Ah ice cream. One of life’s pleasures. Unfortunately it comes at the cost of a lot of animal suffering, not to mention it isn’t that great for us humans either. Even the vegan versions are sugar-laden; I can pack away an entire pint of Ben n Jerry’s non-dairy peanut butter and cookies, but you can bet in a day or two my face is breaking out like crazy.
So what’s a girl to do when we need that creamy goodness?! (Not like that)
We turn to bananas! (Omg NOT LIKE THAT. Jeez)
Bananas, for whatever reason, when frozen and then blended end up with a fluffy, whipped, creamy texture that just perfectly replicates ice cream. It does tend to melt a little faster, and you have to eat all of it in one sitting because it does NOT keep well, but who cares?! There’s no added sugar and the animals will thank you. It’s a win-win! Plus if you have kids, they won’t be bouncing off the walls after snack time/dessert. Win-win-win!
Wow, what a time to be alive.
Here are some things I’ve learned through accidents and trial and error.
- Absolutely do NOT just throw the bananas in with the peel still on. It’s nearly impossible to remove it after they’ve been frozen, and it’s just a headache and a mess you won’t want to deal with, I promise.
- I recommend cutting up the bananas before freezing them, but you can also break them apart right before blending if you want.
- I also recommend letting the bananas sit out for about 5-10 minutes before you blend them, especially if your blender isn’t super high powered. This isn’t as important if you’re using a food processor though.
- A food processor is PROBABLY easier. But I personally have had a food processor and I probably used it about once a month, so I couldn’t justify letting the thing take up all that cabinet space. If you’re like me, the blender should serve you just fine.
Okay, now you have some pro-tips, let’s do the thing.
Banana Nice Cream – Serves 2-ish
- 3 bananas, frozen
- any and all toppings you’d like to add (totally optional) – I’ve used sprinkles just for fun, and chocolate chips are also good, but if you’re here for the “no sugar-no guilt” train, the ice cream on its own is just as good
If you’ve cut up your bananas before freezing them, pop them into the blender and go to town. If not, you may want to let them sit on the counter for a few minutes and then break them apart.
It’ll seem like it’s not working at first, the banana chunks will all be bouncing around like crazy, but they’ll settle down in a minute. Just bear with it, and eventually you’ll start to get a smoother consistency. You will likely have to scrape down the sides a few times as you go along.
Once blended to a consistency you like, scoop the ice cream into bowls and add toppings if you want. 3 bananas should be good for 2 people to have a rice bowl-sized amount, but I won’t judge you if you want to hoard it all to yourself. I’ve done it. Go for it.