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Vegan Chunky Monkey Ice Cream

This Vegan Chunky Monkey Ice Cream recipe is the best healthy dessert! It’s made with a base of frozen banana ice cream and is loaded with vegan brownie chunks and walnuts.

A bowl of homemade vegan ice cream filled with vegan brownie bits

Vegan Chunky Monkey Ice Cream

Anyone else having a rough week? I feel like I need a massage, bubble bath, and some vegan ice cream to relieve the stress I’ve been feeling from this week. If you’re feeling the same way then I’m sending you all the positivity.

The best way I know how to bring happiness to people is through food. It’s one thing that we all share a love for. Share some food and you’ve just made a friend. The first thing I did Wednesday was make this chunky monkey ice cream recipe – because there isn’t anything a scoop of vegan ice cream can’t fix. It just feels good.

I’ve always considered myself pretty empathetic and open-minded, and I am very proud of that. I have a big heart for others and the planet, which was a huge reason I went vegan over a year ago. I have tried my hardest to carry that empathy over into the work I am doing with this blog. When you say that you don’t have time to eat healthy or you love X food too much, I understand. I get where you’re coming from. I understand your struggles and your failures and your fears. And I want to help you. I genuinely care about each of you who reads my blog and want the very best for you. In any way that I can help you reach your goals and live a healthier, happier life, I’m going to do just that.

So I will always continue to spread this message of good health through this blog and my recipes. I hope you’ll stick along for the ride! On the way, let’s all enjoy banana ice cream together🍦

A bowl of vegan banana ice cream topped with chocolate chips

How to Make Banana Ice Cream

If you’re new to the world of frozen banana ice cream, welcome to the club. It’s basically MAGIC where frozen bananas turn into the most luscious, naturally sweet ice cream that you can top with all the goods your little heart desires. And no stomachache after, because it’s just bananas – yassssss.

Frozen bananas are the key here. To make the frozen banana ice cream, you just throw the frozen chunks of bananas in a high-speed blender or food processor and let it whirl. Depending on the power of your blender, you may need a little liquid to get it going. But if you have something like a Vitamix, 1. I’m so jealous; 2. you may not need any liquid at all, and it’ll be super thick and creamy.

a food processor filled with blended frozen bananas

Ingredients for Chunky Monkey Ice Cream Recipe

Now, you can totally enjoy vegan banana ice cream plain. BUT we’re stepping things up and mixing in vegan brownie bits and chopped walnuts for a non dairy chunky monkey twist that’ll give Ben & Jerry’s a run for its money. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, flavor-full. Trust me, it’ll be hard to share this vegan banana ice cream. Just don’t tell anyone you made it 🙊

Here’s everything you’ll need to make this vegan chunky monkey frozen banana ice cream:

  • Dates. We’re using dates as the base for our vegan brownie bits. They’re sticky, sweet and taste similar to caramel. Yum.
  • Oat flour. This also goes in our vegan brownie bits. You can make your own oat flour by grinding up rolled oats in your blender or food processor!
  • Cocoa powder. It’s not a chunky monkey ice cream recipe without chocolate! This will go in your vegan brownie bits.
  • Applesauce. Go for unsweetened. Our frozen banana ice cream is already getting plenty of sweetness from the bananas and dates.
  • Vanilla extract. Everything’s better with a little vanilla, and this chunky monkey ice cream recipe is no exception.
  • Salt. This will help balance out the sweetness in our vegan banana ice cream.
  • Bananas. You can’t make frozen banana ice cream without bananas! They HAVE to be frozen, or this recipe will not work.
  • Non-dairy milk. Any variety will work. The amount will likely vary based on the power of your blender or food processor and your personal preference for how thick you like your frozen banana ice cream.
  • Cinnamon. The perfect compliment to bananas!
  • Walnuts. I highly recommend walnuts in this chunky monkey ice cream recipe, but if you don’t have them on hand or prefer another kind of nut, then go for it!

A spoon takes a bite out of a bowl of homemade vegan banana brownie bit ice cream

More Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

We all have an incredible power to start a ripple effect of positivity in whatever way is best for us. Maybe it’s teaching someone a new skill, or buying a Starbucks drink for the person behind you, but for me, it’s serving good food. And who can say no to chunky monkey banana ice cream?

This is the perfect healthy dessert to cuddle up with any day of the week No time is a wrong time for vegan ice cream! If you’re looking for more vegan ice cream recipes, try out one of these!

A bowl of homemade banana ice cream with brownie bits mixed throughout

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Vegan Chunky Monkey Ice Cream

This Vegan Chunky Monkey Ice Cream recipe is the best healthy dessert! It’s made with a base of frozen banana ice cream and is loaded with vegan brownie chunks and walnuts.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
A bowl of vegan chunky monkey ice cream
Author:
Emilie
Yield:
5 1x
Rating: 5 from 5 reviews

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup oat flour*
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 frozen bananas
  • 1/41/2 cup non-dairy milk, plus more if needed
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a blender or food processor, add dates, oat flour, cocoa powder, applesauce, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Pulse until a dough forms.
  2. Pinch off little bits of the dough and place onto a plate or baking sheet. Repeat until all the dough is used up. Place in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  3. In a food processor, add bananas, milk, cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Process until it forms a smooth ice cream texture, adding a little milk at a time if needed.
  4. Add walnuts and frozen brownie bits to the banana mixture. Stir to combine thoroughly.
  5. Pour the ice cream into aa freezer-safe container; I used a loaf pan. Place in the freezer for at least 20 minutes.

Notes

*To make your own oat flour, simply blend old-fashioned rolled oats in a blender or food processor until a fine flour forms.

 

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