This amazing vegan ice cream recipe is so awesome because it requires absolutely no machines, it is easy and simple to make (it takes minutes), it’s super healthy, and it will help you curb those sugary cravings in no time.
I love making homemade vegan ice cream because it lacks artificial sugar, and my version is packed with fruit and nutrition. I have even turned it into a smoothie bowl for breakfast, using the gorgeous coconut bowls to serve (don’t you think that serving your food in beautiful plates makes it taste better?).
I’ve added ginger to my “nice cream” to make it perfect for winter. Ginger is a warming spice that goes really well with the persimmon in this vegan ice cream recipe. If you do not have access to fresh, ripe persimmons, just replace them with berries like raspberries or strawberries, kiwis, or any other delicious tangy fruit of your choice.
Fruity Vegan Ice Cream Recipe: Does Fruit Have Too Much Sugar?
Before I share this vegan ice cream recipe with you, I wanted to talk about fruit really quickly.
So many of my clients and followers ask me about fruit – does fruit have too much sugar? Does it make you fat?
Unfortunately, this is a legitimate question in our society, which often makes us all really fear fruit. Many people email me about carbs in general, asking me if eating them will make them gain weight.
I have addressed the question about whether fruit can make you fat here, plus several other interesting food myths here. Be sure to give those short blog posts a read to really understand the science behind many food myths that are commonly perpetuated.
Whenever I hear a food claim, I immediately check the science. And what does the science tell us about fruit?
Fruit does contain simple sugars, which are easily used by the body for energy. The absorption of these sugars is counteracted by fiber in the fruit. It is crucial to consume fruit with all of its fiber intact. Thus, be sure to avoid fruit (or even green) juices.
While there is a slight difference between the absorption of fruit in smoothie form and whole food form, fruit with fiber intact WILL NOT RAISE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR TOO QUICKLY. And it will not make you gain weight.
In order to prevent the blood sugar spike that chugging down a smoothie can bring on, I recommend chewing your smoothie, or consuming smoothies in the form of smoothie bowls, or ice creams – that make you chew! Just like the vegan ice cream recipe I am sharing with you today.
And one more little note – if you are curious whether fruits, or carbs in general, make you fat, please do give this a listen.
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Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined-Sugar Free Ice Cream Recipe
Now, let’s make our amazing ice cream together!
This ice cream, or as I like to call it, “nice cream”, can easily turn into your favorite dessert or even breakfast. I just recommend that if you decide to enjoy it for breakfast, you add a few greens in there too, like our green nice cream breakfast here.
With only 6 ingredients, you can make it any time you want, quickly and easily!
Peel and freeze very ripe (with black spots on the peel) bananas overnight, until completely frozen. Chop into 2-3 pieces for easier blending later
Take the top off the persimmon, and place in the blender, with peel on
Add cinnamon, pitted date, flax seeds, ginger, and frozen bananas
Optional: top with cacao nibs
If using a food processor, be sure to pre-grind the flax seeds in a coffee grinder or any other small grinder.
Do not buy pre-ground flax seeds, as their nutrition is degraded. Do store flax seeds in your fridge or freezer, as I teach in The Effortlessly Flavorful Vegan Kitchen, where you can learn many more delicious ways to use these omega 3 bombs!