For years I said no to ice cream because it’s so calorie-dense and so easy to overdo, but lately I decided that life’s too short to deprive myself of this little pleasure. I started making my own because I can control the amount of sugar and use really good ingredients. With the bananas and mix-ins in this replica of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey, I’m enjoying some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had. So far I’ve been able to limit myself to 96 grams’ worth (about 1/2 cup) at a time, which satisfies my ice cream craving without busting my calorie budget.
The nutritional pluses over the store-bought version can include the benefits of organic cream or even coconut milk. Also, the sugar content is 17 grams per serving versus 24 grams in the same amount of Ben & Jerry’s.
For the cream I use Kalona Super Natural organic whipping cream. The company, which provides excellent products, is based in my home town and retails across the country.
For the brownie bits you can make your own brownies or buy pre-made ones and cut them into small squares.
You’ll need an ice cream maker for the recipe. I use an electric one made by Krups. It has an insulated bowl that you chill in your freezer. For anytime ice cream making, I keep it in my deep-freeze.
For a gluten-free version of this ice cream, make gluten-free brownies from a mix (many are available), or there is a gluten-free brownie recipe on my blog that uses brown rice flour and almond flour.
For a dairy-free version, purchase or make dairy-free brownies, and use a 13.5- or 14-ounce can of coconut milk (such as Native Forest Organic or Thai Kitchen) instead of the cream. Enjoy Life chocolate chunks and chocolate chips are dairy-free and are also labeled as gluten-free.
|Homemade "Chunky Monkey" Ice Cream|| || |
- 4 medium bananas, frozen then partially thawed
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 2/3 cups heavy cream
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks (about 5 ounces)
- 1 cup brownie pieces (2 to 3 ounces brownies cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch cubes)
- In a food processor, combine bananas (partially thawed and broken into pieces), lemon juice, cream, and sugar, and process until smooth. Give it a stir to make sure there are no banana chunks left, and process more if there are.
- Place the mixture into ice cream freezer fitted with the dasher. Add the walnuts, chocolate chunks, and one-half of the brownie bits while the dasher is turning. Process according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. Carefully add the rest of the brownie bits after the ice cream has set up.
- Chill in the freezer a few hours and serve.