Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Healthy Homemade Banana "Ice Cream"

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I heard about this over on Twitter (thanks to @Paperspring), but didn't try it until now. I've seen it called "one-ingredient ice cream," and I'm sure you can guess, from the clip art, what that one ingredient is.

Here's how it works:
  1. Peel and slice a ripe banana. I used a super-ripe banana, but my husband would like to try it with one that's less ripe.
  2. Freeze the slices, spaced out a bit so they won't stick together. I've seen this done on a sheet of waxed paper, but I froze them in a Rubbermaid container.
  3. Put the slices in a food processor. I used a 1-cup chopper because I don't have a food processor and I know the frozen bananas would kill my blender! Blend until smooth and creamy. I thinned it with a bit of skim milk, but that's optional.
  4. Eat immediately or freeze briefly.

We tried it immediately and I also froze a portion, after I'd swirled some chocolate syrup into it. I stirred it every ten minutes or so and left it in the freezer for a total of about 45 minutes. At that point it was similar in consistency to soft-serve ice cream.

My doctor recommends that I eat bananas (for the potassium), and this certainly works for me!

14 comments :

  1. This "ice cream" sounds so yummy. Can't wait to try it!

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  2. When I first read what you wrote about "healthy" ice cream, I thought to myself, "no way...that can't be." LOL! Ah, but I see it IS healthy!! :) Great idea!

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  3. Wow Ice cream without the maker. Perfect since I don't own one. Thanks for sharing this.

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  4. It really is delicious, isn't it? I'll have to try it with the chocolate syrup!

    Lisa @
    All That and a Box of Rocks

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  5. This is right up my alley!! I need to eat more fruit and veg, so making "Ice Cream" is a great idea, thanks for sharing.

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  6. Do you know if this works with other types of fruit too?

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  7. Banana ice cream is my absolute favourite ... must try this. thanks!

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  8. @Meghan - I don't know if it works with other fruits. I've come across a recipe for homemade fruit ice cream that doesn't require an ice cream maker, but it does include cream or yogurt. You can find it here:
    http://www.instructables.com/id/5-minute-Ice-Cream/

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  9. I've done this - blended frozen bananas with a little milk, but I also sprinkle cinnamon on top. It's a good summer treat!

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  10. Sounds delicious and easy to make!

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  11. sounds yummy

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  12. Thanks so much - I have been wanting one of those "Yonanas" machines, but I never thought to try making it like this.... Have to try it soon!!!

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  13. this sounds delicious I love bananas and the chocolate syrup would be perfect on them

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  14. I'm going to have to try this tomorrow. Yup, ordered to have more potassium as well. Trying to do better this week and from now on so I don't have to be on an IV for two hour getting fluids and potassium (that's what happened last week!).

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