The recipe I am sharing today is one of my best successes with the children and every single one of their friends, yet it is as healthy as it gets. For a bit of background information, my kids (and I) are big fans of sweets, chocolate and generally unhealthy treats, but we all love this healthy take on ice cream. It is that good!
The recipe happened as a lucky accident. One day, the children love bananas. The next day, they refuse to go near them, so when Hubby bought about 20 bananas, they were not in ‘banana mode’ (could I have guessed? Yes!).
About a week later, we had about 10 bananas getting softer by the minute and their skin was seriously black. There was no way I was going to eat them, so I sliced them and froze them.
One evening, the children asked for dessert after eating all their dinner and I had nothing to give them. There were no yoghurts, no fresh fruit, not even a biscuit hiding in the cupboards.
I got the banana pieces out of the freezer and I could have gone for our one-ingredient ice cream but remembered something my friend Reneé had mentioned ages ago. She told me if I added a bit of cocoa powder to my banana ice cream, we would get chocolate ice cream (she is a genius!).
I have a sweet tooth, so I added some agave nectar, as well as some avocado for extra goodness and creaminess. It all went in my Vitamix bowl and blended beautifully into rich, silky ice cream.
The ice cream went down well with everyone. We all licked the bowl, apart from Beanie who stopped eating her ice cream as soon as her brother told her it contained avocado (kids, hey!).
I thought we might have enjoyed it because we were so desperate for dessert that night, so I made it again, and again, and again. We have probably had this ice cream ten times in the past couple of months, and we all love it as much as we did on the first day.
All of the kids’ friends have tried it and loved it, even the banana-haters, my NCT gang (hi girlies!) also devoured a batch, and my French friends from Nantes ate the creamy dessert whole-heartedly (I thought these guys would throw it back in my face, but they loved it!). Sorry, I am not bragging, I am just really happy this simple and healthy treat works so well!
Even Beanie loves it now, despite the avocado (she does not go near avocado. Ever!).
I normally scoop it straight from the mixer (similar to soft serve ice cream), but today, I shaped it into scoops and froze them individually in cupcake cases for a couple of hours so we could have them with brownies. They were perfect! You can also freeze a whole batch in a freezer-safe container, take it out 5 minutes before serving.
or even both together!
Moreish 4-Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream in 3 Minutes
- 2 1/2 sliced frozen bananas 250g
- 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
- 1/2 a ripe avocado
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy straight away.
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