Monday, February 17, 2014

Frozen Banana Ice Cream



First of all, yes, it was supposed to be "Week of Salads" on the blog. I've decided to postpone that until next week. This week is looking pretty hectic, and as many of you know, I blog around my photography. You know, only the hours between 11 am and 1 pm. If I can't be home during my window, I've learned to not even bother taking pictures. You'll never be able to edit them to make them look like they were taken in natural light. Yes, it took me a year to figure that out. I like to make the same mistake a bunch of times, just to make sure :)

The whole idea of a "Week of Salads" was that it would be the perfect detox after the indulgence of Valentine's Day. And indulge I did! I ate enough chocolate to kill a Mastiff. This week however, I'm concentrating on eating healthy and working hard in the gym. Eating healthy is absolutely no fun without some sort of treat however, and boy do I have one for you today! And by the way, I'm almost ashamed to call this a recipe. Almost.


Did you know if you puree a frozen banana, the banana takes on the texture of a custardy, soft-serve ice cream? I sure as heck didn't. I do now though! I can't believe you only need bananas to make it, it really does taste like ice cream. Deserts don't get easier, or healthier, than this. And once you've pureed your bananas, you can add all sorts of flavorings to the banana. I swirled Nutella through mine. You could mix in peanut butter, chocolate chips, almond butter, jam, berries, candy... Ok, you could veer into some unhealthy territory there, but hey, it's better than adding candy to real ice cream. One more tip before I go- I used to use overripe bananas exclusively for banana bread. I've since found a new use. Freeze the bananas individually, then toss them in a freezer bag when frozen. Use a frozen banana for a smoothie, or wait until you get a bunch, and then make ice cream!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I've got a case of the Monday's that better be gone tomorrow :)


Ingredients:

Frozen bananas! (I found 10 made a nice loaf-pan amount of ice cream)
Add-in's (optional): Nutella, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chips, just about any topping and/or addition you can think of.

Directions:

1. Slice frozen bananas into large chunks, transfer to a food processor. Pulse until bananas make a smooth, creamy, pureed mixture.
2. If using a nut butter, or jam, add topping to the food processor and pulse a couple of times to disperse it. If using chocolate chips or candy, fold into ice cream with spatula.
3. Spread mixture evenly into a loaf pan, and freeze until solid (mine took about 3 hours). Scoop and serve.

Devoured!

4 comments:

  1. I had no idea bananas could turn into something like this. I am intrigued.

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    1. I had no idea either! It's a surprisingly good substitute. Plus, I don't have to feel bad about throwing away bananas :)

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  2. Oh yeah - bananas and nutella in ice cream!

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