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Vegan Banana Walnut Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream With Coconut Milk

Updated on May 5, 2017
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Make this vegan, non-dairy, soy-free Banana Walnut Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream recipe in an electric, 2-quart maker for a smooth, creamy consistency
Make this vegan, non-dairy, soy-free Banana Walnut Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream recipe in an electric, 2-quart maker for a smooth, creamy consistency | Source

Over-ripe frozen bananas and pure maple syrup provide the sweetness in this delicious banana walnut chocolate chunk ice cream recipe, while lightly-glazed, toasted walnuts and chunks of decadent dark chocolate add crunch. A touch of cinnamon adds warm flavor to this frozen dessert. A combination of coconut milk and coconut cream makes this frozen dessert smooth, rich, and creamy. Unlike many other recipes that use coconut milk, the coconut flavor in this non-dairy, vegan ice cream recipe is barely noticeable.

Choose dairy-free, sugar-free, and/or gluten-free dark chocolate or cacao nibs or omit the maple syrup or walnuts to suit your dietary restrictions.

An Electric Ice Cream Maker Is the Key to a Creamy Consistency

While it's certainly possible to make ice cream without an ice cream maker, using the freeze- partially-then-beat-with-an-electric-mixer-refreeze-and-repeat method will never produce a frozen dessert with the smooth, creamy consistency of traditional dairy ice cream. This is especially true when making non-dairy ice cream, since the absence of full-fat cream usually produces a more grainy, icy consistency. So if you want your vegan frozen dessert recipes to turn out as smooth and creamy as possible, the key is to use an electric ice cream machine.

Use a 2-Quart Model for This Recipe

I developed this recipe during a week-long visit with my husband's parents, using his mother's 1-1/2 quart Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. My own machine was decades old, had only a 1 quart capacity, took a long time to churn and had been gathering dust in our basement for ages. So I was surprised and pleased to discover how far this type of kitchen appliance had come.

The see-through lid with the open ingredient spout on my mother-in-law's model made it very easy to add the candied toasted walnuts and the dark chocolate chunks while the machine was still running. And I was amazed that my test batch was ready to eat a mere 20 minutes after it began churning. The only downside was that the 1-1/2 quart capacity wasn't quite large enough for the recipe.

Although I didn't pour in all of the ice cream mixture, it overflowed the top of the freezer bowl and the churn paddle of the 1-1/2 quart machine. (I wiped off the top of the bowl before taking this photo.)
Although I didn't pour in all of the ice cream mixture, it overflowed the top of the freezer bowl and the churn paddle of the 1-1/2 quart machine. (I wiped off the top of the bowl before taking this photo.)

The speed and ease of use of my mother-in-law's machine, the enthusiastic feedback I received from my husband and his parents on this recipe, and the fact that my own decades-old ice cream machine had only a 1-quart capacity prompted me to replace it with a 2-quart automatic ice cream maker (that also makes delicious frozen yogurt, sorbet and gelato). It was a great decision! My husband loves it when I make homemade frozen treats, and we use it year-round.

Banana Walnut Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream with Coconut Milk

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Ingredients

  • 3 bananas, large and over-ripe, preferably organic
  • 13.5 oz. can coconut milk, full fat (not light or lite), preferably organic
  • 5.4 oz. can unsweetened coconut cream, preferably organic
  • 1/2 walnut pieces, (walnut halves broken into chunks with your fingers)
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil, plus extra for greasing parchment paper
  • Kosher salt or sea salt
  • 4 Tbsp. (divided) pure maple syrup, preferably grade B and organic
  • 4 oz. extra dark chocolate or unsweetened raw cacao nibs
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, preferably Penzeys Cinnamon

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 quarts, 12 rounded 1/2-cup servings

Note: The estimated "cook time" represents the approximate time to churn and freeze the ice cream in a 2-quart Cuisinart ICE-30 Pure Indulgence Ice Cream Maker. The actual time will depend on your machine.

