Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Cups

In this month’s Vegan Life magazine, one recipe that instantly caught my eye was Niomi Smart’s Banana Mocha Ice Cream Cups.

I love chocolate banana ice cream!  It’s so simple and cheap to make (costing literally a few pence per serving), yet it feels like a real treat. It also happens to be packed full of healthy ingredients, including an array of minerals and antioxidant goodness.

Healthy, decadent, cheap and quick. No surprises why this is one of my favourite desserts to make!

I’ve been making banana ice cream for a few years now, and have learnt a few tricks along the way to make the process even quicker and easier. For example, I used to slice the bananas and arrange them in single layers in freezer bags prior to freezing, however I’ve since discovered that bananas can be sliced from frozen using a sharp knife. These days, I simply pop whole bananas in the freezer stacked in plastic containers with a layer of parchment paper in between to stop them sticking together.

For ice cream desserts, I’ve also learnt to reduce the amount of milk that I add to the bananas so that it can be served instantly as soft-serve. When I’m in the mood for banana ice cream, the last thing I want to do is wait two hours for it to freeze.

For a more ‘grown up’ banana ice cream dessert, I love the idea of adding some strong coffee into the blend to create a mocha flavour (as per Niomi’s recipe in Vegan Life). You could even serve it in an Espresso Cup to make it look extra fancy. If serving to children, however, it’s probably best to forego the coffee otherwise they may be up all night buzzing from the caffeine!

One of my personal favourite (kid-friendly) additions to banana ice cream is nut butters. Almond, hazelnut and peanut butters all add a gorgeous flavour as well as lending some extra creaminess to the blend.

As well as banana ice cream for dessert, I love eating it for breakfast too! You’ll find one of my all-time favourite ice cream breakfast bowls  – banana, mango, cinnamon and chia – on page 33 of the Bit of the Good Stuff cookbook. I’ve made this bowl so many times already this summer! I find it’s the perfect cool-down breakfast after a hot morning run.

Another favourite is this Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Bowl.

 

Do you make banana ice cream? If so, I’d love to hear about your favourite add-ins and flavours. If you’ve posted any recipes, be sure to share the link below.

Next on my list to try are raspberry and toffee/caramel 😋

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6 Responses to Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Cups

  1. These look yummy Sharon and your bowls are gorgeous! I’ve not had time to look at my magazine yet being the school holidays but I’m going to find it now! I also make a lot of nice cream and one of my favourites is simply banana, cacao and almond butter, maybe with a few dates thrown in. This recipe I posted recently was so good… A fantastic experiment! https://lifediethealth.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/rhubarb-ginger-ice-cream-vegan/
    Laurena recently posted..Breakfast Bars… customisable, vegan & Free-From!My Profile

    • Hey Laurena! Your Rhubarb & Ginger Ice Cream looks and sounds so delicious! I can’t wait to get my hands on some rhubarb so I can give it a try. Thank you so much for linking your recipe xx

  2. Shame I’m not a coffee drinker anymore or I would totally try adding it to our banana ice-cream!
    And guess what!!!!???!!! I’ve been able to find a newsagent that has the UK vegan life magazine! I picked one up the other week, it was an few issues ago though, but still exciting to see it! 😀
    Sandy recently posted..Easy Banana Granola – SOS FreeMy Profile

    • Hey Sandy! That is so cool that you found Vegan Life is Australia!!! It sure is gaining popularity! 🙌🏻 And even though we have loads of vegan magazines in the UK now, this one is still my favourite. I love how it covers a wide range of vegan topics rather than just focusing on food. I especially love the interviews… they really inspire me!

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