I can’t remember where I first saw this recipe, but it is all over the healthy/vegan recipe blogs. Our family is (mostly) dairy-free, and a summer without ice cream is just wrong. Sure, there is a lot of pre-made dairy-free ice cream on the market, but it’s expensive, and now it’s soooo easy to make your own healthy version.
All it takes is one ingredient: frozen bananas. That’s it! Well… plus any flavourings you want. The consistency is that of soft serve ice cream. Yes, there is always that underlying banana flavour, but it works well with many ice cream flavours, hence the banana split, and I don’t think it’s very overpowering.
When I first saw this recipe, I thought it was too good to be true. How could I have gone this long without knowing about this? I had to try it for myself. I got out my trusty food processor and some frozen bananas, and minutes later, I had what looked to be soft serve ice cream. I added some cocoa powder and a spoon of peanut butter, blended some more, and scooped it out into bowls for Nicholas and myself. One taste and I was a believer. It’s awesome, and I can tell Nicolas agrees, because he finished his bowl too.
I made it again the following night for Isaac to see if it would pass the husband test. He complained that I didn’t give him a large enough serving; I would say that’s a pass!
A big thank you to whoever first figured out that frozen bananas turn into ice cream!
Here are the measurements I used:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream
Makes 2 servings
- 2 frozen bananas, peeled (thawed at room temp for about 10 mins)
- 2-3 tsp cocoa powder
- 2-3 tsp natural peanut butter
- Place bananas in food processor and blend until mostly smooth
- Add cocoa powder and peanut butter and continue blending until soft-serve consistency
- Scoop into 2 bowls and enjoy!
Try experimenting with flavours to create your own. Anything goes; Strawberries, hazelnuts, vanilla, etc. Please share any interesting flavour combinations you’ve tried in the comments section.