Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Healthy Homemade Banana "Ice Cream"

bananas
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 :

Trixie said...

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

Lori said...

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!

redkathy said...

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

Lisa said...

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

Beeb said...

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.

Meghan said...

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

A Modern Mother said...

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

Melissa said...

@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/

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

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

Elena said...

Sounds delicious and easy to make!

akronugurl said...

sounds yummy

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1955nurse said...

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!!!

Helen said...

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

Petula Lloyd said...

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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