Monkey Business: A Ben & Jerry’s DIY

I keep a running list of ice cream flavors I want to try making. It is comprised solely of many-stepped ice cream extravaganzas, which doesn’t do me much good when I feel like making easy, lazy ice cream. What does help in this situation is walking into my living room to find my roommate eating a banana and thinking ‘oh! that looks good!’

A quick google and trip to the grocery store later, I am all set to make a homemade, copycat of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey.

Homemade Banana Ice Cream with Chocolate and Walnuts

Banana Ice Cream with Walnuts and Chocolate Chunks
Recipe from One Ordinary Day

Chunky Monkey Ingredients
3 overripe bananas
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2/3 cup crushes dark chocolate
1/2 cup walnuts
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp butter
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. Cup up bananas.
3. Mix together chopped up bananas, chopped up butter, and brown sugar.
Bananas and Sugar

4. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir and then bake for another 20 minutes. Make sure your baking dish isn’t too big or you’ll burn the caramelized sugar at the edges and have to not use it and add more sugar later.
Cooked Bananas

5. Put mushy bananas, caramelized sugar, and all other ingredients (minus the nuts and chocolate chips) into a food processor.
6. Process until smooth.

7. Let cool in the fridge (overnight).
8. Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.
9. A few minutes before the churning is done, add the chocolate and nuts.
Chocolate and Walnuts

10. Eat!

Chunky Monkey

And a final word of advice: this recipe made less ice cream than my Cuisinart Ice-20’s capacity. If I made it again I might try one-and-a-third-ing it. Because you can never have too much ice cream.

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One Response to Monkey Business: A Ben & Jerry’s DIY

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