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Chef Ray – Better Than Ice Cream (Vanilla)

If you freeze the bananas ahead of time, this delicious and healthy dessert just takes minutes to whip up (literally).

From: Dixon, Jeremy; (2013) The Revive Cafe Cookbook 3

Makes 2-3 servings

  • 2 ripe bananas frozen
  • 2 tablespoons runny honey or date puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  1. Take the skin off your bananas and break into small cubes. Freeze overnight (at least 8 hours).
  2. Put banana, honey (if desired), and the vanilla essence in an s-blade style* food processor and blend. It will start off becoming flakey and clumpy. After around 1 minute it should start to combine and all of a sudden it will develop a creamy texture.
  3. Sometimes the mixture sticks so it avoids the blades. Either chop the pieces smaller or stop the machine and push the lumps down into the blades. A couple of tablespoons of water can assist, however too much will make the mixture runny so add carefully.
  4. Serve immediately.

* This recipe will not work in a liquidiser style blender or with a stick blender.

Although I’m not a qualified chef I do like to pretend I’m on Master Chef. I source the recipes from the stated source (not sauce) and make them taking the photo of the meal I produce for myself.

If you enjoyed this recipe here is one I published a couple of years ago:

For more great recipes like this get the Revive Cafe Cookbook 3.

The founder of Revive Cafes now reveals some of Revive’s secret recipes. Jeremy has a passion to share with others how to add vitality to their lives through his cafes, inspiring weekly e-mails, cooking demonstrations and now his cookbooks. His career has included ten years as a cereal marketer and over six years running Revive.


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Ray has competed in triathlons from sprint to ironman distance (both IM Taupo and Challenge Wanaka). Consequently he is aware of the importance of balancing training with lifestyle, thus complimenting other important aspects of an athlete’s life (family, work, study commitments etc…). • Entering your first triathlon? • Stepping up to a longer distance? • Looking to go faster? • Wanting to turn previous negatives into positives? Ray has coached athletes to achieve these and more. Training programmes are accessible online, so athletes can be located anywhere and still reap the benefits of Ray’s coaching. Contact him to discuss how he can assist you to achieve your goals.
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