Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Paleo Ice Cream Recipe

Before bacon becomes your new comfort food (it's become one of mine), for some, going paleo means that you'll have to withstand a few comfort food cravings.  These cravings often matriculate around 8-9pm...Dessert.

While, milk & cookies are a definite no-no, I was comforted to discover other options.  One of my favorites is this recipe for Banana Ice Cream.  It's a crowd-pleaser because:
  1. It's delicious
  2. It's stupid-easy to make
  3. It's just like eating ice cream
  1. Do your best not to eat your bananas.  Let them get a little black
  2. Chop them into pieces that will be more manageable for your food processor (or blender)
  3. Freeze
  4. Put in food processor
  5. Blend until the texture is like an ice cream
  6. Eat
Please keep in mind:  there is a lot of sugar packed in here, and if you're not careful you could end up eating more bananas than you would normally eat in an sitting.  Try to limit the size of your scoops, as well as how often you eat this and you'll be fine.
The last time we tried this, we added half a vanilla bean to increase the flavor's complexity, but the effects were minimal.  I would suggest a whole vanilla bean if you choose to go this route.  Adding berries or other fruits are also a nice addition.  Here's what the process looks like:


  1. Great minds think alike...I JUST made some yummy banana based vanilla bean Ice Cream. Have you ever tried a date caramel sauce...wow, really helps overcome the strong banana flavor. Soak a few (6-8) medjool dates in 1/2 cup water(overnight)and blend, pour over your ice cream creation, great with a chopped pecan topping---reminds your taste buds of butter pecan!

  2. I like to mix my frozen bananas with some coconut milk in the blender, and maybe a bit of vanilla or some cocoa powder. That makes it really creamy and a lot less sweet.

  3. @The Primitive DIVA - I've never tried making a sauce out of dates, but can believe it would make for a super sweet treat, will have to try it sometime!

    @Robin - I love that idea. Might try just the coconut cream.

  4. If you have a Champion juicer left over from your other-diet days, you can put the plate in (not the screen) and push pieces of frozen banana, pineapple, etc. through it and get AMAZINGLY textured, delightful pure fruit "ice cream." It is the exact texture of soft serve. I sometimes push a cube or two of frozen coconut milk through for the fat and tropical flavor. If there were no version of paleo ice cream, I would have to give up paleo. I don't think we ever lose the desire for cold and creamy.

  5. Hi Ryan and Stacey! This is a really great idea for someone craving for a banana ice cream (although first time I heard about it.) Anyways more power to your blog! Might as well make it this weekend before getting my TABC Certification Online and buy it. Thanks!