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Strawberry Swirl Breakfast Ice Cream
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Strawberry Swirl Breakfast Ice Cream

This strawberry ice cream is made by blending fresh strawberries and frozen bananas. That's it. If you haven't tried banana ice cream yet, it's about time you hopped on the bandwagon. Often referred to as "nice cream," this whole food, plant-based alternative is surprisingly delicious and can be remixed and reworked in countless ways. It's cold, creamy, and thick with just the right amount of sweetness. The swirl is made with a combination of fresh strawberries, dates, water, chia seeds, and grated beet (optional for a bolder pink hue).
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast, Smoothie
Servings: 1


For the Strawberry Chia Swirl

  • ¾ cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 dates, pitted*
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon grated beet (for color), optional

For the Strawberry-Banana Ice Cream

  • 2 large frozen bananas
  • ½ cup fresh strawberries

Optional Topping Ideas

  • sliced strawberries
  • hemp hearts
  • coconut flakes
  • pepitas


To Make the Strawberry Chia Swirl

  • Add the strawberries, dates, water, and chia seeds to a blender, and blend on high for 2-3 minutes or until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. If you want to enhance the pink hue, add the grated beet and blend for another 20-30 seconds. Let stand at room temperature or refrigerator for 10 minutes to thicken.
  • This makes enough for 3-4 servings, so refrigerate leftovers to use later in the week.

To Make the Strawberry-Banana Breakfast Ice Cream

  • Add the bananas and strawberries to a high-powered blender or food processor. Blend or process until the mixture is creamy but still thick, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. If needed, add in water 1 tablespoon at a time to assist blending, but try to avoid if possible.
  • Transfer the "ice cream" to a bowl. To create the swirl, use a small spoon to dot the top of the ice cream with the strawberry-chia jam. Use a toothpick or the end of a chopstick to create swirl patterns in the bowl.
  • Sprinkle with additional toppings, if desired.


*If your dates aren't soft/wet, I recommend soaking them in warm water for 30 minutes before blending.