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This is a vegan version of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream. It’s a delicious, refreshing, and guilt-free soft-serve dessert.

From The Abundance Diet

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Ingredients

  • 4 medium-sized bananas, cut into 1-inch pieces and frozen
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, as needed
  • 2 tablespoons mini vegan chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine the frozen banana pieces, cherries, and vanilla extract.
  2. Process until creamy, adding almond milk one tablespoon at a time as necessary.
  3. Pulse in the chocolate chips. Serve immediately.

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(4.83 from 6 votes)
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Jennifer2 months ago
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Made it tonight for dessert. Absolutely wonderful!

Mindy2 months ago
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Just made this and it really hit the spot. I used soy milk because I didn’t have almond milk and it is delicious and refreshing.

Robin Brown2 months ago
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Delicious

Jen2 months ago
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I’m going to try this in my new Ninja Creami ice cream maker. So far everything I’ve made in it has been wonderful. For those who are avoiding sweetened chocolate chips, Trader Joe’s sells chocolate chips that are unsweetened.

Lyn3 months ago
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Will this work in a blender? Looks delish and it’s cherry season

Forks Over Knives2 months ago
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If you have a high-speed blender it should work just fine! Sometimes standard blenders have a tough time with frozen fruit because they need liquid to create the blending vortex, but if that happens you can just add a little extra plant-based milk to help 🙂

Amanda3 months ago
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What I’d really love are some frozen desserts that don’t use bananas, as I am allergic.

Priscilla2 months ago
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Try substituting yogurt for the bananas. There’s a plethora of flavors and styles to choose from.

Mrs Sarah taylor3 months ago
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Can I use this recipe in the soft serve ice cream maker

Fran7 months ago
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Where can we buy frozen pitted cherries?

Susan2 months ago
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Trader Joe’s

lilly2 months ago
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Sprouts

Susan4 months ago
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Costco

Therese McMahan7 months ago
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I get mine at Walmart.

Leilani7 months ago
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Costco has big bags!

Marian Erickson7 months ago
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4 votes

Brianne Fracassi7 months ago
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Good lord people, it’s 2 tablespoons of vegan chips per 4 servings. If you don’t want then don’t use them. Many aren’t that bad for you. Use cocoa nibs. No need to whine

Ellen7 months ago
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Hahaha, thanks for keepin it real. Love it!

Nina1 year ago
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I use 1-2 tablespoons baking cocoa powder because I don’t want chocolate chips hanging around. Too tempting. Recipe looks yummy.

Rochelle Wilder2 months ago
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Good idea

Amy Fried1 year ago
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How can chocolate chips be Forks Over Knives compliant?

Canaan1 year ago
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Vegan chocolate chips…cocoa beans are a plant

AMY FRIED1 year ago
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I don’t understand how chocolate chips can be Forks & Knives friendly.

Marlene1 year ago
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How can I make it with out bananas or avocados. I’m allergic to them

Kris7 months ago
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Try using more cherries in place of the banana. They get really creamy like bananas, especially in a good blender.

Lila7 months ago
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Can you do tofu? I use that for my cacao pudding base. Would probably work here with extra cherries.

Brianne Fracassi7 months ago
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Frozen cauliflower works too

Amy7 months ago
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I would think even vegan chocolate chips would be too high in saturated fat.

joyce11 months ago
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Did you get to see the reply about freezing sliced zucchini in place of banana? Sounds crazy enough that I wanna try it…and I happen to have some to freeze!

Kelly1 year ago
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So easy to make – and DELISH! Crowd pleaser, for sure!

Susan Hildreth1 year ago
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This sounds great. Cherry Garcia is my favorite

eliz Butterfield1 year ago
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What could substitute for the bananas? I dont eat what is not grown in my hemisphere plus I really dislike banana anything.

Stacey6 months ago
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Sliced zucchini cooked or raw?

Magy1 year ago
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This sounds weird but trust me…freeze a sliced zucchini (with peel on or off) and use it in place of banana. You can’t taste it at ALL!

Michelle1 year ago
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Sounds like a good recipe when cherries are ripe.

Kelly3 months ago
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Or your teeth!! Been there with frozen cherries bought commercially. Won’t do that again!!

Judy11 months ago
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Yes and I worked hard this summer to pit and freeze a bunch of cherries n and now we’re enjoying them in smoothies and nice cream. I was very careful to make sure not one pit was left in as I don’t want to mess up my Ninja blender! Next summer I hope to freeze even more when they’re at their cheapest. I’ve also bought frozen cherries at Publix (pricey).

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Somer McCowan

Somer McCowan is a self-taught chef who has a passion for health and inventing delicious recipes. She has worked creating food in bakeries and restaurants in the U.S. and Australia. She blossomed in her own kitchen when she became vegan. Several years ago, she was diagnosed with a severe autoimmune disease called ulcerative colitis, and completely reversed her condition through a whole-food, plant-based diet. Her cookbook The Abundance Diet is designed to help others improve their health through eating the right kinds of food. She lives in Utah where she publishes her popular blog, vedgedout.com. Find her on Facebook and Instagram.

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