“Fat Ape” Mocha Banana Ice Cream

Last week was my first attempt at making banana “ice cream” – blending frozen bananas until they are creamy and smooth – and I was actually pretty shocked at how good it was! Upon first bite I was completely reminded of one of my favorite pre-vegan ice creams – Chunky Monkey and knew I could very easily and cheaply make my own version for Vegan MoFo.

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At first I was going to stick to the basic banana, chocolate and walnut recipe, but as I was sitting on my patio drinking my iced mocha a light bulb went off over my head and I decided that it was the best idea ever to add that to the blender while the bananas were being pulverized. Mocha ice cream. I’m a frickin genius, I tell you.

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The outcome was so much better than I expected, the mocha mingled perfectly with the banana so each flavor was noticeable but neither was overpowering. This is seriously my new favorite dessert and it was so incredibly simple to make and inexpensive.

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If you aren’t into coffee or just don’t want the added caffeine you can substitute any non-dairy milk for the iced mocha. There are a few vegan iced coffees on the market now and Almond Breeze Mocha is by far my favorite. I would like to find their Caramel Macchiato version because I imagine that would be fanfrickintastic in this recipe as well. Definitely going to keep my eyes peeled for that to pop up in my grocery store.

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Price Breakdown:
3 organic bananas $.87
1/2 cup iced coffee $.31
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips $.83
1/2 cup walnuts $1.20
Total $2.13 or $.71 per cup (makes 3 cups)

What are your favorite desserts that you’ve veganized? I’d love to know!


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