I am going to warn you straight off the bat before I proceed any further - this ice cream is hard to quit eating!
So if you are prepared for a few extra calories on the lips and hips and get excited by bananas, then look no further than this delectable treat, that can literally be blended up in 5 minutes. Well, half an hour if you include the time churning in the ice cream maker. But you can walk around the house doing other things while the machine is working it’s magic! It's important to soak the cashews for the smoothest consistency, and you'll get the best results with a high-speed blender. But, you can make this ice cream in a conventional blender.
Everyone loves this ice cream — it's rich and creamy, and sweet. Use extremely ripe bananas for the best flavor.
I use coconut nectar or pure maple syrup in this recipe. But I catered a lunch for 20 people for Dr Carter’s lunch and lecture, and a lot of the guests were on the Sugar Circuit Diet. I used “Just Like Sugar” to sweeten the ice cream, and used equal quantities. It was absolutely delicious, and a huge hit. Just Like Sugar is made from Chicory Root, Calcium, Vitamin C, and natural flavours from the peel of oranges. It is gluten free, dairy free, with no yeast, soy, or animal derivatives. Check out their website for more information.
This recipe could be adapted with other fruit. You could add 1 ripe banana and throw in 2 cups of berries for berry ice cream. You could try other fruit. You could add in coconut and chocolate. The sky is the limit. I would keep one of the bananas for some sweetness and texture. One thing I will say is to keep the mixture in the ice cream maker for a full 30 minutes. You will yield a much creamier product, more closely resembling conventional ice cream. Then place the mixture in the freezer for a couple of hours and it will firm up further.