Salted Peppermint Chocolate Chip Banana Ice Cream…that is a mouthful! And it’s also my current fav mouthfeel because who doesn’t love ice cream in the winter? Even though it’s colder outside, there’s just something so comforting about curling up on the couch in your favorite pj’s snuggled under a blanket while enjoying a bowl (or three) of ice cream.
Peppermint chocolate is the quintessential holiday flavor and it’s one of my favorite flavors year round. The problem is, I don’t really tolerate dairy well at all unless it’s raw, so whenever I want to enjoy this sweet treat I need to make my own. I’ve found that using frozen bananas is a really great way to recreate the smooth, creamy texture of ice cream while being easy to digest with the added benefit of a hefty dose of potassium. This is especially great as a post workout treat for that reason.
A note on freezing your bananas. I’ve had the best luck with freezing bananas when I peel them, and dice them into about 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick slices, and storing them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. When they’re in smaller pieces like this they break apart easier and also blend better together in your food processor. Another note, make sure your bananas are very ripe when you freeze them. If your banana isn’t very ripe, it won’t be as sweet and therefore will not taste sweet enough in this recipe. I’ve used some not as sweet varieties of bananas that we have in our yard and it just didn’t turn out as well. If you notice the recipe isn’t sweet enough because your bananas weren’t as ripe, add a tablespoon (or more, as needed) of coconut sugar.
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- Place the coconut milk in the freezer for 30 minutes, but don't forget about it! This will help the fat separate from the liquid. Remove the coconut milk from the freezer, open it and scoop out the solid fat and put in your food processor. Save the liquid for a smoothie recipe.
- Add bananas, cacao powder, mint extract, dark chocolate chips, and optional coconut sugar. Process in your food processor on high until well blended. You may need to take your lid off the food processor and separate the bananas if they get clumped up.
- Add to a serving dish and sprinkle with sea salt.