Easy Coconut Ice Cream with Coconut Crumbed Bananas

November 12, 2010

Easy Coconut Ice Cream with Coconut Crumbed Bananas

Allow me to put it simply; Coconut crumbed bananas

I love it hot.

I love it fried.

I want to do the right thing.

But I’m such a sucker for bad food. 

Easy Coconut Ice Cream with Coconut Crumbed Bananas

There’s no sugar coating it; deep fried foods are bad news. But I tremble at the mere mention of fried chicken, fish and chips and deep fried mars bars. Oh bestill my oil-soaked heart! I will never be a poster child for good nutrition but I am slowly adapting to the old adage of ‘everything in moderation’. And what is it about a piping hot fried banana that sends shivers down my spine? I love all banana desserts but once you give it a sizzling oil bath, magic happens.

Easy Coconut Ice Cream with Coconut Crumbed Bananas

These days, instead of dipping bananas in a stodgy batter and frying it into a greasy fritter, I crumb it. It’s still not going to win points in the nutritional pageant but it’s definitely a more ‘lighter’ alternative. The coating of crumbs also means that the bananas stay crispier for longer and there’s less chance of it descending down into soggy sponge territory (nothing worse than a limp, greasy banana am I right?). If you can, use Japanese Panko breadcrumbs for ultimate crispy heaven.

Panko Breadcrumbs
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Nothing beats the combo of hot coconut crumbed bananas with cold, creamy ice cream. I usually opt for vanilla and sometimes if I’m feeling extra indulgent, I head towards peanut butter, chocolate or caramel. But ever since I found this awesome coconut ice cream recipe through David Lebovitz (which he in turn, adapted from a cookbook from my other favourite blogger Delicious Days), there was no turning back. It’s quick, easy, uses only three ingredients and there’s not one egg in sight. Everything about this dessert blows my elastic-wasted pants off.
 
Easy Coconut Ice Cream with Coconut Crumbed Bananas
Coconut Crumbed Bananas
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Ingredients
  1. About 3 large ripe but firm bananas. The size of your fruit is, of course, your choice ;)
  2. Plain flour
  3. 1 large egg, beaten with about a tablespoon of coconut milk
  4. 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs (Japanese Panko is best)
  5. 1/2 cup dried shredded coconut
  6. Canola or Sunflower oil
Quick Coconut Ice Cream (makes around 1 litre)
  1. 320ml pure cream (aka heavy cream or whipping cream or any cream around 35% fat content)
  2. 500ml coconut milk *
  3. 120g palm sugar **

  4. * My favourite brands are Kara and Ayam. Just make sure it says about 80-100% coconut extract in the ingredients list.
  5. ** Make sure the palm sugar is grated or chopped so it’ll melt easier. Can be substituted with light brown sugar.
Instructions
  1. Mix the breadcrumbs and coconut until combined in a dish and set aside.
  2. Peel and cut the bananas in half (across the width) and set aside.
  3. Place oil in the pot about 1.5-2 inches thick and heat up to 180°C. Oil is ready when a cube of bread turns golden brown in about 15-30 seconds. Another way to test is to stick the handle of a wooden spoon or wooden chopsticks in. If it starts to bubble around the spoon immediately then it’s ready.
  4. Simple rule for deep-frying – if the oil is too hot, the outside will burn and cook too fast without the insides heating up adequately. Too cold and food will be greasy and heavy so it’s important to moderate the temperature of the oil correctly.
  5. Coat the banana halves with the flour, patting off the excess then dip it in the egg mixture before dropping it on the crumbs to coat. If you wish to double coat it for extra crunch, dip it back into the egg wash and crumb it again.
  6. Drop it gently into the hot oil and deep fry, turning it once until it’s golden all over. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Continue with the remaining bananas.
  7. Do I need to tell you the next step? Proceed to eat (just don’t burn your fingers!).
Ice cream
  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring all the ingredients to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat, and chill the mixture thoroughly (preferably overnight).
  3. Once chilled, freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Voila! How friggin’ easy was that?
Notes
  1. Ice cream adapted from a recipe from Delicious Days by Nicole Stich (via David Lebovitz).
Citrus and Candy http://www.citrusandcandy.com/
Easy Coconut Ice Cream with Coconut Crumbed Bananas

Fry baby fry!

