I made this a while back for my husband and he really enjoyed it. I made it again yesterday for my mom. She was coming for dinner and is on a low fat diet. She LOVES dessert and I didn’t want her to miss out, so I whipped up a batch of this ice cream for her. If you like ice cream but don’t want all the fat and calories, this might be the recipe you’ve been waiting for.
4 bananas, just slightly overripe (brown spots good, completely black not so good)
- 2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter (option- thus 2 ingredient ice cream)
- 2 tsp. cocoa powder (Dutch process) (optional – thus 2 or 3 ingredient ice cream depending on peanut butter)
DO NOT FREEZE THE WHOLE BANANA.
Peel the bananas and slice them up into ¼ to ½ inch thick disks. Place the banana slices in the freezer for about an hour or until they’re frozen solid.
Put the frozen slices in a food processor and pulse. First they’ll start to resemble gravel, but keep going. The bananas soon turn into a frozen mush – at this point, start scraping the sides down (you’ll do this a lot). Or you could add a dash of milk since the liquid will help the blending. After a few minutes of stopping to scrape the sides down, the banana begins to blend into a creamy texture.
When the bananas look like whipped ice cream, you can add your mix-ins like peanut butter and/or cocoa powder, chocolate chips, toffee, raspberries, anything goes!
Straight out of the food processor, the ice cream is like soft serve. You can also freeze it for a firmer texture. It’s pretty hard (and therefore, brittle) when scooped immediately after removing it from the freezer. Give it a minute or two to soften up. Yield: 2 cups.
- I always have frozen bananas so I used those. It’s a little bit difficult to slice the bananas when they’re frozen, but I managed.
- I used my food processor like the recipe instructed but if you don’t have one, a mixer or Kitchen-Aid would probably work.
- I made it with the peanut butter and cocoa. Yummy!
- If you want photos of the ice cream making process, you can find them at http://userealbutter.com/2010/08/12/single-ingredient-ice-cream-recipe/ and/or http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-creamy-ice-cream-w-93414. Both of the links have great photos.