I grew up in the south and certain flavors remind me of my childhood. Banana pudding is one of those flavors. I wanted to recreate that flavor in a frozen treat, Banana Pudding Ice Cream was born.
There are a lot of vegan ice cream recipes out there. They aren’t very hard to make and many of them use frozen bananas. You may have heard them called “nice cream.” If you haven’t tried it you are missing out!
For my recipe I wanted to keep it simple but add something to give it that banana pudding flavor. I accomplished that by using Enjoy Life Vanilla Cookies.
Disclaimer: These cookies are not vegan, they contain honey. I didn’t even realize that until I went to write this recipe out. I should have known because it’s right there on the box. We’ve used these cookies for a long time because they are one of the few delicious cookies that are free of the top 8 allergens and safe for people with food allergies. You can use a different cookie like these Snackimals that aren’t safe for food allergies or Enjoy Life Sugar Crisps that are top 8 free.
I’m not one to eat many frozen treats. I’m just not an ice cream type of person but it’s been so hot here in Arizona that I really wanted to start making more ice creams and popsicles for my family. I love that I can control the ingredients and avoid artificial sweeteners and food dyes by spending just a few minutes creating them.
The sweetness from the bananas and the cookies were more than enough for this treat. I didn’t add any other sweetener, just a little vanilla and plant-based milk.
I always have frozen bananas in my freezer because I like putting them in smoothies. If you plan to make this ice cream you can peel the bananas, cut them into pieces then freeze. I usually freeze bananas whole but then I have to peel them and they are much harder to work with that way.
While you don’t need any “special tools” you will need either a food process or a blender. I use this food processor that I bought years ago. You could even use a blender but you might have to use more liquid and stop more often to push the ice cream off the sides. I’m going to try using my Blendtec Twister Jar next!
Banana Pudding Ice Cream
If you love banana pudding you absolutely must give this Banana Pudding Ice Cream a try.
- 4 Bananas, Frozen and cut into chunks
- ¼ cup plant milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 6 vanilla cookies
- Put frozen banana chunks into a food processor and pulse for 2 minutes.
- Pour in half the plant milk and the vanilla and pulse again.
- Use a silicon spatula to push the frozen banana ice cream around and separate it from the sides.
- Add more milk and pulse until smooth, using the spatula when needed.
- Break cookies into big chunks and put half in the food processor and pulse into the ice cream.
- Stir the half of cookies into the ice cream.
- Serve or pour into a freezer safe container and freeze until ready to serve.
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