Recipe: Mini Banana Ice Cream Pies

For The Kid’s birthday, I made a small variety of healthy fare. Living in the Phoenix area, it’s still plenty warm out in the afternoons, so banana ice cream would have been fine. I decided to attempt single-serve banana ice cream pies in muffin tins β€” they’re delicious! They have The Big Man’s Tasty Healthy Recipe stamp of approval πŸ™‚

(As it turns out, we had enough other food that we didn’t actually serve these at the party, but we have been making and eating since then ;))

The crust recipe I took from a recipe for vegan “cheese”cake that I saved a long time ago, without attribution 😦 Β The plan was to make the mini crusts in muffin tins, then pop them out and fill with ice cream made on the spot … but the crusts don’t solidify to be handled like that, so I bought a couple of sets of little glass bowls that probably have a fancy name. Anyway, they were the perfect size πŸ™‚ You could, of course, use a regular pie tin and cut this thing, but the bananas are pretty creamy and probably won’t slice very well. I haven’t tried refreezing them after blending. If you try it, let me know how it works out.

Mini Banana Ice Cream Pies

Crusts (makes about 12 muffin tins or two 9-inch pie tins)

  • 2 cups raw pecans
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup soaked dates

Combine all ingredients except dates in food processor. Add dates and blend until sticky.

(These work with just walnuts β€” no pecans β€” as well.)

Banana Ice Cream

For each mini crust, use 1 to 2 bananas (depending on their size and how full you’d like your cup) and 1/8 to 1/4 cup liquid. I used almond milk, but regular milk, any non-dairy milk, or water would also do the trick.

Put in a high-powered blender and mix until thick and creamy.

Spoon into crust and enjoy!

You can also add other ingredients to the banana if you’d like β€” pretty much anything that tastes good to you with banana. Keep in mind that regardless of what you add, it will taste like bananas. That said, The Big Man is not a fan of bananas but really likes this recipe.

What might you add to it?

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