The Raw Ice Cream that Changed my Life

Pretty epic title, huh? Well, it’s totally true.

The other day, while watching a boring movie (can’t even remember the title, it was THAT bad), I was Googling vegan raw recipes on my iPhone. I was in the mood for something sweet, yet healthy, and I eventually settled on some raw vegan brownies. They turned out OK, but that’s not what this post is about. This is about the raw vegan ice cream that I chose not to make at the time, but that I bookmarked for later instead. Well, that “later” was about 12 minutes ago, when I popped the pieces of 2 frozen bananas and a sprinke of shredded coconut into my mini food processor to make raw vegan “ice cream”. The outcome? Well let’s just say that I was so amazed by this that I didn’t even take the time to grab my “real” camera. I used my iPhone and snapped this quick one instead. But before that, I ate it. All. Out of the food processor. With the blade still in it. Yep.

raw vegan ice cream

Gena was totally right when she called her post about this recipe: This Post Will Change Your Life. And despite her amazing write-up, I still didn’t believe that the outcome would be so creamy… and fluffy. But it is. Really. I won’t gush any more about this because at the end of the day, you’ll either make it, or you won’t. But I’m telling you that if you do, it will really change your life.

Update

August 29, 2011 – My mom made this for me during my recent trip home, by adding frozen mangoes, a splash of coconut milk and teaspoon of vanilla. It’s divine!

Raw Vegan Mango-Banana Ice Cream

43 Comments

  1. I LOVE the frozen banana ice cream trick. I make it often and change it up according to what I’m craving. I like to add cacao powder and some type of nut butter for a pb chocolate ice cream. Yum!

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Lindsay – thanks for your comment. I was totally thinking of adding peanut butter in there. Or topping with chocolate sauce and crushed peanuts. The sky is the limit! I just can’t believe how fluffy it is. I thought it would be all slimy, like over-ripe bananas… but not at all. Just sucks how bananas are $12/kilo here in Sydney these days!!

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  2. Louise says:

    Wow, it looks delicious. I just put two bananas in the freezer. I will add some Canadian maple syrup to it. Thanks to you I will have a yummy afternoon delight today. Your maman.

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  3. daina says:

    oh wow… this is the same recipe i found the other day when i was looking up recipes for raw-food-only-july

    they also recommend making a granita with frozen strawberries, oranges, etc

    good to know it works out so i’ll have something yummy to eat amongst all the raw veggies and salads :)

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    • vegangela says:

      If you have a decent food processor, then yes, it works and really comes out fluffy… like soft serve or whipped cream. Yum! I tried kiwi fruit last night, which was good, and I’ll try strawberries tonight. I don’t see myself buying gelato or sorbet or soy ice cream ever again… ;)

      PS. Raw July – I love it! I’ll be sure to send some recipes your way!

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  4. Fadi says:

    Just made this for Annabelle and she absolutely loved it (she wasn’t the only one). Definitely going to make this again.

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    • vegangela says:

      I’m so happy to hear that. Thanks for taking the time to let me know! I’m trying it with a few strawberries tonight… will let you know how it turns out!

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  5. ALso a wicked raw ice cream recipe: http://meghantelpnerblog.com/2009/02/15/rest-to-digest/

    AND, this one will change your life:

    - 1 banana
    - 1 ripe avocado
    - 3 TBS Agave
    - 2 TBS coconut oil
    - 4 TBS cacao powder
    - 1 teaspoon vanilla
    - 1/4 teaspoon salt

    Blend that all up in a blender, and you’ll get a chocolate pudding. OR you can fill it into crusts and make a mini ice-cream tart!

    Crust:
    1/2 cup nuts (almonds, cashews, or walnuts work well!)
    1/2 raisins (or combo with dates)
    2 TBS cacao powder
    pinch salt
    Freeze the tart shells. Then when your “ice cream” is ready, pour it into the shell and chill in the freezer. Give it a bit of time to thaw when you take it out.

    SERIOUSLY, I had the same experience with you on this one- i ate it right out of the blender it was so incredible!

    Love your recipes, I just made your spring roll recipe tonight :)

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Marie – THANKS so much for taking the time to leave this great comment! I will definitely try this pudding/tart recipe! What did you think of th spring rolls? Thanks again for sharing! :)

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    • Bec says:

      Oh my gosh, THANK YOU!!!

