The original recipe can be found at A Girl Worth Saving. The recipe below calls for an ice cream maker to be used, but I don't think you necessarily need to have one. It, however, does make life a lot easier and is so much fun for the kids. I highly encourage those that can get one to do so...but check you local yard sale, eBay, or Craigslist first. We scored ours practically brand new for a fraction of the retail price.
- 1 - 13.5 ounce call of full fat coconut milk
- 3 small very ripe bananas
- 3 (heaping) tbsp of cacao powder
- 1/4 c maple syrup (optional)
- Blend all ingredients together with a food processor until combined.
- Pour into the pre-frozen ice cream machine mixing canister.
- Mix until ice cream is of a soft serve consistency...about 15 to 20 minutes.
- This ice cream is very, very easy to make! So easy in fact that I let my 4 year old do a lot of the work while I stood there watching.
- While I LOVED the consistency of the ice cream in the soft serve stage, I did NOT love the flavor. Oh, don't get wrong...if I liked bananas I would have wanted to marry this paleo-inspired ice cream. But I don't like bananas and I didn't think they're flavor would be so prominent in this ice cream.
- I will be making this ice cream again, but will only use one banana if any and will substitute another fruit that I prefer over bananas.
- If you cannot tolerate, are allergic to, or simply like the taste of coconuts and bananas you HAVE to try this recipe. Despite my lack of banana love, it's too easy and too good to miss!
- I did not use full fat coconut milk because all I had was light coconut milk.
- Try to use organic cacao powder if you can. I actually used unsweetened cocoa powder because, again, that's what we had on hand.
- I used 1/4 cup of maple syrup. To make things a bit easier, 1/4 cup is the same at 4 tbsp so I measured the syrup that way.