673.Vegan Mixed Berries Ice Cream

July 19, 2017mayurisjikoni
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Just the right time to have ice cream

   It has been really hot for the past few days in Montreal. Its humid and just the kind of weather all Canadians enjoy. People are out walking, jogging, having picnics, swimming, sailing, lazing in the sun. Hubby and I want to be indoors as the sun is too much for us. My dad is here, his first visit to Canada. He is from London, so he too is enjoying the really sunny hot days. When I run for the shade, he thinks I’m mad. So I had to remind him that I get more than enough sun back home in Mombasa, so I’d rather enjoy the cool or cold weather.

   Anyway, its the right theme that Sarah Ellis has chosen for this months Fantastical Food Fight. The theme is Ice Cream. I went through so many options to make the ice cream for this theme, but the abundance of berries just kept on beckoning me. A couple of weeks ago, we saw this documentary on veganism. I’m not totally convinced to give up my dairy products…love cheese and yogurt too much. But the paradox is that my meat eating hubby decides not to became a vegetarian only but also decides to become a vegan!!!!!!!!! Yes, you heard me right; I’m still so so surprised. My chicken loving daughter too is trying out to go the vegan way!

   I’m a vegetarian, and now both are trying to convince me to become a vegan. My argument is that if Lord Krishna loved all dairy products right from butter to yogurt… it surely can’t be harmful. However, everyone has the freedom to make their own choice. Now that father and daughter have found a new common passion-vegan– he was complaining that I was not making enough vegan food for him. On a serious note, most of our basic Gujarati food is vegan except that some food may contain yogurt. 

   Keeping in mind my vegan hubby(and his snide remarks!), I decided against the rich creamy ice creams and decided on a vegan one. I’m glad I tried out this ice cream simply for the reason that its a guilt free and healthy dessert. And I love the beautiful colour that the berries have imparted to this delicious ice cream.




Serves 6-8

2 large or 3 medium bananas
2 cups of frozen mixed berries
¼ cup almond milk
2-4 tbsp cane sugar or maple syrup
a pinch of salt

  1. Peel and slice the bananas. Layer them in an airtight tin.
  2. Freeze the slices overnight or for 2-3 hours.
  3. Put the frozen banana slices, milk, frozen berries, salt and sugar or maple syrup in a food processor.
  4. Process the mixture.
  5. You may need to push down the fruit with the help of the spatula.
  6. Process till you get a smooth mixture.
  7. Scoop out the ice cream into a freezable tin.
  8. Let the ice cream freeze for 1 hour or so or you may serve the soft ice cream… your choice.
  • Add any frozen fruit of your choice.
  • I used over ripe bananas so didn’t need to add so much maple syrup.
  • Use vegan milk of your choice like any other nut milk or coconut milk.
  • Once the ice cream sets, its advisable not to re freeze it as it becomes really hard. So small batches are best. Once you have the frozen ingredients ready, this ice cream is really easy to make.
You may want to check my other ice cream recipes (not  vegan):
lemongrass and ginger infused pineapple coconut ice cream
Thandai Kulfi Ice Cream

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  • Karen

    July 19, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    It's great that you can use almond milk for this! Looks wonderful and I love the color.

  • Wendy Klik

    July 20, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Oh my Mayuri, it looks like you are going to be vegan like it or not. At least you can comfort yourself with this lovely ice cream.

  • vaishali sabnani

    July 20, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Now this is a killing one.the berries taste awesome in ice cream..and that bowl sure is tempting.

  • Traci Wennerholm

    July 20, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Yum! I love this natural version. I can't have dairy anymore so this is the perfect flavor combination! –Traci, BurntApple.com

  • Michaela Kenkel

    July 20, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Such a vibrant color!! I have a similar recipe using frozen bananas and peanut butter. Great recipe!!

