Friday, June 8, 2012

Banana "ice cream"

I am so excited about this recipe.  I wanted to post this the day I tried it out!  I found it from Use Real Butter.  It's healthy banana "ice cream"! 

Yes, I said it.  Healthy banana "ice cream".  It's so simple and so wonderful.

Bananas (as many as you want)
Peanut butter (just a spoonful)
Cocoa  (just a spoonful)

Sounds simple so far, huh?  It is!

First, cut up some bananas.  I cut around 6 bananas because I wanted to make a lot.  I think one servings worth would be around 3 bananas.  Your preference.  It's best to cut them up first because it will be very difficult to cut them later when they're frozen.

This is what the battlefield looked like after I was done.  Poor bananas.

Freeze the bananas.  You can freeze them however you want.  I froze them in a bowl and they weren't too stubborn getting out later.

Freeze them for about an hour or more.  We froze ours for about 5 hours.  It doesn't matter.

Put your frozen bananas in the food processor.  A blender will work just fine, too.

Turn it on and let it do its thang (or thing).

When I first turned it on it chopped the bananas pretty well, but then it seemed to just stay there.  I was thinking that maybe I had to let it thaw out, but my husband said "let it go!" 

So, I let it go and eventually it started working.  Just give it time.  This is where I say "patience is a virtue".

Just make sure to let your food processor/blender breathe a bit so that you don't overheat it.

Be sure to mix around as well from time to time.

I think we blended ours for about 10 minutes (or it seemed that long).

Once it's all done it will look and feel like soft serve ice cream.  It tastes incredibly delicious, too (I dare you to stick your finger in and taste it!).

Now, you may leave it as is (I may come back and do this), or you can doctor it up.  Taste it as you go!

We added 3 spoonfuls of peanut butter (I think 2 would have been plenty, oops!  A little overexcited.)

Then we added some cocoa powder.  We didn't have that much left, probably about 2 spoonfuls, so I just dumped it out.

Mix it up and taste it!

I'm sure you can add anything you want.  My husband wants to try just cocoa next time.   Any good banana combo suggestions?

Enjoy it!  I can't believe that it's actually not ice cream.   

You can put leftovers in a container in the freeze, but be careful because it will freeze rock-hard.  We just let it sit in the fridge for a few hours (I'm sure you could even let it sit out on the counter for awhile).

Let me know if you make any alterations!  I'd love to hear it.  I'm sure we'll be making this a lot more.


  1. i've seen this floating around pinterest but have yet to try. seems like a good project for this weekend! my only question - did it taste more like choc./peanuts or like bananas? 'cuz i'm not a huge banana fan.

  2. Sounds awesome!
    New follower - from the Sunday Blog Hop - hope on over to my 2 blogs and do the same! :-)

  3. I was introduced to this in Hawaii last summer. We had banana/pineapple and it was amazing!


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