Vegan, Gluten-Free Banana Ice Cream, Smothered With Hope

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Last night, my roommate and I both thought that it was Wednesday and shortly before 9 PM were surprised when we couldn't find the State of the Union on TV (neither of us ever really watch TV so we were already fumbling). We soon realized that it was actually Tuesday. The winter is going more slowly than we thought! For the event, I had even made sundaes thanks to some overly ripe bananas that I had put into the freezer a while ago and my vita-mix. We ate the ice cream sans president, and it was so good, we will again tonight for the real State of the Union address.

The texture and perfect cold sweetness will give you hope—if a banana and dates and can produce the texture and perfect cold sweetness of ice cream, maybe some day our "democracy" can produce a congress with a spine that's not controlled by corporations and their special interests that can actually create a viable public health care option.

A word of warning from the homespun wisdom of a South Carolina politician's uneducated grandmother: If you have any stray friends coming over to your house to watch the State of the Union address, you may not want to feed them this, because they will come back for more of your low sugar, healthy, yummy desserts and possibly breed. This is of particular risk if you are in your late 20s and every week you are getting another wedding/ engagement party/ baby shower invitation.

Banana Ice Cream Smothered in Hope
Makes 2 Servings*

2 bananas, frozen & sliced
2 dates, pitted and soaked for 2-3 hrs**
2 Tbs. carob or cocoa powder
2 Tbs. cashew milk, coconut milk or your preferred milk alternative

Optional "mix-ins":
walnuts, chopped
chocolate chips

1. Combine all ingredients (but not optional mix-ins) in a vita-mix or blendtec.
2. Start on low setting and gradually crank up to high.
3. Blend until whipped and banana has the texture of ice cream.
4. Add mix-ins and top with Coconut Milk Whipped Cream if you have some on hand or just feel ambitious.
5. Serve immediately (unfortunately, when stored, you lose the ice-cream like texture).

Notes & Tips:
*For each additional serving: add 1 frozen, sliced Banana, 1 Tbs. Carob or cocoa powder, 1-2 Tbs. Cashew Milk, and 1 soaked date.
** No time to soak? Cover dates with boiling water and let sit for 5-10 minutes.

I'm not sure if or how this would work in a regular blender. I think that making this in a magic bullet in small batches may work because they are pretty powerful but I haven't tried it.

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