Simple Raw Vegan Chocolate Ice-Cream


Even though I proclaimed in one my previous posts my love of eating within the seasons, I have a certain exception when it comes to ice-cream. According to my tastebuds ice-cream needs no season, and tastes delicious regardless of what time of the year you eat it (even though it is particularly tasty during the summer).


This particular recipe is for one of my personal favorites, which is the chocolate ice-cream. Let me just tell you that this tastes just like the ones I grew up with, and if you were one of those who loved the chocolate ice-cream with brownie pieces you can always make my recipe for chocolate truffles (without the shredded coconut), mash them into small pieces and stir in after you have followed the directions below.

If you have just recently become vegan you might not have tried the ever-popular banana ice-cream recipes that are out there. I debated whether or not I should make a recipe for a plain version of this, but I decided that most people already know how to make it. All you need is frozen bananas, a food processor (blender/hand blender will NOT work, as this will most likely not get the dates and bananas smooth enough), and whatever flavor enhancer you wish. There are so many delicious variations out there, and I will absolutely make more of these kind of recipes in the future!


Ingredients, makes 3 servings (this is VERY filling):

  • 2 large frozen bananas
  • 2 heaped tbsp (raw) unsweetened cacao powder
  • 2 cups soft dates
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence (omit if you want it to be 100% raw)

Directions:
  1. Start by blending the dates until you got a nice creamy paste. If you cannot find soft dates you can boil the dates for 5 minutes so that they turn slightly mushy (of course do not do this if you want the dish to be raw). Chop up the frozen bananas into large slices (just to make it a bit easier for the food processor), and blend this with the dates until you get an ice-cream like batter. Add in the vanilla essence and cocoa powder, and pulse this a couple of times so that the ice-cream gets completely smooth. You might need 1 tbsp of water/unsweetened plant-based milk if you find that the food processor has issues anywhere during this. Enjoy this right away so that it do not melt!

Optionally you can add in some vegan dark cacao nibs, or drizzle on some unsweetened shredded coconut. One very important thing to pay attention to, is that you should eat this right away after you make it. Unlike traditional ice-cream you cannot refreeze this, and it does not taste all that good after it has started melting.


I hope you decide to try this out, and let me know if you liked it!

6 comments:

  1. Wow. Jag måste testa det. Ser jättegott ut! Kanske ska göra det ikväll så min familj får vegansk efterrätt!

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  2. This may be a silly question but I have good reason. :) Not at all a fan of banana or banana flavor. So, can you taste the banana?

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  3. Haha, this is not a silly question at all :) My little sister is not crazy about the taste of bananas either, but she seemed to enjoy this. Using the amount of chocolate written above you can only slightly (and I mean very slightly) taste a hint of banana, which I think works perfectly. I recommend you start with the ingredients I have listed, and if you think that it tastes a bit too much banana, you can stir in some chopped dark (unsweetened) vegan chocolate (or some additional cacao powder). Also to "dampen" the banana flavor you should make sure that your bananas are not too ripe when you freeze them! 
    Hope this helped clear this up a bit, and let me know how it works out ;)

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  4. I tagged you in my attempt to make this on IG. :)

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  5. I replied more in depth on there  ^^

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