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07-21 Enrichment for Humans: Lemur Ice Cream

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Enrichment for Humans: Lemur Ice Cream

What could be better on a hot summer day than some delicious ice cream? This recipe is for a lemur-friendly frozen treat, with options to add all the flavors of Madagascar—vanilla, cocoa, pineapple, or even coffee! Go wild, and stay cool!

Lemur Ice Cream Recipe


  • Blender or food processor


  • 3 ripe bananas
  • Flavoring options: coconut milk, frozen pineapple, cocoa powder, vanilla bean or extract, brewed coffee (cold).  Lemurs would also like peanut butter, even if it doesn’t come from Madagascar!


  1. Peel, slice and freeze 3 ripe bananas.
  2. Once they are frozen through, add bananas to a high-speed blender. (For less powerful blenders, add coconut milk or other liquid—we recommend fruit juice or plant-based milk)
  3. Add Madagascar-inspired flavors. Feel free to combine multiple flavors!
  • Coconut, add 1/2 cup coconut crème or coconut milk. Coconut flakes optional.
  • Pineapple: substitute one banana for 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks.
  • Chocolate: add ¼ tsp vanilla and 3 tsp cocoa powder.
  • Vanilla: add ½ tsp vanilla bean paste or 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • Coffee: add ½ cup cold brewed coffee (or less for a more subtle flavor)
  1. For soft-serve style ice cream, eat immediately. For scoopable ice cream, pour into a container and freeze 1-2 hours.
  2. Top with lemur-friendly “sprinkles” like coconut, dried fruit, or nuts!