Chunky Monkey Nice Cream....You’ll go nuts over this! ;)
When I went Vegan I remember the main thing that I knew I was going to miss the most was ice cream. As a kid my favorite flavor was the chunky monkey flavor from Ben and Jerry's. So, when Ben and Jerry's and other companies like it came out with vegan ice cream I was so excited about the progress being made towards becoming more plant based. But there were so many ingredients in it that were less than healthy which made me want to create my own healthy version of one of my favorites.
Chunky monkey ice cream is one of the better flavors (in my opinion) because it takes a healthy fat like walnuts and combines it with delicious chocolate with a potassium heavy banana base. To make this recipe into a vegan one was as easy as one, two, three! And coincidentally that’s how many ingredients this recipe has, just three! The only time consuming thing about this recipe is that you do have to freeze your bananas overnight. But what’s a little waiting when the recipe is this good and is so healthy that you can eat it for breakfast (in fact I did). All joking aside, this recipe is the easiest and cheapest way to satisfy your desire for a sweet treat after lunch or diner. With the main ingredients being bananas, enjoy life vegan chocolate, and walnuts it really can’t get any better than this.
● Five Bananas (chopped and frozen)
● Optional: Cinnamon or stevia
1. The night before you decide to make your delicious treat you want to take your five bananas, cut them up into pieces of 8 and stick them into plastic baggies. Now, if you’re bananas, cut them up into pieces of 8 and stick them into plastic baggies. Now, if you’re like me and have cut the majority of plastic out of your life. I recommend putting them all in a bowl and covering them with your honey wax parchment paper. For the best results freeze your bananas for over at least 8 hours.
2. Now that you have frozen bananas, (8+ hours later) take out your blender and dump the bananas into it. If you have a good high powered blender this part will be a breeze; but if you do not then this will be the most tedious part of the recipe. You will want to add coconut milk, or almond milk into it within the first few minutes but do not give in! Blending just the frozen bananas will give you the creamiest texture. Continue to blend and alternate scraping the sides to help the blending process. The consistency should remind you of frozen yogurt, if its dripping like soup you’ve gone too far.
3. Now that you have your nice cream transfer it into a bowl (or bowls) and add your toppings. You can chop your walnuts up into little pieces, but I personally like them whole. After you have folded the walnuts in, add a generous serving of chocolate, I used a lot of chocolate but it’s at your personal preference.
4. And now you have a delicious bowl of chunky monkey in front of you! Don’t forget to snap a picture and post it in my comments so I can see how it turned out. I hope you enjoy this recipe!