Caramelized Banana and Chocolate Ice cream (Dairy-free)

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01.5.13

Caramelized Banana and Chocolate Ice cream (Dairy-free)

 

Can’t let the summer go by without posting an ice-cream recipe right??

Though in real life I am actually eating a lot of spicy, savory stuff now, my blog seems to be flooded with sweet chocolaty recipes! It just happens that I haven’t really been shooting and documenting the food I have been cooking these days and everything I have in my archives are sweet.

 

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But an ice-cream post in summer can’t go wrong I guess. While I am not a great lover of ice creams, summer is one time of the year when I actually enjoy a scoop of two of ice cream occasionally. I make popsicles for my daughter often but I don’t make much ice cream at home.

 

Caramelized Banana and Chocolate Ice cream (Dairy-free)

 

This recipe of course was born out of one of those desperate attempted to save my never-disappearing stash of overripe bananas. I wasn’t in a mood for a cake so I thought why not make ice cream instead. I liked the idea of caramelizing the bananas to add some depth of flavor but wasn’t sure how plain caramelized banana ice cream would taste. A tiny bit of cocoa in this adds a nice touch but if you like your chocolate dark, I suggest increasing the quantity of cocoa powder in the recipe to 4-5 tbsp.

 

Caramelized Banana and Chocolate Ice cream (Dairy-free)

 

On the whole I really enjoyed the soft, creamy texture of this ice cream without too much sweetness.  Roasted almonds provide a lovely occasional crunch. When it’s not frozen anymore (if left in the refrigerator for too long), it has a consistency of a mousse, which is also really nice. So if you are in a hurry to serve it, you can serve it chilled too!

 

Caramelized Banana and Chocolate Ice cream (Dairy-free)

 

Caramelized Banana and Chocolate Ice cream (Dairy-free)

 

If you like bananas and chocolate (especially together), this recipe is for you.  My husband, who is not a fan of either of them, actually enjoyed a big bowl of this! Try it, it’s a refreshing change from those banana breads and cakes this summer.

 

Caramelized Banana and Chocolate Ice cream (Dairy-free)

Caramelized Banana and Chocolate Ice cream (Dairy-free)

 

Notes:

You could use almonds instead of cashew nuts in this recipe.

Replace 10-12 small bananas with 2-3 regular sized bananas.

You can use regular white sugar in the place of unrefined cane sugar and butter instead of coconut oil (it will no longer be vegan)

Skip the roasted almonds if you don’t like it or replace it with any other nut of your choice.

If you like the flavor of Banana a lot, try making this without the cocoa in it for a plan caramelized banana ice-cream.

I am sure a tiny bit of dark rum would make this ice-cream even better!

 

Caramelized Banana and Chocolate Ice cream (Dairy-free)

 

Ingredients:

  • 10-12 small overripe bananas
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup unrefined cane sugar
  • ½ cup cashews
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup almonds

 

Preheat the oven at 180 degree Celsius.

Soak the cashew nuts in warm water for 30 to 40 minutes.

Dry roast the almonds till fragrant and slice/crush it into a coarse powder.

Cut the bananas into slices of about 1 cm thickness and place it in a baking tray.  Drizzle the coconut oil and ¼ cup of cane sugar over it. Place the tray in the hot oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes till the banana is soft and caramelized. Let the banana cool completely.

Drain the cashew nuts and blend it into a smooth paste. Add the caramelized bananas, ¼ cup of cane sugar and 2 tbsp of cocoa powder and blend again till it’s creamy and smooth.

Add the almond powder and mix everything with a spoon. Pour the mixture into a new tray, cover it with silver foil and freeze for 5-6 hours.

To serve, remove the ice-cream from the freezer and let it soften for 20 to 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Serve with additional almonds or a drizzle of your favorite chocolate sauce.

 

 

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16 comments :

  • Charul @ Tadka Masala

    Hey Chinmayie, I tried this with mangoes and it was yumm.. it had the most creamy texture of all home made ice-creams i have had till date.
    Although, my oven gave up in last minute and I had to chuck the caramelizing part! :(

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  • Hannah

    We adore ice cream in our house and have been eating quite a bit made with coconut milk. Your banana chocolate would be a fabulous treat! I can’t wait to make it – caramelized bananas are just divine. Lovely photos, too!

  • Nik@ABrownTable

    I just got my ice cream maker a few weeks ago and it’s definitely a fun appliance to have in the kitchen. That being said, that is one gorgeous and delicious chocolate ice cream and I love the use of the caramelized bananas.

  • Kankana

    I am waiting for the ice cream machine to reach my dorr step but looking at this, I doubt I can wait that. Arvind doesn’t like banana but I on the other hand, absolutely love it :)

  • local restaurant point of sale

    Wow, this is absolutely beautiful! Banana and chocolate are such a great combination and I so love it. Just looking at the photos itself makes me want to have a bite of it now. Yum! Yum! Thanks for the wonderful post.

  • Charul @ Tadka Masala

    Bookmarked! The chocolate in it might be able to help a no banana person like me! Plus I am loving the thought of crunch from the roasted almonds. :)

  • divya

    I made this immediately after I read it here… turned out awesome!! I added a few strawberries as well… we couldnt stop licking the ice cream bowl :)

  • Shruti@Part Time Chef

    Great idea. Looks delicious and sinful!

  • Manju @ Manju'sEatingDelights

    Banana + Chocolate is my absolute fav combo. I’v made chocolate-banana cake umpteen no. of times and everyone loves it. Waiting to try this icecream recipe with the same flavors.

  • Snehal

    Wow! This is something a banana lover like me must try. Love the idea of caramelizing the fruit. And there’s no cream in this ice-cream!

  • Brooke (Crackers on the Couch)

    Nice! What a different take! I love the idea of cooking the bananas first. The banana ice creams I’ve tried involve freezing the bananas and then blending them while they’re frozen. Cooking them would add a whole new dimension. Fabulous as usual, Chinmayie!

  • dassana

    now thats a real guilt free treat for an ice cream. all the pics are good, but i liked the one with the roasted sliced bananas on the tray.

  • Hari Chandana

    Wowwww… looks absolutely fantastic.. love it :)

  • Revati

    OOOH, given how I am melting away in the heat in my part of the world, this sounds divine. Totally buying a fresh batch of bananas today and making this in a couple of days!

    The first time you gave me your recipe for “instant ice cream”, I had added in a generous bit of Trader Joes salted caramel drinking chocolate powder, and it added a nice caramelised flavour to it. I am imagining this will be similar, but better..

    • Chinmayie

      Remember I told you about my experiment with overripe bananas? This was exactly the recipe I was talking about some time back :) Try it!

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