You need to make this. I need to stop eating it. I’m addicted. It’s that bad, or that good, whatever. But it really only has three ingredients I keep saying to myself, and all three are good for you. And there is no sugar. And there is no dairy. And there is no soy. And it tastes SO AMAZING and SO CHOCOLATY and SO VERY GOOD.
When we chose Death by Chocolate for the January Sweet Adventures Blog Hop the first thing that went through my mind was ‘oh no, the holidays just passed and all I have done is eat sweets for a whole month… blargh’. As a result I was determined to make something entirely [ok, mostly] guilt free, but not sacrifice one single ounce of flavour in the process. Done.
This does require a bit of advance planning because you need frozen bananas. I however always have frozen bananas, how very convenient. And as much as I used lovely yellow bananas for the ingredient shot up above lets be honest, by the time my bananas make it into the freezer they look more like these:
One big fat tip – peel your bananas before you freeze them. Let me repeat that for impact – peel your bananas before you freeze them. Have you ever tried to peel a frozen banana? No? It goes something like this… Place banana with peel in freezer thinking how smart you are because you don’t need a bag or container… remove days later and try to peel… possibly get a layer of skin off, probably not… pick with fingernail and finally resort to scraping banana with a knife to remove peel even though you can’t really figure out where peel ends and banana begins… get frostbite on fingers in process… curse loudly… continue to find un-peeled frozen bananas hidden in freezer recesses for months… curse loudly.
For a much better option… peel bananas, cut in half if you’d like, place in plastic container or zip baggie, freeze until needed. Unless your freezer is arctic, frozen bananas are still reasonably easy to slice too. They also make magical Banana Smoothies but that is a different post for a different day.
You could make this in an ice cream maker. I would have used one but alas, no magical frozen dessert appliance here. I want one, badly, however owning an ice cream maker would mean that I would make ice cream on a regular basis, so on second thought… probably best that I don’t. Instead I stirred it every half hour or so until it was frozen, and each time tried just a small spoonful, you know, to make sure it was still ok.
Oh, one more thing… I may have used this ice cream to make…wait for it… Ice Cream Sandwiches. Chocolate Wafer recipe to follow very shortly. This gets more insane by the minute. You can’t be surprised really, it is Death by Chocolate after-all.
Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
- 1 ripe avacado
- 2 large or 3 medium bananas – frozen, chopped into pieces
- 1/4 c cocoa powder
- pinch sea salt
- 1 tsp maple syrup [optional]
- 2-3 Tbsp cacao nibs, shelled and crumbled [optional if you want choc chips in your ice cream]
Blend banana, avocado and salt using a food processor or immersion blender until thick and smooth. Stir through cocoa powder with a spoon until well combined. Add syrup if using. Stir through cacao chips if using.
Pour into a wide flat dish or container and place in freezer. Stir well every 30 minutes or so, breaking up frozen edges and mixing until smooth. Do this approximately 4 times. Alternatively use an ice cream maker, following manufacturer instructions.
Set out for 15 or 20 minutes to soften slightly before using, it is easier to scoop this way. Sharing is optional.
- The avocado adds fat [good fat, not bad fat] and creaminess. Make sure to use a ripe avocado that doesn’t have stringy brown bits. No one will ever know it’s in there unless you tell them.
- The bananas however can be as brown as you’d like, the riper they are before you freeze them the sweeter they will be.
vegan // vegetarian // dairy-free // gluten-free // refined sugar-free // soy-free // probably paleo
Have an amazing chocolate recipe to share? Make sure to link it up this week in the Death By Chocolate Blog hop! Christina from The Hungry Australian is hosting this month, go check out her post for instructions on how to join – and don’t forget to check out all the chocolaty goodness in the linked up posts below!