Sweet & Salty Banana Ice Cream (Gluten Free, Vegan)
For the Nice Cream:
For the Toppings:
- A small handful of extra popcorn
|With the popcorn I used in the background!|
Now, the actual blending. Start by throwing your frozen pieces of banana, your rice milk and vanilla extract to a high-speed blender or food processor. I used my Vitamix, but a Nutribullet would probably work just as well! Blend until creamy (mine took less than a minute) and then throw in your pieces of date and popcorn and blend for just a second more. You can also just stir these ingredients right into the nice cream.
If you want to dress up your nice cream, there are countless options for toppings. This time, I went with another date, torn into pieces, for extra chewiness - plus a sprinkle of shredded toasted coconut for crunch. If you don't already have some toasted coconut on hand, you can always throw some raw flakes on the stove top and stir them with a little bit of cinnamon on medium heat for a few minutes. Finally, my go-to chocolate sauce/shell: a bit of coconut oil, a drizzle of water and a sprinkle of cacao powder. Feel free to just eyeball the ingredient amounts (that's what I always do!) and experiment with using other superfood powders - like acai or spirulina - in place of the cacao.
|A close up...|
As the recipe stands, it's not only gluten free and vegan, but also poppin' without any of the top eight allergens. The bananas offer easily digestible carbohydrates (especially if they were very ripe when frozen) along with manganese, potassium and Vitamin B6 and C. Meanwhile, dates are high in fiber and iron, and cacao is one deliciously calcium-magnesium-zinc-and-Vitamin-E-packed superfood! What's even crazier? Some call popcorn a superfood because of its ability to balance blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol and possibly protect eaters from cancer and heart disease.
|I don't know what's more popcorn beautiful...the bags or the ice cream!|
The truth is, popcorn from The Little Kernel may be small, but this recipe's flavor is anything but!
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How do you like to eat your popcorn? What flavor add-ins would you experiment with? Tell me your thoughts below!