Did someone say ice cream?!
Ah yes, I did! However, this recipe is different- instead of this ice cream being filled with chemicals and unnecessary ingredients, it’s simple, vegan, and delicious. That’s right- I’m talking about the famous banana ice cream. You’ve probably all seen the touring mason jars full of it, with an assortment of toppings. While I admit that I have not reached that level of skill when it comes to food photography, my tower is pretty impressive 😉
Banana ice cream is one of the simplest and easiest breakfasts to make, and with the right protein powder, can fill you up for hours! Today, I’m putting a twist on the classic. Instead of this being just bananas, I’ve added in coconut for healthy fats and great flavor. Coconut often gets a bad rep because of it’s fat content. However, coconut is one of the best foods you can add into a meal. The fats it does contain are medium-chain fatty acids, which are far different from the long-chain fatty acids that make up 98% of the fatty acids consumed. These help keep your heart healthy, as well as provide a fiber boost and prevent obesity. If that is too much science for you, I’ll simplify it- the fats from coconut are the GOOD fats, and should not be feared. Plus, coconut makes anything taste tropical, so who wouldn’t want to feel like their in Hawaii 24/7??
I love the the combo of the banana and coconut, and I can honestly say it’s very underrated. The sweetness from the ripe frozen bananas, combined with the tang of the coconut, as well as the crunch of the coconut chips and granola makes for one heavenly breakfast. I cannot wait until I don’t need a heated blanket to eat this for breakfast, but if we’re being honest, imma eat this even if I lived in Alaska in January 😉
- 2 ripe (spotty, brown) bananas, frozen
- 1 scoop protein powder of choice*
- ½ tsp coconut extract
- Granola- I used Purely Elizabeth, but feel free to use any you'd like!
- Coconut flakes (unsweetened is best if you're like me and avoiding refined sugars + added ingredients)
- Nut butter of choice
- 1.) In a high-powdered blender, add in the frozen bananas and coconut extract. If you do not have a powerful blender, I recommend adding in ¼ cup liquid to help everything blend.
- 2.) Blend on high until everything mixes together and you get a nice, thick mixture. Pour into a bowl and stick in the freezer while you assemble your toppings.
- 3.) Assenble your granola, nut butter, coconut, and other toppings as normal. I let the mixture sit for ten minutes or so to harden a little more, but you can skip this! I like my banana ice cream thick, so that's why I do it.
- 4.) Add your toppings and enjoy!
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
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