Monday, June 10, 2013

Chunky Monkey

This is a tasty summer dessert. It can be a smoothie, or refrozen into soft ice cream consistency or you can drink it with a straw like a milk shake. It is very cold and delicious but very nutritious. It is dairy-free, and gluten-free. I made a few personal adjustments, but  I found it on 

Chunky Monkey

1 banana
1 can 13.5 oz. coconut milk
1/2 C. chopped pecans
1/2 C. chopped strawberries
1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips or 2 Tbs. cocoa powder

2 Servings

Cut the banana into chunks and freeze it. Put the other ingredients into separate containers and refrigerate them until the banana is frozen.

The amounts of the ingredients can be adjusted to personal taste. I sometimes add other fruits and leave out the chocolate chips.

Put all ingredients into a blender and I use the "aerate" setting until it reaches the consistency I like. Sometimes I pulverize it until everything is the size of specks and drink it like a shake/smoothie.

At times, I like to leave the ingredients in pea-sized chunks and eat it with a spoon. It can be eaten in a variety of ways.

Sometimes I put it back into the freezer for an hour until I can eat it with a spoon as I would eat ice cream. If it is left in the freezer too long, the ingredients separate and the coconut milk freezes as hard as ice. It has to be thawed at that point and remixed in the blender if it freezes too hard.


  1. Sounds really yummy, R.J. If it ever turns into summer here in the Pacific Northwest, I'll remember this one. (The high for today will be 65.) :-)

  2. Since I've been off dairy for many months I'm always interested in recipes like this! I don't follow the exact Paleo diet, rather have modified it quite a bit for my own personal needs. I do use coconut milk all the time though, and make a lot of smoothies, too. This looks like a delicious cold treat for a hot summer day.

  3. This looks so scrumptious! And healthy, right?