Double Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

My mother, may she rest in peace, could eat a kilogram of ice cream in record speed. Think inhale! Any flavor – didn’t matter. As long as it was ice cream. She was the easiest date to please, claimed my father, OBM.  Just take her to an ice cream parlor and keep ordering. Also, the best date, or so he said, because she never argued with him or demanded anything. Her mouth was otherwise occupied. If it wasn’t ice cream, it was chocolate. In fact, she agreed to be introduced to him for two kilos of chocolates that a girlfriend promised her. The girlfriend’s cousin was my dad’s classmate, who, in turn got the promised two kilos from – you got it! – my dad. Every year at their wedding anniversary, I heard how my dad bought my mom for two kilos of chocolate.  She had been sixteen, tiny and slender, and he seventeen, tall and handsome, and the rest was history.

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I have always loved chocolate but disliked ice cream which was something my mother could never understand. To get me, a four – five year old, into an ice cream parlor where she could enjoy herself, she had to guarantee that they would have for me “a double” – chocolate ice cream with chocolate topping. Since you couldn’t guarantee anything in those times (it was like playing the three-shell swindle – here you have it, here you don’t!), I had to put my little foot down and stipulate the conditions: if they don’t have it, we don’t stay. We go across the street and raid the chocolates store. Little did I understand that I was depriving my poor mom of her treat!

To make up for that memory and to do something nice for my husband who also loves ice cream, I created this double chocolate, non-dairy, no added sugar, gluten-free, very healthy and totally scrumptious banana – dates – mint ice cream.

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Just like there are no bad kids, there are no bad bananas. When your bananas start going overripe, throw them in the freezer. Wrap them separately and collect them because there is a multitude of recipes where you can put them to good use, but they all require different number of bananas. I had four of them collected, so I sort of adjusted everything to that. I always have pitted Medjool dates on hand, and if you don’t stop me, they won’t live long enough to be used for anything but sneaking and snacking. We also need unsweetened cocoa powder and just a little of soy or coconut milk. You can try almond or rice milk, but I doubt you’ll get the same consistency and flavor.

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I use sugar free chocolate chips or, sometimes, carob chips and fresh frozen mint. I also grind some walnuts into powder, to thicken it and to imbue it with a nice nutty flavor. You might want to replace walnuts with ground almonds or coconut flakes.

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Before you do anything, unwrap your bananas and let them defrost a bit. First you have to grind walnuts into powder, then add dates and mint and process them together. Meanwhile, your bananas are ready to play, so you add them to the food processor bowl, as well as soy or coconut milk and cocoa powder. Pulse until you get really smooth creamy consistency, and don’t forget to scrape the sides of the bowl.

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So I was all ready to divide it into individual portions, but I had to taste it, of course! I tasted. And tasted. And tasted…  That was a very filling, nutritious lunch, beautiful people! I did have enough left for six portions, though.

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I have these old demitasse cups that we hardly ever take out, so I put them to good use. I portioned out my ice cream, topped it with chocolate chips, and put it into the freezer. Of course when the little munchkin grandkids come to visit, I use small paper cups they can hold in their grubby little paws, squeeze up and lick rather than bother with a spoon. Note: lolly-pop molds are not a bad idea, but when the little ones are around, it’s a lost cause!

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 overripe frozen bananas
  • 15 dates, preferably Medjool
  • 1 cup walnuts, ground
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup soy or coconut milk
  • 1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Sugar free chocolate or carob chips for garnishing

PROCEDURE

  • Partially defrost bananas.
  • Grind walnuts into fine powder.
  • Add dates and mint, pulse together until dates are fully processed.
  • Add milk substitute and cocoa powder. Pulse until very smooth consistency.
  • Portion out into separate cups or small bowls, garnish with chocolate or carob chips.
  • Freeze for at least two hours before serving.

Enjoy!

 

 

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65 Comments Add yours

  1. Lovely! Got no end of old (very old!) tea cups. Do you think it would be OK to stick them into my freezer?

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    1. Thank you. I wouldn’t put bone china into freezer, but porcelain should be fine.

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  2. Sumith Babu says:

    That sounds very delicious!! Thanks for the share:)) liked that little cat sitting in the chair😊

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    1. Thank you, Sumith. My husband likes it, and so do grandkids, and that’s what counts! The little silver cat was a birthday present from my younger son years ago, from the first money he earned when he started working. It is precious to me!

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    1. Thank you so much, fellow yoga person!

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  3. Your mom was beautiful! She must have been really proud of you today 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you so much! She was a very special person, and unfortunately, I lost her 20 years ago, but her energy and enthusiasm for life is always with me.

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      1. She is still with you Dolly in form of blessings😃

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  4. Thank you! You are so very kind!

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    1. Thank you, Myra. Coming from an accomplished chef like yourself, it means a lot to me.

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  5. Jessica says:

    Beautiful picture!! Looks simply delicious! 😀

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  6. Thank you, you are a sweetheart!

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  7. elle says:

    Very neat recipe! I always keep my banana ice cream very simple, usually with only bananas and maybe a hint of cinnamon, but I love the idea of dates, walnuts, cocoa, and all that good stuff! I will absolutely be trying this!

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    1. Thank you for your comment – I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. I thank you for posting my recipe, and especially for posting it “as is” – including the story.

