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Treat Yourself: Banana Ice Cream Sundae (paleo style)

Posted on February 22, 2014 by Alyssa Cassidy

I am an avid snacker. That used to mean terrible processed chips and sugar but these days I tend to stick with my paleo favorites, thank goodness. My weakness was always ice cream. I could eat pints of the stuff if I would have allowed it. Quickly after beginning a paleo diet I learned about banana “ice cream” that was 100% paleo. 

I still have friends who are beginning to eat more primal or paleo that call me saying they just want ice cream. Or they just need chocolate. I tell them to first, breathe, and then not to cave- instead seek out the tons and tons of paleo friendly alternatives before throwing in the towel, because it is 100% possible to enjoy “treats” while also sticking with primal/paleo.

After a long day, and exhausting workout, I needed a treat so I pulled out a few of my go-to ingredients for an easy, indulgent tasting “ice cream sundae” that will fill any sweet craving you may be having.

Banana Ice Cream Sundae 

For the ice cream, you will need:

  • frozen banana slices chop up a banana or two and throw in a ziploc bag or sealed container and freeze for a few hours)
  • almond milk (or any milk you would like)
  • honey, agave, lucuma powder (if you want to add sweetness)
  • organic pure vanilla extract (can omit)

For the “fudge” you will need:

First, take about a full banana or banana and a half (for 2 servings) worth of frozen banana slices and add to a blender or food processor. 

Add a little less than 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1 tbsp lucuma powder (or drizzle of honey/agave) and a tsp of vanilla extract. I also added some cinnamon here)

Blend thoroughly, spoon into serving bowl and place into your freezer for an hour or two. Here is my ice cream before freezing:

When you are ready to eat, pull the frozen mix out to let thaw for a few minutes - unless you like an icier, less creamy treat. 

While this is beginning to thaw a bit, warm a tbsp of coconut oil over low-med heat until melted, add about 2 tsp cacao powder (more or less depending on preference) and a drizzle of sweetener. 

Now spoon this onto your frozen ice cream and top with your choice of fruit, nuts, seeds, etc. I used shredded coconut and crushed almonds. 

This coconut oil acts kind of like that magic shell stuff they sell in the grocery store- it hardens up, so add your toppings quickly.

Then, all that is left is to dig in. Or take a nice photo first, then dig in. I find that I like to let mine sit for a few more minutes to make the ice cream a little more melted and less icy. 


Want to kick your ice cream flavor up a notch? Here are a few flavor combo ideas that you can add to the base before freezing:

  • Pumpkin puree + pumpkin pie spice for pumpkin ice cream
  • Acai powder for a gorgeous purple acai banana ice cream
  • Cacao powder and cacao nibs for a super chocolate ice cream
  • Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries- make for a great flavored base as well

Share what you come up with and let me know how you love it- tag @barefootprovisions on Instragram or @barefootprimal on Twitter so we can see your tasty creations! 

Posted in banana, coconutoil, icecream, lucuma, paleo, primal, recipe



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