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Breakfast Banana Bread Ice Cream Sundaes {vegan}

June 9, 2013

Breakfast Banana Bread Ice Cream Sundaes {vegan and healthy!}

SO! Quick(ishhh) catchup:

It is the last time you’ll hear me mention exams again for a WHOLE YEAR now because, as of last Tuesday, I finished them! Unluckily, I still have about 3 weeks of school left, in which time I’ll be researching my Extended Essay, starting the A2 courses for next year, and also going to look at Unis (aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh). So I’m not completely free, BUT it means that I can go back to actually replying to your comments and emails now, and updating my recipe index! 🙂

I had the rest of the week off, and let me tell you, after these few months of revision, I was not wasting any time before I had to get back to studying. On one of my days off, my friends and I went to Thorpe Park. It’s kind of a tradition to go once a year after Summer exams, but for some reason we never went last year. We rode on A LOT of roller coasters, and ate a lot of ice cream aaaand it was awesome.

Breakfast Banana Bread Ice Cream Sundaes {vegan and healthy!}

I also went shopping! And ended up going into Boots and putting pink strawberry scented nail polish on my thumb over my chipped black nail polish….which is why in the gif above, it’s totally messed up hah

You may also see that I have pink marks on my thumb due to testing out multiple lipsticks, many of which touted ‘staying power’. I can confirm they do have staying power; my hands were covered in the marks for the next day and half.

Breakfast Banana Bread Ice Cream Sundaes {vegan and healthy!}

Also, I’ll be starting a new weekly post called L³ Thursdays (read as ‘L to the three Thursdays’. Why? Because I’m that much of a nerd), consisting of Link-loves and Life (see, three Ls. Geddit? L to the thr… okay, I think you get it.)

Breakfast Banana Bread Ice Cream Sundaes {vegan and healthy!}

Okay, catch up over! Lets get all up in these sundaes, yes!?

So you know how I’ve been making chocolate fudge sauce and caramel with dates? Well, as I said in the fudge sauce post, I made it for an idea I had for Breakfast Sundaes.

It may seem extreme to be eating ice cream for breakfast, but I have to explain something first:

When the weather gets above 19 C here, EVERYONE FREAKS OUT like they’ve never seen the sun before and they’re never going to see it again. We all go into summer overdrive mode (because the good weather normally doesn’t last very long). I’m talking sunglasses, shorts, crop tops, lots of sun cream (because everyone here burns unless they wear anything under factor 30), ice cream trucks, barbeques and having to walk through parks in the middle of your neighborhood littered with 20-year-olds in their bikinis. Literally, the weather I’m talking about is not even that hot, but as long as it’s not raining, THIS is an opportunity to get a tan.

So now, ice cream doesn’t seem like such a bad idea does it? Well okay apart from the impending bikini season. But that’s where the healthy tricks come into play.

I’ve made this sundae as healthy as it can get, using the good old 1 ingredient banana ice cream (with a few flavoury additions), the date-based sauces and some wholesome sprinklings to make one kick-ass, delicious and cooling ice cream sundae, quick and healthy enough to eat for breakfast!

Breakfast Banana Bread Ice Cream Sundaes {vegan and healthy!}

When I make the banana ice cream, I usually add come cocoa powder and almond extract (its SO GOOD. Trust). But this time I stuck more closely to the banana flavour, adding cinnamon and vanilla for a flavour boost and also baking soda for a slightly salty, tangy, buttery flavour (seriously, it does add that) to make it taste like freaking banana bread batter.

I think I probably ended up doing this after becoming obsessed with Carey’s banana bread muffins. I made them 3 times within a period of 3 weeks. That is a big deal because I hardly ever bake the same thing more than twice (unless it’s an old fave). The batter was crazily addictive, which was partially due to the tang from the baking soda and the flavour of the cinnamon. It’s also why I ended up buying cacao nibs when I went to Whole Foods, which I sprinkled onto this sundae.

Breakfast Banana Bread Ice Cream Sundaes {vegan and healthy!}

Of course, I also added some coconut and almonds on top (you’ve probably sussed that I love them), but as per my usual layering ways, there are loads of things you could put on top of the ice cream and sauces to make it your own.

Healthy Banana Bread Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 ripe bananas (that have been peeled and frozen)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Instructions

  1. Break the frozen bananas in half and place with the rest of the ingredients into a blender or small food processor (you can also use a stick blender if you're making like 1/3 of the recipe).
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy (you'll have to scrape down the edges of the blender/processor every few minutes).
  3. If you wanna eat it super soft, eat it now! or transfer to a container and freeze for at least 1 hour (it'll be slightly firmer, but still more like soft serve at 1 hour. After about 3 hours, it'll be icier, but you can scoop it and leave it to soften a bit, and it'll be back to normal).

