Raw Banana Ice Cream
4 cups of Bananas
2 TBSP Raw Honey
2 TBSP Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 TBSP Cacao Nibs
1. Put dates into a medium bowl, cover with lukewarm water and set aside to let soak for 10 minutes. Drain dates and reserve soaking liquid.
2.In a food processor, purée dates with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the soaking liquid, honey, oil, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth. (Discard remaining soaking liquid).
3. Add bananas and purée again until almost smooth. Transfer to a stainless steel bowl and stir in cacao nibs.
4. Cover and freeze, stirring occasionally, until almost solid, 4 to 6 hours. Let ice cream soften a bit at room temperature before serving.
*Recipe and image courtesy of Replenish Retreat.*
About Chef Eric Tochterman
Eric’s culinary career began in Pennsylvania where he graduated from The Philadelphia Restaurant School in 1993. Prior to graduating Eric trained in France for a brief period and then went on to immediately hone his skills as a chef at the prestigious Golf Club in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Throughout the following decade Eric further developed his techniques as a chef by creating menus and working as a TV Food Stylist for QVC and The Discovery Channel. He has now worked for over 15 years in studio kitchens and on remote location broadcasting shows with a live studio audience.
In 2003, Eric accepted an offer to run the Broadcast Kitchen for HSN and the sister network Americas Store, (AS). Eric went on to become the Culinary Supervisor, in charge of the culinary staff and food stylists. Eric managed all cooking programming for both 24/7 live networks. He has worked with dozens of celebrity chefs including: Wolfgang Puck, Roy Yamaguchi, Todd English, and Gordon Ramsay.
Eric has a passion for food and as the Head Chef for Replenish he is dedicated to bringing life to his culinary art. Eric intends to use his experience in the kitchen and on the stage to demonstrate the art of cooking for healthy living. In addition to his role at Replenish, he continues to cater parties, work as a Network Food Stylist and work on the completion of his long awaited cookbook! Eric lives in Clearwater Florida with his beautiful wife of 6 years, Sharon, and their son Finn.