 

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Poppy June 2, 2013 at 11:24

What is the difference between the coconut milk in the refrigerator section that I drink all the time, and the coconut milk in a can? Can I use the kind I drink?

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Citrus and Candy June 3, 2013 at 02:30

Hi Poppy, I’m not sure what the ready-to-drink coconut milk is like (I’ve never come across it myself) but the canned stuff is basically milk that’s extracted straight out of the coconut without anything added or diluted (as long as you get one that says 100% coconut milk in the ingredient list). A good quality canned coconut milk is pretty much the purest you can get without cracking open a coconut yourself. You can try using the drinkable stuff if you wish but it might not turn out as rich or ‘coconutty’. Hope this helps.

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Lore May 16, 2013 at 17:51

Coconut oil has many healthy qualities, could be a compliment to the other ingredients

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Colette @ JFF! October 24, 2012 at 09:42

I can make this tonight!

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Nena September 27, 2012 at 13:27

omg, I am drolling just to look at those yummy pictures of your fried bananas !

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Stephanie August 12, 2012 at 07:15

Pinterest will not let me pin this ! Man !

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Citrus and Candy August 13, 2012 at 14:31

Hi Stephanie, umm that’s odd because it has been pinned before. I’ll fix it all up so it should be pinnable now. Thanks!

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Cindi August 1, 2012 at 01:10

This looks divine. I love anything with bananas and coconut. I can’t wait ti try this.

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Aurelia July 31, 2012 at 20:26

The bananas look really delicious! I guess the icecream is wonderful but I want a biece of this beautiful banana!!!

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Caitlin June 10, 2012 at 12:09

I heard somewhere that Coconut oil is a heart-healthy option for frying. I’ll try that out when I make this!

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obesebaby December 9, 2010 at 23:24

thats such a good summer snack, the panko crumb just bring the thigns to a whole new level!.

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Su-yin November 26, 2010 at 23:29

Oh noeee you've started of cravings for pisang goreng…. This looks amazing, pure genius to use panko breadcrumbs. And I totally agree that deep fried foods are awesome. :D

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angie November 18, 2010 at 11:31

Hehe funny that I saw this not long after the night of the Nuffnang party, Mum made banana fritters that day and I couldn't resist grabbing a freshly fried fritter to scoff before running out of the house. I love the adaption of using Panko Crumbs, may have to suggest it to Mum for next time ;)

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Michelle November 17, 2010 at 09:45

I just made these tonight and oh my goodness were they a hit and so fun to make when you are having a mid week dinner with friends

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whathappensafter5 November 17, 2010 at 03:35

Anything fried is delicious….and this is no exception!!

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Dinetonite November 16, 2010 at 15:51

Sounds FAB! Yum :)

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:59

Hahaha I'm trying. I'm trying! Slow and steady… :P

Thanks so much GG! x

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:59

Me too. I'm a sucker for easy-peasy recipes. If only they were all like it hehe. Thank you!

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:59

LOL go get some Richard! And make me some while you're at it. I'm out of oil.

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:58

Thank you lovely!

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:58

II can't believe it took me sooo long to discover Panko! Don't think I can go back to ordinary breadcrumbs anymore. Thanks so much!

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:58

Thank you John! Now go get yourself some :)

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:57

Hehehe or maybe everybody's getting the same cravings. Go the fried bananas at chinese restaurants! And the fried ice cream too!

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:56

No worries! Thank you!

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:56

Hehe I couldn't have put it better myself. Thanks so much!

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:56

Thank you! Hope you enjoy it!

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:56

LOL not sure how much healthier… but whatever helps me to sleep at night hahaha!

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:55

Oh my that sounds wicked! But you know that I just have to try that now! YUM.

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:55

No sadly I have never been to Scotland yet :( But deep fried mars bars have indeed migrated over to Oz and we've been enjoying them for years hehe. Sooooo devilishly good!

Cadbury Creme Eggs would just be off the scale decadence!

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:53

Hehe I know! Why does something sooo good have to be soooooo bad? :(

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:41

Hehe thank you! x

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:40

Thanks Debs!

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:40

I know! If only ALL ice cream recipes were this simple :(

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:39

I don't think I can go back to greasy batters again for bananas hehe. Thanks so much!

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:39

No worries Amy and thank you so much from dropping in :D

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:38

LOL but guiltily, I've always found them addictive. And sometimes, a girl needs a fried rice from dodgy chinese restaurants hahaha!

