In the wake of this past weekend’s intense heat wave here in Houston (110˚F and dry as a bone!), ice-cream seems to be an absolute no-brainer! Using frozen bananas as the base, almond meal to give it some texture (as well as protein), and a hint of vanilla and almond flavorings with some peaches mixed up in there too, here is a raw and vegan ice-cream to satisfy the ‘buds and bring a little relief from the heat. Can I just say I am SO READY FOR FALL?! Can’t wait to paint some pumpkins…and eat ‘em too hehe. But in the meantime this peaches and amaretto ice-cream recipe makes it a lot easier to be patient!
This recipe is quick and easy to make but does require a blender. I’ve used both a high-powered blender as well as a, um not so powerful one It works fine in both cases however, just take your time with it, pulsing and then pausing to stir with a spoon to prevent any air pockets and ensure a nice and smooth end result!
This recipe is a great way to use up bananas that are overripe. Store peeled, brown-speckled bananas in the freezer so when you are craving some ice-cream or a shake (see Coffee Shake) you have what you need to whip it up!
Peaches and Amaretto Ice-Cream
2 bananas, frozen
1 heaping tablespoon almond meal OR 1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter
stevia, purevia, or a squeeze of agave to taste, optional
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons almond milk
dash of sea salt
3 frozen peach slices, chopped
chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
Place a bowl in the freezer to chill. Thinly slice and chop up frozen bananas. The smaller the banana pieces, the easier it is on your blender. Slide chopped banana off of your cutting board and into the blender. Add the almond meal, sweetener of choice, vanilla and almond extracts, almond milk, and sea salt. Read the labels on the extracts and make sure they both say “pure extract” not “made with artificial flavorings”. When you measure out extracts you know how a little bit always seems to stick to the bottom of the teaspoon? Try using the same teaspoon measure for all the liquids (measuring the almond milk last) to make sure you get every little bit of the flavorings into your ice-cream! Once all the ingredients have been added except the peaches, use a spoon to stir it up. That way the almond meal and extracts don’t go splat on the underside of the lid and stay there when you first turn the blender on (yes I’ve done that…). Depending on your blender, pulse or process the mixture on a “cream” or “whip” setting until the desired consistency has been reached, pausing a few times to clean off the sides. Add chopped peaches and pulse a few more times until thoroughly mixed, or if you like big chunks, just hand stir peaches into the ice-cream. Pour into your pre-chilled bowl. If you like sprinkle chopped pecans or walnuts on top. Dig in while blissfully floating through the rest of summer’s heat!
Makes one big ‘ole bowl of ice-cream.