Healthy Raw Recipes: Yummy Chunky Monkey Ice Cream

Guilt-free indulgence is at its finest with this raw Chunky Monkey ice-cream. Packed full of healthy fats and not a droplet of dairy in sight, you will never be reaching for store-bought again!

If you don’t know this already, then I’m hoping this simple sentence will change your life forever.

Ice-cream can be made healthily.


That’s right. Just bananas, no cream, no dairy at all in fact, almond butter and nuts. You can take a look at my healthy ice-cream recipe here.

And just like any other ice-cream, you can make loads of different flavoured ice-cream, just as long as it’s healthy additions that you’re throwing into the mix, of course. Now I’m a massive fan of Chunky Monkey – the gooey chocolatey chunks and walnuts work so beautifully together… but what isn’t beautiful about this particular combo is how calorific it is. So I decided to put my own spin on an ice-cream favourite, using more nuts, more bananas, cacao nibs rather than chocolate chunks & also made a divine date syrup which acts like a treacle amongst the creaminess. The date syrup is optional, but I highly recommend swirling it in!

It’s also good to be aware before making this that there’s a lot of prep work/soaking/freezing to be done, so make sure you’re not making it & expecting it finished in minutes! Patience is a virtue and all that…

Try this raw Chunky Monkey ice-cream recipe and finally know the true meaning of guilt-free indulgence!


  • 100g cashews
  • 100g walnuts
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 100g cacao nibs
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence

For the syrup:

  • 10 dates
  • 200ml water
  • 1 ½ tsp lemon juice


  1. Soak the cashews in warm water and leave to soak overnight.
  2. Cut up the bananas and, in a plastic bag, freeze completely overnight. Ensure the chunks are well separated so they don’t stick together during freezing.
  3. Mix together the drained cashews with 100ml water and blend on high until a creamy consistency forms.
  4. Now you can add in the frozen banana chunks along with the oil, syrup, vanilla, and lemon juice and the cashew cream mix and blitz again.
  5. For the syrup, soak the dates in warm water for 30 minutes.
  6. Drain the dates and add the 200ml water and lemon juice to a blender. Blitz until smooth and runny.
  7. Finally, fold in the chopped walnuts, cacao nibs and swirl in the date syrup.
  8. Freeze for 5 hours.


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