Engineer, Girly Girl, and I wanted a cool treat on a hot Friday afternoon last week. We had popsicles, but those just didn’t appeal to us very much. Then I remembered reading about using frozen bananas to make something akin to ice cream (but without all the sugar and dairy). So, off we went to experiment!
I first read about using frozen bananas to make “ice cream” in Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Check out his website here at Disease Proof. Thanks to Pinterest, I also found a recipe like this at Use Real Better.
We began by grabbing some ripe bananas out of the fruit bowl. I think this recipe would work very well those over-ripe bananas that we sometimes end up with. I cut the bananas up into chunks of about 1/2-inch before freezing them. I figured this would make it easier to blend once they were frozen.
Then I popped the banana slices into baggies and placed them in the freezer. It worked best for me to have a single layer of the banana slices so I could lay the baggies flat inside the freezer. Each baggie represents one medium banana — that way, I could portion those babies out.
I think Dr. Fuhrman’s recipe suggests freezing the bananas for at least a day, but we weren’t patient enough to do that. We ended up leaving them in the freezer for just a few hours. They were frozen well enough by that point. I grabbed two baggies and put the frozen slices into my food processor.
Engineer and Girly Girl were excited to help out with the food processing. Apparently, it was a little noisy for them!
We added some chocolate peanut butter (about a tablespoon) to the bananas and mixed it up again. Then came the taste-testing! Engineer was a gentleman and made sure Girly Girl got the first spoonful.
Engineer loved it, while Girly Girl didn’t care for it as much after the first few bites.
I thought it was delicious, but the consistency wasn’t quite right. For the next batch, we added a splash of almond milk and that made all the difference. It was so delicious! Engineer and I will definitely be making more . . . as soon as we get more bananas!