They probably should lock me away. Because I have a serious addiction to ice cream.
My desserts ever since I can remember, from the time I was a little kid, always consisted of some sort of ice cream. Sundaes with hot fudge and heath bar were always a classic. On the boardwalk, I dreamed about the vanilla and orange sherbet twist cones covered in rainbow sprinkles I have ordered ever since I was 5. Even pie, what I can honestly say is my FAVORITE dessert, was not complete without the big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Ice cream was bae. That is, until I was 17, when my doctor declared my digestion problems to be partially due to lactose intolerance.
I was devastated. So much so that I plunged my face into a pint of Cherry Garcia
Ever since then, I tried all kinds of dairy free ice cream. Soy, rice, hemp, and coconut did nothing to satisfy my cravings. I would end up back to the Ben and Jerry's in spite of the dairy. However, when I was in college, a vegan cooking blog turned me on to the beauty that is one ingredient ice cream. Sitting patiently scraping down the sides of my $10 blender (this was a personal Hamilton blender mind you and this took 35 minutes #dedication), I was amazed that such a common, boring ingredient (sorry bananas) could magically turn into a soft serve that was reminiscent of the cones I gobbled up in childhood.
You can pretty much make banana ice cream taste like anything. I add frozen strawberries, blueberries, and peanut butter to correspond to my cravings, However, this flavor is my absolute favorite (and #1 fall-back). Please add the sea salt, as it adds a depth of flavor that contrasts to the sweetness of the banana. It sounds weird, but I promise it is not. Feel free to add whatever toppings or mix-ins you like. Here, I mixed in raspberries and cacao nibs and then topped it with peanut butter, granola, and more raspberries. Other berries, chopped up chocolate, hemp seeds, and date caramel are also lovely additions on top. If you want this for breakfast (who wouldn't want this for breakfast) and want to make it more filling, feel free to add some protein powder. Or just a ton of peanut butter
23. Recent Grad. Human Vegetable Disposal. Putting the Chic in Chickpea.