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Chocolate Cherry Banana Ice Cream reminds me of a certain iconic ice cream flavor, with fewer calories, no dairy, and no added sugar!

A unique banana ice cream flavor inspired by Cherry Garcia! This chocolate cherry banana ice cream is easy to make, soft straight out of the freezer, and is a "clean eating" dessert! * GoodieGodmother.com

Have you tried banana ice cream yet? Unless you’ve been living under a rock (like me), you probably have, and fallen in love with it. I think I’ve had it maybe 1-2 times before, but as someone who prefers to use frozen bananas in smoothies, I just never thought about using them for ice cream, not even when I did my Whole 30. In case you’re wondering, you aren’t supposed to have banana ice cream on a Whole 30 anyway. But back to the point of this story and how this recipe came to be…

A few weeks (months?) back, a blog friend of mine, Jennifer, posted this recipe for a strawberry cheesecake banana ice cream and all of a sudden I *needed* banana ice cream. I had frozen cherries on hand, and the Godfather and I had recently had a conversation about Ben & Jerry’s – or maybe we just drove past one – and so I decided to make a clean version of a classic Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor, Cherry Garcia. Only my version was going to have the newer cherry ice cream base instead of the old vanilla ice cream base. One time I made it I used cacao nibs, and another time I used dark chocolate chips. My family said they preferred the dark chocolate chips, but I think both have their merits and leave it up to your personal preference. 🙂

A unique banana ice cream flavor inspired by Cherry Garcia! This chocolate cherry banana ice cream is easy to make, soft straight out of the freezer, and is a "clean eating" dessert! * GoodieGodmother.com

Making banana ice cream is very easy, you just put your frozen fruits into your food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy. It takes a few minutes, and there’s a bit of time where you might think the ice cream won’t come together, but keep going and you’ll see that it does. Because of the cherries, my ice cream was a bit soft, so I placed it in a container and returned it to the freezer to harden. The consistency was perfect after about an hour! I could remove it from the freezer and immediately scoop a creamy bowl of a healthier Cherry Garcia copycat ice cream recipe for a snack. The trick to storing long term is to keep a bit of plastic wrap pressed along the top of the ice cream. That way ice crystals can’t form and you have perfect ice cream for several weeks.

A unique banana ice cream flavor inspired by Cherry Garcia! This chocolate cherry banana ice cream is easy to make, soft straight out of the freezer, and is a "clean eating" dessert! * GoodieGodmother.com

Enjoy! Be sure to check out Jennifer’s website for healthier eating inspiration. I love her creative recipes and balanced approach to feeding herself and her family. I’ve tried a few of the recipes on her site and they are delicious!

A unique banana ice cream flavor inspired by Cherry Garcia! This chocolate cherry banana ice cream is easy to make, soft straight out of the freezer, and is a "clean eating" dessert! * GoodieGodmother.com

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A unique banana ice cream flavor inspired by Cherry Garcia! This chocolate cherry banana ice cream is easy to make, soft straight out of the freezer, and is a "clean eating" dessert! * GoodieGodmother.com
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Chocolate Cherry Banana Ice Cream
Course: Dessert
Author: Goodie Godmother
Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen banana slices about 2 medium
  • 2 cups unsweetened frozen cherries divided
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
Instructions
  1. Place the frozen bananas and 1 1/2 cups of the frozen cherries in the food processor.
  2. Process 20 seconds, scrape the bowl, then process in additional 5 second increments until smooth and creamy, scraping the bowl as needed.
  3. Thaw the remaining 1/2 cup cherries and cut in halves.
  4. Stir the cherry pieces and chocolate into your banana ice cream base.
  5. Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze 1 hour until firm.
  6. Enjoy!

A unique banana ice cream flavor inspired by Cherry Garcia! This chocolate cherry banana ice cream is easy to make, soft straight out of the freezer, and is a "clean eating" dessert! * GoodieGodmother.com

 

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  1. Wow! Mary, that is one very good looking ice cream! I’ve been experimenting with no churn ice creams and have posted a few to my blog, but they are by no means as calorie favourable as this one. Question: could I sub frozen strawberries for the cherries? Or do you think there would be too much moisture?

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