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Funky Monkey Ice Cream @RigonidiAsiago #Giveaway

Are you wondering what funky monkey ice cream is? Of course you are!

Funky monkey ice cream is my version of the classic banana/chocolate ice cream combo. It’s banana ice cream with an added chocolate-hazelnut swirl to funk it out.

You guys are in for a real treat, because this ice cream is the bomb diggity!

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I swirled the banana ice cream with Rigoni di Asiago Nocciolata Hazelnut Spread. Never heard of Nocciolata? It’s an all-organic hazelnut spread made with cocoa and milk. The Rigoni di Asiago company is family owned and operated on the Asiago plateau in Italy. Their products are made with top quality raw ingredients from the surrounding areas.

097-Nocciolata250_USANocciolata is a rich, creamy hazelnut spread bursting with an abundance of chocolate flavor. It’s smooth, velvety texture creates a perfect swirl that adds a rich depth of chocolate flavor to this ice cream.

It’s a party in your mouth… For reals! This ice cream will go from being an evening snack to a full on obsession.

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I was going to roast the bananas, but I quickly disregarded that thought when I found out I would have to turn on my oven to accomplish that task. Roasting=high oven temperature, and high oven temperature=hot kitchen. No thank you!

On to the next method.

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I improvised and cooked the bananas on the stove. I added thick slices of banana to a sauté pan with butter and brown sugar and let them bubble in a pool of caramel sauce until sticky.

Those lucky bananas. What I’d give to swim in a pool of sticky caramel…

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This ice cream is so funky it has its own theme song. Ever heard of a band by the name of The Beastie Boys? Maybe a little song by the name of Brass Monkey? Yeah, The Beastie Boys know what’s up.

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If you really want to get funky, listen to Brass Monkey while mixing up this ice cream. What’s scary is that I believe to be one of boys. I get my rap arms flapping and start spitting words right along with the trio. If you ever peek through my window, what you’d see would scare and terrify. My rap moves are less than flattering.

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Banana ice cream, chocolate-hazelnut swirl, toasted pecans… You need this. You want this. You gotta have it!

There’s no denying your desire to reach through the screen, grab the bowl, and chow down. Seconds? Yup, you’ll want seconds. Thirds? Of course. You won’t stop thinking about this ice cream until you’ve eaten every last spoonful.

The bite:  Thick, creamy banana ice cream–so thick and creamy it verges on gelato consistency. Rich banana flavor so sweet it’s sinful. Each bite is full of creamy chocolate-hazelnut swirl and chunks of toasted pecans.

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After digging in, my girlfriend told me that she was going to stop going out to eat. She said from now on, she’s just going to come over my house to eat and pay me for my troubles. I take that as a huge compliment. Funky Monkey ice cream success–that’s what I’m talking about.

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5.0 from 5 reviews
Funky Monkey Ice Cream
 
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Recipe type: Ice Cream
Serves: 32 ounces
Ingredients
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 bananas, cut into thick rounds
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (Nocciolata or Nutella)
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Add half and half to a large bowl and place a mesh strainer on top.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat the heavy cream, sugar, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat just until the mixture is hot to the touch (do not boil).
  4. Slowly pour the heated milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Add the egg mixture back to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 3 minutes. Pour the mixture through the strainer. Whisk in the vanilla extract.
  5. Heat the butter in a medium-sized sauté pan over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the bananas and brown sugar. Cook until the sugar dissolves and caramelizes slightly, about 2 minutes. Transfer the banana mixture to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour in the milk mixture and blend until smooth.
  6. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container. Chill completely in the refrigerator before churning, about 6-8 hours.
  7. Pour the chilled mixture into your ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  8. Heat the chocolate-hazelnut spread in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften for easy swirling.
  9. When the ice cream is finished churning, pour half of the mixture into a freezer-safe bowl (preferably one with a lid). Drizzle with half of the chocolate-hazelnut spread and top with ½ cup of the chopped pecans. Using a knife, swirl the mixture. Top with remaining ice cream and repeat the process once more. Cover the ice and place in the freezer to set. Enjoy!

Disclosure: Rigoni di Asiago provided me with product to review. All opinions are my own.
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41 Responses to “Funky Monkey Ice Cream @RigonidiAsiago #Giveaway”

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — July 23, 2013 at 8:06 am

    1-I would dance silly with you
    2-I love that your friend wants to come over and eat and “pay you for your troubles” lol!
    3-OMG THIS ICE CREAM!!! I adoooore it Jennie! Those stovetop caramelized bananas? YES. And yes yes yes to Nocciolata! I’ve seen it before and it looks aaaamazingggg! I’d use it for everythinnng that ever calls for nutella!

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    • Jennie replied July 23rd, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Yes, we can dance together. I’m not great, but I can hold my own. Ha ha, yeah, my girlfriend cracks me up. It really is a great spread.