Instructions

  1. At least one day ahead, peel the over-ripe bananas and wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. Place the freezer bowl of the electric ice cream maker and the wrapped bananas in the coldest part of your freezer. Also move the cans of full-fat unsweetened coconut milk and coconut cream to the coldest part your fridge to chill for a minimum of 6 hours.
  2. On the day you want to make the ice cream, grease a sheet of baking parchment and a sturdy silicone spatula with coconut oil and set it aside. In a nonstick skillet over medium heat, warm 1 Tbsp. coconut oil until it starts to bubble. Stir in the walnut chunks until they are coated with the oil, then sprinkle on 1/2 tsp. of salt. Continue to heat the nuts, stirring frequently until they are fragrant and golden brown. Drizzle 2 Tbsp. of the maple syrup and use the greased silicone spatula to stir the nuts constantly for a minute or two, taking care not to scorch them, until the nuts are glazed and dry. Immediately spread them out in a single layer on the prepared parchment paper, allow them to cool. Separate any pieces that have stuck together.
  3. Coarsely chop the dark chocolate (or raw cacao nibs, if they’re too large) into small chunks roughly the size of chocolate chips. Optional: Sift the chopped chocolate chunks or cacao nibs through a mesh sieve. Save the tiny chocolate bits to sprinkle over ice cream or another treat
  4. Remove the frozen bananas from the freezer and unwrap them. Slice each banana lengthwise into quarters and then into one-inch lengths, working as quickly as possible so they don’t defrost. If necessary, pop them (still on the cutting board) back into the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes to firm them up again.
  5. Scrape the frozen banana chunks a food processor bowl fitted with a stainless steel chopping blade. Remove the ice-cold cans of full-fat coconut milk and coconut cream from the refrigerator and quickly empty the contents into the food processor bowl. Add the remaining 2 Tbsp. maple syrup, 1/4 teaspoon salt and the ground cinnamon. Process just until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Remove the ice cream maker's freezer bowl from your freezer and place it on the machine's base. Follow the manufacturer's directions for assembling the machine, pour in the ice cold banana-coconut milk mixture, lock the lid in place and turn on the machine.
  7. About 5 minutes before the ice cream is ready, add the walnut pieces and chocolate chunks very slowly, following your ice cream maker’s instructions for adding mix-ins. Continue churning the mixture for another five minutes or until it reaches the desired consistency.
  8. Turn off and unplug the ice cream maker and use a sturdy silicone spatula to scrape the finished ice cream into a freezer container, working quickly so it doesn’t stick to the freezer bowl. Serve immediately or seal the container lid tightly and freeze until ready to serve.

Nutrition Data*

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: rounded 1/2 cup
Calories 220
Calories from Fat144
% Daily Value *
Fat 16 g25%
Saturated fat 11 g55%
Unsaturated fat 5 g
Carbohydrates 23 g8%
Sugar 15 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 114 mg5%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

*The nutrition data estimates were calculated by inputting the ingredients (including manually entered nutrition data taken from the manufacturer's label for selected ingredients and the number of servings into the SELFNutritionData recipe analysis tool. I have provided this information as a service to help you make informed decisions about this recipe.

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Detailed Instructions with Step-by-Step Photos

The streamlined version of the recipe, above, is short and convenient. I recommend reviewing the following detailed instructions, with close-up photos and lots of helpful tips, before you make the recipe for the first time.

Step 1: Freeze Peeled Bananas and Freezer Bowl; Chill Coconut Milk

The day before you want to make this Banana Walnut Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream with Coconut Milk recipe:

  • Peel 3 large, very ripe bananas, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and put them next to the freezer bowl in the coldest part of your freezer.
  • Place your ice cream maker's freezer bowl in the coldest part of your freezer (usually a back corner of the bottom freezer shelf) if it isn't there already.
  • Place a 13.5 ounce can of full-fat coconut milk, preferably organic, and a 5.4 ounce can of unsweetened coconut cream, also preferably organic, into the coldest part of your refrigerator to chill.

Step 2: Pan-Toast Walnut Chunks and Glaze with Maple Syrup

Place a large piece of parchment paper on your counter and grease it lightly with coconut oil.

Melt one tablespoon of coconut oil in the bottom of a medium-large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. When the coconut oil starts to bubble, add half a cup of broken walnut pieces and stir to coat. Sprinkle the nuts generously with kosher salt or sea salt and pan toast them until they are golden brown and fragrant.

Drizzle the nuts with two tablespoons of pure maple syrup, preferably Grade B or dark Grade A. Using a greased silicone spatula, stir to coat the walnut chunks evenly with the syrup. Continue stirring the nuts constantly until the moisture in the maple syrup has evaporated completely and the glazed nuts look dry, about 1 to 2 minutes. Be sure to keep a close eye on them to avoid scorching.

Scrape the walnuts onto the greased parchment paper in a single layer and allow them to cool completely, which should take only a couple of minutes. If any of the chunks stick together just break them apart with your fingers. Leave the nuts on the parchment paper and set it aside.

