Cherry Almond Ice Cream Recipe

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This clean eating cherry almond ice cream is the perfect excuse for dessert!

What happens when you leave ice cream unattended around a hungry 4 year old while trying to take a photo of said ice cream for one’s blog?

Well, you end up with far more photos like the one below here than a pretty picture of the finished product. But hey, he’s 4. I couldn’t get too upset with all that cuteness. So I let him dig in.

Post sponsored in collaboration with Yonannas. All opinions are my own.

A clear martini glass shows this Clean Eating Cherry Almond Ice Cream more than half eaten with a spoon still sitting in the the glass.

Recently, the Yonana’s company sent me a free Yonana’s machine to test out. I was extremely excited about this because, as you may know, I’ve been making banana ice cream for a long time now. While I love it, it’s somewhat of a pain to do in my very old and somewhat crippled food processor.

This Clean Eating Cherry Almond Ice Cream is piled high in a clear martini glass. It's topped with fresh almonds and has a spoon in the side, ready to eat.

So the second it arrived, I took it out of the box and settled right in to try it out. I always have frozen bananas in the freezer, but I wanted a different flavor than anything I had done before. So I searched my freezer and found a bag of unsweetened cherries I had completely forgotten about. Oh joy!!

Carefully following the package directions, I first put the bananas through and then the cherries. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! This was the most wonderful, soft serve ice cream ever! It was thick (I assume from the fiber in the fruit) with a perfect soft serve texture that I just cannot get with my processor because I have to always add liquid to keep from burning out the motor. I mixed everything together, and scooped out the ice cream you see below.

Absolutely fantastic stuff! And Mini Chef kinda, sorta liked it too. Ha! (Understatement of the year!)

If you haven’t tried a Yonana’s machine, I strongly recommend it. You can go to the Yonana’s web site here, or order it off of Amazon here. (affiliate link)

I can honestly say this machine is a soft serve ice cream lovers dream come true!

And just think. It’s healthy ice cream! Just fruit! Instead of piling on the fat grams and who knows what other ickiness you get with regular ice cream, you’ll enjoy a nice dose of fiber, vitamin A, C, B6 and Manganese! Not too bad for a delicious bowl of cherry almond ice cream, don’t cha’ think?

NOTE: I should add here that if you don’t care for the flavor of bananas, then use yellow bananas instead of the riper ones. The less ripe they are, the less banana flavor you will have. In fact, I couldn’t taste the bananas in this at all (just don’t use them when they’re green).

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Clean Eating Cherry Almond Ice Cream

Clean Eating Cherry Almond Ice Cream

This amazing ice cream is dairy free because it’s banana based instead of milk based! It’s light, it’s delicious and it’s a wonderful way to get a healthy helping of fruit for the day!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 144kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen bananas
  • 2 cups frozen, unsweetened & pitted cherries
  • ¼ tsp. pure almond extract

Instructions

  • Allow the fruit to sit out on the counter for 5-10 minutes. (The package directions say you can also put it in the microwave for a minute or two, but I don’t recommend this as a microwave can give you very inconsistent results)
  • Put the bananas and cherries through the Yonana’s machine and into a medium to large mixing bowl.
  • Add the extract and stir everything together.
  • Note: This can also be done in a food processor, but the consistency may be a bit more fluid as you may need to add a small splash of milk or water to keep things moving.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 555mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 14.6mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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27 Comments

  1. graciouspantry says:

    Sheri – It’s a fantastic little machine!

  2. Emily Butler @EmilysHomestead says:

    Seriously you just sold me on the machine, I keep seeing it in my grocery store next to the bananas and I, like you always have frozen bananas in the freezer for ice cream so this will be perfect, I was so skeptical that I never even stopped to really check it out! thanks!! Oh and my favorite banana ice cream is adding dark cocoa powder and coconut with Stevia instead of honey, I’m not a honey fan for ice cream.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Emily – Sounds like a nice combo! Yum! Enjoy the machine!

  3. graciouspantry says:

    Robin – I read the reviews too. I don’t agree with them. I love this machine! But you’re right about “another kitchen gadget”. Any more and I’ll have to start storing some in Mini Chef’s room!

  4. graciouspantry says:

    Hope you enjoy it!

  5. graciouspantry says:

    Guest – Just use whatever frozen fruit you have. It’ll be more like sorbet than soft serve. But good either way!

  6. Butter Pecan is my all time favorite. Any chance of making it clean?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Jodi – I believe so! I’ll give it a shot!

  7. I’m sold! The reviews were great on the Bed Bath and Beyond site and since they have a 20% coupon…. What could I use to make something that tastes like tart frozen yogurt? I’m bummed since Haagen Dazs discontinued theirs!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Letty – Lemon, greek yogurt (frozen in ice cube trays and then put through the machine – Just don’t forget to thaw slightly), sour cherries, frozen kefir, etc…

      1. Just bought it! Yes! Another plus is that it’s pretty compact and doesn’t take a lot of space on the counter top.

        1. graciouspantry says:

          Letty – Very true! Enjoy!

        2. graciouspantry says:

          Letty – Very true! Enjoy!

      2. Just bought it! Yes! Another plus is that it’s pretty compact and doesn’t take a lot of space on the counter top.

  8. I have one and it’s great!!! My fiance loves it with sweet cherries and even mangoes. I’m a pineapple girl myself. I got mine at Bed Bath & Beyond so as to use my 20% coupon.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Suzanne – Yes! This BB&B coupons are great for this!

  9. graciouspantry says:

    Pat – Oh! You’re so lucky! All we have are lemons. Enjoy the Yonana’s!!

  10. graciouspantry says:

    Kris – The cubes would have to be softened. You don’t want to put them through hard. But yes, less ripe bananas with vanilla extract stirred in is definitely an option!

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  12. Rhoda Smith says:

    My ds would love this one! I froze a small container of pear baby food to see how it would work with bananas. I haven’t tried it yet so I can’t report on the taste,lol!

  13. elizabeth says:

    Can you re-freeze the ‘ice cream’ for later use? If so, how long do you think it would last? sooo keen to buy one!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      With this recipe, yes, I believe you can. I would imaging it would last about a week or two.

  14. graciouspantry says:

    I don’t recommend it. But you could certainly contact the company and ask them. They are very good about answering questions.

  15. Trish Crissey says:

    Quick question? Why not freeze your bananas when they are green? Just curious.
    Thank you I really enjoy all of your articles 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Trish – I don’t generally eat green bananas, but I suppose it could work. Green bananas are typically cooked, not frozen. But if you want very little of the banana flavor to come through, I suppose it would be an option.

  16. Trish, you aren’t supposed to use green bananas, because they taste too banana. “Cheetah” bananas, the ones with spots, lose their banana flavor allowing you to use it as a base with which to mix things together….

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