Fair warning: this post contains a deliciously indulgent recipe. Proceed with caution.
I should probably start off by saying that we don’t have Ben & Jerry’s in South Africa, so when the sudden explosion of homemade Chunky Monkey bowls appeared on my Instagram feed, I took to Google to check what all the fuss was about. For the benefit of local and other international readers, Ben & Jerry’s is an American brand, producing ice-cream and other frozen desserts, including non-dairy options. My Google search has lead me to believe that the term Chunky Monkey was coined after one of the vegan B&J offerings, which is banana flavoured and includes fudge pieces and walnuts.
After pairing my findings with having a good look at the contents of the bowls online, I decided that it was something that had to happen in our kitchen. My adaptation includes melted peanut butter and chocolate sauce, which pairs beautifully with a peanut butter nice cream. Top it off with some raw peanuts for crunch, coconut flakes for even more texture, chocolate chips to be excessive, and banana stars to finish it off, and you’ve got yourself a winning, decadent dessert in minutes.
Admittedly, I first tried this recipe for breakfast one morning, since that’s when we usually have our nice cream (always eat fruit on an empty stomach, is our policy). But it was so indulgent, we’ve since reserved it as a special treat. The best part about this dessert is that it’s completely “clean,” it uses natural ingredients, and is actually healthy, when eaten in moderation.
Our Funky Monkey bowls are dairy-free and refined sugar-free, which makes it allergy friendly for those who can tolerate nuts, and a leaner, vegan, treat option for the rest of us.