Chocolate Cherry Basil Ice Cream


We all have them.

Some we admit..Some we don’t.

And if you follow me on Instagram (speaking of obsessions), you may find a picture evident of things we shouldn’t admit.

Like my Barbie collection that I found at my Mom’s house.

A Barbie collection full of shirtless kens, that is.

That’s probably because their only other wardrobe options were these shiny things…

Next we have Slore Barbie:

Either she’s wearing kens shirt, or she is missing pants..You tell me.

And is that tinsel in her hair??!!

I secretly wanted that done at the fair.

Along with a feather.

I know..I want to be just like Barbie.

Only problem is, Barbie doesn’t eat..Or at least she doesn’t look like it.

And I like to eat..More like slurp..

Because right now, I am obsessed with my Mom’s garden.

Especially the amount of Basil she has.

Which is why everyday since I have been here I have started out with one of these:

So. Refreshing.

Even Barbie couldn’t turn it down.

Basil Cucumber Smoothie

Almond Milk, Frozen BlueBerries, Frozen Banana, 1/2 Cucumber, 1/4 C. Basil, Oats, Sunflower Seeds, and Vanilla.

To be honest, I am really obsessed with ‘cold’ foods right now, due to this heat!

Like Ice Cream.

Any Sort of Chocolatey ice cream works best to my satisfaction πŸ™‚

You see, today is my Grandpa’s Funeral. And, I wanted nothing more than to replicate a dessert, (with my own twist) that reminded my of him more than anything…

When I was younger, I used to go to my Grandparents for a few days and visit, and every night my grandparents and we would eat Β fudgesicles!

Remember those??

I think I would always ask if I could have another one..In fact I think I always ate more than two..

That’s all you need to know.

Chocolate Cherry Basil Ice Cream


14 oz. Can Light Coconut Milk (Can use full fat for a creamier texture)

2 bananas

1/4 C-1/2 C. Basil (I like mine with more Basil…)

1/2 C. Dark Cherries

1/4 C. Dark Cocoa Powder (If your not a fan of dark, use reg.)

2 TB. Vanilla

2-4 TB. Agave (optional) I didn’t add any because I like my chocolate more dark then sweet.


1. In a high speed blender(turned off) add your coconut milk.

Oh and you must ALWAYS use a PINK can opener..or else the recipe won’t turn out πŸ™‚

2. Next add your chopped banana, basil, and cherries.

3. Then add cocoa powder, vanilla, and sweetener, if using.

4. Blend all ingredients in blender until completely pureed and creamy.

5. Next, using an Ice Cream Machine*, follow the directions on the machine.

6. Once machine is done, you will most likely have to freeze the ice cream for at least an hour.

*This recipe, I am assuming, could be done without an Ice cream Machine. Just blend all ingredients and place in a bowl. Freeze until solid, then scoop out. Or add a bunch of ice to blender for a thick shake/ice cream.*

I ate mine right by the pool πŸ™‚

I had to eat fast though, because Ice Cream+100 degree heat=Well..delicious, but you get it.

It tasted like a grown up version of a fudgesicle…

Because…I AM all grown up now πŸ™‚

“Says the girl with a box of Barbies.”

But if being a kid means Playing Barbies with Baby Boo and Ice Cream…

Then I don’t want to grow up.

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  1. the recipe looks wonderful…the pics are awesome, so is the recipe

    but it’s overshadowed by the barbies!!!!! OMG I LOVE THE PICS!!!!

    seriously girl…you need to somehow submit those images somewhere or do something with them. they are works of art imagery. for real. AWESOME!!!!!!

  2. I love this recipe!
    Love love love! Thanks!

  3. Your Barbie collection looks EXACTLY like mine. Complete with the tupperware storage thingy. And I have that Barbie psychedelic dress. LOL!

    Basil in sweets is soooo good. Why am I out of bananas?!

  4. Hey love,

    First off, sending lots of love and prayers, I know today will be a very hard day, and will be thinking of you and your family : )

    The ice cream looks amazing! I used to love fudgesicles too! Could never get enough of them, growing up, my mom always had those in the freezer, sometimes she would get the combo box with banana flavored ones too, and I hated those, I would just eat all the fudge ones! ha!

    How cool to find your barbies! Mine never survived! You took good care of yours, mine were missing heads, hair, or colored on! I was not a good barbie friend ; )

    And how about I have a PINK ice cream maker, so mine will turn out extra yummy if I made this!

    i love that you love pink just as much! It makes me happy!


  5. omg I love your barbie collection it looks just like mine & the ice cream looks to die for!

  6. I love fresh basil, and use it almost daily. But I have never tryed it in a sweet dish :O Must do that, because this ice cream looks like heaven!! I love DARK chocolate (I eat some as I type ;)), so I think I would like that this isnt too sweet by only using the bananas!
    Haha, the Barbie pictures made me smile so much! Cant wait till I get my own baby that I can play Barbie with πŸ˜€
    I hope the Funeral will be beautiful <3
    And thank you for that lovely comment at my blog- it meant so much to me!

  7. That looks great! I’ve been on a major ice cream kick lately. I just can’t get enough of the stuff.

    By the way, I had that same Barbie – the one in the swingin’ 60s looking dress. Barbie’s a popular girl!

