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Quick and Easy “Ice Cream” with Frozen Bananas

June 7, 2012

This was a delicious experiment back in August, but I think the experimenting will continue – I can see lots of fun variations on this theme.  It’s really surprising  how well pureed frozen bananas can mimic the creamy texture of ice cream.

Make no mistake, though – although this is significantly healthier than ice cream, it’s not like it’s calorie-free or even super low on calories.  That’s the trouble with tasty foods, they actually have calories.  Yeah, yeah, fruit, vegetables, celery, negative calories, bla bla bla.  I hear you, but you sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher.

Anyway, this is also a great use of extra bananas, so it also suits our general waste not, want not philosophy.

 

“Chunky Monkey” Faux Ice Cream

(Barely) adapted from Pennies on a Platter (who adapted it from Kitchen Simplicity)

  • 3 ripe (but not overripe) bananas
  • 1/4 cup walnuts or pecans or even almonds
  • Large handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 – 3 TBSP Nutella or peanut butter
Chop the bananas into one to two inch slices.  No need for them to be pretty.  Chop the nuts roughly. Put the banana chunks in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.  Add the nuts and chocolate chunks and pulse several times, until thoroughly mixed.  Or, accidentally forget to make these two different steps, put it all in a blender, puree it all together, and wind up with slightly less chunky ice cream.  No big deal, really.

 

Add in the Nutella or peanut butter.  This is allegedly an optional ingredient, but I don’t want to know you if you can resist the impulse to add Nutella to things.  Stir until well-blended and eat up.  If you want to save some of the “ice cream” or serve it later, store it in the freezer.

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