Hello moms! With the sun setting a bit later and days getting warm and lazy, are you and your families finding yourself craving for cold treats? How many of you find yourself guilty munching on ice-cream and feeling the heavy weight of guilt later in the day, and are exasperated that you’ve put on a pound or two just in time for beach-season? I know I have – we’ve all been there. But fear no more, I’m here to tell you about a healthy alternative to satisfy some serious cold-treat cravings. And what’s even better – adults and teens can eat freely without worrying about calories, and you can let your kids eat this “ice-cream” as much as they want without worrying too much about calories! (This is what I consider a legitimate double-whammy)
Believe it or not, ice-cream can be healthy! That’s right, with just a single ingredient, (that you most likely already have in your kitchen), you can turn your whole summer around for you and your family. Don’t be intimidated when I say that we’ll be making ice-cream. The beauty of this recipe is that it only takes one ingredient, and absolutely no special equipment will be needed. All you will need is a banana – no joke. The best feature about bananas is that they’re so versatile – besides eating them as is for an afternoon energy boost or easy breakfast-to-go, they can be used in so many recipes – you can add them to any baked goods to add moisture and creamy texture, dip them in chocolate for simple party favors, or turn them into ice-cream!
If you’ve never tried banana ice-cream, you’ve been missing out. It’s the perfect pick-me-up in the summer heat, and it is so guilt-free that there will be absolutely no qualms about eating a second (or even third) serving. To be honest, I was a bit surprised at the texture when I first tried it – with a consistency quiet similar to frozen custard, it is the creamiest, richest “ice-cream” you will make, I guarantee!
After a bit of experimenting – (because what else does a college student do on her summer break?) I’ve come up with a few combinations to add a pizazz factor and make your banana ice-cream even more addicting.
You will need:
(Are you starting to see why I’m so obsessed with this dessert, other than its delicious taste?)
Chop your banana into ½-1 inch pieces and place them in a plate. Pop them in your freezer for at least an hour. Once your banana slices are frozen, throw them in a blender and blend away. Blend until smooth, then abracadabra – banana ice-cream!
If you’ve got an insatiable sweet-tooth like me, I recommend adding a tablespoon of peanut butter, Nutella, or honey to sweeten it just a bit. For extra texture, add in berries, nuts, chocolate chips (I personally LOVE adding dark cocoa nibs), or coconut flakes.
Note: I’ve tried this recipe with other fruit, and blending it with other fruit like mangoes, strawberries, or cantaloupe is absolutely divine.
If you try this recipe, please leave a comment and let me know what your favorite “pizzaz” is – I would love to try out new ideas!