Have you ever made ice cream at home? I have. All kinds. Since I don’t have an ice cream machine and there is definitely no more space left in my kitchen for another gadget, I have tried all kinds of different machine-free versions. I have a recipe that calls for sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream – the consistency is nice, but it is way too sweet for my liking. I have another method, which uses traditional crème anglaise and taking the mix out of the freezer every half an hour to whisk it through, but this one requires way too much effort, and I always forget to mix it at the right time and by the time I remember it has frozen solid.
For at least five years now I have not experimented with any of those complicated, overly sweet and fatty ice creams, because it only takes 5 minutes to whip up this genius recipe that:
Truth to be told, the recipe I share with you is so ridiculously simple that I’m not even sure if it should be called a recipe. But since it is super delicious, healthy, and I make this or a similar version at least 3 times every single week, so it is definitely worth sharing.
The headline says 2-ingredient, but actually, you only need one – bananas! Frozen bananas. I promise you, if you have never used frozen bananas before, you have missed out. I always have at least ten chopped up bananas in my freezer to make this ice cream. Today I have used raw cacao powder for a chocolate flavor, and I always add a pinch of salt to any recipes that use chocolate cacao because it brings out the flavor. But you can add whatever flavor you like. Sometimes all I add is a tiny bit of vanilla paste. During the berry season, all kinds of fresh berries are nice – some blended in the ice cream, others on top. Another option is to combine the banana with a tiny bit of coconut milk and sprinkle toasted coconut flakes on top. As I said – the possibilities are endless!
Try it out and let us know in the comments if this is your new favorite too!
The Easiest 2-Ingredient Vegan Ice Cream
Cooking time: 5 minutes (+ a few hours for freezing)
1 large banana, cut to 1-cm pieces and frozen
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
A pinch of salt
If you don’t already have bananas in your freezer, chop one up and freeze it for 3 hours. While you are at it, you might want to freeze more, because you want to do this ice cream again!
Add the bananas to a high-speed blender with the cacao and a tiny bit of salt. Depending on a blender, you might need to add some water to get it going, but add as little as possible, you want to get a nice thick consistency, not a smoothie. Whizz until creamy and enjoy immediately.
By Kadri Raig
Kadri is a food blogger and yoga teacher from Estonia. She does love to spend time in the kitchen, but most of her recipes are simple and don’t take more than 20 minutes of active cooking time. She thinks that everybody can find time to cook healthy food at home, it is just a question of planning. "I work in an office full time, teach yoga 7-8 hours a week and write a blog. So if I manage to cook most of my meals, then so do you!" Connect with Kadri and enjoy many more of her delicious healthy recipes on her website here: www.kahvliga.ee.
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