Ice cream with cherries and chocolate chips has always been one of my favorite summer treats. With the weather warming up, I created a version that I could feel good about eating. If you have never tried making raw ice cream with a banana base, it is unbelievably easy, and you don’t need an ice cream maker to do it. I think this may be my new favorite treat. It tastes just like soft serve ice cream, with the bonus of cherries and chocolate.
Raw Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
2 large bananas, peeled, chopped, and frozen
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground vanilla bean powder (optional)
½ cup pitted and chopped cherries
½ cup raw chocolate chips (see previous posts)
- Place bananas, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean powder in a food processor. Blend until the bananas are light and well blended, about 3-4 minutes. You may have to stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl periodically. Once it is the consistency of soft serve, transfer to a medium mixing bowl.
- Fold in the cherries and chocolate chips.
- Serve immediately.