Double Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Lovely Carol of carolcooks2.com informed me that today was an Ice Cream for Breakfast day. Here is a repeat of an old post that features an unusual ice cream you can have for breakfast, even though I had it for lunch.

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!

63 Comments Add yours

  1. purpleslob says:

    What a wonderful love story of your Mama and Papa!!
    You naughty girl!! lol

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    1. Naughty? Always! Thank you for a lovely comment, my favorite purple person!

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  2. A_Boleyn says:

    Kudos on another creative recipe. I’m amazed what you come up with to deal with various dietary issues and keep things kosher as well.

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    1. Keeping kosher in the US is very easy, compared to what we had to go through in the old country. I thank you for the compliment, yet, unfortunately, I can no longer make ice cream using dates, as my husband’s dietitian forbid them. Have to come with an alternative. I see it as a challenge, rather than an obstacle.

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  3. Oh…what a temptation! )))❤️(((

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    1. Thank you, darling! I wish I could send you some by e-mail! LOL

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      1. I need some now! I love a good chocolate rush!🍂🍮🍮🍂🔔💓

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      2. Nothing better than chocolate, right?

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  4. Garfield Hug says:

    Wah…decadent indeed!

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    1. And relatively dietetic, other than the high sugar content in dates.

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  5. lifelessons says:

    This looks easy, but I gave my food processor away. Wonder if a blender would do?

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    1. Sure will, even better.

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  6. So ingenious! I am sure there are many who long for ice cream, but are unable to eat the original version. You have done them an enormous kindness, Dolly! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Anna; you are so kind!

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  7. Jackie2015 says:

    Oh my, that looks delicious. YUMMY!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Jackie!

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      1. Jackie2015 says:

        My pleasure dear lady (-:

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  8. nez1978 says:

    Oh my! These look yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend!

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  9. -Eugenia says:

    Chocolate! ❤️ I love chocolate and ice cream. Unfortunately, I am allergic to bananas.

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    1. Ah, dear Eugenia, I am sorry about bananas! Do you like papaya? Mangoes? You can use either or both, but with mangoes I suggest adding a few drops of lemon juice. Good luck!

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        It’s weird, Dolly, I am allergic to the strangest things. I love most all fruits and I’m certain I could find a tasty substitute.

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      2. I am also allegic to all kinds of things, dear Eugenia, so I know how you feel. I am sure you can find a delicious substitute.

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    1. Thank you so much, Derrick.

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  10. `Your parents were beautiful people, and the “ice cream” sounds like a crowd pleaser.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mimi!

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  11. 15andmeowing says:

    Thank you for the recipe. 🙂

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    1. My pleasure, sweetheart! Thank you for stopping by.

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    1. Thank you, my lovelies!

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  12. lghiggins says:

    I enjoyed the story of your parents dating and your putting down your foot on chocolate over ice cream. They were a beautiful couple.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Linda; I have always admired the way they looked – so special.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend!

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  13. “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.” – oh yes, sounds “very” reasonable to me 😊 💕

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    1. LOL Thank you very much, dear Felipe. I hope you and your beautiful half are well and keeping safe.

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      1. Yes, so glad we’re doing ok ❤️ ya’ll too I hope! We can see more and more vaccines getting closer and closer to us, lol! I told Sheila it get’s any longer getting our shots I’ll be immune 😏

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      2. LOL I am glad you are doing well!

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  14. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    DOUBLE THIS DOUBLE— AND YOU’VE GOT GLUTTONY!

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging, dear friend!

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  15. Delicious sounding Dolly and who doesn’t like ice-cream for breakfast.. ♥

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    1. LOL Thank you again, dear Sally.

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      1. Popped in the daily blogger so others can indulge….♥

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      2. You are very kind.

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  16. dgkaye says:

    I enjoyed the story of your parents and her love for ice-cream and chocolate. Looks a tasty recipe for those who like bananas. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Debbie! Bananas could be easily replaced by papaya or mango, or a combination of both.

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      1. dgkaye says:

        Oh, now there’s an idea! Thanks again Dolly! 🙂

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      2. My pleasure, darling – enjoy!

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  17. I love the story of how your parents got together!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Liz!

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      1. You’re welcome!

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  18. Wow! Thats a composition like an Italian Opera! 😉 Thank you very much again, Dolly! Will enjoy! Have a beautiful rest of the week! Michael

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    1. Ah, Michael, whenever I visited Italy, I felt myself in the middle of an Italian opera – the entire country is an opera!
      Thank you for a lovely comment, dear friend. You too, enjoy the remainder of the week.

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      1. Hello Dolly!Italy is fantastic! Thank you for mentioning another great recipe. Be well and stay save. Have a beautiful weekend! Michael

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      2. You too, dear friend, have a great weekend!

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  19. This looks great and I love that you shared the story of your Mama and Papa – can’t wait to try this!

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    1. Thank you so much, darling! I hope you enjoy this treat!

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