Toppings

  • For the date caramel (from my Healthy Banoffee Parfaits):
    • Put 1/3 cup of pitted, chopped dates, 1/3 cup of milk (any kind e.g. almond/cashew/cow’s milk), 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt into a blender, blend together until smooth. Pour into a saucepan and heat whilst stirring over a low flame for 5-10 minutes, until thickened and reduced down to ~1/3 of a cup in volume. Set aside to cool.
  • For the recipe for healthy chocolate fudge sauce, click here
  • For sprinkling: cacao nibs, flaked/desiccated coconut, chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, cashews), fresh fruit, granola/museli, dried fruit, sprinkles, dark chocolate chips

 

 

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  • Rossi @ A Baking Girl June 10, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Ice cream for breakfast?! Say what??? Sounds like the perfect morning treat for the super humid weather over here in South Carolina 🙂

    • Izy June 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      It’s so satisfying to eat when it’s boiling hot out 🙂

  • Monica June 10, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Heaven right here.
    I love your food photography!
    Frozen bananas taste better than ice cream to me.. much, much better.

    • Izy June 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      thanks Monica! The frozen banana ice cream is SO GOOD (but I still do love ice cream haha)

  • Carina June 10, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Ice cream for breakfast, I’m in!

    Carina xx
    http://www.foodfortwo.net/

    • Izy June 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      who wouldn’t be!? 😉

  • sarah June 10, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Yeah! What a great treat. I can’t wait to make it sometime soon.
    And, I love your gifs. They are perfect.

    • Izy June 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      thanks Sarah! 🙂

  • thecitygourmand June 10, 2013 at 5:58 am

    That’s a pretty wicked breakfast, in both senses of the word

    • Izy June 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      haha, that is very true!

  • Sophie {The Cake Hunter} June 10, 2013 at 9:57 am

    This looks so good. I made a similar thing with the 1 ingredient ice cream and your date caramel sauce a couple of months ago. I put toasted coconut flakes on top and it was delicious. I need to try your chocolate fudge sauce as well. Genius!

    • Izy June 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      so good right!? yesssss, the fudge sauce is so yum 🙂

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 10, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Congrats on finishing exams!! So exciting! Also, I joined that book club and will be reading along with you guys! I want this sundae so, so, bad right now. YUM!

    • Izy June 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      thanks Katrina! Yaaaay :))

  • Sophie June 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I love that you totally just made it acceptable to eat ice cream for breakfast. I think I love you.

    • Izy June 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      haha, it is my calling in life to make these things happen 🙂

  • Asha@FSK June 10, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    haha… go girl! ice cream are anytime food ;))

    • Izy June 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      😀 it is now!

  • Jana @ 333 Days of Hand Lettering June 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Oh yummy. I love bananas and chocolate!
    J

    • Izy June 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks Jana! They go so well together 🙂

  • marcie@flavorthemoments June 10, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I love banana bread, and putting it in ice cream sounds like a fabulous idea. I would love to get all up into those sundaes!

    • Izy June 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      thanks Marcie!

  • Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today June 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I want it, as a big fan of breakfasts I need to try it.

    • Izy June 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      hahaha go for it Marta! 🙂

  • Todd @ HonestlyYUM June 10, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Two of my favorite things combined into one! Thank you for this delicious looking recipe. I too am in love with Carey’s banana bread muffins, but ice cream wins out in the end for me.

    • Izy June 14, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks Todd! They’re insanely good 🙂 as is the ice cream

  • Kami June 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I’m loving your photography style! I recently started a new site, nodietsallowed.com, and trying to learn from amazing bloggers like yourself. Thank you for providing beautiful photos and recipes!

    • Izy June 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      thanks Kami!

  • Eva | Adventures in Cooking June 10, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    LOVE THIS! So nice to have a way to eat sundaes without feeling bad about my nutritional habits! And I feel you on the summer overload, back when I lived in Oregon we’d wear as many shorts and breezy dresses and swimsuits as possible during the 2 months of not constant cloudiness that we knew as summer. Now that I am in LA it’s pretttttty much summer 10 months out of the year, which basically means I can eat ice cream all the time without getting cold. WIN.

    And hurray book club!!! SO happy to have you moderating, Izy! I started on the book a bit last night and it is quite an interesting read so far :o)

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks Eva!! Haha i was so tempted to just grab the haagen daz out of the freezer one morning because it was just sooo hot out! You’re so lucky to have so much sun!

      Yaaay! It is indeed :))

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  • carey June 11, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Omg, ok ok ok, so I totally thought that I was a complete weirdo because I kind of like the taste of baking soda…… I mean, it’s not like I’m eating it by the spoonful or drinking glasses of baking soda water, but yeah, I definitely thought there was something wrong with me. (Like that pica disorder, when people eat crazy things like dirt!) This makes me feel a lot less weird.

