Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Psst. Banana ice cream. No dairy. No machine. Pass it on.

Great Inventions in "Why didn't I think of that?" History:

Ped Egg
Insulated Travel mugs.
 Those purse hanger hook thingys.
Fingerless gloves.


I recently took to Invention #4 to give props to bananas.  They're just so easy to love.  "Damn, I was gonna eat that but now it's too ripe" turns into "Yay, I get to make delicious such-and-such with this ripened banana!"

Wendi at Bon Appetit Hon suggested I check out a recipe on Use Real Butter for dairyless, machine-less banana ice cream.  My life hasn't been the same since.  I wish I was exaggerating.

Here's what you'll need:

3-4 ripened bananas
Optional add-ins:  peanut butter, cocoa powder, chocolate chunks, honey

Cut up the bananas.

1/4"-1/2" slices.

Let them hang out in the freezer for an hour.

Pour the bananas into a food processor...

...and blend until smooth.

I snuck a bite here.  I couldn't believe what I was tasting.  It was light, creamy and banana-y, like soft serve.

At this point, you can add in any additional flavors you want.  I really didn't want to mess with perfection but I added a few spoonfuls of peanut butter.  Mike eats the stuff by the jar and I wanted him to have a little sweet treat waiting for him when he got home from work.

I can be a good wife.  Occasionally.

If you have enough restraint to save some for later, pour the "ice cream" into a container and pop it back in the freezer until you're ready to demolish it.

This is a great way to sneak more fruit into your kids' (or spouse's) diets, if you're lactose-intolerant or if you simply have a few ripe bananas on hand and don't feel like going the bread/muffin route.

Try it out and let me know what you think.

Aww.  That's cute.


  1. Wow, clever. I've had frozen bananas before - and even just cut up they are pretty delicious. You can make little discs with chocolate or peanut butter the same. But I never thought to blend it into a cream like that... and since I decided I won't be buying an ice cream maker until next year - this is just perfect.

  2. dude, great idea - might do this tonight with my daughter

  3. Liam - I'm on the 2011 Ice Cream Maker plan, too.

    Jennifurla - I think she'll love it :)

  4. Ali, so would you say this is all that and a bag of chips?

    I've got my four bananas on the counter waiting to be turned into chocolate peanut buttery goodness.

    If you have a KitchenAid stand mixer, I would recommend going the ice cream maker attachment route rather than the traditional ice cream maker route. My cramped kitchen sure wishes I had. But the Cuisinart came into my life before the KitchenAid.

    Thanks for being my Twitter friend!

  5. Oh hell yes. A bag of chocolate chips, even. I know you would never lead me astray.

    Good to know re: the KitchenAid ice cream attachment dealie. I'm all for saving counterspace.

  6. My most favorite inventions include, socks, elastic, DVR and Nutella. ;)

    This looks yum!

  7. This is amazing! I'm going to try this!

  8. It looks just like ice cream. Great idea!

  9. Margie - elastic on socks, definitely.

    Thanks Rick and Alwayzbaking :)

  10. Wow that looks great! And fun to make, I love using my food processor!!! :-)

  11. Looks good! I heard about this recipe from Gina over at Choosing Raw and I'm totally obsessed with it. I like the addition of honey in yours!

  12. This is a FANTASTIC idea and it tastes yummy. I covered it with some chocolate syrup and I couldn’t get enough.

  13. What a great way to use old bananas! I have some right now screaming to be turned into ice cream.

  14. I am bowing down to you in wonder and amazement at the moment.

  15. I missed this one...wow Ali. You never cease to amaze me. And you're an AWESOME wife! (Can I borrow your food processor?)

  16. Stronghealthyfit - it's the first recipe that I've feature on here that is vegan-friendly and certainly one of the easiest. I'm motivated to try out some healthier recipes going forward :)

    Doggy Dessert Chef - thanks for stopping by! Next time, I'm definitely going the chocolate syrup route next time.

    Hyosun - I'm so glad you tried it out! So, I guess that's it for photography class? Haha!

    Erin - oh pashaw. Give it a go!

    Michele - you need to add a food processor to your wish list, stat.

  17. From Michael: He's drooling. Over the banana ice cream with the cherry on top. Or the 2 banana photo? "Looks like a giraffe ass with her legs tied together!" That's Michael. Excuse your brother, please.

  18. Wow! This reminds me of that Elvis Presley sandwich. Bananas, peanut butter and fried with a lot of butter!

    Your's is a little bit lighter!!

  19. What type of cones do you use. I love cones that are really tasty.