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5 Ways to Make Banana "Ice Cream"

5 Ways to Make Banana "Ice Cream"

Mar 04, 2016

Happy Friday! Today, we are making Banana "Ice Cream" 5 ways--- a creamy, ice cream-like dessert made from frozen bananas! Its touted as being "healthier", and I'm sure it is when you don't add lots of other yummy stuff, but that is exactly what we're going to do anyway (give me a break - I'm giving up ice cream, I can't give up flavors -- I need my vices). 

Banana Ice Cream Five Ways

 

I've come across quite a few sites that say "it tastes just like ice cream but it's way healthier for you!" Not so. Not even a little so. It does not taste like ice cream on its own. It does taste MORE like ice cream when you add chocolate and peanut butter or other awesome things, but still not exactly ice cream. 

Banana Ice Cream Five Ways

 

I just don't want to fool you here. Expect it to taste more like ice cream's yoga-practicing, "are these eggs organic?", gluten-free cousin. Still delicious, dairy-free (if you're lactose intolerant!), and better for you in the long run because we'll only be using natural ingredients.

For each batch, you'll start by slicing two ripe bananas, putting them in a Ziploc bag, and freezing them overnight (or for quite a few hours). Each bag of two bananas will make 3-4 servings depending on how large of a bowl you want when all is said and done. 

You'll need the following depending on which kind of banana ice cream you want to make:

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter

2 tsp cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)

3 TBSP peanut butter (I used crunchy, and it was glorious)

*optional topping: semi-sweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana "Ice Cream"

 

Pina Colada

1 cup pineapple (drain juice if you used canned!)

1/2 cup coconut flakes (I used sweetened)

3 TBSP sliced almonds

*optional: 1/2 tsp coconut extract

Pina Colada Banana "Ice Cream"

 

 

Nutella Almond

1 tsp cocoa powder

4 TBSP Nutella

3 TBSP sliced almonds

Nutella Almond Banana "Ice Cream"

 

Matcha Green Tea

1 tsp matcha powder (I got mine from Teavana - it's expensive but it lasts forever since you always use so little)

1/2 can coconut milk 

2 TBSP honey

*optional: 1/2 tsp coconut extract

*optional topping: sweetened coconut flakes

Matcha Green Tea Banana "Ice Cream"

 

Sweet Cinnamon

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 TBSP brown sugar

1 TBSP honey

*As you can tell from the photo, this one melts quickly!

Sweet Cinnamon Banana "Ice Cream"

 

Let's get started!

Once your bananas are frozen, place into a blender or food processor, and blend forever. Seriously, it takes awhile. 

Banana Ice Cream Five Ways

 

If you check it during the process, you'll notice the frozen bananas look like rice pellets after awhile - just keep going, it WILL get creamy.

Banana Ice Cream Five Ways

 

Once creamy, just add in your ingredients depending on which flavor you want to make, and continue to blend! You may need to break in between blending and scrape down the sides of the processor with a rubber spatula to make sure everything gets incorporated.

I emptied the finished "ice cream" into a glass container with a lid, and placed back into the freezer for an hour before serving.

Banana Ice Cream Five Ways

If you tried any of these out, let me know how you liked it! Or if you made your own flavor blend, let me know that too! I will continuously be on the hunt for more recipes to quell my ice cream cravings ;)

And for more healthier(ish) dessert options, check out our Chocolate Pistachio Clementine Slices, GF Peanut-Butter Chocolate Pretzel Sandwiches, or these Flourless Peanut-Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

 

 

xoxo,
   clarissa
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