  8. Bahaha, love the Barbies. πŸ™‚

    This looks incredible. I’ve never had basil in any sort of dessert; I want to try it out!

  9. Totally jealous of the barbies. I have boys so no passing down of barbies for me. Unfortunately I had to finally donate them, but some girl is very happy to have those barbies!

    Love the ice cream recipe, now I wish I had planted that darn basil this year!!

    • Awe that is nice that you donated yours..unfortunately mine are naked and broken…I don’t think I could donate those!! haha They need to go rehab πŸ™‚

  10. Haha, your barbie collection was waaaay better than mine. Seriously, I only had a few and I practiced my (nonexistent) hair dressing skills on a couple πŸ˜€
    Love the ice cream! I’ve never had basil in something sweet but it sounds so good! Gotta try it in a smoothie or something!

  11. I was just going to say, what’s up with all the shirtless Ken dolls hahahah. I had a similar collection but they all got ruined and thrown out πŸ™

    I am drooling over the basil ice cream
    No ice cream maker so I can try it with frozen bananas πŸ™‚
    I can’t find the post when I asked you about your camera…I checked back before but wanted to know what can you use and if you use a light box or anything to get great photos???

    • Hey laura! I think we have talked about the camera via twitter, but let me know through an email if not πŸ™‚
      As for the shirtless kens..what can I say..hahah I don’t know what I was up to!

  12. So glad I found your blog– this ice cream looks delicious! I just used basil in my dinner last night and now I wish I used it on my dessert πŸ˜‰

  13. I love the ice cream! I’ll be trying that recipe without the ice cream machine and I’ll see how it works πŸ™‚
    hahaha I love the barbies! I never was into barbies as a kid but I had tons and tons of stuffed animals.

  14. Sending love your way on a difficult day — but I know you’ll always carry your Grandpa in your heart, and that you’ll see him again!! And how neat that you’re able to honor your Grandpa with a yummy recipe that reminds you of fudgesicles — too cute! The recipe looks amazing, and the pictures are awesome! Hope today is a beautiful celebration of your Grandpa’s life!

  15. What a unique recipe! It sounds perfect for these hot days! I LOVED fudgsicles when I was a kid (and still do – ha!). I always remember wanting second one, then a third….
    And I have a Barbie collection that is just like that. Except every single barbie (and ken) has on their original outfits. I was a very anal child and always made sure to redress them in their original, out of the box, attire after playing with them. Crazy – but hey, they could at least be worth a few dollars now, right? πŸ™‚

    • I LOVE that you took care of my barbies..I thought I did too, but when I opened the box I realized I CLEARLY didn’t πŸ™‚ haha Broken and naked…no good! haha

  16. OH MY WORD!!! That looks sooo delicious! πŸ˜€ I hope that I can make it without an ice cream maker because I love ice cream and that looks amazing! Seriously you never cease to WOW me Ari! πŸ˜€

  17. THAT LOOKS AMAZING! Ari, you are always out-doing yourself with these recipes πŸ˜›

  18. That barbie collection is just like mine πŸ˜‰ That ice cream looks amazing! What an interesting combo

  19. I still have my giant barbie doll house in my mamas garage… it’s the memories, man. That ice cream looks so beautiful, and your photography is stunning girl! I hope the funeral is as easy as these things can be for you and your family. xx

  20. dang. never realized how ripped Ken was. lol. i never had a barbie collection! not a single doll. crazy, i know. i had toy horses, though…

    this ice cream looks absolutely amazing. i want! i think it’s a great way to honor your grandpa πŸ™‚

  21. I’m so sorry for your loss. πŸ™ I think your grandpa is smiling to know that you’ve made grown-up fudgesicles because of all of your good childhood memories with him. Those recipes are so interesting!

  22. Hi love! Gosh, I feel like I haven’t talked to you in forever. Since it’s summer time, I haven’t been reading or commenting on blogs as much as usual. But I miss you! You always inspire me with how creative you are. I love basil so much, but I’ve never thought of using it for sweet recipes before! I love that you added it to the smoothie and ice cream. Genius idea! I hope all is well you with you. Sending you so much love! <3

    • Hey Alaina! I can totally relate to busy summer schedules πŸ™‚ I always know your there!! You are still a great friend to me! Hope all is well my friend!

  23. Wow. And I thought my sisters and I had a crazy Barbie collection. Lol. I recognize some of those outfits. Now, they’re all gone, sold at garage sales or given away. Or burned in the backyard, in a tin can. Whoops.

    Anyways, that fudgesicle take is just amazing looking. I would have never thought of putting basil in ice cream. I will have to make this sometime πŸ™‚ What a great way of remembering you Grandpa. I’m sure he’s having his share of fudgesicles now.

    Sending hugs and love!

    • burned in the backyard?? you are going to HAVE to share that story πŸ™‚
      And I LOVE basil πŸ™‚ paired with would never guess to be tasty, but trust is πŸ™‚

  24. Arielle – I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve been with my brother all this week as he visited us unexpectedly. So sorry I didn’t stop in sooner. I hope you are doing okay. Big virtual hug to you and your family. xx

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