Maple syrup glazed walnut pieces cooling on greased parchment paper
Maple syrup glazed walnut pieces cooling on greased parchment paper

Notes on the Nuts

  • I usually buy walnut halves in bulk and store them in a freezer bag or airtight food storage container in the freezer. The nuts stay fresh for a very long time in the freezer, so I always have some on hand for cooking, baking and healthy snacking.
  • Don't be tempted to chop the walnuts with a knife or food processor. You'll end up with uneven-sized chunks and a pile of wasted walnut "dust". Just use your fingers.
  • Don't even think about using "maple flavored syrup" or "pancake syrup" for this recipe!
  • Choose a good-quality Grade B maple syrup, which provides better nutrition, or a dark Grade A syrup with a robust flavor. I like Coombs Family Farms 100% Pure Organic Maple Syrup, which not only tastes great and is certified organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI), but also is made by seventh-generation, small family farmers using sustainable practices that protect the ancient maple trees and forests.
  • To make a Paleo-friendly version of this recipe, omit the maple glaze.

Step 3: Chop Dark Chocolate Into Small Chunks (or Use Unsweetened Organic Raw Cacao Nibs)

Use a sharp chef's knife to chop about 4 oz. of good quality dark chocolate into small chunks. Choose a brand and type of dark chocolate that is at least 85% cacao for maximum health benefits and read the label carefully to make sure you purchase one that meets your dietary restrictions. Alternatively you can use 1/2 cup of unsweetened organic raw cacao nibs.

Dump the dark chocolate chunks or the raw cacao nibs onto the same parchment paper as the nuts and set it aside.

Cook's Notes:

  • The manuals for both the 1.5- and 2-quart Cuisinart ice cream makers I've used recommend using mix-ins no larger than a chocolate chip. (I made my chocolate chunks a bit larger in the original batch and it did seem to interfere a bit with the churning toward the end of the cycle.)
  • If you wish, you can scrape the chopped chocolate into a mesh sieve and sift out the powdered chocolate "dust". Of course, you wouldn't want to waste all those good dark chocolate bits, so save them to sprinkle on top of the churned ice cream or another dessert.

Chopped dark chocolate chunks
Chopped dark chocolate chunks

Step 4: Quarter Frozen Bananas Lengthwise and Slice into 1-Inch Chunks

Halve one of the 3 over-ripe, frozen bananas lengthwise and place the halves side by side on a cutting board, flat sides down.

Slice each half-banana in half lengthwise again into quarters, then slice them crosswise into thick 1-inch slices. Work quickly so the bananas remain frozen. If the banana chunks show signs of thawing after you've cut them, put them back in the freezer for 15 minutes before moving to the next step.

Frozen banana chunks
Frozen banana chunks

Step 5: Process Chilled Ice Cream Mixture

Working quickly so that the frozen banana chunks don't have time to thaw, scrape them into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a stainless steel chopping blade.

Immediately remove the thoroughly chilled cans of full-fat coconut milk and coconut cream from the refrigerator and pour and scrape the ice-cold contents of the cans into the food processor bowl with the frozen banana chunks.

Add 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon to the processor bowl and process briefly, just until the mixture is fairly smooth.

Step 6: Start Churning the Mixture

Immediately take the freezer bowl for the ice cream maker out of your freezer, place it on the base of the machine, and scrape the liquid ice cream base from the food processor into the freezer bowl. The ice cream maker bowl will start to defrost the moment you remove it from the freezer, so don't take it out until you're ready to start churning the base mixture. And the colder the mixture and the bowl are when you turn on the machine, the faster the ice cream will be ready and the smoother and creamier it will be.

If you're using one of the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker models I mentioned, just lock the cover in place, plug in the machine and turn it on.

If you're using another brand or model of ice cream maker, follow the manufacturer's instructions for starting the churning cycle.

The wide ingredient spout in the see-through cover of the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker makes it easy to check the consistency as the mixture is churning in the freezer bowl
The wide ingredient spout in the see-through cover of the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker makes it easy to check the consistency as the mixture is churning in the freezer bowl

Step 7: Add Walnuts and Chocolate Chunks / Raw Cacao Nibs

If you're using one of the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker models I mentioned:

After about 15-20 minutes the ice cream base will be the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. (You'll be able to tell just by looking into the ingredient spout's large opening.) At this point, with the machine still running, carefully lift up the parchment paper with the walnuts and chocolate chunks or raw cacao nibs. Angle the paper slightly over the ingredient spout opening, bring the edges together a bit so the paper acts like a wide funnel, and very slowly pour the walnut and chocolate mix-ins into the opening. Allow the ice cream to continue to churn for approximately 5 minutes longer until it reaches ready-to-eat consistency.

