Wowza, that title! As far as brownies and ice cream goes, this is probably pretty close to the healthiest way you could make this. The ice cream is made from frozen bananas and the brownies are made primarily from black beans. Also, the cacao nibs and toasted coconut are unsweetened, the pecans are unsalted, the peanut butter drizzle is made from PB2 (85% less fat than regular peanut butter) andddd… yeah, anyway, let’s get started. I did go a bit bananas (hurr hurr hurr) with the way I presented this, just for the sake of making something extra-delicious looking for you and for the sake of the photograph. If I were assembling this for myself, it wouldn’t look half as pretty. 😉 If you blended all of this with a bit of almond milk, it would make a delicious milkshake.
In order to be successful with the frozen banana ice cream, you’re going to need a pretty powerful blender / food processor. I have a Vitamix, but there are less expensive alternatives for sure. I’ve heard great things about the Blendtec too, and you can often get refurbished ones at a lower price.
If you can’t find some of the topping-ingredients, then no worries. I just wanted to make it extra fancy for you guys!
- a few frozen bananas
- cacao powder, to taste
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- To make the ice cream, blend the frozen bananas, cacao powder and vanilla extract together until smooth. It is gets too soft, pop into the freezer for a little bit until it firms up.
- When it's firm enough, remove from the freezer and serve - top with whichever toppings you'd like - I used shaved toasted coconut, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, shaved dark chocolate, pecans, and prepared PB2 drizzled on top.
This is the ice cream before it got super crazy – Just coconut and cacao nibs on top:
Then I added pieces of vegan brownie…ooooh. So, I made my own black bean brownies for this, but they didn’t turn out as great as past brownie recipes, so I will include a favourite of mine, plus the links for two other recipes on the Minimalist Baker blog and My Little Celebration. Mine doesn’t use black beans, but theirs does, so choose whichever you’d like!
- Raw vegan brownies (these are my favourite ever!)
- Peppermint Black bean Brownies
- Black bean brownie bites
Then I added pecans, shredded coconut, peanut butter drizzle and shaved dark chocolate. ;}