Banana-Coconut Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Second ice cream recipe of the week! Well it is finally summer after all (and also apparently ‘National Ice Cream Week’.   I’m going to have to stop all this excessive ice cream making soon or else ill end up the size of a house!  Mind you as this recipe is amazingly healthy (it is basically made from bananas) I think we can get away with it!

My favourite ‘real’ dairy ice cream flavour is straciatella which is a creamy base laced with dark chocolate chunks. I included chocolate chunks in this recipe in a bid to recreate that chunky chocolate texture.  I’ve used my own home-made coconut oil chocolate, but if you’re feeling lazy and indulgent you could use any 70% dark chocolate such as Green and Blacks or my personal favourite Montezumas.

Ingredients (makes about 300mls)

  • 4 frozen bananas (or about 300g of frozen chunks)
  • 1 cup kara coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 coconut oil chocolates cut into chunks

Method

  • The day before cut up the bananas into chunks and freeze in a large tupperware (In fact it is really useful just to have banana chunks in the freezer anyway so top tip is to buy a bunch if they’ve been reduced for this purpose especially if they are fairtrade organic ones.  Bananas aren’t expensive anyway though are they…)
  • In a large blender (it doesn’t work with a hand blender as the chunks are too large) blitz the bananas with the coconut milk until smooth. This will take a few minutes.  Add in the vanilla extract and dessicated coconut and blitz again.
  • Set up ice cream maker and pour in the mixture, pausing at intervals to chuck in the chocolate chunks.
  • Hey presto ice cream in no time at all!  This churned very quickly in about 15 minutes, I think it was so quick because the bananas were already cold.  Makes a lovely soft scoop ice cream.
  • Transfer into a tupperware pot and stick in the freezer or eat straight away
  • If serving  from freezer remove 30 minutes before serving
Served here with an extra drizzle of coconut milk on top 🙂

Next time I’m going to try this with unfrozen bananas to see if the freezing process is a necessary step!

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