Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is sit down to enjoy a nice bowl of ice cream. Maybe not every day, but once in awhile at least. I'm not too keen on dairy-based ice creams, so I tend to make my own at home and this particular recipe is my absolute favorite. It's made with a ripe banana base and a gooey spice-filled peach sauce, topped off with homemade granola. Try it - I know you're going to love it! (Hint: You're going to need 6 frozen bananas!)
The first thing you're going to want to prep for this recipe is the granola. Getting it baking first thing will save you time in the long run. So to get started - preheat your oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.
In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups of organic old-fashioned rolled oats, 1/3 cup or organic maple syrup (or honey), 2 TBSP organic EVOO, 1/2 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon, the inside of one organic vanilla bean, and a pinch of salt. Stir everything up until it's well mixed together, then spread it all out on a cookie sheet and pop it into the oven. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until perfectly golden and crunchy. Give it a good stir every 15 minutes or so. Your kitchen is going to smell amazing!
To make your spicy peach filling, place 3 organic diced peaches, 1/2 cup pure water, 1/3 cup maple syrup or (honey), a pinch of salt, + ground cinnamon and ground ginger to taste in a saucepan over low heat. Simmer until the mixture has reduced into a syrupy consistency.
Note: Before adding your granola or peach sauce to your ice cream, make sure they have cooled completely.
Take out your 6 frozen bananas and either mash them up with a fork or stick them in the food processor until they reach a smooth, ice-cream like consistency. (Hint: I just add a couple of them to my Blendtec with a little bit of water and gradually add more of the bananas until they're all creamy.)
When your bananas look like ice cream, pour your cooled peach sauce over them (mix it in if you'd like) and top with your cooled granola!
I love that this recipe satisfies my cravings for a sweet, indulgent ice cream without making me feel gross afterward. An added bonus is that the recipe features many of my favorite herbs - spices! I hope you'll give it a try. =) Enjoy!
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