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    Julia — July 23, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I LOVE funky munky ice cream and have never thought to make it homemade – pure brilliance! Love the hazelnut spread you have swirled around in there!

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    • Julia replied July 23rd, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Monkey* Wow, this is what happens when you comment on someone’s blog before having enough coffee. Serious unintentional spelling error ;)

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      • Jennie replied July 23rd, 2013 at 12:21 pm

        I cannot function without my coffee either, so no worries. It happens. Munky/Monkey–whatevs!

    • Jennie replied July 23rd, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks so much, Julia. I’m all about the swirl.

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    Laura Dembowski — July 23, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Homemade ice cream is just the bomb! This sounds like such a treat with all the flavor additions!

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    • Jennie replied July 23rd, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks, Laura! It’s the best ice cream ever!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — July 23, 2013 at 8:49 am

    That spread sounds amazing! And so does this ice cream. And good call on not roasting bananas. I just don’t like them. ;) And it’s too hot!

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    • Jennie replied July 23rd, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks, Erin. Yeah, it’s way too hot for the oven.

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — July 23, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I am all about this ice cream combo! I am also all about embarrassing myself by rapping/singing at the top of my Lungs while cooking alone in the kitchen. I feel it makes the recipe better, for sure!

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    • Jennie replied July 23rd, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Singing and dancing definitely enhances any recipe. Thanks, Stef!

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    Kathy — July 23, 2013 at 10:37 am

    This sounds scrumptious , I would put the Hazelnut on my morning coconut pancakes :-) love your website!

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    • Jennie replied July 23rd, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Coconut pancakes… Yum!

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    Kate | Food Babbles — July 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Wow!! Love this ice cream!! Adore that you let those lovely bananas take a swim in all that brown sugar goodness before sending them on their way to become this amazing ice cream. Yum!!

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    • Jennie replied July 23rd, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks, Kate. So jealous of those nanners!

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    Megan — July 23, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I love Chunky Monkey ice cream but never thought to make it. Yum!!! 5 stars!

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    • Jennie replied July 23rd, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks so much, Megan!

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    Kim@Treats & Trinkets — July 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I don’t think those bubbly, caramelly bananas would make it to the ice cream. Because they would end up in my mouth. And then I would be sad because this ice cream sounds AMAZINGGGGGGGGG!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I want to dive right into that bowl! Love the name and the flavors!

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    • Jennie replied July 23rd, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      I want to swim in this ice cream. Get your bathing suit ready, Anna ;)

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    kesha — July 23, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I would use it in brownies

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    • Jennie replied July 23rd, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Good choice, Kesha. I just recently used it in brownies–so good!

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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — July 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Jen, I’m making two vows after reading this post. One: I need to dance/sing/rap more in my life. I think it’d make me a happier person. Two: I need to figure out how to recreate these flavours in a no-machine-required recipe stat. I’m not going to let a pesky thing like not having an ice cream maker stop me and this ice cream from being together, forever, as we were clearly meant to be!

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    • Jennie replied July 23rd, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      I really need to make a no-machine ice cream recipe. I bet it would be so easy. If we ever get to meet up, we will do all of those things: sing, dance, rap. All of it. We’ll disregard the stares and party on, because that’s how we roll. Yes, this ice cream is an absolute must!

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    Liz — July 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    What a marvelous ice cream! I think I’d eat the spread right from the jar with a spoon!

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    • Jennie replied July 23rd, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      I eat the spread right from the jar quite often. It’s my weakness.

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 23, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Time to party crash at Jennie’s! I am on board with everyone else here…I’m coming over! Your baking blog is my favorite, now…LOVE this Funky Monkey Ice Cream recipe! And, of course, I already pinned it everywhere I could! xoxo

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    • Jennie replied July 24th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Aww, Stacy, thanks! This ice cream is unbelievably delicious. I may be a bit biased, but it really is good.

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    Terra — July 23, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Hmmmmm….YUM!!! I love love Funky Monkey ice cream:-) Your recipe looks OMG delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

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    • Jennie replied July 24th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks so much, Terra.

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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — July 23, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I would totally dance and bake to brass monkey and make this funky monkey ice cream!! LOVE IT!!

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    • Jennie replied July 24th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth! We can dance together :)

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    mjskit — July 23, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    WOW! Does this look delicious or what?! Can certainly see why it’s called funky monkey! :)

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    • Jennie replied July 24th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks, MJ.

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    Jenn and Seth — July 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    oh my gosh this ice cream sounds so crazy delicious! I’m in love!

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    • Jennie replied July 24th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks, Jenn and Seth! I’ve been chowing down on it every single night.

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    manda — July 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Love to try to make the ice cream!

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    • Jennie replied July 24th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Manda, it is sooooo good!

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    Laura — July 25, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Wow this looks dangerously good!

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    rod jackson — July 27, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I would make hazelnut turtle brownies
    pin as jacksondeb

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