Monday, June 11, 2012

Frozen Banana Goodness

Like most everyone these days, I have a bit of a Pinterest obsession.  There are so many great ideas for food and everything else under the sun!  Most recently, one of the "pins" that inspired me was for Banana Ice Cream, a really healthy dessert that looked almost too good to be true.  I had to put it to the test and figured if it even came close it would be a perfect summertime snack or dessert.

The Necessities...

  • Loads of Bananas!!  (we used about 6 for 3 or 4 servings)

If the bananas are more ripe than not, this will work even better.  First, un-peel the bananas and slice them up, about an inch in thickness.

Sliced Bananas
Next, place them on a lined baking sheet and stick the whole baking sheet in the freezer for at least 2 hours.  The longer they're in there and the colder they get, the better.

Slices on a Sheet
Then, simply put the slices into a food processor and start processing!  You can use a blender as well, but it might take a bit more mixing on your part to make sure theverything fully mixes.

In the Processor
First it turns into a crumbly can add a little water here to help it along
As you continue to process the bananas the texture of ice cream starts to appear
And when that wonderful ice cream texture appears, it is ready to scoop and serve!

We have made this banana "ice cream" twice now.  The first time we put a little drizzle of chocolate syrup over top.  The second time (as in the photo above) Nick added some peanut butter and honey to the processor.  This recipe is adaptable in an endless number of ways.  Bottom line, your mouth will think you are eating a delicious ice cream.  If it tricks me, you know its good.

What is your favorite "trick your mouth" recipe?


  1. I love banana "ice cream." I've made this once or twice using an immersion blender. Regular food processor would probably be better. Another of my favorite recipes like this is cashew cream. Soak raw cashews overnight and blend them in the food processor with water and a little maple syrup and you end up with this rich creamy concoction and you can vary the consistency by adding more or less water. I made this a lot back when I was vegan.

  2. BRILLIANT! Would love to try this. My favorite 'trick' recipe is mashed cauliflower, a carb-free alternative to mashed potatoes. I've even fooled my Irish in-laws.

  3. I make my smoothies with a frozen banana and it really helps add to the creaminess and makes me think I'm eating a rich dessert! I like banana ice cream too, especially with Nutella!

  4. Mmm! Peanut butter and honey! That sounds incredible! Will definitely have to try that version.

  5. I loveeee doing this in the summer! Such a great dessert fake out. I often add nutella though, which makes it not quite as healthy :)

  6. oh this looks good and I do love bananas!

  7. Yum! That looks so good; I would love to add a little bit of coconut milk.

  8. I think I would LOVE this with peanut butter!


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