Monthly Archives: March 2016

Homemade Vegan Chunky Monkey “Ice Cream”

Sorry for the wait but here it is as promised; drum roll please…my homemade version of Chunky Monkey “Ice Cream”.

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Looks yummy! And it’s oh so easy to make.

It takes just minutes to make and only 3 ingredients. You can easily adjust the amounts to fit your taste or double, triple, quadruple, well you get the idea…

So without further ado, here are the ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas- it’s best to freeze them overnight or for at least 3 hours
  • 2 Tbsp vegan chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp walnut halves or pieces

I like to use Enjoy Life Mega Chunks for the chocolate chips

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Again feel free to add more or less walnuts and or chocolate chips/chunks to suit your taste.

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Gather up all your ingredients and  blender (I use a Ninja BL780), place the frozen bananas in the blender and start blending. It will take a few minutes for the bananas to become ” ice cream” consistency. You may need to stop your blender to scrape down the sides every so often. The bananas will crumble into bits first.

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Just keep on blending and you will see the crumbles start to turn creamy and  look like ice cream.

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When the bananas turn creamy turn off the blender. Now is the time to add the walnuts and chocolate chips or chunks. You can add as much or as little as you like.

Once you have added the nuts and chips, pulse your blender once or twice. You want to just incorporate the nuts and chips, not completely mix them in. Leave it chunkyimage

At this point you can either transfer your “ice cream” into one large bowl or two small bowls, top with additional walnuts and chocolate chips, optional, or put the “ice cream in the freezer to firm it up more. Either way is fine it’s just a personal preference.

Last, but definitely not least, comes the best part. Grab a spoon and dig into some creamy, chunky, banana goodness!

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Please leave any comments or questions you have.

Shine!

Linda

Ben & Jerry’s Non Dairy Chunky Monkey Frozen Dessert

So…I read a while back that Ben & Jerry’s was coming out with non dairy versions of some of their ice cream flavors. Pre vegan days I loved their Chunky Monkey flavor.
Yesterday Frank and  I were in Publix Super Market and I had a craving for ice cream (which I very rarely have).  I went to the section where they keep( what little selection they have) the non dairy ice cream. Lo and behold sitting proudly on the top shelf were three different flavors of Ben & Jerry’s new line of non dairy frozen dessert.  And there it was in all its chunky glory my favorite flavor in non dairy form. I snatched it off the shelf, did my little happy dance, which always makes Frank smile, and we were on our way.  I could hardly wait to get home and try it.

For those who don’t know, Chunky Monkey is banana ice cream YUM with chunks of chocolate and walnuts mixed in.  When I opened the lid it looked like my old favorite. Took that first spoonful, Frank staring at me with anticipation and…it wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. There wasn’t that creamy banana taste that I loved so much.

The chunks were there like I remembered but it just didn’t work without the banana taste. Don’t get me wrong,  it was ok as far as non dairy ice cream goes. If you never tried the original dairy version you may enjoy this non dairy version more then I did.  I was really hoping for that WOW feeling I got when I tried the original for the first time, but Alas it just wasn’t there.  It’s a little pricey $5.49 for a pint and I can really do without all the extra additives and such that are in it. Not sure if I will give the other flavors a try.

It also dawned on me I can make my own version of this non dairy frozen dessert. It’s quick, easy, and only requires three ingredients…I’ll give you a hint… One of the ingredients is banana.

Check back soon for a list of the ingredients and step by step instructions on how to make it. 

Have you ever tried anything you were excited about only to be disappointed ? Or have you tried something and found it to be even better than you thought? Feel free to share your comments. I love hearing about your experiences, the good, the bad, yeah and even the ugly. 

Shine!

Linda