Add this to the list of things in my life that blur the line between want and need. Kind of like a spray tan.
You may not know this about me, what with all the “too lazy to shower today” and all, but I love a good spray tan every once in a while. It’s like an instant antidepressant, no pills necessary. Sometimes I think I need a spray tan, but no one ever really needs to have a perfect stranger spray paint their naked business a deep, shimmering bronze now do they? (They do not.)
Whether I need it or want it, I am almost always down for some instant gratification in the form of cancer-free skin darkening. But even I will admit that there are some bad things about getting a spray tan, number one being that it goes away. Numbers 2-5 being the following:
- Everybody’s like, “Oh my god you look soooooooooooooo refreshed and rejuvenated” which will lead you to the only logical conclusion that without a spray tan you definitely look tired and haggard. This only fuels the desire to get more spray tans and those suckers are not free.
- For the first few hours you really shouldn’t touch anything at all because you will smear the bronzer and look like a tiger and also because you will leave a trail of orange everywhere you go. You are basically a walking Cheeto and there’s nothing you can do about it. Last night my friend in a white blazer tried to hug me and I was like, “DON’T DO IT GIRL.”
- As a result of not being able to touch anything, you will just stand in the middle of your apartment feeling like a prisoner in your own body for hours. (Up side: This is an excellent time to unload the dishwasher, vacuum, and assorted other household chores that don’t require sitting down.)
- Again, there is that fact that in order to get the spray tan you have to stand there in a paper g-string while a stranger basically graffitis your body. I don’t so much care, but I am self aware enough to realize that this should be on the list of negatives.
The pros definitely outweigh the cons, though. Trust me.
Now somehow, some way I’ve decided that this recipe is the ice cream equivalent of a spray tan–you definitely don’t need it, but it’s summer (almost) and, by god, you want it.
Vegan Banana Pudding Ice Cream
- 1 can full-fat coconut cream, refrigerated 2 hours or overnight
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 mashed overripe bananas
- 1 cup cookie crumbles, optional
- Combine chilled coconut cream, vanilla and agave in a stand mixer and beat until fluffy
- Fold in remaining ingredients
- Smooth mixture into a loaf pan and freeze for 2-4 hours
- NOTE: This will freeze into a solid block after more than 4 hours so it’s great to serve right away otherwise you’ll have to chisel it out. To get it back to its creamy goodness, just microwave for 2 minutes or leave it in the fridge for a while. Cookies are optional but totally recommended. I actually went with some Trader Joe’s ginger cats (making mine officially non-vegan) but you could use vegan vanilla cookies to stay true to traditional banana pudding, which is made with vanilla wafers. Finally, you could choose not to freeze this at all and just eat it as a true banana pudding.