Easy (and Healthy) 3 Ingredient Ice Cream

Soft serve banana ice creamLately I've been working to eat a little healthier. One thing I'm doing is trying to avoid dairy and refined sugar during the weekdays. It's been a great change because I save any sugary (or creamy) treats I'm craving for the weekends and focus on filling my days with vegetables, fruits and other good stuff. 

But, I do have a sweet tooth (to say the least). So finding some kind of weekday treat was key to this change. I've been making lots of different banana ice creams, so I thought I'd share. 

3 ingredient ice creamEasy sugar free ice creamI love that you can easily customize this basic recipe to feel like soft serve frozen yogurt or a firmer ice cream depending on how long you freeze the mixture. For me this really hits the spot when I'm craving a sweet treat during the weekdays, but I can feel good that I'm not consuming any refined sugars or dairyβ€”mostly fruit! Plus, it couldn't be easier to make. Here's how in pictures:

How to make healthy (vegan) ice creamHere are the combinations I've been enjoying the most lately. 

Strawberry Poppyseed: 3 frozen bananas (sliced before freezing), 5-6 frozen strawberries, and 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds. Blend in a food processor or quality blender until smooth. If the mixture is too thick or you have difficulty blending, then add a few tablespoons of cashew milk or water (or fresh fruit juice).

Chocolate Peanut Butter: 3 frozen bananas (sliced before freezing), 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter, and 2 tablespoons cocoa. Blend in a food processor or quality blender until smooth. If the mixture is too thick or you have difficulty blending, then add a few tablespoons of cashew milk or water. 

Easy and healthy ice creamVanilla Coconut: 3 frozen bananas (sliced before freezing), 2 big handfuls of unsweetened coconut flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Blend in a food processor or quality blender until smooth. If the mixture is too thick or you have difficulty blending, then add a few tablespoons of cashew milk or coconut water.

Mango: 3 frozen bananas (sliced before freezing) and 2 frozen mangos (peeled and cubed). If the mixture is too thick or you have difficulty blending, then add a few tablespoons of cashew milk or water (or fresh fruit juice). This one has a sorbet feel to it!

Easy vegan ice creamNow I just need to figure out how to make some no sugar, no dairy hot fudge. Hmm. Anyone have a recipe for me for that? 

If you've never tried banana ice cream before, I highly recommend giving it a try because it is shockingly good for how simple it is. You could also freeze these into popsicles if you like. Thanks for letting me share a current obsession of mine. πŸ™‚ xx. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.