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:37

Yup I sure did! I can't believe it took me this long to discover panko!

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:37

Tropical rules! Especially since Summer is nearly here… I can't wait to get started on summer food!

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:36

Aww thanks so much! Means a lot coming from you :)

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citrusandcandy November 15, 2010 at 12:36

Thank you so much Paula!

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Gastronomy Gal November 15, 2010 at 07:38

Good to see you are back with a vengence Karen!

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Susan November 14, 2010 at 23:06

Yum that Ice cream sounds so good and easy. I love recipes with minimal ingredients.

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FFichiban November 13, 2010 at 12:05

Oh baby, deep fried bananas sooooooo good!

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missklicious November 13, 2010 at 10:05

Oh man this looks so good – cripsy + with coconut *drool*

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Steph@LittlePotBelly November 13, 2010 at 08:31

Who needs ordinary breadcrumbs when you can Panko the thing!! Briliant idea and looks delicious too! :)

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john@heneedsfood November 13, 2010 at 07:25

Heaven in a bowl. Crunchy, hot, sweet, cold. I want some

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Gummi Baby November 13, 2010 at 06:29

We've been hitting the deep fryer too, wonder if it's a trend? These look fabulous and yes I order the fried banana at chinese restaurants too!!! :)

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Amanda November 13, 2010 at 04:58

That ice cream looks so simple and the bananas are a brilliant addition – thanks.

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The Food Hunter November 12, 2010 at 18:05

Takes bananas to a new level

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tryityoumightlikeit November 12, 2010 at 17:15

That looks delicious! I might have to make this tomorrow.

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catty November 12, 2010 at 15:56

I also totally have a thing for deep fried things and especially bananas! I'm that one shameful Asian person who pretty much always orders banana fritters for dessert lol… yes, yours is a "healthier" option and look at it sizzling away in the oil… :)

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izzy November 12, 2010 at 15:10

here's a variation my mom makes – she deep fries the bananas, then melts sugar and covers the banana so what you have is a crusty sugar fried banana dessert!

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Bloo November 12, 2010 at 13:39

"Deep fried Mars Bars" you have not been to Scotland on a visit have you? as this is a morsel normally only found there!! If you get Cadbury's cream eggs in OZ then try one of them……….. Oooooooooooooh really not good for you but, yummmmmm

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jeroxie November 12, 2010 at 13:12

Great idea to use panko! I love fried foods… must be the whole Asian thing… ughh.. but oh so good!

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LimeCake November 12, 2010 at 10:49

looks freakin' good! coconut crumbs with coconut ice cream = coconut heaven! yum!

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Debs November 12, 2010 at 07:27

This looks and sounds delicious. I always make sure I've got panko breadcrumbs in my larder too. And as for the coconut ice cream, heaven in a bowl.

Did you see my recent post on a banana dessert http://debskitchencreations.blogspot.com/2010/10/

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Phuoc'n Delicious November 12, 2010 at 03:00

Mmmm… Delicious! OMG how easy is that coconut icecream!

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zurin November 12, 2010 at 00:36

this is such a lovely recipe ! the bananas look so good. i never thought of using crumbs! It must have gone well with the coconut ice cream. Wonderful :)

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Amy November 12, 2010 at 00:06

Great post! I’m looking to make some changes in my own eating habits and learning to cook, so I appreciate your insight a lot! Thank you. I recently stumbled upon this blog like I did yours and I thought your readers may appreciate it: http://burisonthecouch.wordpress.com/2010/11/04/f

I’ve started to look for their stuff more regularly and I think I’m going to add your blog to my list as well. Thanks for the post!

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Fiona November 11, 2010 at 23:50

banana fritters remind me of dodgy australianised chinese resturants… *giggles*

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Rhonda November 11, 2010 at 22:52

love the coconut icecream recipe! so quick and easy…hehehe i got to panko deep frying this week too ..but im sure you'll see ;)

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JehanP November 11, 2010 at 20:42

Wow those Bananas look scrumptious. I'm a lover of all things tropical and would love this dish.

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Kaitlin November 11, 2010 at 16:55

Oh wow. Panko is a genius idea for this.

I don't even have words to describe how much I want this!

You photographed it really well, too! I love the texture contrast :)

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Paula November 11, 2010 at 16:38

I really like this! looks so delicious

have a nice time,
Paula

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