The day has finally arrived that Ben & Jerry’s now carries a dairy-free line of ice cream— and it’s good! Unfortunately, just because it’s dairy-free and vegan, does not make it a health food. It’s definitely a treat that should be reserved for special occasions— not daily indulgences.
Funky Monkey Nice Cream was inspired by the new non-dairy, Chunky Monkey ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s. It’s made from bananas, sweetened with dates, and topped with walnuts and unsweetened chocolate. A great, healthy alternative that contains naturally occurring sugars from fruit —and not from refined sugars like store bought ice cream.
So go ahead, kick-your feet up and enjoy this delightful treat!
2 Tbsp- 1/4 cup walnuts (chopped)
2 Tbsp- 1/4 cup unsweetened dark chocolate bar pieces or cacao nibs*
2 large frozen bananas
2 pitted dates (optional)
1/4- 1/2 cup unsweetened soymilk or other plant-based milk (optional)
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 cups ice (optional)
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- Chop the walnuts. If using a cocoa bar, cut into pieces. You can also swap in cacao nibs, if desired.
- Remove the pits from the dates. If the skin is still on the bananas, run them under warm water to help wash of the banana peels.
- In a blender combine the dates, soy milk, ice, bananas, vanilla extract, and blend until smooth and thick like ice cream.
- Pour into dishes and top with chocolate and walnuts. Serve immediately. Otherwise put into a container and let it freeze.
Note: You can also just blend together 2-3 frozen bananas without the dates, soy milk, and ice. Top with walnuts and chocolate pieces.