Vegan Layered Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on May 20, 2011

Vegan Layered Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

If you haven’t heard of banana soft serve, you’re missing out.  It’s basically just a banana thrown into the food processor or a blender(even a magic bullet will work) with a tablespoon or two of milk to get it going and blend.  And what comes out is an amazing creamy, ice cream-like treat.  You can add cocoa powder, vanilla, other fruit, even peanut butter and other nut butters.  I even add a tiny bit more milk to make an amazing milkshake.  This ice cream cake is just a variation of banana soft serve.  You can make a flavor separately if you don’t want to make a cake.  I would suggest cutting the recipe down to one banana per one serving.  The ice cream also stores well in the freezer although it doesn’t maintain its soft serve consistency but it does stay soft enough to scoop and eat immediately out of the freezer.

Vegan Layered Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake
I know this recipe contains a lot of bananas.  We usually try to buy many more bananas than we need for the week and then freeze whatever is left over on the following grocery day.  You can also search the discount produce bin for spotty or brown bananas, although I find that very brown bananas have a very strong banana flavor when frozen which I don’t really like so I choose to use less ripe bananas that are usually just a little spotted.  I peel them and throw them into a Ziploc bag in the freezer.  When ready to blend up my ice cream I chop the frozen banana using a large knife into smaller, easier to blend pieces.

Vegan Layered Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

 

Vegan Layered Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

Have a great weekend!

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1 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) May 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I love all the layers! Variety is the best :D

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2 kristy May 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm

This is such a great recipe. Bookmaking it. Thanks so much for sharing. Hope you’re having a great weekend.
Blessings, Kristy
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3 Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious May 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm

This cake looks beautiful! I’ve always wanted to make ice cream cake and this recipe is just perfect. Thanks!!

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4 Jess@Healthy Exposures May 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm

This is such a great recipe, Heidi! I never would have thought to make a neopolitan cake from banana soft serve. This would be perfect for memorial day :) I do the same with my bananas – freezing the leftovers!
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5 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm

The possibilities are endless. We haven’t even finished this one and I’m dreaming up ideas for the next one :D

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6 megi May 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I have never made or ate anything like this but it looks absolutely delicious and I am sure it will be a hit around here over the summer, thank you for sharing.

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7 Bonny May 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm

mmm, I honestly never thought of making a banana soft serve layered cake! I love banana soft serve, so will def be trying this one soon!
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8 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 20, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Next time you’re over you can try a slice :D

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9 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm

soooo good looking, and vegan! wow! you are so creative!

Every time I remember that you’re 23, you have two kids, you’re an amazing photographer and such a creative chef, I am blown away by you :)
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10 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 20, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Aw, thank you Averie!

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11 Ragnhild May 21, 2011 at 2:24 am

Oh wow, this is so creative! So siple, but it really looks fancy! I have to try this for sure:)

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12 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 22, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Thank you! I can’t wait to experiment some more :D

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13 Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 21, 2011 at 5:23 am

This is so creative and pretty, I love it!

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14 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 22, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Thank you!

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15 Anna May 21, 2011 at 8:38 am

That sound you just heard was my mind being blown. Apparently I’ve been totally uncreative with my banana soft-serve situation – the most I’ve ever done is add peanut butter (not that that can ever be a bad thing). I really want to try this!

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16 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 22, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Mmmm, I love adding peanut butter. And other nut butters :D I just love banana soft serve, haha!

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17 Jo @ livingmintgreen May 21, 2011 at 8:48 am

Amazing! I’m going to make this today!

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18 Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh May 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

You.Are.Amazing.
Enough said :)
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19 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

:D!

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20 Liz May 22, 2011 at 5:36 am

Just a stunning dessert….and I bet it’s yummy, too! Wonderful for this summer~
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21 Jeanette May 22, 2011 at 11:01 am

What a terrific idea, using bananas for a dairy free dessert! This reminds me of the neapolitan ice cream I used to have as a kid. Now I have something I can make for my dairy allergic child. Thank you!
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22 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I’m so glad! I hope you all enjoy it! :D

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23 Joanna goes vegan May 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

Apparently summer hits the town so thanks a lot for recipe for lovely and colourful vegan ice-cream :-)
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24 emma May 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm

yay! neopolitan ice cream reminds me of my childhood – and vegan! so cool!

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25 Reema May 23, 2011 at 10:00 am

I wish I could have this, it looks so good! But I HATE bananas. The smell makes me gag. :(

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26 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 23, 2011 at 10:10 am

Aw, that’s too bad. My husband likes them when they’re fresh but doesn’t like them made into anything so I understand.

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27 Karen May 23, 2011 at 10:14 am

Wow this looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it! =)

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28 April Brown May 23, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Silly question I know but thought I had to ask…..My youngest is allergic to bananas…and LOTS of other things, including dairy. So with that, is there another fruit or substitute that you might know of to do this very same thing with? Thanks for your ideas, LOVE Your cooking!

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29 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 24, 2011 at 10:25 am

I’ve been thinking about this since you commented and I really can’t think of anything :( I’m really sorry. I do know that you can use full fat coconut milk to make really nice dairy free ice cream but I don’t know of any other fruit you can puree that would be as creamy as a banana.

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30 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} May 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Wow–this looks incredible! You are brilliant. :-)
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31 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 24, 2011 at 10:23 am

Thank you Maryea!

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32 veggie wedgie May 24, 2011 at 2:58 pm

What a great recipe! Thanks for the inspiration :)
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33 Preeti May 28, 2011 at 3:58 am

Wow! Found this recipe via’ Sweet On Veg’, this ice cream looks so Delish and easy to make, definitely going to try it soon.
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34 Melissa May 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm

ah! quick question. I want to make this right now so I can throw it in the freezer before going to sleep… can I do this with non-frozen bananas then freeze it?

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35 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I’ve never tried that and I really have no idea. If you do try it let me know if it works. If the texture is weird you can always cut it up into pieces and blend it again.

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36 emily May 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm

this is such a brilliant idea! i’ve seen lots of variation of banana soft serve, but this is by far the most creative. :)
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37 Matthew "mmWine" Horbund June 3, 2011 at 6:47 am

Love the post. I’m a big ice cream nut, so I may have to give this a whirl
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38 marissa December 31, 2012 at 6:18 am

I am in the process of making this now. I have the first layer which i did as strawberry in the freezer now. It tastes so good and my husband is really excited to eat it. ( and he LOVES dairy ice cream).

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39 Vibe May 12, 2013 at 9:36 am

Made this last night and tried it today (; so good!

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40 Amber January 3, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Here is a dumb question, when you said ” vanilla” you meant vanilla ice cream and not vanilla extract???

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41 Heidi @ Food Doodles January 5, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Sorry! Its meant to be vanilla extract.

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