Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Today is National Banana Lovers' Day. My grandmother never ate a banana in her entire life. She was from Eastern Europe and never saw a banana until she set foot on American soil. She didn't like the looks or smell, so she never even tried one! That's pretty odd, especially since I love bananas. I like bananas in cereal, in breads and cakes, in ice cream sundaes--just about anywhere. So in celebration of the day, here's a fun two ingredient recipe for Chunky Monkey Ice Cream Bread!

Not familiar with ice cream bread? It's so easy and delicious. The ice cream replaces the fat and sugar. Only two steps and two ingredients. Be sure to use self-rising flour. Just add softened ice cream and bake!

You can use different flavors of ice cream, just be sure not to use sugar free or low fat. Go for the full fat ice cream. It's more flavorful, anyway! I've made this awesome loaf with Chocolate Ice Cream, Rocky Road, as well as Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia, but for today's Banana Lovers' Day holiday, I'm making it with Chunky Monkey. You can always use plain banana ice cream or chocolate ice cream recipe, too, and add extra bits. Chunky Monkey already has extra bits in it, but you can always add more. No need, if you're in a hurray! Experiment and have fun with this recipe!

Makes a large loaf or two smaller loafs


2 pints Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey, softened or melted
3 cups self-rising flour
1 very ripe banana, chopped
1 dark chocolate bar, chopped
Walnuts, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour large bread pan or two small bread pans, or line with parchment paper. 
Mix melted ice cream and flour until very well combined. 
Fold in chopped chocolate, banana and nuts. 
Pour into prepared bread pan. 
Bake 45 minutes per loaf or 60-90 minutes for big double loaf. If top starts to brown too much, cover it with aluminum foil and continue to bake. 

Photo: Junkfood Cinema


~~louise~~ said...

Hi Janet! Happy Banana Lovers' Day!!! That is so amazing that your grandmother never ate a banana. I bet that's a first:)

Using ice cream as an ingredient in recipes such as this has become quite the "fad" these days. I remember many moons ago making bread pudding with ice cream because I didn't have enough milk. It worked! I'm sire this Monkey Bread is delicious with Chunky Monkey Ice Cream!

Thanks for sharing, Janet...I'm not back to blogging yet since the kids left but I will be on Sunday:)

Janet Rudolph said...

Good to hear from you. Hope you and yours are well!

~~louise~~ said...

Doing GREAT Janet. I took off from blogging almost the whole month of August when my daughter and the kids came to visit but, I', Back!!! Hope all is well in your corner of the world:)