Banana Chocolate Fudge Ice cream (vegan + gf + sugar-free)
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Banana Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream (vegan & gluten-free)

Banana pairs with creamy coconut milk and rich chocolate fudge in this easy vegan ice cream, made with whole food ingredients and no refined sugar.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Freezing Time3 hrs 40 mins
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, gluten-free, healthy, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword: banana, chocolate fudge, ice cream, nice cream, summer
Servings: 3 people

Ingredients

For the chocolate fudge

  • 6 tbsp coconut butter/manna (Coconut oil is NOT a substitute! It changes the texture.)
  • 4 tsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

For the ice cream

  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup soaked cashews, drained
  • cups full fat coconut milk (roughly one 400ml can) (Chill a can in the fridge overnight and then scrape out the cream. Do not use the water – it will harden the ice cream.)
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or essence
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or coconut nectar
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

For the chocolate fudge

  • Heat the coconut butter, coconut oil, cacao powder and maple syrup on the lowest possible heat until the butter and oil have melted.
  • When all ingredients are just combined, pour into tupperware and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

For the ice cream

  • While the fudge is freezing, make the ice cream by blending all ingredients in a high speed blender for one minute. 
  • Spoon the mixture into tupperware and freeze for 40 minutes.
  • Remove from the freezer and stir vigorously with a metal spoon to ensure that any ice crystals are broken up.
  • Repeat the process of freezing the ice cream for 40 minutes then stirring vigorously 3 more times until the mixture is thick but not solid.
  • Remove the fudge from the freezer. Roughly cut it into small chunks and gently stir into the ice cream.
  • Freeze for 1 hour more (the ice cream should be thick and frozen but not solid) then serve. Enjoy!