This incredibly easy and dairy-free ice cream is refreshing at any time of year. (And if you don’t have time to roast the pineapple, the ice cream is also delicious on its own.)
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CHINESE FIVE-SPICE BANANA ICE CREAM
4 ripe frozen bananas, sliced
4 to 5 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder*
Coconut or nut milk, as needed Roasted pineapple (see below)
8 pineapple rings, sliced about 1⁄2-inch thick
1⁄4 cup brown sugar
Combine bananas and spice in a food processor and blend.
Occasionally scrape down the sides and continue to blend until smooth, approximately 3-5 minutes.
If you need to thin it a little, add a couple teaspoons of coconut or nut milk at a time, making sure not to add too much.
Scoop into a bowl and enjoy immediately as soft-serve ice cream.
For firmer ice cream, place in an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 1 hour.
Top with roasted pineapple, if using.
*Chinese five-spice powder is usually a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Taste the pineapple first to decide how much sugar you need.
You can use much less if it’s very ripe and sweet.
Place the slices of pineapple on a foil-lined cookie sheet and top with brown sugar.
Roast for 20 minutes or until golden.
Serve over banana ice cream or eat on its own.
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