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Cocoa Banana Ice Cream Turkeys

By: Hungry Happenings

Cocoa Banana Ice Cream Turkeys recipe

Ingredients

 6 bananas

 2-4 tablespoons cocoa powder

 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

 2 tablespoons almond milk (or any kind of milk you like)

 

Decorations

 2 graham cracker rectangles

 8 candy eyes

 4 orange candy coated sunflower seeds*

 4 red candy coated sunflower seeds*

 

*Candy Coated sunflower seeds are sunflower seeds dipped in chocolate then coated in a hard candy shell. You can buy candy coated sunflower seeds from Amazon.com. I also find them at the check out at Jo Ann Fabrics and have seen them at lots of gift shops.

You can get multi colored sunflower seeds or just orange and red.

Supplies

Blender or a food processor

 2 inch fluted biscuit cutter or daisy cutter

 4 small plastic condiment cups (a.k.a. jello shot cups)

Preparation

  1. Slice the bananas into 1/4 inch thick slices. Arrange on a two silicone mats in a single layer and pop in the freezer for about 2 hours, until they feel nice and frozen. I love using silicone mats, as the frozen bananas pop right off. I’ve tried plastic wrap, which works, but not as well.
  2. Toss the frozen bananas into a blender or a food processor. Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, peanut butter and milk and pulse 5 times, just to break up the bananas, then blend on high until smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed. Taste it and add more cocoa if desired.
  3. The ice cream will be quite soft at this point, so transfer it into a plastic bowl, cover it and pop it in the freezer for an hour or two, but not longer.
  4. Meanwhile, get your 4 graham cracker tail feathers cut using a 2 inch fluted biscuit cutter or a daisy cutter. Simply press the cutter into the graham cracker and cut.
  5. Remove the ice cream and put one large scoop into each of the small condiment cups. Then scoop a much smaller scoop on top. Attach two candy eyes, one orange candy coated sunflower seed beak and one red candy coated sunflower seed waddle. Add one graham cracker tail feather and pop back into the freezer until you are ready to serve.
  6. I made my turkeys yesterday and they have been chillin’ in the freezer ever since. They still look great, so you can definitely make these ahead of time.
  7. When you pull them out of the freezer the ice cream will be hard, so let them sit for about 10 minutes to soften. This will give you enough time to allow your guests to snap pictures and admire them before gobbling them up.

Cook's Notes

Prep time:  45 minutes           Freeze time: 60-120 minutes                Yield: 4 servings

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