      When I was little, I remember getting this delicious frozen banana ‘ice cream’ at a carnival. It was pale yellow, fluffy, creamy and delicious. I had it several times that day and loved it sooo much. I recently remembered this childhood relic and tried to make it myself, but I stuffed it up and did it the wrong way (pureed the bananas, THEN froze it…it became a brown and not-creamy mess lol). I gave up and decided they must have had some special machine/technique. Seeing your post has made me realise how they made it! (I feel a bit dumb now, but too pleased to care!)

      PS: I am loving your website. Your mushroom risotto is to die. And it’s so nice to see a vegan blog written by someone living in Sydney. I’m in Queensland, and all the other books/recipes/blogs I read are usually by Americans. Which is fine, but sometimes it’s difficult to find the ingredients here.

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      • vegangela says:

        Hi Bec! First off, thank you so much for your feedback – it means the world to me! Please don’t feel dumb at all for your initial raw ice cream experience. I initially thought that this method would turn-out brown and gooey too because in the past, I’ve defrosted frozen bananas slightly in the microwave for smoothies and well yeah… not very appetizing looking! But this method is so amazing, huh?

        Glad to hear you like the risotto – it’s my all-time favorite! And I promise, no matter where I live in the future, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Australia… and I’ll always keep the ingredients here in mind! :)

        Thanks again for your feedback… you so totally made my day!

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  6. Avril says:

    Hi there – I just stumbled onto this page :) I’m trying out vegan lifestyle for the month of August (if you’re interested, you can follow my thoughts on http://www.life-of-wow.blogspot.com), so I’ve been snooping around for cool recipes. I’m really excited to try this one, and many of the others look super fab too! Thanks so much :)

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Avril – Thanks for your comments and congrats on going vegan in August. I’ll add your blog to my RSS reader so that I can see what you’re up to. Keep in touch and let me know if you have any questions :)

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  7. Bailey says:

    I have made this many times. Thanks for sharing.

    I’ve tried the following:
    2 bananas
    2 heaping tbsp peanut butter
    = excellent

    2 bananas
    Equal amount of mango/mixed berries/raspberries
    = more excellent

    I’m partial to the mango, but all varieties are well worth it.

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Bailey – Thanks so much for your comments and feedback! Peanut butter and banana is such a great combo, I’ll need to try that. My mom got me on the banana/mango combination, and funny enough, we’ve been topping it with fresh raspberries all week! In fact, I’ve got a post on it coming very soon! Anyway, thanks again and keep in touch!

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  8. Avril says:

    I tried out this recipe on my unsuspecting family members last night – there was much swooning :) I added some cocoa powder and vanilla essence to make ‘chocolate ice-cream’ and served it with fruit salad (no bananas in that, lol). It went down fantastically! Thanks again :)

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Avril – Yum, your combination sounds delicious. Seriously, I don’t know why anyone would ever buy/eat sugar-loaded gelato/sorbet (or even ice cream) ever again. Thanks for your feedback! :)

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  9. Corina says:

    So delicious! I mixed in some mango and it was amazing – now I need to go shopping for more bananas!!!

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    • vegangela says:

      Yum, I love the mango combination. About to add a photo of my mango-combination to this page shortly… thanks for all your feedback!

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  10. Loriot says:

    Hi,

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  11. Loriot says:

    Hi,

    Please tell me how to download The Raw Ice Cream that Changed my Life and other articles from http://www.vegangela.com.

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Loriot,

      Thanks for your comments and for subscribing to my website :)

      The recipe is located here: http://www.choosingraw.com/this-post-will-change-your-life/.
      I linked to it within my post, as I prefer to give credit to other bloggers for their recipes by linking directly to their sites.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  12. Chris says:

    Thanks for the find, Angela. My kids have been drooling at the pics of ice cream!

    So… I’m definitely going to have to give this one a try.

    I do recall the most amazing pista kulfi ice cream in India so some added pistachio and cardamon might be on the agenda.

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    • vegangela says:

      Let me know if you make it and what the kids think. I love the flavor combination that you mentioned, will need to try that!

