One Ingredient Banana "Ice Cream"... I'd better post this recipe before summer is gone:). I've made this particular "ice cream" many times...for myself mostly... on the days I want something healthy and yet still feel like I am eating "ice cream". I'll be honest, this is not my husband's favorite.... he'll have regular ice cream, while I enjoy this banana "ice cream":).
The ice cream, as is, tends to have a slight bitter aftertaste...not much, but it's there. I don't know why it is... I 've made plenty of batches, thinking it might be the bananas...but I think they get a bit bitter in the freezing process(not exactly positive)... but maybe it's also because I don't use overly ripe bananas. I'm thinking that using a bit more ripe bananas could help with the slight bitter aftertaste, but then the "ice cream" will be a bit darker in color as well, and I prefer mine creamy white... or as white as possible:). In any case, I do overlook the slight bitterness and still enjoy the "ice cream" immensely:). If you add chocolate and other ingredients...and then sweeten it up a bit:), the very slight bitter taste can actually disappear.
But what I do like about the banana ice cream, is that is incredibly creamy... and it actually feels like you're eating ice cream. Seriously. On the plus side, there's not that many calories involved...and it's actually quite good for you:). The ice cream is best served immediately... after it has been processed. I noticed that if you freeze it for later, the ice cream will harden, get a bit icy, and not be as creamy.
I'm well aware that this recipe may not be something new...and that many of you have come across it quite some time ago... as it is quite popular. I've mentioned it before, but in case you've never come across this recipe... I thought to share it. Especially great as an after school snack.... healthier alternative for the kids without the sugar high:). Hope you enjoy...
Tip: I think the secret to getting a creamy end product is to keep scraping the bananas off the sides and bottom of the food processor as you process it...stopping and scraping until it becomes creamy. It does take a few minutes.
I only use a food processor to make the "ice cream"... never tried a blender.
Feel free to add other ingredients to the base...shaved chocolate, cherries, crushed cookies, nuts, honey, nutella, peanut butter, almond butter, etc....or drizzle any syrup of choice. It will no longer be a one ingredient ice cream... but still good:)
The banana "ice cream" melts rather quickly...so serve immediately.
You will need: initially inspired by the kitchn
1. Peel and cut bananas in 1 inch slices.
2. Place the banana slices on a parchment lined/plastic wrap plate in a single layer.
3. Freeze banana slices for 2-3 hours or until firmly frozen(this all depends on your freezer). Don't freeze overnight.
4. Place the frozen banana slices in a food processor and process until bananas form a smooth paste and looks like soft serve ice scream. This can take a few minutes. Stop and scrape the bananas every so often.
5. Serve immediately.