Wednesday, August 28, 2013

One Ingredient 'Ice Cream'...

Who knew ice cream could be healthy?  Well, not only is this ice cream delicious, it is a healthy snack (vegan, gluten free, no added sugar, non-dairy allergic, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no added chemicals, in fact, it can even be eaten for breakfast with no guilt).

What is this magic, delicious, no guilt, one ingredient 'ice cream?' This is banana ice cream made with only one ingredient - bananas!  Yes, just bananas!  And, no ice cream maker needed.  You will be amazed how great this ice cream treat is.

  • Bananas

  1. Peal and slice bananas.  One banana is about one serving.  The riper (browner) the bananas the sweeter the dessert.
  2. Freeze (for at least three hours to a few weeks).
  3. Put the frozen banana slices in a blender and blend, blend, blend.  Scrape the banana slices down from the sides of the blender and blend some more until it becomes the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.  You can add to your banana mixture things like cherries, strawberries, chocolate chips, peanut butter, pineapple, etc. for greater flavors.
  4. Scoop into serving cups and eat just as it is or top with anything you might top regular ice cream.

This is the only ingredient you need to make delicious, healthy 'ice cream' - bananas!

Slice each banana into small pieces  One banana makes about one serving.

Put the banana slices in a zip top bag or, if you don't want the banana slices to freeze together, put the banana slices separated on a plate..

Then put the bag, or plate, of banana slices in the freezer.  They are frozen and ready in about 3 hours or can be kept in the freezer for a week or so .

After the banana slices are frozen, pour the slices into a blender.  You can do them all or just a small amount and put the rest back into the freezer.

Purée the frozen banana slices until they become the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.

Put the puréed bananas into your serving cup.  What you don't use you can put back into the freezer.  It will then freeze more like regular ice cream.

And add toppings.  Any topping you like on ice cream will work on the banana 'ice cream.'  Here I am adding chocolate syrup to make a chocolate/banana treat.

As always, the best part is in the eating! Enjoy!

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