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  • Makes 4½ cups

Frozen bananas are the secret to the creamy texture of this nice cream, which is fabulous with warm cobblers and pies or as a refreshing treat on its own. For the sweetest results, be sure to freeze bananas when they’re very ripe. 

vanilla bean vegan ice cream recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 5 medium bananas, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • ¼ to ½ cup unsweetened plant-based milk

Instructions

  1. Using a small sharp knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean.
  2. In a food processor combine vanilla seeds, frozen bananas, and ¼ cup of the milk. Cover and process until smooth, adding as much of the remaining milk as needed.
  3. Serve immediately for a soft-serve ice cream or freeze at least 4 hours for a scoopable ice cream. Store in the freezer for up to 1 week.

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Helena2 weeks ago
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This is delicious ice cream.
I don’t
Add the milk but,
I add some nut oil and juice of one orange per 4 sliced and frozen bananas. This makes it more creamy and fluffy and reduces the taste of plain bananas. Add any other fruit with it eg: strawberries or mulberries…. Just the best! So yum!

Richard Williams2 weeks ago
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So far, the recipe is a success. Delicious. Why only store frozen for one week?

Christy Owens4 weeks ago
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Made the chocolate version of this by adding cocoa powder. Turned out really good! I was surprised by how good it was. Not quite ice cream, but a delicious and healthy treat. Definitely will make again.

Teri2 months ago
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How much does this taste like bananas ??? I really only want the vanilla flavor. (thanks)

Xael1 month ago
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dont use the banana then

Susan Tidey3 months ago
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If we use vanilla extract instead of the bean, how much should be used? Thank you!

Tasmin2 months ago
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About a tbsp, may need more of less depending on strength and quality 🙂

Darren Watts3 months ago
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Delicious and so easy!

Rj4 months ago
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I am amazed at how easy and delicious this is! Thank you!

Vivian D Payne5 months ago
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Can vanilla extract be used instead of bean?

Elaine Rosen5 months ago
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Yes, you can also leave this out. My dad made this for us for years without the vanilla.

Mary doherty5 months ago
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My thoughts too

Barb5 months ago
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Easy and delicious!!

Veronk5 months ago
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Can a blender be used instead of food processor?

Belinda5 months ago
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Yes, a blender would work for this as well.

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