Banana Ice Cream

Greetings!

If you received the Fit for a Bride newsletter today, this post should come as no surprise! This September, we're going bananas for fall and bringing you Bananas Four Ways!

We love bananas because of their healthy ingredients (they're full of good stuff like potassium, fiber, and B6), but also because of their sweet taste! What other fruit can you freeze and blend, and enjoy like ice cream?

I'll admit, I was a bit skeptical about banana "ice cream," at first, too. Of course, I wanted it to work! (Bananas are way better for me than ice cream, and I loooove ice cream!) But I thought I needed Yonanas Ice Cream Maker to make it happen. Think again!

All I did for this recipe was freeze and blend bananas. THAT'S IT. 

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The "recipe" is as follows:

  • Cut two to four bananas into chunks (or halves).
  • Place sliced banana in a plastic bag or tupperware container in the freezer.
  • Allow the bananas to freeze (about 2 hours).
  • Remove the bananas from the freezer and blend, and volia! Banana "ice cream!"  

It's that easy people! THAT easy.   

2013-08-08_0002 A few things to keep in mind:

It isn't actually ice cream!  The texture is more like a puree and it doesn't scoop like ice cream or even really look all that much like ice cream, but it's still yum. I promise! It's also a great alternative to the real thing for those of us watching our weight, and craving something sweet.

Now, if bananas bore you, have no fear! You can easily make this peanut butter banana ice cream or chocolate chip banana ice cream. Get creative! I added banana slices and dairy free chocolate tips to my "ice cream" but you can add just about anything (walnuts, honey, shredded coconut or peanuts!), and it gets really fun when you blend in other ingredients! Try any of this add-ins:

  • hazelnut spread
  • almond or nut butter
  • cocoa powder
  • cinnamon
  • other frozen fruits (strawberries, pineapple, peaches, etc)

However, be aware that adding those ingredients does add calories!

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Also, when it comes to getting creative, think outside the banana! Haha. Have you seen this banana ice cream cone? Amazing! Presentation is everything! Do like me and pick up a fancy ice cream bowl for your banana ice cream that will make it feel more like the real thing!

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Note: A single banana equals about 1/2 cup of  ice cream.

I got the idea for this recipe from Instagram and Pinterest (my go-to sources for inspiration)! You can see all my banana concocAnd it came in especially handy during my first attempt to eat paleo. I'm actually going to give Paleo another try, beginning tomorrow, with a challenge by CrossFit box is hosting. Wish me luck!

Have you ever made banana ice cream?

If yes, what's your favorite topping or add-in?