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Banana & Fig “Ice Cream”


In Sacramento, my friend Bethany made this amazingly delicious vegan ice cream of organic figs and bananas for us, so I had to recreate it when I got back. Believe me, my Vitamix has not been sitting idle! I’ve had a few friends over for dinner and have been serving it up. The response has been the same each time, “Ooohh this is Yummmyyy!”


Vegan Banana Fig Ice Cream

Yields 3 Servings              Prep Time 10 Minutes


3 frozen organic bananas  

1 frozen organic fig

1/4 cup of organic soy milk or other non-dairy milk of your choice

Small handful (6-7) walnuts finely chopped (optional)



Add the frozen fig, bananas and soy milk to your Vitamix or other similar blender. Use tamper to get things blended well. Blend between 3-5 minutes. And finally, although not necessary, mix in the finely chopped walnuts…and voilà you are done! 


Bananas are naturally free of fat and sodium. They provide a variety of vitamins and minerals. Bananas are a good source of vitamin C and can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer. They are also associated with a lowered risk of colorectal cancer. Further, the fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6 content in bananas all support heart health.


Figs are rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper and iron and contain Vitamins A, B6, E and K, all of which contribute to optimal health and wellness. Figs also protect against cancer and help with kidney function among many other health benefits. 

Enjoy this amazingly healthy and delicious treat!

Vegan Challenged?


Feel a bit challenged and wanting to test the waters for going vegan? Asking yourself, where do I start? What do I eat now? Will I starve? Relax and take a deep breath! Get that frown off your face and relax the muscles in your forehead, please! My mother always tells me that this look causes too many wrinkles!

There are a lot of book choices out there, I have certainly been buying up a bunch, but they are not all equally helpful if you are just starting out. I would like to recommend  a few:

“The 30-Day Vegan Challenge” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a great starter! This book has more than 100 recipes, plus she covers just about everything a newbie Vegan can think about and questions you will come up against.

“Cooking with Trader Joe’s – Skinny Dish” by Jennifer K. Reilly, RD. Jennifer cleverly didn’t promote her book as a vegan cookbook, but it is! She’s a nutritionist who sure knows her stuff! I’m a big fan of Trader Joe’s so this book has been very helpful and each recipe that I have made has turned out deliciously and they are easy to make!

“The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Low-Fat Recipes You Can Prepare in 15 Minutes or Less” is another good one for fast food choices vegan style! The McDougall’s know what they are talking about that’s for sure!

Anyway, I can tell you that I haven’t once gone hungry. I’ve been happily cooking with these books!

A few blogs you might also find helpful, at least I have are:


and a fun one called, “What the hell does a vegan eat anyway?” Found on:


I hope this has helped you a little. Don’t panick…or frown! You’re going to be all right!