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Friday, September 9, 2011

One Ingredient Banana "Ice Cream"...

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

4 bananas

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.


Mihaela said...

Ellie, this is so good, it works in a blender too. After I took off the banana ice-cream, I didn't wash the blender and I added some frozen strawberries with a little simple syrup that I had in the fridge and I made half banana-half strawberry ice-cream. So easy and so healthy :) The only problem I see is that I keep thinking at the salty caramel ice-cream that I didn't have a chance to do it this summer :))

Ellie said...

Mihaela, I am so glad to hear that it works in a blender, too...that's wonderful to know! Oh, strawberry and banana is one delicious combination)... but, yes the salty caramel sounds sooo good...it's never too late to try it, though:). I often have ice cream even in 0 deg weather:)...

Ginger Cookies said...

WOW, amazing result, I will try that recipe.
Thank you so much, Ellie.
Warm regards from Bulgaria.:)))

Andreea said...

Made this frozen fruits icercream all summer. Such a great idea! Yours looks so creamy so yummy!

With all the fruits in the freezers section in the stores there are endless possibilities :) I made with mango, banana and strawberries, I think one of the fruits has to have a creamy texture (liek bananas or mango).

The only minus for me is that we have to eat this ice cream the same day...I didn't like the texture after was frozen, even if I let it warm up a bit at room temperature. But nevertheless great idea for a very healthy icecream!

Have a great weekend Ellie!

Mihaela said...

Harnicuto! M-am oprit sa te salut; eu am cam "chiulit" de pe blog vara asta...Astept sa imi vina cheful iara...:) Inghetata asta imi face cu ochiul....dar sunt la diet..:))
Numa bine, Ellie!

Ellie said...

Veronika, Oh, I hope you like it:). It's easy to do and I know you can come up with some wonderful additions, as you are so creative:)... Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Andreea, I think you are right in using other fruits...mango sounds really, really good! I haven't yet tried that version...maybe in combination with the banana? I know I've been known to add too much fruit and then end up with a smoothie:)...very good nonetheless.
Thanks for stopping by... and have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

Mihaela, Esti o scumpa! Ma-m bucurat foarte mult ca ai venit pe la mine in vizita:). Si apreciez mult...stiu ca esti foarte ocupata. Dar sa stii...chiar ti-am simtit lipsa be blogul tau:). Poate poti face inghetata asta pentru copii...ca un "school assignment":). Iti doresc un weekend placut!

Ioana said...

OOOH! This looks way too easy and delicious! Can't wait to try it! I bet my kids will love it! Thanks for sharing!

Ellie said...

Ioana, You are welcome. I am so glad I could be of inspiration:)...I sure hope the children like it. It's an easy recipe to make... and healthy:)
Thanks for stopping by.

megi said...

Hi Ellie, I am really looking forward to trying this, it looks so simple and so good! My daughter (21 months old) will love this, so will we! Thank you so much for sharing. And, by the way, I am making your cashew garlic grilled chicken tomorrow. Thank you for sharing Ellie. :)

Ellie said...

Megi, I think you will enjoy the banana ice cream...it's so creamy. Just remember that it does take some time to process...but it eventually comes together.

Hope you like the cashew chicken as well... I think you can easily play around with the marinade. The cashews give it a nice texture and flavor.