When the weather outside is frightful, there’s almost nothing I love more on chilly winter nights than cozying up with a mug of hot chocolate. But, if you’re wanting something a little different… this frozen hot chocolate is just the thing!
(If you’re scratching your head at why anyone would enjoy Frozen Hot Chocolate in the middle of winter, New York’s restaurant Serendipity 3‘s is probably to blame. Once they added their now famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate dessert to the menu, people flocked to the Upper East Side establishment to try it! For years, the frozen hot chocolate recipe was a closely-guarded secret and it’s inspired plenty of imitators, but you can now get the original recipe here.)
For this spinoff recipe, instead of creating a traditional hot chocolate, I decided to make a no-churn frozen hot chocolate ice cream… made with banana. Ok, I know that sounds… well, I know that sounds bananas. But, it really can be done. If you’ve never had banana ice cream before (sometimes called “nice cream”), you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Until the first time I saw it happen with my own eyes, I didn’t think it was possible to turn a frozen banana into an “ice cream” that had the consistency of soft serve. But it works.
How to Make Frozen Hot Chocolate Nice Cream
The key to achieving that soft serve consistency with bananas is to start with frozen bananas. Take ripe bananas and chop them into ¼ or ½-inch slices. Put all of these slices into a resealable bag (like a Ziploc), seal, and pop it in your freezer until those puppies are frozen solid. Don’t do what I did the first time and put them in a bowl. If you do, they’re a pain to remove. (If you did this because you didn’t have any bags, run hot water over the outside of the bowl until the slices come loose.)
Then, put this in your food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, I’ve heard a blender works… but no promises. Add ¼ cup of coconut cream for every 3 bananas and pulse until it turns into ice cream! That’s it! For reals! At first, the bananas will grind down into little chunks and look sort of like wet popcorn (appealing, I know). But keep on pulsing, because it will turn into soft serve! You might have to scrape down the sides a few times depending on the strength of your food processor (I use this one).
Once you’ve got soft serve, to make the Frozen Hot Chocolate, simply add two packets of your favorite hot chocolate mix. If your favorite hot cocoa comes in a canister, that’s 5 to 6 tablespoons, depending on how rich and hot chocolatey you want it. Drizzle your mugful of Frozen Hot Chocolate with chocolate syrup, top with as many mini marshmallows as you desire, and dig in!
Looking for more vegan desserts? Try this Oreo Cheesecake or these Raw Blackberry Cheesecakes!
Frozen Hot Chocolate
This rich, chocolaty frozen hot chocolate dessert is great year round!
- 3 large ripe bananas frozen
- ¼ cup coconut cream
- 2 packets hot chocolate mix or 6 tablespoons mix
- 1 handful mini marshmallows optional
- drizzle chocolate syrup optional
- Cut bananas into ¼ or ½-inch slices and freeze for at least 2 hours in resealable plastic bag.
Place bananas in food processor. Add coconut cream.
Pulse for approximately 5 minute, stopping to scrape the sides as needed, until the mixture is the consistency of soft serve ice cream.
Add hot chocolate mix. Pulse until combined.
Enjoy immediately or transfer to freezer-safe container.