If you are using a different brand or model of ice cream maker:

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for adding mix-ins.

This is what this dairy-free ice cream looked like immediately after I turned off the machine and removed the cover of the ice cream maker.
This is what this dairy-free ice cream looked like immediately after I turned off the machine and removed the cover of the ice cream maker.

Step 8: Scrape Into a Freezer Container and Freeze or Serve

As soon as the ice cream reaches the proper consistency, stop the machine and unplug it. With a sturdy silicone spatula, immediately scrape the ice cream out of the freezer bowl to prevent it from sticking and pack it lightly into a freezer container with a tight-fitting lid.

Important: Don't use a metal spoon, spatula or other utensil that could damage your ice cream maker's freezer bowl!

Serve some of the ice cream immediately, if desired, then seal the container and store it in the coldest part of the freezer until ready to serve. For a harder consistency, freeze or an hour or more in the coldest part of your freezer before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Use any or all of the following ice cream toppings:

  • Drizzle each portion of ice cream with a teaspoon of pure maple syrup.
  • Top each portion with whipped cream (for non-vegans) or with a vegan whipped topping such as sweetened or unsweetened whipped coconut cream or whipped cashew cream.
  • Sprinkle each portion with additional maple-glazed walnuts.

Freezer container of vegan Banana Walnut Dark Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream right out of the ice cream maker
Freezer container of vegan Banana Walnut Dark Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream right out of the ice cream maker

© 2014 Margaret Schindel

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      Margaret Schindel 15 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Lorelei! I think you'll find that this kicks all those other banana ice cream recipes up a notch. Another great variation is to stir just enough boiling water into a couple of spoonfuls of instant coffee or espresso to dissolve the granules, let the liquid cool, and stir it into the coconut milk and banana mixture before churning. Yum!

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      Margaret Schindel 15 months ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks so much, Susan!

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      Lorelei Cohen 15 months ago from Canada

      OMG that looks delicious. I have seen banana ice cream recipes but have yet to give it a try. One of these days....

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      Susan Deppner 15 months ago from Arkansas USA

      This ice cream recipe looks and sounds so delicious, Margaret! Banana and coconut plus chocolate, hard to imagine anything but good things here! Pinning and Yumming the recipe for future reference. Thanks for sharing!

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      Margaret Schindel 15 months ago from Massachusetts

      @favored Hi Fay, thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I love the crunch and flavor of the chopped maple-glazed walnuts in this ice cream, but I'm sure it would be great even without them. Given that you enjoy walnuts with a banana as a snack, though, you might want to give it a try with the nuts!

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      Fay Favored 15 months ago from USA

      Glad I came across this recipe. It looks like I'd really like it, not sure about the walnuts though. I love them, but not usually in ice cream. Funny since I eat walnuts with a banana for a snack! LOL Pinned & shared!

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      Margaret Schindel 23 months ago from Massachusetts

      @Charito1962 Hi Charito! Oh, I really envy you living in the Philippines where coconuts are so plentiful! I love them, and there's nothing quite like fresh ones. I'm delighted that you like my banana walnut chocolate chunk ice cream recipe with coconut milk and hope you get a chance to try it!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 23 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      Wow, this ice cream sure looks yummy, Margaret! (You tempt my sweet tooth!) Funny, but it looks like a soft chocolate chip cookie.

      I come from a country where coconuts are abundant, so ice cream with coconut milk sounds sinfully delicious!

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks, Larry! I hope you get to try this recipe.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Sounds delicious. I have not tried making ice cream out of coconut milk yet.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Glad you enjoyed my dairy free ice cream recipe, Barbara! Today's electric ice cream makers are such a breeze to use - as long as you keep the freezer bowl in your freezer, all you have to do is take it out and plunk it onto the machine, mix up a few ingredients, dump them into the freezer bowl, turn on the machine and the ice cream (or other frozen treat) is ready for you to enjoy in just minutes! I hope you find one within the price range you want to pay. I think you'll love how this recipe tastes. :)

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      Barbara Badder 2 years ago from USA

      I wish I had seen this hub just a few weeks earlier. There was an ice cream maker at a garage sale and I thought I'd never use it since I can't have milk. Maybe I'll find another one. I don't want to pay full price since I would only be using it for me.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @techygran, the good thing is that although this ice cream tastes delicious it's much healthier than store bought ice cream, ice milk or light ice cream so you can give in to your cravings if you want to without a guilty conscience. If and when you do decide to try this recipe I'd love to know how you like it!

