Don’t hate on me: I’m not the biggest fan of banana ice cream.
Which might seem crazy coming from a girl who has a banana in every smoothie, who was addicted to banana Popsicles growing up, who would fake sick just to get banana penicillin and whose nickname was — surprise — Breanna Banana. Yes, I do sing the high praises of bananas.
But to me, banana soft serve has never really done the trick in the summer. I find it takes too many bananas to get something substantial, and no matter what flavour you go for, ultimately it always tastes like a banana.
This alternative method uses coconut cream and gives the final product a bit more texture. It’s not quite ice cream-like, it’s more like a creamier version of sorbet. There’s a lot of wiggle room in this recipe to adjust depending on your own personal taste and texture preferences.
No-banana berry soft serve
- Chill time: 8 hours/overnight
- Prep time: <10 minutes
- Serves: 6-8
- Kitchen tools needed: Blender or foor processor (food processer preferred)
- One 14 oz can of full-fat coconut milk, chilled in the fridge for eight hours or overnight
- 4 cups frozen berries of any kind (we used a mix)*
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup or agave (optional)
- Open your can of chilled coconut milk and scoop the heavy cream into your food processor. Discard the water (or save for your own personal project!)
- Add your berries, vanilla and sweetener, if using, and process until you’ve reached your desired level of smoothness.
- Scoop into bowls and enjoy, freezing the rest for another hot day.
* You can (and I highly recommend) use more or fewer berries depending on your own personal consistency preferences. Personally, I like a less creamy, more berryful texture and would veer toward almost five cups, while my partner prefers a little less and insisted I list this recipe at three… so four is just our own middle ground.
You can try this, of course, with any other frozen fruit you like — mangoes or pineapples would be a great tropical twist, and I know my partner would die to add some cherries to this.