vegan! banana ice cream tutorial

So this is a little late in coming, but I've decided to kick off a new series for the weekends! (Yes, I know. It's Tuesday. But let's pretend it's Sunday, okay?) I thought, since I usually spend the week writing about some pretty heavy stuff here (relationships, the chaos in the universe, thoughts about God and us and everything ever, etc, etc,) maybe I'd lighten things up a bit on the weekends and talk about yoga and food and music.

Sound good? Are we all good? Good.

Okay so today, since I have received so many requests for it, I'm going to share a little DIY tutorial on how to make banana ice cream (with hemp protein!).

As a vegetarian, I am always on the lookout for ways to add more protein into my daily diet. Plant-based protein powders can be a great way to boost the amount of protein you are taking in each day, but oftentimes it's hard to find ways to actually get it into your food, (unless you are making smoothies. And how many smoothies can one kid drink in a day, right?). Banana ice cream-- or "nice cream", is a pretty yummy solution. Plus the best thing about it is the fact that it only takes five minutes to make and clean up. This is one of my favorite go-to's for breakfast.


The night before, freeze two bananas or more, sliced up into coins. (freezing them in a plastic bag is always a good idea if you don't want to CRACK EVERY TUPPERWARE CONTAINER YOU OWN. I have ruined many. And they all belonged to my mother. It wasn't good.)

So freeze the bananas and the next morning (or anytime the next day, or thereafter) pop them into a food processor. If you have a really powerful high speed blender, that may work as well. I almost destroyed my sister's Ninja blender making this once. It burned out the engine thingie and produced actual smoke. ACTUAL SMOKE, kids. She wasn't immensely pleased by the ordeal. So with all that in mind--

Pulse the bananas until they are coarsely blended. Like so:

Add 3 teaspoons (or more, depending on how chocolately you like it) of cocoa powder. (I love Equal Exchange, best chocolate + fair trade! Can't go wrong there.)

Add a a couple tablespoons of cacao nibs + 1 teaspoon (or more) of hemp protein powder

And blend until smooth.

OR, for "everything" nice cream, use frozen strawberries, (be sure to microwave these for a few seconds and slice first. Otherwise it will literally sound like a golf ball in your food processor. And the blade will not like you.) frozen cherries, blueberries, raspberries, cacao nibs, coconut shreds, hemp, any other fruits you would like, and blend.

left to right: cocolate cacao + coconut, strawberry banana, "everything"

And then pretend you're at one of those fun froyo places and load on a bunch of FUN TOPPINGS! Like more cacao, coconut, fresh fruit, dried goji berries, mulberries, dried apples, rolled oats, etc. Have fun with it.

Remember to use only raw ingredients if you're going raw/"raw til' 4", otherwise feel free to use cooked or heated ingredients, like nut butters and such. Be creative and use good, whole foods!

If you like the idea of me doing more recipes/DIYs for making raw/vegan dishes, let me know in the comments! Let me know if you try this, and what flavors you like best!

Namaste, cool kids.


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  1. Those bowls at the end look so pretty! Also, your various warnings made me laugh.

    1. Haha, I'm glad! I was kind of laughing writing them up, tbh. Thank you, girl!

  2. Oh, good golly those look good. I've made frozen banana ice cream before (it's amazing, man), but I never thought of adding all those yummy ingredients to turn it into something special like that! Kate, you are a food artist. I'm serious.

    1. awww, man, thanks Hannah! Banana ice cream is so much fun + its healthy its like a win win

  3. It all looks so amazing! And yes please to more recipes!


    1. thank you much, Katrina! Definitely more to come. ^_^

  4. Um, yum! This looks amazing! Please do post more recipes/tutorials! :D

    1. ahhh, thanks bunches, Lauren! I LOVE your blog btw


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