Looking for a way to use very ripe bananas? Try this frozen mixture of dates, honey, bananas, peanuts and cacao nibs for a special treat. Look for cacao nibs, chopped pieces of raw cocoa beans, in the baking aisle or snack aisle.
- 20 pitted dates roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 cups sliced very ripe bananas (about 5 bananas)
- 1/2 cup raw peanuts coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
Put dates into a medium bowl, cover with lukewarm water and set aside to let soak for 10 minutes. Drain dates and reserve soaking liquid.
In a food processor, purée dates with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the soaking liquid, honey, oil, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth. (Discard remaining soaking liquid.) Add bananas and purée again until almost smooth. Transfer to a stainless steel bowl and stir in peanuts and cacao nibs. Cover and freeze, stirring occasionally, until almost solid, 4 to 6 hours. Let ice cream soften a bit at room temperature before serving.
Per serving: About 1/2 cup, 270 calories (80 from fat), 9g total fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 49g carbohydrates (5g dietary fiber, 35g sugar), 4g protein.
Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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