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      This looks really wonderful, and I must say that I am salivating, but it is late at night and I won't give in! I will be back, though! Thank you.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ Margaret, Nov. 11, 2014

      Just checkin in to see if you are okay. I hope you are. And I hope that you are in the process of writing another great hub with another tasty recipe.

      Take care and write soon.

      Your Friend for Life, Kenneth

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Kenneth,

      Thanks so much for thinking of me and taking the time to write such a lovely note. You are a dear man. I hope you get a chance to try this ice cream recipe some time!

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ Margaret,

      I hope that YOU are happy and well.

      I am sitting here in my living room with my coffee taking a break from another project I do each week: recording news items on my desktop and email them to a good friend at a nearby radio station.

      Write me when you can.

      You are not just my follower, but a good friend.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sandy, I think you'd love it! It's an unusual and delicious flavor combination and really easy to make. In fact, I'm making some later today!

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I still have a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker from a few Christmas times ago that hasn't been used. This recipe sounds good for it.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks very much, Shinichi! I especially appreciate such a lovely comment coming from a fellow foodie whose recipes I admire so much. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This looks like the perfect dessert!

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you, Kenneth!

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Margaret,

      Just wanted to say hi and hope that you are having a safe and peaceful night.

      You are a true hubber in every respect.

      Stay sharp, but most of all, stay shane. And stay in touch.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Kenneth! Sorry for the late reply - I was traveling and without WiFi access. I'm fine, thanks, still working on "hubbifying" my lenses. I hope you're well and happy, my friend!

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Margaret, at 9:15 p.m., cdst, Sept. 25,

      How are you? I just wanted to say hello and make sure that you were okay and still turning-out these fine hubs.

      I wish you a happy and safe night and peaceful weekend.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Cynthia, I'm so glad you like this vegan ice cream recipe. If my own experience with my husband and my in-laws is any indication, your whole family, vegans and non-vegans alike, will gobble it up. :) Please let me know how your daughter likes it.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      How wonderful! My daughter is a vegan and I have the worst time trying to find good vegan recipes. I will definitely have to try your ice cream recipe.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Kenneth, thank you for your wonderful comment. I'm truly delighted that you enjoy my articles! I'm still working my way through my transferred Squidoo lenses to "hubbify" them appropriately, but I definitely am looking forward to coming up for air long enough to write new articles again.

      Thanks again for your very kind support and encouragement.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ Margaret,

      Sept. 23,

      To me, and totally-frank, YOU are a shining light on Hubs. Your work is refreshing and your work is both interesting and fun to read. Plus being helpful and you share so much information.

      I urge you to keep it up.

      And stay in touch.

      Kenneth

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Au fait, many thanks for your extremely kind comment and please accept my apology for replying so late. I just found out about filtering comments to view those marked by the system as spam and, for reasons I can't imagine, that's where I just discovered your most recent comment. I truly appreciate your encouragement and your offer of help. I'm sure I'll take you up on it at some point! :)

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      You, too, Kenneth! :)

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ Margaret,

      Thanks for our chat on this hub. I take this moment to wish YOU a happy, safe, and peaceful week ahead.

      Kenneth :)

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Kenneth. Actually, I tend to agonize over everything when I write an article, but I'm thrilled that the result makes it appear effortless. :)

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ Margaret,

      I flew by here again just to tell you how MUCH I admire your writing also. You humble me with how easy you put it together on your hubs.

      And although I sound corny, just let me say this,

      "As long as God gives me breath, I will always be your friend."

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Glad I could help, Missy! :)

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Dear Kenneth,

      Your extremely kind comment just made my day - maybe my week! I admire your writing talent very much and your compliment and encouragement are deeply appreciated.

      Please know that your friendship is valued and reciprocated.

      Warmest wishes,

      Margaret

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Margaret,

      I am humbled by your remarks. I DO love your work and I urge you to continue to write no matter if you feel like it or not. You have such a wonderful talent. I do not want you to waste or hide it.

      Kenneth, Your Friend for Life.