  • Rafeeda AR

    July 20, 2017 at 5:57 am

    I have been vegan for medication purposes for almost six months and I don't want to comment on it. Like you mentioned, it is personal belief, but I came back to my normal eating habits and mentally I am happy. Hehe… I love this “nice cream”, it feels more like sorbet, but definitely much healthier, isn't it?

  • Sarah Ellis

    July 21, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Love that you did a vegan recipe – makes the Food Fight nice and balanced out! Plus you can't go wrong with berries for a summer treat!

  • veena krishnakumar

    July 21, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Mayuri love the colour of this icecream. I wish I get the berries here. I am so tempted to make this

  • Lauren Everson

    July 25, 2017 at 4:59 am

    My family would love this recipe, and we're dairy-aholics. I'm glad you found a vegan ice cream that satisfies everyone.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 25, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks Karen, I too loved the colour. Making some again today.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 25, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Haha, Wendy, I love my cheese and yogurt too much to become a vegan. Hubby too is finding it difficult to stick to a vegan diet. But the ice cream was yummy.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 25, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks Vaishali, its something I wanted to make for such a long time as we don't get berries like these in Kenya. Got the opportunity because of the wonderful theme.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 25, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Try it Traci, am sure you''l like it. I've also made banana with peanut butter and its a healthy ice cream treat.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 25, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Yes Michaela I loved the colour and all natural. I've tried foramen banana and peanut butter ice cream and it turns out delicious.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 25, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    As a healthy ice cream this certainly is a good option and loved the flavours of the different berries.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 25, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    You're right Sarah can't go wrong with berries. If I hadn't done the vegan version it would have been a creamy berry ice cream.

  • Famidha Ashraf

    July 31, 2017 at 7:10 am

    mixed berries in anything is a delight. This reminds me I had made frozen banana ice cream once and never occured it is vegan! 🙂 Vegan and gluten free is something I learnt through blogs… 🙂 Goodluck with the new vegan family and no, I can never give up yogurt. 😛

  • Mayuri Patel

    August 3, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Thanks Veena, sometimes my daughter gets the frozen berries in Bangalore, forgot the name of the supermarket, so I guess you would get them too in Chennai.

  • Mayuri Patel

    August 3, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Haha Lauren, I too love my dairy, but the vegan ice cream was healthy and had it with any guilt.

  • Mayuri Patel

    August 3, 2017 at 4:52 am

    Yes Famidha, mixed berries in anything makes it taste so good. My family, well the ones who decided to go vegan are not doing a great job 🙂 they get tempted with dairy products.

  • Vandana

    November 24, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Loved your vegan ice-cream recipe. Though not a Vegan, I prefer eating Vegan food. Will try it for sure.

  • Melanie Varey

    November 25, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    I much prefer dairy free ice cream so love recipes that use various dairy free milks. Delicious!

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    November 26, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Delicious and creamy vegan ice-cream this is. I have never added salt in my ice cream, but with berries I think you are right as it would help remove the sourness too. Right? Also if you freeze the bananas and add to ice cream it adds to creaminess . All in all it is very tempting.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 26, 2019 at 5:56 pm

      Thank you so much Renu, the salt actually sot of balances the sweetness, brings out the full flavour.

  • FoodTrails

    November 26, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Love the colors and flavours of this vegan ice-cream… though it is below freezing temperatures here, I am tempted to make some for my kids and me.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 26, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks Swaty and as my brother reminds me, its cold outside but not in the house during winter. He loves to enjoy ice cream even in winter.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    November 26, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Not being able to eat the delicious desserts and ice creams is what scares me in a vegan diet. You have totally proved me wrong with this delicious ice cream Mayuri! The natural sweetness from the berries along with the nuttiness of the almond milk is just delicious!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 26, 2019 at 9:19 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya, nowadays there are so many Vegan desserts.

  • Mireille Roc (@ChefMireille)

    November 30, 2019 at 9:01 am

    what a great ideas to use bananas to get that creamy consistency without using dairy!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 30, 2019 at 10:36 am

      Thanks Mireille and it tastes good.


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