I automatically assume everybody knows how to make their own delicious ice cream at home from frozen bananas but I know this sadly isn’t true! I posted about banana soft serve last summer (exactly one year ago yesterday!) but I think this is something worth repeating for anyone who missed it. And for the other reason being that I have eaten it just about every day for the past week… so it is on my mind… and it is so delicious that I want to share with you how to make it.
You will need:
- a food processor or high-speed blender (I’ve made it in both but prefer my vitamix)
- frozen banana chunks (as many as you want to make as much ice cream as you want!)
- almond milk or soy milk (start with maybe 1/8 cup per banana and add more as needed to get things processing– but not too much or your ice cream will be too thin– and then you’ve got a shake!)
- a spoonful of peanut butter– as much or little as you want but trust me, this is so much better than if you omit it (or try almond butter)
- a few spoonfuls of cocoa powder or carob powder (or half and half which is what I have been doing)
Don’t worry too much about exact amounts of ingredients. Obviously if you are just making one serving you will want to use about 1-2 frozen bananas and not 10. In the vitamix you will definitely need to pump the plunger up and down as it whips up into soft serve. In the food processor you may need to stop it and scrape down the sides– I’ve noticed you sometimes get unblended banana chunks in the food processor, but it’s all good.
Why make this when you can buy a half-gallon from the grocery store or get a jumbo cone at your local ice cream stand? Because it’s good for your body and tastes fabulous. There is nothing healthy about the ice cream you buy in stores or at ice cream stands. They are mainly loaded with sugar and fatty milk from a cow. Yuck. This one has no added sugar yet it tastes naturally sweet– from the bananas. Plus you get the protein and heart healthy fats from the peanut butter, and of course we all know that cocoa powder is abundant in antioxidants. I’ve even been having this for breakfast with a crumbled homemade granola bar on top. It’s been so hot lately that it’s a perfect way to start the day.
You almost feel like you are doing something very unadult-like. Almost.
Or make it to round out a plant-strong meal. Dinner tonight was a steamed portobello mushroom cap and a big bowl of steamed brussels sprouts seasoned with herbs and garlic salt…. and the grand finale was this big dish of banana ice cream with granola bar. Not your typical meal but plenty of nutrients to be found. And very satisfying.
Don’t over-complicate your food or your meals. Keep everything simple and eat real food. It may not be what you have grown up eating or what your friends eat. You may have to get back in your kitchen and make more of your own food. It may take a little practice to change some old habits but keep working at it and you will get there.