    So yeah, healthy ice cream made with baking soda that tastes like banana bread batter? I am IN! And thanks for the shout-out! I’ve made those muffins a few times too — soooo good.

    Yay book club!! (:

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Ahhhh no omg I LOVE that taste. Batter/cookie dough with baking soda in it is the best. That kind of sour tang from it is ahamazing.

      No problemo, it’s totally my fave banana bread recipe now!!

      Yayyy!

  • Shelly June 11, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Oh my goodness – I want to eat this every morning!

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      haha me too 🙂

  • thelittleloaf June 11, 2013 at 7:53 am

    You’ve surpassed yourself again! Sundaes for breakfast? Yes please.

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      ahahaha I guess so!! 😉

  • Amy Walters, A DESIGN DOCK June 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I’m a couple days late in commenting, but boy do these ever look good. And so few ingredients…that’s how I like to roll. Thanks!

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      not late at all 🙂 Thanks!

  • Katherine June 11, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    OMG, you are too much. Having sundaes for breakfast is such a brilliant idea, especially during the summer. Love the fact that it’s so healthy and so simple at the same time. A great new twist on eating frozen bananas.

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      thanks Katherine! That’s how I roll 😉

  • Rosie June 12, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Your writing cracks me up every time! Literally love your blog SO MUCH (I’m a mega nerd too and am blog crushing hard). These sundaes look delicious. I’m so hungry right now I have a headache, so am going to go and hunt for food immediately.

    http://www.ciderwithrosie.com

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      ahh thanks Rosie! :))) haha, I know what that’s like, go find foooood!

  • Brian S. June 12, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Sundaes for breakfast sounds like an amazing idea! It’s simple and my kids would love it! Thanks for sharing!

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks Brian, it’s crazy good 🙂

  • Ala June 13, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Hurray! Congrats on finishing up. On a related note, my old roommate used to have ice cream all the time for breakfast. Like, real-honest-to-goodness ice cream. And bowls of it. I think I’ll just stick to this version though, tyvm.

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      thanks Ala! hahah, that’s what i’d LIKE to do, alas, my body wouldn’t be happy with that! Banana ice cream is good enough, right? 🙂

  • Joshua @ Slim Palate June 13, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Oh man. That’s quite a breakfast. I’m digging it, and I love the coconut flakes and almonds on top they make it look so good with those as garnishments.

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      Thank youu! Coconut flakes = my life

  • Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic June 15, 2013 at 4:09 am

    I laughed at your description of people’s reactions to the warming weather because it is the exact same thing here (Chicago, USA). I never thought to use it as an excuse to eat ice cream for breakfast. You’re a genius!

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      ahaha, glad to know it’s not just Londoners that do this! Thank you 🙂

  • Miguel @ Foodzai June 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Ice cream for breakfast = genius idea Izy!

    p.s: Totally love your photography style Izy. your blog is def one of my fav food blog, keep it up 🙂

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      ahh thanks Miguel :))

  • francesca June 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    WAIT,WAIT,WAIT. did you mention the extended essay? does this mean you’re doing the IB? If so, same, gurrrl!! If not, awks… but I LOVE THIS SUNDAE IDEA BTW xxxxxx

  • Conner June 21, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Ice cream for breakfast!? Don’t know who will love it more me or my wife? And it’s healthy ice cream, double bonus! Thanks for sharing!

  • snootchy June 25, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I just tried making these and completely failed (which sucks, cause they look amazing). How do you blend this without any liquid in the blender? My blender just kept throwing the frozen bananas around (even though it’s a pretty good blender that has never let me down before). I tried cutting the bananas to very small pieces and to press them down in the blender, but even then it didn’t really work… :/

    • Izy June 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Aww no! Maybe try leaving the frozen banana to defrost a little before blending, I’ve always just been able to blend it straight from frozen, but you could probably add a few tablespoons of any kind of milk, or some yogurt to help it along!

  • Rebecka June 27, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    This was AMAAAZIN! It does actually taste like real ice cream, although it’s just a banana. My mu was so suprised when i told her that it only contained banana.

  • Mariam July 5, 2013 at 11:18 am

    YUM! Just had this for dessert minus the choc sauce and cacao nibs! So yummy! I’ve been making banana soft serve for ages but I too always add things like cocoa or frozen berries to cover up the banana-ness (?) The cinnamon and baking soda really does make it taste amazing! I also added a naughty but oh so nice little knob of butter to the caramel because it’s my first time trying it and I’m a bit of a sceptic! Thanks!

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