Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Monday, August 20, 2012


This summer has flown by much faster than I could have imagined.  It was only yesterday that I was anticipating Karen's wedding, and now, it's the 20th of August and I'm dreaming up what my Halloween costume will be!  Truthfully, the last few months have been incredibly busy for me and Dayv.  It's been difficult to find the time I once had to spend endless hours in the kitchen, now only having a couple hours here and there to squeeze in.  I look forward to when time slows down a bit, which will hopefully occur during the autumn.

When life gets busy, it's easy for me to push simple tasks to the back-burner, with the excuse that I just don't have time to accomplish them.  Like making ice cream.  When I first got my ice cream maker last summer, I was all about making Dayv homemade ice cream, especially since he's a fanatic for it and eats it every night for dessert.  But lately, I just haven't found the time.  Two weeks ago, I got a big fat wake-up call when Dayv accompanied me to Whole Foods and spent over $10 worth of ice cream he picked out, only to have it last until the middle of the week.  Two pint sized ice creams do not a week's worth of dessert make(I usually buy one of these along with a pint, which has a few more serving sizes in it, but Dayv prefers the fancy-shmancy flavors).  It was time for me to start making homemade ice cream again.


The fact is, I really do love making ice cream.  It isn't time consuming at all and I love thinking up different combinations to try.  The options are really endless.  This ice cream hit me when I was getting ready to cut up and freeze a banana to later use for a smoothie.  Why not put it in ice cream instead?, I thought.  The peanut butter and chocolate chips were an obvious addition, which I knew Dayv would appreciate.

The ice cream was a success and Dayv happily put it in his belly.  He loved the flavors and texture, and did not mention one word about missing his beloved Peanut Butter Zig Zag.  So it's now become one of my mid-year resolutions to make homemade ice cream every week and not rely on freaking expensive prepackaged ones.

As soon as I finished churning this ice cream and washed the bowl, I immediately placed it back into the freezer.  I am determined to continue to make homemade ice cream every week.  In fact, I've already dreamed up a new delicious flavor for this week!  I can do this ;)


Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
2 cans full-fat coconut milk
3/4 cup vegan sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 banana, cut into very small pieces
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Chill one can of coconut milk overnight.  In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine other can of coconut milk with sugar.  Whisk continuously until all sugar granules have melted.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.  Transfer to a bowl, cover, and chill in refrigerator until cold(You could also put it in the freezer to speed up the process).

Combine peanut butter, almond milk, and maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium low heat.  Continually mix until the consistency is very smooth and has thinned out a bit.  Remove from heat.  (You can do this in the beginning of the ice cream churning).

When the coconut milk mixture is cold, combine with other chilled can of coconut milk.  Whisk until the mixture is smooth in consistency(it's ok to have some little lumps).  Transfer to ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions.  Mine takes about 25 minutes.  After about 15-20 minutes, add in the peanut butter mixture.  Allow it to completely mix in with the coconut base and become uniform in color.  Next, add in banana chunks, and allow them to fully integrate into the ice cream.  Lastly(about 2 minutes until ice cream is finished churning), add in mini chocolate chips.

When ice cream is finished processing, transfer to a freezer-safe container with a lid.  You can eat it immediately and it will have a nice soft serve texture, or place in freezer.  Remove frozen ice cream from freezer approximately 10-15 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

40 comments:

  1. Yum yum yum! I could soooo use a bowl of this right now!!!! :) I adore making ice cream too. I cannot wait to try your version out. I definitely prefer coconut milk ice cream to actual dairy ice cream. The peanut butter banana combo is genius! :)

    Hope you have a great week sweetie! xoxo

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  2. This looks so ridiculously good...all creamy and melty and YUM!

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    1. creamy and melty and yum, OH MY! it is all of those things ;)

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  3. Mmmmm...I have an ice cream maker that needs to get some real use! This looks fantastic! Peanut butter-chocolate-banana smoothies are delicious so I bet this is too!

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    1. get that ice cream maker out, girl! and put it to use ;)

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  4. I have been making ice cream almost weekly for a while now, and it is quite addictive! Glad to hear you are doing the same, it is so fun creating new flavors! PB in ice cream is my favorite, so I have a feeling I would love this :)!

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    1. isn't making ice cream so fun? i'm glad i'm in such fantastic company!

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  5. yummers! that is one fancy shmancy concoction! i love the pink napkin.:) i know right.. these men:). luckily vivek doesnt get time to spend in the ice cream aisle since he is busy picking up random grocery items or snacks, lots of snacks.. but i end up filling that gap and pick up one too many. I need to get an ice cream maker!
    Cant wait to see what combination you whip up next.:)

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    1. ahh..so he's a snack man..and oyster mushroom fan! haha! you DO need to get an ice cream maker. i'm sure your concoctions would be extraordinary!

