Banana “Ice-Cream”, Candied Walnuts

June 20, 2016 at 10:12 am (Recipes, Vegan/Vegetarian) (, , )

A friend brought us some Trader Joe’s candied walnuts from her California vacation.  Crunchy and delicately sweet, they are dangerously moreish and I can see myself jumping onto the online store to restock very shortly (I’m surprised they’ve even lasted this long).  The roasted honey flavor pairs particularly well with my favorite “oh no, I’ve been indulging way too much but still want dessert” dessert.

This “ice-cream” has no cream, dairy, egg or sugar in it at all, just chopped, frozen banana pieces, blended to a creamy consistency not dissimilar from that of soft serve.  I generally keep a stash of ripe banana pieces in the freezer for blending up with some nut butter, coconut cream or yogurt for a quick, not-too-unhealthy sweet treat.  It’s incredibly versatile; some combinations to try include peanut butter/cacao for Reese’s peanut butter cup fans and coconut cream/desiccated coconut/cacao if you’re more of a Bounty (cf. Mounds for our American friends) kinda girl/guy.  The best part about it is that, given the base is just blended fruit, there’s a bit more leeway for adding some more indulgent toppings as well, like these delicious candied nuts.

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Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 large banana, chopped into chunks and frozen
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • optional : 1 tbs coconut cream, 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbs roughly chopped candied walnuts (or any other non-candied nuts you have on hand to keep it completely free of added sugars)

Method

  1. Place the banana pieces, cinnamon, and if using, coconut cream and desiccated coconut into the bowl of a small food processor.  Pulse until the mixture reaches the consistency of breadcrumbs, then process continuously until the banana is smooth and creamy.  If not serving immediately, this mixture can be stored in the freezer until you need it.
  2. Divide mixture between two bowls/glasses and top with chopped nuts to serve.

Banana ice cream w candied walnuts

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1 Comment

  1. leaf (the indolent cook) said,

    Looks awesome! Banana and walnuts go so well together.

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