Give your sweet tooth everything it desires with this rich and creamy yet totally healthy Chocolate Caramel Dairy Free “Ice Cream.”
This post is sponsored by Natural Delights.
I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but it is HOT here in Texas. I have a feeling summer here will be like winter in NYC, where we try to stay indoors as much as possible. Well, indoors or in a pool!
I’m so thankful to have an air conditioned apartment, but you know what else helps me stay cool? Frozen treats!
Let me tell you, this Chocolate Caramel Dairy Free “Ice Cream” Hits. The. Spot!
I started by making a healthy caramel sauce with four simple ingredients: vanilla extract, salt, water and Natural Delights Medjool Dates. You all must know by now how much I love these medjool dates. They’re amazing for so many reasons (see this Cold Brew & Cacao Recovery Smoothie, these Copycat Blueberry RX Bars and this Healthy Edible Cookie Dough for more proof about the awesomeness of medjool dates), but one of my favorites is how naturally sweet and gooey they are. When you blend them up with hot water and vanilla, they create a melt in your mouth, healthified caramel-like sauce that is oh so delicious.
The next step is to make the ice cream. This was even simpler: bananas, almond milk and cocoa. Yep. That’s it. Blend up some frozen bananas. Add in a little almond milk and cocoa powder. Badabing. Chocolate ice cream!
Swirl in your caramel sauce and you’ve got yourself a decadent dessert.
Six ingredients (+ water), a blender and you’re on your way to cooling down the most delicious way possible.
- 10 pitted medjool dates (I used Natural Delights)
- 3/4 cup hot water
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 2 frozen bananas, broken into large chunks
- 2 Tbsp almond milk
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- For the caramel sauce:*
- Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender.
- Blend until combined and creamy. (add more water if needed)
- Place the bananas and almond milk in a high speed blender.
- Blend until creamy.
- Add cocoa powder and blend until thoroughly combined.
- Scoop into a bowl. Swirl in 1-2 Tbsp of caramel sauce.
- Divide into two servings.
- Enjoy immediately if you enjoy a soft serve consistency. If you like a harder ice cream, place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes.
- *Recipe makes about a cup of caramel sauce.
What’s your favorite frozen treat?