Mocha Banana Ice Cream
Vegan Mocha Banana Ice Cream is creamy rich with instant espresso and cocoa powder blended with frozen bananas for an easy guilt free recipe for soft serve “Nice” cream.
- 2 large bananas frozen and sliced
- 1 tablespoon creamy pecan butter or natural nut or seed butter of choice
- 2 tablespoon cocoa powder unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee granules or instant coffee granules (dry)
- 2 tablespoon almond milk or non-dairy or dairy of choice (just enough to allow the food processor to get the ingredients moving.)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup optional - adjust to your level of sweetness.
Homemade Pecan Butter (skip to step 3 if using another nut/seed butter)
If you want to make your own homemade pecan butter… (if not, skip to the 3rd step) just add 2 cup of raw pecans to a pan and toast for about 5 minutes until toasty brown and delicious nutty aroma develops. Be careful not to burn them, cook over medium heat. Remove pecans from pan and allow to completely cool.
In a heavy-duty food processor, blend your cooled toasted pecans until smooth. You will have to periodically scrape down the side of the food processor. It took us about 8 minutes to achieve a creamy pecan butter.Makes 1 cup toasted pecan butter. Store extra in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Mocha Banana Ice Cream
In a high-powered food processor, add frozen sliced bananas, natural pecan butter (or natural CREAMY nut butter/seed butter of choice), cocoa powder, instant espresso coffee granules and 1-2 tablespoons of almond milk (or non-dairy or dairy of choice). Place the lid on the food processor.
Blend the Chocolate Pecan Butter Frozen Banana mixture until smooth and creamy. You will need to periodically stop your food processor and open the lid to push down the mixture from the sides to get it all incorporated. If your food processor or blender is having difficulty getting the mixture going add another tablespoon of non-dairy or dairy of choice, just to get it moving. All food processors and blenders have a different wattage.You need to use a high powered food processor or blender for this recipe.
Serve as soft serve immediately or freeze for 2-4 hours covered or overnight for scoopable ice cream. Garnish with toasted crushed pecans if desired and Enjoy! If you decide to freeze your mocha banana ice cream, place it at room temperature for about 15 minutes to make it easier to scoop.
If you have a high-powered food processor or blender then you can make this guilt free ice cream without an ice cream maker. The more wattage and power, the better you will be able to pulse through frozen bananas. We used a Ninja Kitchen system and it goes up to 1500 watts for this recipe. You can use a standard food processor or blender with at least 700 to 800 watts, but you will need to be more patient and stir often. In addition, maybe even cut up your bananas in a smaller size or add a little bit more non-dairy liquid to get it going.
You can serve your Mocha Banana Ice Cream right away with a soft serve consistency. If you prefer a scoopable nice cream freeze it covered between 2-4 hours. You can store your nice cream in the freezer in a sealed container for up to 3 months. However, you will need to set your nice cream on the counter at room temperature for about 15 minutes to make it easier to scoop.
We used a little homemade creamy pecan butter in our recipe but all delicious with any natural creamy nut butter (ie. almond, peanut, macadamia, etc.) or seed butters like sunflower or pumpkin seed butter.
Instant Espresso coffee granules or instant coffee granules are a delicious rich addition to this recipe, especially if you are a coffee lover.
If you want to make this recipe for the kids, just omit the espresso. Instead this recipe will be a chocolate banana nice cream with a little nut butter. Did you know that you can also place this mixture into popsicle molds and enjoy a mocha banana ice cream popsicle? How fun is that! Enjoy and stay cool.
Serving: 1g | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 703mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg