This is so easy that I’m a bit ashamed to even call it a recipe, but I decided to post it anyway.
I love bananas (some low-carb believers claim that bananas are bad for you, but I’m not one of them), and I also love ice cream and chocolate. It’s probably no surprise that I love love love Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice Cream. I also love the company’s attitude towards (mostly) natural ingredients, and environmental and social issues. But I don’t quite love this brand’s price tag, and calorie and dairy content. So I tried to create my very own, slightly healthier, much cheaper version of Chunky Monkey.
Chunky Monkey Ice Cream Remake
makes one small serving
- 1 large banana, frozen
- dash of milk, optional (see below)
- liquid sweetener (honey, agave or maple syrup), optional
- 1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp chocolate chips
First, prepare a batch of Banana Soft Serve. I’m not sure who to credit for this awesome idea, but I think I saw it first on Choosing Raw. I normally use one large frozen banana, but feel free to make a bigger batch. The original recipe uses only banana, but my poor little blender needs a little help, so I add a dash of milk. I prefer soy milk, but I’m sure almond, rice, coconut, or even cow’s milk all would work just fine. Make sure you don’t add too much milk, or you’ll end up with a smoothie. That wouldn’t be a bad thing, just not what we want right now. If you prefer your ice cream to be sweeter, add liquid sweetener (honey, agave or maple syrup) to taste.
Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips and either enjoy immediately or put it in the freezer for a few minutes to let it firm up a bit.
You could also add half a scoop (about a tbsp) of protein powder and have it as a post-workout snack. That would be totally fine.