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St. Patrick’s Day embraces a color that represents more than leprechaun garb. Green is a symbol of nature and treating the earth and our bodies with love and respect. This St. Patty’s Day Avocado Banana Ice Cream recipe is a quick and easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Avocado lends a creamy, rich hand to the ice cream’s texture, while the banana and honey keep things light and sweet. Enjoy!

It may seem strange that an avocado appears in a dessert dish, but it actually makes all the difference in taste and consistency. Avocado has a mellow enough taste to pair well with other, more flavorful ingredients in order to provide creaminess without overwhelming taste. The avocado is a praised item in the vegan world, because it can accomplish a consistency originally thought to only be possible with the addition of creams, milks, butters, or eggs. In this St. Patty’s Day Avocado Banana Ice Cream recipe, banana and honey successfully cut the “avocadoey” taste and the ice cream simply becomes more decadent and filling.  

The avocado also brings with it a host of nutritional benefits. It fights cancer, promotes eye health, lowers cholesterol, reduces the incidence of heart disease, protects against strokes, helps the body to better absorb nutrients, and slows aging. The fats in the avocado are also easily recognizable by the body and are more digestible than animal fats. They also do wonders for the skin!

Next time you see your bananas rounding their last leg and becoming brown and spotty, peel them, chop them, seal them in a plastic bag and toss them into the freezer. When dessert time comes around, pull out the food processor and get creative with this St. Patty’s Day Avocado Banana Ice Cream recipe. Recplace the honey with agave or maple syrup if you want this recipe to be 100 percent vegan.

St. Patty’s Day Avocado Banana Ice Cream recipe

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 overripe bananas, peeled, cut, and frozen
  • 1 large avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave or maple syrup)

Directions

 Place all ingredients into a food processer and blend until smooth and fluffy.

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Serve with a drizzle of honey.

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Photo Credit: GlowKitchen