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  6. Peanut butter, chocolate & banana is always delicious ! Your photo is beautiful, and you icecream looks delicious!!

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  7. I love the combination of peanut butter, banana, and chocolate. They go together so beautifully! I've had an ice cream maker on my wish list for the longest time. One part of me would love making my own coconut milk ice cream, because like you said, it is ridiculously expensive to buy premade. (My favorite, Coconut Bliss, is usually between six and seven dollars here for one small pint of it!) On the other hand, since it's so expensive, I never buy it, which means I never eat it! If I had homemade ice cream, you can bet I'd be enjoying a regular bowlful! :)

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    1. oh, i hear you! maybe your occasional coconut bliss indulgence is best ;)

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  8. LOVE this ice cream combo! It sounds so delicious! If I made homemade ice cream every week I would be in serious trouble...I have no ice cream will power. ;)

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    1. luckily dayv is very good with portion control ;) but i completely understand ;)

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  9. I was hoping I could live the rest of my life ice cream maker-free, but I'm realizing these days that this is not a possibility. With ice creams like these, I cannot wait to get one! I love all of the flavors in this recipe- banana, pb, maple, AND chocolate! That's what I like to call "Ice Cream Heaven," Caitlin!

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    1. ice cream heaven! that sounds amazing!

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  10. The ice cream maker is an amazing machine! I just discovered ours this summer, and I fell in love. What I find really great about homemade ice cream, is that it is free of additives and other crap.

    I cannot wait to hear what delicious flavors you come up with next!!!!

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    1. i totally agree! even vegan ice cream has TONS of ingredients. homemade is so much simpler and healthier ;)

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  11. It's times like these where I wish I had an ice cream maker. :(
    This recipe has all of my favorite things too!

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  12. Yum! I don't have an ice cream maker so I buy frozen yogurt tubs from the store...luckily I'm pretty good at taking small portions and making each tub last a long time! If I could choose any flavour from the store though, this would be it - I love anything banana, peanut butter, or coconut flavoured, and combining them all sounds amazing!

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    1. thanks, genevieve! dayv is good at portion control, too, but those pints are tiny!!

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  13. Caitlin, this makes me want to buy an ice cream machine! It looks so melty and YUM!

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    1. yay, erin!! i can't believe you don't have one! you seem to have all the fun kitchen gadgets!

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  14. For some reason I just don't have making Vegan ice cream down pat and you - well OMG Caitlin, you girl obvisously do! I am putting my ice cream bowl in the freezer and am totally making this this weeked with Shira's recipe for homemade coconut milk - I can't wait to tell you how it churns out (haha).

    I feel the same way about the cost of vegan ice cream - one day when I was shopping a run of the mill grocery store had coconut bliss on clearance for $1!!! they were no longer going to carry the line - so I came home with 10 pints of ice cream :)

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    1. OMG! $1 coconut bliss?! that's amazing! and i REALLY hope you enjoy this ice cream, girl, and homemade coconut milk..that sounds phenomenal!!

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  15. okay, i need to pull out my ice cream maker - can you believe i haven't dusted it off once since last summer? i've been lazy and all about quick & dirty banana soft serve ;)

    this looks awesome!

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    1. i can't believe it!! a pregnant girl NOT craving an ice cream sundae? i don't believe it :P but, i do believe those banana soft serves are more forgiving on the waist line ;)

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  16. Oooh, that ice cream looks so good! I used to eat waaay too much ice cream when I lived next to a vegan store--haven't been in the habit lately, but I could eat a giant bowl of that homemade goodness!

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    1. i could see that becoming habit forming, having endless amounts of ice cream within your reach ;)

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  17. This looks amazing!! My name is Cindy and I blog over at Vegetarianmamma.com I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we'd love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! You can find this week's link up here: http://vegetarianmamma.com/gluten-free-fridays-recipe-party-2/
    Also be sure to link up your blog on our Gluten Free Bloggers directory. You can reach the directory by clicking the "glutenfree bloggers" tab on our blog! Thanks, Cindy :)

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    1. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays recipe party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) YAY! Thanks for helping us build a wonderful Gluten Free Community! Its great to connect! See you next Friday! Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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    2. you're welcome, cindy- and thank you!!

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  18. I want this now. I want this now. Oh my goodness!

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  19. This looks so yummy!! I've decided I need to buy an ice cream machine. :) Any particular brand you'd recommend? Thanks!

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    1. that's great, trish! i use a cuisinart ICE-20.

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