Frozen bananas are the easiest things to make into ice-cream. It does require a blender or food processor that isn’t too dodgy though. My blender seems to almost die when I try to make this. I chop the bananas before freezing. In my blender I don’t blend, I just pulse over and over, then push the banana down with the stick. It suddenly turns into a smooth ball of ‘banana ice-cream in the middle.’ It is really really healthy compared to conventional ice-cream – a great kid-pleaser (so long as they like banana)
To give date balls a fantastic, smooth, ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ texture, I blend the coconut to make it like coconut flour before mixing it with the date puree. I always check all the dates by chopping them before soaking in warm water to soften. I have had too many incidents with fragments of the date pits crunching on my teeth – ouch!
I also use coconut cream in the mix. So, I don’t have the amounts for the recipe, and I keep extra dry shredded coconut as a back-up. I drain and puree the soaked dates with the coconut cream (my current blender is a bit dodgy so needs lots of liquid, and I don’t have a food processer). I add the puree to a mixing bowl and mix in the ‘coconut flour’ I have created until I can roll it into balls. Sometimes I add other flavours, such as vanilla, mint, carob, cinnamon, etc., I find carob tastes like chocolate if vanilla and cinnamon are added to it.
I roll the balls and coat them with shredded coconut, then chill to firm them. Delicious! The only problem is I tend to eat too many, but at least they have more nutrition and fibre than chocolate. 😉
Dry desiccated/shredded coconut
Can of coconut cream/milk
Packet of dates
Extra flavours according to taste
Extra dry coconut in case the puree is too wet
Blender/food processor (in a good quality food processor less liquid is required)