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.
Twitter
Fingerless gloves.

This:


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.

20 comments:

  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.

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

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

    Jennifurla - I think she'll love it :)

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  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!

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  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.

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

    This looks yum!

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

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

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  9. Margie - elastic on socks, definitely.

    Thanks Rick and Alwayzbaking :)

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

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  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!

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

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

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

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  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?)

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  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.

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  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.

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  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!!

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

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  20. If you are planning to visit any destination during you vacations, so pre-planning will be the best thing for you. This will help you to plan completely for your vacation. This will make you feel tension free during the whole vacation and give you the best experience .

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