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      Missy 2 years ago from The Midwest

      Yummy! I'm glad you linked to the cacao nibs. I forgot that I needed to buy more.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      No problem with the name. Glad to hear things are moving along with the transfer and hopefully they are going smoothly as well. You really have an excellent selection of articles to choose from and I feel certain you will be very successful here on HP. Ever have any questions feel free to contact me. I've been here 3.5 years and I'd probably know it all if they didn't keep changing things up on us. ;)

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks, Bill! Unfortunately I don't have access to dry ice, so for the moment you're on your own. ;) Thanks for accepting my request to connect on FB!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ice cream and chocolate...sign me up. In fact, if you would be so kind to send me a sample, that would be great. :) Good to know you...if you're on Facebook, look me up...I'm under Bill Holland in Olympia

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Dear Kenneth,

      I can't tell you how grateful I am for your extraordinarily kind and enthusiastic feedback on this recipe hub. As a former Squidoo lensmaster who is new to HubPages, it means the world to me to receive such glowing praise from a writer whose work I admire. Thanks for your wonderful support and encouragement!

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks so much, Shinichi! I adore ice cream, too, and coming up with a recipe that I could indulge in while making healthy food choices was a fun challenge to take on. Your recipes are terrific and I'm delighted that you enjoyed mine. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks very much for your wonderful feedback and for sharing my Banana Walnut Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream recipe with your Pinterest and HubPages followers! Greatly appreciated.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks very much, @DealForALiving! So glad you enjoyed this recipe.

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      It sounds like coconut milk is a big key of this, and when I was vegetarian I was drinking a lot of it! And coconut creme too. Excellent stuff

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Looks delicious and wonderful to behold on a hot day (95+degrees F.) in Texas! Pinned this to my 'Fabulous Desserts' board and will share with followers on HP.

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This looks absolutely amazing. I love ice cream recipes.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Margaret,

      I literally LOVE this hub! Yum! I love hubs that talk of ice cream, which happens to be my ONLY weakness. I am weak now with hunger.

      I love this hub. And here are the reasons why:

      1. This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, it is amazing.

      2, I loved every word.

      3. Graphics, superb.

      4. This hub was helpful, informative and very interesting.

      5. Voted Up and all of the choices.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @PaigSr: I certainly don't mind if you customize this recipe to your preferences! I do that all the time. The walnuts certainly are optional. I'm not sure what you could substitute successfully for the coconut milk other than dairy heavy cream, but just so you know, you probably won't even taste the coconut milk in this recipe. Just make sure to use REALLY RIPE frozen bananas so that the predominant flavors are banana, maple and chocolate. I hope you and your wife enjoy making it. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @clouda9 lm: Yes, I'd say your uncle was a wise man, too! :) I'm really glad you enjoyed the recipe and hope you get a chance to try it.

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      I maybe altering this a little bit to remove the walnuts and the coconut milk. Hope you don't mind. But I don't like either. The wife on the other hand may object to my alterations.

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      clouda9 lm 3 years ago

      My Uncle used to set up the hand-crank ice cream machine and give each one of us kids a turn to spin it a bit. Wise man I'd say :) This ice cream not only sounds good, it looks mighty good too. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @tracy-arizmendi: Oh, Tracy, you're going to absolutely LOVE this recipe, I promise! My in-laws eat regular dairy ice cream for dessert most evenings and they could barely believe that this yummy flavor was healthy, vegan and non-dairy. You'll love the Cuisinart ice cream makers I recommended, too! I'm definitely upgrading from my decades-old model soon.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      Ok..I my next new appliance is an ice cream maker!!! I avoid dairy so being able to make my own ice cream would be super!!!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you, Susan! You're right about the newer ice cream makers being much quicker and easier to use than the ones we had years ago. I'm definitely planning to replace my old one with the 2-quart Cuisinart ICE-30 model in the near future. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Brite-Ideas: Thanks so much, Barbara! I'm truly grateful for your enthusiasm and support.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Once, many years ago. It's so much easier to make ice cream with these cool appliances. Your recipe sounds outstanding!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      a FANTASTIC page and recipe Margaret! you know where this is headed, to my food board on Pinterest! Thanks to you you, my food board is looking awesome!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @David Stone1: Thanks very much, Dave. This ice cream is that wonderful and all too rare thing, a luscious indulgence that's also good for you. I hope you get a chance to enjoy it!

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      I have not, but if I ever decide to, this is going to be the one. What a great dish!

      Thanks for the inspiration, Margaret.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @ColettaTeske: That's great, Coletta! Please let me know how you like it. :)

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      ColettaTeske 3 years ago

      I'm making ice cream tonight. This sounds wonderful!