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      1. I just love your stories and recipes. My pleasure dear. Feel free to let me know if you wish to submit more. 😊

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      2. Thank you! I just think that you are all booked up till November, so I’ll really have to think it through as to what to send you.

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      3. Yes that’s true but as mentioned should I receive more request I will open up another slot and do 2 per week.

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      4. Here is what I am trying to figure out: in order to post a recipe, I have take pictures, which means I have to actually make the dish. As we are getting close to a holiday season, I am focused in that direction. I would like my holiday recipes posted, but not 2 -3 months after the holidays. So I’ll need to think about something that’s already done and is neutral enough not to be related to holidays.

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      5. If you do a holiday dish and submit the link to me, I promise I will submit your post and release the same or next day. You will not have to wait. 😉

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      6. This is so kind of you! I will work on it starting on Sunday. Thank you!

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      7. I will work in this tonight and release it over the weekend. Will that work for you?

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      8. There is no rush on this one, but thank you so much!

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      9. I will start with an extra day per week. Rescedule all existing ones to shorten the release date on all then add this next in line. You’re a super star. Thanks again.

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      10. Thank you for organizing and coordinating this flow of recipes – awesome job!

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      11. Thanks for sharing Koolkosherkitchen. Hope you followers will also participate in this venture. Please spread the word: “Sharing is Caring” Thanks

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  8. Question posted on your post by a member. Please help.
    This sounds absolutely lumpsious! I was wondering if I had to make this for Rosh Hashana, having a fish meal and no one is dietetic or has food problems for dessert😜TG, could I substitute the milk for normal milk and if I wanted to exclude the bananas an replace with maybe just chocolate or choc chips, is this possible.
    I have copies verbatim her query. Please let me know then I csn respond back to her. Thanks in advance.

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    1. Certainly it could be made for Rosh Hashana, if it’s a fish meal and there is no meat. Regular milk could be substituted, but if bananas are excluded, you’ll need another filler, i.e. a fruit that is not too juicy but has more substantial flesh. Avocado or papaya will work, but you’ll have to increase sugar. I hope this is helpful!

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      1. Awesome. I will let the member know

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  9. Reblogged this on koolkosherkitchen and commented:

    It’s getting a little cooler outside in the evening, but we can still enjoy some ice cream. Here is one of my older recipes.

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  10. feistyfroggy says:

    Looks wonderful. Chocolate and bananas are always a big hit!

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    1. And the more chocolate, the better! Thank you – I am glad you like it!

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  11. Thank you for the story and the recipe 🙂

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    1. Thank you for reading and following!

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  12. Love the dates! Always have them too. Good snacking!

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    1. Thank you, glad you like it!

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  13. Kiersten says:

    I wanted to thank you for this very good read!! I absolutely enjoyed every little bit of it.

    I have got you bookmarked to check out new stuff you

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    1. Thank you so much – I am so glad you like it! I just found your comment, and I’d like to visit your blog. How do I find you?

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  14. israelisalad says:

    Mint chocolate banana ice cream! That’s what I’ve got to try next!
    You’re invited to my virtual ice cream party in honor of International Ice Cream for Breakfast Day https://israelisalad.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/international-ice-cream-for-breakfast-day-feb-4-2017-invitationgfvegan-ice-cream-recipe/
    All the best,
    Miriam

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    1. Thank you for the invitation! I’ll try to come up with something, Bli Neder.

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  15. lifelessons says:

    I love your writing style as much as your recipes. Thanks for the double treat.

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    1. Thank you so much – you made my day, both with your poem and with your comment!

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      1. lifelessons says:

        Deserved. I don’t give compliments–just state fact. You are a very good writer.

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      2. Ah, Judy, sometimes I remind myself of the old joke about a patient of a mental institution who said, “Doctor, you know that I am not a seed, I know that I am not a seed, but the chicken doesn’t know that I am not a seed, so as soon as I come out of here, it’ll eat me!”
        I know I was a decent writer in Russian, but in English?

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      3. lifelessons says:

        You are. Lay your fears to rest.

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      4. The word “fear” is not in my vocabulary. But I don’t evaluate myself; I am too busy having fun.

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  16. Joëlle says:

    Thank you for the recipe! Mint and chocolate, yummy!
    Your parents were a beautiful couple. Did they live in Odessa all their life?

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    1. Thank you, and I miss them very much! They lived in Odessa, except for the war years when they were both evacuated with their families as kids.

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  17. Osyth says:

    First and most important – please please please stay safe all of you. Second this post is chock-full (sorry near pun entirely intentional) of great advice and thirdly how on arts could anyone resist this delectable dairy free delight.

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    1. So my husband is not even attempting to resist! 😼

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  18. We are excited knowing we’ll be trying it.

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    1. Anticipation is part of the excitement! Enjoy, and please let ,e know how it comes out!

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      1. Dolly you always seem to know the right recipe for us. We’re just waiting for the cheese cake one, hint, hint, lol.

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      2. Ah, darling, the only thing I can offer you is a non-dairy one! Sadly, I can’t have dairy products any more, and I can’t post something without actually making it – sorry! 😿

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      3. Oh, okay Dolly. We certainly understand. We so enjoy your recipes so what ever you post we gonna eat, lol.

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      4. You are too kind! 😻

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