Summer is coming to an end, but the weather here hasn't turned yet, so we're still enjoying ice cream. Even if you're starting to feel the autumn chill where you are, this vegan ice cream recipe features rich, warming Ginger essential oil - a perfect treat any day of the year! Top it with our homemade granola for an extra crunch.
This recipe takes a little bit of time to prepare, but the results are so worth it. The texture is creamy and the taste is so fresh, rich, and ginger-spicy. Plus, it makes your kitchen smell like heaven. Here's what you'll need.
Ingredients (we recommend using organic foods whenever possible):
- our organic Ginger essential oil
- 6 bananas, frozen
- 2 cups oats
- 3 peaches, peeled and diced
- 2/3 cup of maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 cup pure water
- 2 TBSP olive or coconut oil
- 1 vanilla bean
- ground cinnamon
For the granola:
In a medium-size bowl, combine the oats, 1/3 cup of the maple syrup or honey, the olive or coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the inside of the vanilla bean, and a pinch of salt. Stir well until everything is fully mixed. Spread the mixture out on a cookie sheet or in a flat glass baking dish and place it in the oven. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until golden and perfectly crunchy. Check on it every 15-20 minutes and give it a good stir while it's baking. Make sure it has cooled completely before topping your ice cream with it.
For the peach filling for the ice cream:
Place your diced peaches, the water, and 1/3 cup of the maple syrup or honey in a pot with some cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Simmer on low until reduced. Check it often and give it a good stir. You'll know it's done when it's nice and thick. Make sure it has cooled completely before adding it to your ice cream.
Once your granola is happily baking away and your peaches are filling your kitchen with their delicious scent, you can focus on your bananas. When you mash them up and mix them well, they develop a consistency just like the consistency of ice cream. It's fabulous! You can pop them in a food processor to get the process started or you can mash them with a fork or a firm whisk, if you're patient. I just add a little bit of them to my Blendtec with a tiny bit of water and pulse until smooth, adding more bananas as I go until they are all smooth and creamy. I then add the Ginger essential oil. Reserve them in the freezer until your granola and peach filling are finished. When everything is cooled, mix in your peach filling. Top with the granola to serve and enjoy!
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