Sometime last year I was talking to my blogging pal Brandi from The Vegan 8 on instagram about my love of basil in everything and our shared love of salted chocolate, and she suggested basil and chocolate as a combo to try. I thought it was intriguing. I was already a big fan of chocolate and sage, and basil with all kinds of fruit (especially in ice cream), but chocolate and basil was a new one for me. She mentioned she made some brownies with that combo once… Very interesting it all sounded!
So I turned to my natural flavor testing playground — nice cream — and made a chocolate and basil breakfast ice cream. And loved it. So simple, unique, and refreshing. The basil flavor in this is quite subtle, but adds a beautiful depth of flavor. So bringing this out of the archives because it’s summer again and my basil plants this year are so abundant I can’t help but include this lovely herb in everything again…
- 3 frozen bananas
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- a BIG dash of salt (I like my chocolate salted!)
- a handful of fresh basil leaves
- optional: a bit of maple if you want it sweeter (I didn't use any)
- Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender into an ice cream consistency (use your tamper if using a Vitamix to help you along). Enjoy straight away!