Ice Cream

Someone on one of our email support lists dreamt last night of ice cream, so I’m going to share my two favourite fixes here. By my love of this stuff, one would have a hard time believing I was utterly repulsed by bananas my entire pre-GAPS life!

Banana-Based Ice Cream or Milkshake

Tips:neopolitan ice cream

  • At least one week before you want to make this, peel very ripe bananas, break them into pieces, throw them into a ziploc bag and freeze them.
  • Prepare this right before you want to eat it
  • Work reasonably quickly to avoid it thawing overly fast or much (that in the photo was worked overly and slowly, thus was a bit melty by photo time)
  • Use less egg for ice cream consistency and more for a milkshake

Into a mixing bowl put:

  • 4 bananas or 4 cups of banana pieces, well-ripened then well-frozen
  • 3 eggs (more if needed to blend or if making a milkshake)
  • butter or coconut oil, 1/4 cup or more
  • pinch of salt to enhance the sweetness
  • flavouring of your choice, eg. frozen strawberries, cocoa powder, shredded coconut, two teaspoons or more of vanilla extract, etc.

Blend. (An immersion blender will work fine.)

For neopolitan, as in the photo, blend the first four ingredients, then divide the batch into three separate bowls. To one add a teaspoon of vanilla. To another add frozen strawberries. To the final bowl, add cocoa powder. Blend each separately, then serve equal amounts per dish.

Optional: Add any combination of walnuts, shredded coconut, pecans, strawberries, etc. My most amazing combos to date are: banana/walnuts/shredded coconut and banana/a few frozen strawberries/loads of walnuts.

Whipped Cashew Cream

The recipe is not mine to share, but is offered by Jordan Maerin in her book ‘Raw Foods for Busy People’. The book, which offers several awesome GAPS-friendly recipes -including a replacement for refried beans (actually raw almonds)- is only $13 US and is available here.

Jordan offers four flavour options for the Whipped Cashew Cream.

This ice cream, which doesn’t melt so is awesome for picnics, is also a great cake icing!

For a similar approach to Jordan’s basic recipe, click here. GAPSters will replace the agave with dates or honey.

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5 thoughts on “Ice Cream

  1. Hi Baden, I am wondering which vanilla extract you use? In australia we have vanilla in a fructose base or an alcohol base. Niether of these appeal to me (allergic to both at present) however I was going to make this for my son and wondered if the alcohol based one was GAPS legal.

    Thanks so much

    • Hi Stephanie,

      I use Orchid brand organic vanilla extract. It is based in alcohol. Several types of alcohol are permitted on GAPS. My son and I have both been fine with this. We do limit our baking, though, for other reasons.


    • I made my own, half a bottle of vodka (GAPS legal), cut the vanilla pods length ways and put inside the bottle and leave for 3 weeks. Yum!

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