Updated: Jul 17
Get ready for your favorite new summer indulgence: Chocolate Fudge Brownie Nice Cream.
Heads up: the base here is made of frozen bananas and it definitely tastes like a frozen banana/chocolatey mix. Don't go into this thinking it tastes exactly like Ben and Jerry's. Gotta manage your expectations.
Quick backstory behind this recipe: growing up, Ben and Jerry's chocolate fudge brownie was my absolute favorite ice cream and I couldn't get enough. We didn't have it in the house all the time, it was something we had more for celebrations. But once I was 18 and moved out of my parents home and was living with friends and roommates, I decided that being able to have ice cream whenever I wanted was the best part of being an adult.
I had pints of CFB in my freezer at all times and probably went through a pint or two a week. When I started dating my now husband, he liked vanilla based flavors like cookie dough better than CFB which was just unacceptable to me. Thankfully I showed him the right path and got him to convert to preferring chocolate over vanilla before we got engaged.
Speaking of getting engaged, I loved this stuff so much that my husband literally proposed to me with a pint of Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Other girls seemed to get engaged with something that hinted to their hobbies. Like getting engaged at a baseball game or in Bloomingdales. Well this was my hobby. Eating ice cream all the time. Sometimes for dinner, sometimes for dessert.
And yet I was still shocked when I was diagnosed with insulin resistance a few years later.
Since beating my sugar addiction a few years ago, I don't crave the real thing as much and prioritize eating foods that balance my blood sugar and support my hormones. But I still wanted to find a delicious way to enjoy CFB every once in a while, which is how I decided to make this copycat chocolate fudge brownie nice cream.
One batch of my fudgy chocolate chip sticks. Recipe here. I made them without the chocolate chips to keep the texture as close to the real thing as possible.
2 cups frozen bananas
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp cashew butter or almond butter
handful of ice cubes
1/4 cup milk or water
Prepare the fudgy chocolate chip sticks. This can be a few days in advance. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or the freezer.
Add bananas, vanilla, cashew butter, ice, and milk into a blender and mix until combined.
Break up a few of the fudgy chocolate chip sticks into bite size pieces and mix it into the batter.
Pour it into a loaf plan and place in the freezer for 4 hours or overnight.
Scoop into a bowl and enjoy!