You won't believe how delicious this vegan Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream is. What's not to love about cherries and chocolate. They're divine on Valentine's day or tasty with a BBQ. Both are considered super foods. Cherries are a nutritional powerhouse, being, first of all, anti-inflammatory. In fact, according to nutritionfacts.org, "Studies have shown that as little as a half cup of cherries, or two tablespoons of cherry juice a day, may significantly lower the risk of gout, a painful inflammatory arthritis. And, chocolate is full of antioxidants and may improve blood flow and blood pressure. (1)
This recipe is totally plant-based and good for you. It's reminiscent of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia Ice Cream and it doesn't disappoint. You can add mini chocolate chips if you want, although they do have sugar and fat. Or, you could use these cacao nibs which have no sugar. They're a tad bitter if you eat them by themselves, but when put into this ice cream or smoothies, you don't notice the absence of sweetness in them at all.
What is it about dessert. It's so hard to resist so it's great to have something on hand that satisfies, yet is nutritious.
Frozen bananas make up the bulk of this recipe. I like to keep them on hand and I usually have enough. When bananas become too ripe and I'm not going to eat them, I just peel them, break them into pieces and pop them into a baggy and into the freezer. Added to a food processor with non-dairy milk and some vanilla and you have your vanilla "ice cream" base.
I also use organic frozen cherries that are easily found in the freezer section of most grocery stores.
Once you have the vanilla banana ice cream base, add in the frozen cherries and the cacao nibs. Pulse the food process a few times to break of the cherries, while still leaving them in chunks. I think you'll enjoy this delicious, nutritious cherry chocolate ice cream dessert.
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