no banana soft serve

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)

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. 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!)
  2. Add your berries, vanilla and sweetener, if using, and process until you’ve reached your desired level of smoothness.
  3. 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.