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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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Sylvia Kilgore3 days ago
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Frozen banana with frozen pineapple is divine!! I use a few drops of coconut extract in the soy or almond milk I add. Coconut milk is delicious but I want to avoid the saturated fat of coconut milk.

Pickles1 month ago
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Hi – we have ground vanilla powder A how much do you think would equal to one vanilla pod? (Ground includes both the seeds and the pod itself) would this even work? Tia

Courtney1 month ago
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White sweet potatoes are so much better than “banana” for this as bananas are overpowering….but for those that love bananas THIS much…go for it. So many alternate versions of this…including adding mint for chocolate chip mint, pb powder and chocolate for Reese’s version….options are limitless…but I still recommend white flesh sweet potatoes and possibly a few dates for sweetness to get out of just “banana” flavor,

Danni A.4 weeks ago
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Since someone else asked below without a reply… I am guessing to cook the white sweet potato (bake whole, cool, then cut into cubes or cook on stove top, maybe by boiling, until tender then cube) then place them in freezer to freeze thoroughly before use. Freezing is how the nice cream gets its firmness and ice cream consistency. You may need to experiment a few times to get it down.

Mona Gersky4 months ago
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Our local grocery store sells bananas just past their “yellow” skin stage for $1.99 for a huge bag, usually 20-25 bananas. I found this recipe searching for recipes with ripe bananas. I made it this morning and it is glorious. I didn’t have actual vanilla beans but I do have a quality organic vanilla extract and used 1 TBS. I can’t wait to try it again with different smidges of other fruits tossed in…blueberries, strawberries…maybe even coconut and shreds of chocolate. Thanks so much.

Peggy1 month ago
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How do you prepare the white sweet potatoes for this rescipe

Ivonne6 months ago
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Very good and simple. I think it could use with something else for flavor, but I don’t know what exactly. I added brownie bits as a topping.

Lex7 months ago
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Awesome… Used cocont cream/milk… Delush!!!

Donna Poppe7 months ago
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Can’t wait to try this

Anne8 months ago
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Has anyone tried adding cinnamon? If so, how much? Thx for any response.

Steven, FOK Support7 months ago
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We think it’s a fun and tasty idea, Anne! You may wish to add a little bit at a time, taste, and then add more if you’d like!

Helena9 months 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 Williams9 months ago
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So far, the recipe is a success. Delicious. Why only store frozen for one week?

Logan3 months ago
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Because of the bananas probably they will go bad

tammytremblay54@gmail.com tammytremblay54@gmail.com7 months ago
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Awesome

Christy Owens9 months 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.

Scott8 months ago
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Can you substitute hot chocolate powder for the cocoa powder?

Teri10 months ago
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How much does this taste like bananas ??? I really only want the vanilla flavor. (thanks)

Xael10 months ago
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dont use the banana then

Susan Tidey11 months ago
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If we use vanilla extract instead of the bean, how much should be used? Thank you!

Rob3 months ago
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The lady above said she used a Tablespoon.

Tasmin11 months ago
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About a tbsp, may need more of less depending on strength and quality 🙂

Darren Watts12 months ago
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Delicious and so easy!

Terri Gibson5 months ago
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Before I went vegan Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey was my favorite so after I blended the banana, vanilla, and oat milk, I stirred in cocoa nibs and walnuts. It is how I remember the dairy version 🙂

Rj1 year ago
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I am amazed at how easy and delicious this is! Thank you!

Vivian D Payne1 year ago
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Can vanilla extract be used instead of bean?

Elaine Rosen1 year ago
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Yes, you can also leave this out. My dad made this for us for years without the vanilla.

Mary doherty1 year ago
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My thoughts too

Barb1 year ago
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Easy and delicious!!

Veronk1 year ago
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Can a blender be used instead of food processor?

Belinda1 year ago
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Yes, a blender would work for this as well.

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Carla Christian, RD, LD, received her associate’s degree in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America in 2006 and her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Michigan State University in 2009. She finished her dietetic internship from The University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2010 and is a former chef in the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen. Photo by Jason Donnelly

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