. . . but paleo. This is a thing.
I had high hopes to make this for M on Valentine’s Day, but there were just too many other things going on and I got distracted. Honestly, though, it was so easy . . . literally 6 minutes of prep time and a few hours in the freezer. The first flop-flop-appropriate day in months prompted me to get my frozen-treats act together. So, so glad I did.
Paleo Banana Ice Cream
- Break up some bananas in a blender and cover with cinnamon. The riper the banana, the better the ice cream . . . they’re sweeter! (A crucial part of this step is to look askance at your husband when he refers to bananas as “sugar sticks.” Just . . . no.) I used about three, but obvs it depends on how much ice cream you want. (A lot, right? So use three.) Pour in a few tablespoons of vanilla, too.
- While your bananas chill for a sec, melt 4 ounces of chocolate in a saucepan along with about a third a can of coconut cream. We used a chili-cinnamon chocolate bar, which added a really fantastic spicy situation to the final product. Highly recommend it, but obviously any kind of chocolate would work.
- Add the chocolate/coconut mixture to the blender, and mix until you have something that is confusingly more liquidy than ice cream. Be ye not as confused as I was . . . I forgot about the whole freezing step.
- Pour the mixture into a shallow bowl. The more surface area that can be exposed, the better.
- Stick the bowl in the freezer for about an hour, then take it out and stir (to ensure that you don’t end up with a freezer-burned top layer with goop underneath.) Back in the freezer it goes, for about another hour.
- Aaaaaand . . . eat! Be like, “is this real life?” because you are eating ice cream and not consuming any non-fruit sugars.
When I view “being paleo” in terms of restriction, there’s a lot of frustration and internal fit-throwing. (I’ll have three Girl Scout Samoas if I feel like it! Gosh!) Experiences like these, though, make it seem so doable. This is just actual ice cream, not some unfortunate faux situation that makes you wonder why you’re even bothering. Win.