole organic veg box back in the UK and it couldn’t be simpler, or more delicious.

Next time you have some well ripe bananas, peel them and pop them in the freezer. They are really handy for last minute smoothies (frozen banana, a handful of frozen berries and some coconut water) as well as ice cream- I have now taken to buying two bunches of bananas, one slightly under ripe and one for straight in the freezer. Riper ones are better, as they have a stronger flavour.

When the ice cream craving hits, grab some frozen banana (allow 1 per person) chop it up and pop it into a blander or food processor. Add a teaspoon of honey and blend until it comes together. It will go through a crumbly stage- keep going and it will be smooth.

If you want to omit the honey, it helps to add a small dash of milk, cream or other liquid to help it to come together.

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If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, here are some flavour combinations that we like;

  • Chocolate (add 1 heaped tsp of Raw Cacao powder for each banana before blending)
  • Rum and raisin (add a splash of rum and a sprinkle or raisins)
  • Coffee (Add a splash of cold coffee before blending)
  • Lime juice and raspberries (squeeze half a lime and throw in a few raspberries before blending)

Go crazy and add some toppings too- fresh fruits, edible flowers, chopped nuts and cacao nibs all work nicely!

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