Strawberry Ice Cream!

The blog has risen back from the dead. Or from the bed on vacation. Either way, the blog is back for summer lovin’ and has a ton of fun ideas to share with you! To kick off the summer (technically started at the solstice, though we been feeling it a while) I thought something refreshing and stereotypically summer was in order. What first comes to your mind when you think of summer? For me, it’s my childhood pool days, arts and crafts and, most of all, ICE CREAM. The thought of ice cream just gives you the feels. There are no bad memories associated with it. Walks on the beach, late night snacks with grandma, laughing with friends, sharing with the S.O., pool parties. It’s all of those feelings and memories rolled into a single, edible, magnificent form. But enough of me being sentimental, let’s move on to the good stuff.

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It’s best when it’s all melty like this, no?

I find this recipe extra-amazing because it needs only 4 ingredients! The fewer ingredients you need for something, the better. Your wallet benefits, your body benefits, and your free time (less cleanup) benefits; win, win, win. So ever since I read about banana based ice creams it’s about all I eat. Unfortunately for those of us who were not blessed by the dairy gods, we cannot always fully enjoy ice cream in its purest form (obviously I cheated anyway). But I am here to tell you bananas are the perfect substitute for all that cream and sugar. The flavor is pretty easy to cover up (unlike coconut bases), you don’t really even need to cover it up because banana goes with every flavor, it adds natural sweetness, and when frozen it gives a beautifully smooth and creamy texture. So you’re taking out some bad and putting in some nutritional good. Plus you can eat all you want without feeling gross! Physically or emotionally.

Here I’ve provided a strawberry flavor, but really you can add in whatever frozen fruit or other goodies you can imagine. Like the ice cream flavor, there are endless possibilities of toppings too. Coconut, granola, basil, chopped cashews, chocolate chips, and fruit are a few ideas to get your brain rolling. Get crafty with it.

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Ingredients

Makes 1 cup

  • 2 bananas, chopped and frozen
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, chopped and frozen*
  • 2 Tbs. heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla or agave

*Get this at the farm!

How To

1. To freeze the fruit, chop and lay flat on a cookie sheet in the freezer for a few hours.

2. Add the frozen fruit to a food processor and pulse until mostly combined.

3. Then add the cream and vanilla, pulse until fully combined and creamy.

4. Add a few extra frozen strawberries for fruit chunks in your ice cream. [Optional]

  • Pro-tip: If you don’t have a food processor (or if it conveniently breaks on you), you can use a blender, you will just need some patience. Mix the ingredients in the same order as above, but do it in small batches. Spoon out the first batch into a bowl and freeze while you continue on the next. Repeat.
  • If the 2 Tbs. of heavy cream is too much for your body to handle, or if you’re vegan, I hear you can use coconut cream in place of this. Alternatively, you can use a milk of your preference and add extra banana pieces until desired texture.
  • Adjust the amount of strawberries to taste.
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