May 15, 2012

healthy chocolate banana "ice cream"

Have I got a secret for you...I can barely contain myself!

You can easily make ice cream without the guilt, the added sugar, any funky fake sugars, Lactaid (for my fellow lactose-intolerants), and without even using an ice cream maker!  Plus, it's completely vegetarian- and vegan-friendly.

It's true!  My sister and her apartment-mates found this recipe on Pinterest and tried it.  They loved the result and my sister helped me make my first batch this past weekend.

This is such an easy and surprising recipe--regular bananas transform into a creamy (soft serve-style) ice cream by simply sticking them in a blender.

Well, it should have been really easy.  We over-froze the bananas, they ended up too hard, and my old blender couldn't handle them.  So, we took my sad banana mess to my parents' house to use their pretty new blender.  How many people does it take to puree frozen bananas?  Sounds like a bad joke.  All 4 of us were standing around for way too long, trying to figure out how to blend those darn bananas.  But, after some work, they blended and we ended up with some amazing banana ice cream to enjoy as dessert that evening.

My husband and I decided to give it another go.  This time we followed the original instructions and only froze the bananas for an hour.  They blended fairly easily and within less than 10 minutes, we had ice cream.  So, the first lesson of the day is to follow the instructions.  The second lesson is that bananas can be rich, creamy, and delicious.  Really.

Healthy Chocolate Banana "Ice Cream"
Recipe adapted from use real butter
Makes 4 servings

  • 6 ripe, medium-sized bananas
  • 4 tsp cocoa powder

Start by slicing the bananas into rounds (about 1/2" thick), placing them on a clean cookie sheet or in a small baking pan as you go.  Place the sheet of bananas into the freezer for ONE hour.  Longer freezing times will make blending much harder.

Drop the frozen banana rounds into a blender or (preferably) a food processor.  You may want to work with a bit at a time, rather than dumping all of them in there at once.

While blending, you'll need to push the bananas back down closer to the blade once they stop moving.  Continue to blend and push until they become a grainy texture.  Continue to blend and eventually they'll become creamy like this.

Add the cocoa powder and mix it in well.  You may want to blend everything together, so it's incorporated well.  You can serve it immediately as a soft-serve ice cream.

Or you can freeze it and it'll become like hard scoop-able ice cream.  I shredded some leftover Easter bunny over it, so it has pretty chocolate curls on top.

1 comment:

  1. I love banana "soft-serve" ice cream! I like experimenting with different flavors too like peanut butter and Nutella, and adding different fruits.


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