I think my life has changed.
It was a religious moment, where I saw the heavens open up and someone from above spoke to me. From a far distance, I could hear voices singing….soft, angelic voices. A comforting whisper of a hand graced my shoulder and I could sense it saying “you’re in heaven now…..” And I could taste something…and it was like…ice cream. Only not ice cream. Better than ice cream.
“What is this?” I asked to the sky.
“That, my child,” a voice replied, “is ice cream made from frozen bananas, açaí, and coconut. Do not question it. It is better than ice cream as you know it. ”
I closed my eyes and took another bite of the creamy substance, which was naturally sweet, laced with flavors of exotic coconut and rich with açaí. Any thoughts of ice cream, made with cream and sugar, fled my mind.
“But what is açaí?” I ventured.
“Well,” the holy Banana Ice Cream voice replied, “The açaí berry is native to Amazonian Brazil, and has become known for being high in antioxidants. It comes from the açaí palm tree.”
“Where can I find this heavenly thing?”
“Go to your local grocery store. Seek the frozen section. There, you will find frozen açaí pulp. It resembles this. It comes with four pouches inside.”
Now go forth, dear reader, and experience the outer body experience that is Açaí Coconut Ice Cream!
If everything I’ve said here hasn’t convinced you already that you should make this ASAP, go ahead and read up on the health benefits of eating bananas: http://www.well-beingsecrets.com/bananas-health-benefits/. Spoiler alert: there’a about a gajillion!
- 4-5 medium bananas
- ½ cup light coconut milk
- 1 pouch frozen açaí pulp
- ⅔ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- Unpeel the bananas and cut into slices. Place the slices on some parchment or wax paper and freeze them until very hard.
- When banana is frozen, put in a food processor and pulse until it breaks up and starts to look rice-ish. Add in the coconut milk and turn on the food processor. The mixture should start to become creamy. Add the açaí.
- Scrape mixture into a large bowl, and add in the shredded coconut. Mix well.
- Pour mixture into a metal baking pan, using a spatula to smooth the top. Cover with saran wrap and return to freezer until solid.