Spiced Rum, Caramel, Cardamom Banana Ice Cream

It’s not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it, so it becomes a moral choice and one that is having a huge impact on the planet, using up resources and destroying the biosphere.
— James Cameron

Let us take this time to thank Mr. Cameron for Avatar, Titanic, and his words of wisdom regarding veganism. Amen. Now, it's time for sweets! Did I mention this ice cream is salted too?! I couldn't fit it in the title...but everything is better salted. It's science.

Produce On Parade - Spiced Rum, Caramel, Cardamom Banana Ice Cream

I may have just had bananas and rum for dinner the other night. What?? Don't look at me that way. I'm fairly certain I remember one of the vegan food groups being banana and the other being rum. Okay, so that might be a bit of a fabrication, but bananas-runneth-over in our house right now and I had to think of something to do with them all.

Todd had ultimate frisbee the other night so it was sweets night for Katie and banana bread didn't feel right. Ice cream, however, always feels right. I kept this recipe very simple which allows the rum, cardamom, and banana flavors to really shine. Creamed dates lend a sweet, caramel flavor and if the ice cream sits over night, the cardamom mellows.

Spiced Rum, Caramel & Cardamom Banana Ice Cream 

Serves 4

Notes: The rum can be omitted but the ice cream will freeze harder without it. I recommend freezing it overnight unless you want it to be a sort of soft-serve consistency. 


  • 4 bananas, frozen and sliced
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 2 Tbsp. spiced rum
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cardamom


Pulse everything in a food processor until creamy and smooth, scraping the sides as necessary. Store in an airtight container in the freezer. 

Produce On Parade - Spiced Rum, Caramel, Cardamom Banana Ice Cream
Produce On Parade - Spiced Rum, Caramel, Cardamom Banana Ice Cream

German Word of The Day

Ice cream headache --> Hirnfrost (hiln-frost)

Good Deed of The Day

Read this article about how the University of Oxford college voted for vegan meals to help fight climate change! Pretty cool!