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  13. You are right, this recipe totally changed my life! I am hooked. I love your blog. Can’t wait to try more of your amazing recipes. xx

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    • vegangela says:

      Awesome! Let me know what else you try :)

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  14. Shalah says:

    Wow this has totally changed my life! Wow so good and so amazing. I put 2 frozen bananas and 5 frozen strawberries and it made two huge servings! I am def gonna play around with this one. Thanks so much for your post!

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    • vegangela says:

      You’re welcome! Isn’t it the best? Raspberries are awesome, as is mango. So delicious! Thanks for stoping by :)

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  15. I love this! I too was skeptical of the banana ice cream hype. I was like, “Really? Yeah right. No way. We’ll see about that…” When I finally remembered to freeze my bananas (I usually eat them too fast), I gave it a whirl, only a few months ago. And I would agree, it’s a game changer. This trumps ice cream. And I’m not just saying that. I’ve served it to people as “Banana/Cocoa” ice cream (I add about a TBSP of dark cocoa powder with a dash of vanilla extract). I wait until I hear the “Wow. That was delicious. Ben & Jerry’s?” I then tell them, no. It’s “ML’s Banana Cocoa awesomeness”…You don’t need to work it off tomorrow. You’re welcome.

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    • vegangela says:

      Totally!! I can’t wait to be back in my own kitchen so that I can make this again. I haven’t tried adding cocoa powder… Great idea! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  16. Hi Angela,

    I’m the guest curator at CRESCENDOh this week, and your post was one of the ones I featured: http://blog.crescendoh.com/crescendoh/

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    • vegangela says:

      Thank you! I’m just getting back into my blog since being away. Can you send me the link? The one you sent is sending me to the homepage… Thanks!

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  17. Lisa says:

    Evening to all – you guys have made my day, month, year – I recently decided to become vegan. I live in the middle east and have been so frustrated by the odd looks I get in shops when I ask for a butter/cheese substitute, etc. This website is awesome – the tips, the spirit, and wow, the recipes have my mouth watering. DIY all the way… THANK YOU.

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Lisa – Congrats on going vegan! Thanks for the kind words and let me know if you try anything :)

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  18. Theresa says:

    I have to add that when I went Vegan one of my initial temptations was ice cream. I found a recipe for 1 frozen banana, tbsp PB, 1 tbsp cacao powder and viola! It was such a small recipe, but something that really gave me steam when I switched.

    I cannot wait to try some of the variations listed here. I am really enjoying your recipes and the additions in the comments. I don’t think I have liked looking through comments this much in a long time.

    My addition: my blender seems to do better if I slice banana before freezing versus bigger pieces. I’ve also learned to keep some frozen on hand for cravings.

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Theresa – thanks for the great tips!

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  19. Diane Y. says:

    Yes, but…I have this problem. When I freeze bananas (which I started doing because of lush sounding vegan ice cream recipes like this) I end up eating the frozen banana before makinig anything. Trader Joe’s (a small US food chain) carries “Gone bananas”, which are banana “coins” coated with chocolate, yum. So I slice and freeze bananas, sans chocolate and – no ice cream happens. I believe it’s delicious; maybe one day I will find out.

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    • vegangela says:

      Ha ha ha! That’s too funny. I’ve made frozen chocolate banana “coins” too. So good! Definitely try to make the frozen banana ice cream though… it’s SO good!

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  20. Von says:

    Love your website! I’ll admit I’m not vegan but like to try all sorts. I had purchased too many bananas and wasn’t sure what to do with them. Well they are now “ice cream”! Made a few batches, put them into a Tupperware container (leave some room for expansion as it refreezes), now I have a “dessert” each evening. Plus by making a few batches I only have to wash my food processor once…until next time lol. Oh by the way it refreezes really well and scoops out just like normal ice cream.

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    • vegangela says:

      That’s a great tip, I had no idea you could freeze it in batches like that. Will definitely do that to save on dishes and clean-up, thanks! Try mango next time… it’s incredible!

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  21. Sophie says:

    I know that frozen bananas in the Vitamix makes a lovely soft serve! I love frozen bananas, mixed with frozen peaches & 2 teaspoons of raw carob powder & vanilla extract,…yummy yum too! Your mom’s ice-cream looks freaking delicious too!

    :) MMMMMM!

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    • Oh that sounds like a great recipe, I’ll try that next time. Thanks for sharing :)

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