Creamy, dreamy, mango banana coconut ice cream that requires no more than 5 minutes and 3 ingredients to prepare. It is vegan, gluten-free and does not require an ice cream maker.
Eat Ice Cream for Good Health 🙂
Eat your ice cream. I insist.
That’s what I instructed my 3 year old today. He was happy to oblige.
Here’s why I insisted: said “ice cream” is made from nothing more than frozen bananas, frozen mango and some coconut milk. Doodle helped me make it the day before. It took all of 5 minutes, start to finish, clean-up included. No ice cream maker required, either.
How to Make Mango Banana Coconut Ice Cream
Step 1: Freeze some bananas and mango.
Step 2: Blend said bananas and mango along with some coconut milk to a silky-smooth, ice cream-like consistency.
Step 3: Eat immediately (or later).
Step 4: Swoon.
What Kind of Bananas & Mango Should I Use?
For best results, use very ripe bananas, but not totally squishy bananas.
Super-squidgy bananas are ideal for baking, but for this ice cream, you want the bananas to have some brown spots on the peel (indicating ripeness). The bananas should still maintain their shape and be somewhat firm. Some remaining starchiness in the bananas leads to very creamy ice cream.
You can dice your own mango and freeze (make sure it is ripe and sweet before freezing) or make it extra-easy by grabbing a bag of frozen mango chunks from the store.
I’ve found that it is easier to achieve a creamy texture if you blend the bananas first; they will break down and become silky-smooth in a flash. Then add the mango, which will incorporate without issue into the already blended banana.
Both! Straight from the blender, this is soft-serve heaven. But if you want it firmer, pack the ice cream into an air-tight container and freeze for at least 4-6 hours for cone-worthy scoops.
Whether you eat some straight away or wait several hours, this is definitely ice cream for one and all (i.e., gluten-free, paleo-friendly, vegan, dairy-free, and nut free)!
Eat this Healthy Ice Cream as a Snack (or Dessert)!
Moreover, unlike most frozen desserts, this ice cream can (and, dare I say, should?) be eaten morning, noon and night.
Both fruits in this “ice cream” are superfoods by any measure. Bananas are rich in fiber and potassium, and mangoes are packed with more than 20 vitamins and minerals (including a whopping dose of vitamin C; hello gorgeous skin) and 5 grams of fiber per fruit.
I scream, you scream, let’s all scream for this ice cream! Stay cool, everyone.