Hakuna Banana Frozen Dessert Monkeys Around with Vegan Nice Cream

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On a recent visit to Honolulu, I discovered a little kiosk, above Whole Foods Market, that made banana soft serve. They were called Hakuna Banana, and their outpost had a friendly, local feel. Little did I know they were already packing pints of their healthy ice cream and shipping it by the boatload to stores across the US. In fact, Hakuna Banana Frozen Dessert comes in six flavors, which are all made without refined sugars or sugar alcohols. If you try any of them, don’t forget to leave your own rating and review at the bottom of this post.

Hakuna Banana Frozen Dessert Monkeys Around with Vegan Nice Cream - Review and information on this Dairy-Free Ice Cream Brand in Six Flavors (ingredients, nutrition, and more)

Hakuna Banana Frozen Dessert Monkeys Around with Vegan Nice Cream

The brand Hakuna Banana is a bit tongue in cheek. “Hakuna” means “no,” so translated it means “no banana.” But these dairy-free nice creams are definitely banana-based and even fruit-sweetened. Nonetheless, I will give them points for a fun and catchy name! Here are the ingredients, banana front and center, plus nutritional and allergen information.

Banilla

Hakuna Banana Frozen Dessert Monkeys Around with Vegan Nice Cream - Review and information on this Dairy-Free Ice Cream Brand in Six Flavors (ingredients, nutrition, and more)Ingredients: bananas, coconut milk (water, coconut milk), dates, cacao butter, vanilla beans, vanilla extract (water, alcohol (35%), vanilla bean extractives), guar gum, salt, tara gum, citrus fiber (dried orange pulp).  Contains: Coconut. Manufactured on equipment that sometimes processes treenuts*

Nutrition (per 1/2 cup serving): 100 calories, 3g fat, 20g carbs, 2g fiber, 17g sugars, 1g protein.*

Choco Choco Chip

Hakuna Banana Frozen Dessert Monkeys Around with Vegan Nice Cream - Review and information on this Dairy-Free Ice Cream Brand in Six Flavors (ingredients, nutrition, and more)Ingredients: bananas, coconut milk (water, coconut milk), dates, dark chocolate (cacao butter, cocoa powder, date syrup (dates)), cocoa powder, cacao butter, coffee, vanilla extract (water, alcohol (35%), vanilla bean extractives), guar gum, salt, almond extract (water, alcohol (32%), bitter almond oil), tara gum, citrus fiber (dried orange pulp). Contains: Coconut, Almond.*

Nutrition (per 1/2 cup serving): 110 calories, 4.5g fat, 20g carbs, 3g fiber, 17g sugars, 1g protein.*

Banana Spice

Hakuna Banana Frozen Dessert Monkeys Around with Vegan Nice Cream - Review and information on this Dairy-Free Ice Cream Brand in Six Flavors (ingredients, nutrition, and more)Ingredients: bananas, coconut milk (water, coconut milk), dates, cacao butter, vanilla extract (water, alcohol (35%), vanilla bean extractives), guar gum, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, tara gum, citrus fiber (dried orange pulp). Contains: Coconut. Manufactured on equipment that sometimes processes treenuts*

Nutrition (per 1/2 cup serving): 100 calories, 3g fat, 20g carbs, 2g fiber, 17g sugars, 1g protein.*

Blueberry

Hakuna Banana Frozen Dessert Monkeys Around with Vegan Nice Cream - Review and information on this Dairy-Free Ice Cream Brand in Six Flavors (ingredients, nutrition, and more)Ingredients: bananas, coconut milk (water, coconut milk), blueberry compote (blueberries, dates), dates, lemon juice, cacao butter, lemon zest, vanilla extract (water, alcohol (35%), vanilla bean extractives), guar gum, salt, tara gum, citrus fiber (dried orange pulp). Contains: Coconut. Manufactured on equipment that sometimes processes treenuts*

Nutrition (per 1/2 cup serving): 110 calories, 2.5g fat, 22g carbs, 2g fiber, 19g sugars, 1g protein.*

Strawberry

Hakuna Banana Frozen Dessert Monkeys Around with Vegan Nice Cream - Review and information on this Dairy-Free Ice Cream Brand in Six Flavors (ingredients, nutrition, and more)Ingredients: bananas, coconut milk (water, coconut milk), roasted strawberries (strawberries, dates), dates, lemon juice, cacao butter, coconut oil, guar gum, salt, tara gum, citrus fiber (dried orange pulp). Contains: Coconut. Manufactured on equipment that sometimes processes treenuts*

Nutrition (per 1/2 cup serving): 110 calories, 3.5g fat, 20g carbs, 2g fiber, 18g sugars, 1g protein.*

Cashew Cookie Dough

Hakuna Banana Frozen Dessert Monkeys Around with Vegan Nice Cream - Review and information on this Dairy-Free Ice Cream Brand in Six Flavors (ingredients, nutrition, and more)Ingredients: bananas, coconut milk (water, coconut milk), cashew cookie dough (dates, cashews, chocolate (cacao butter, cocoa powder, date syrup (dates), almond butter (almonds)), dates, cacao butter, guar gum, salt, tara gum, citrus fiber (dried orange pulp). Contains: Coconut, Almond, Cashew. 

Nutrition (per 1/2 cup serving): 120 calories, 4g fat, 22g carbs, 3g fiber, 19g sugars, 1g protein.*

Allergen Note*

I asked Hakuna Banana about allergen protocols, and they sent the following response:

We are managed on equipment that sometimes processes milk, wheat, tree nuts, eggs, soy, corn, and peanuts, so if your audience has severe allergies, it would be safer for them to not consume our product.

But when I specifically asked again about their cleaning processes, they responded:

Our plant has a strict policy of thoroughly washing before and after each production run of our products!

More Facts on Hakuna Banana Frozen Dessert

Price: $7.50 per pint online, but I believe it is less expensive in stores

Availability: Hakuna Banana Frozen Dessert is sold by the pint in the ice cream section of natural food stores in the US. We’ve seen it at Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, and Sprouts supermarkets. If you can’t find it in stores, you can order it online. They ship frozen pints direct to customers in all 50 US states.

Certifications: Hakuna Banana Frozen Dessert is Non-GMO Verified. They are in the process of becoming Vegan Certified and Paleo Certified.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Hakuna Banana Frozen Dessert is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and paleo-friendly. They also state that it is refined sugar-free and corn-free.*

For More Product Information: Visit the Hakuna Banana website at hakunabanana.com.

*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy. 

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Amazing!

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August 28, 2019

Bought this at WholeFoods and I love the flavor

Michelle

Excellent Frozen dessert for those of us who are made to be free of everything.

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July 29, 2019

I have been looking for this dessert now – for several years, since I have had to give up dairy, grains, refined sugars, etc. You get the drift. Dairy milk alternative ice cream(s) are OK, but who knew bananas could make a person’s ice cream dreams come true. Hakuna Banana – That’s who! Ya Banana 🙂

MLisa

Paleo friendly and amazing!!

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April 22, 2019

If you are paleo-this is a fantastic treat. I absolutely love it!

Kate

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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