When Life Hands You Bananas, Make Ice Cream! Seriously!
November 9, 2017 2:21pm CST
If I hadn't decided to try this myself, I never would have believed it. I came across this awhile back while looking for other ways to use bananas, but I was skeptical. Plus, the recipe, if you can call it that, required the use of a food processor, and all I have is one of those small Ninja choppers that holds just 2 cups. Still, I was curious. So the other day, I got a small sandwich bag of sliced bananas out of the freezer and tried it. And the results were as magical as the recipe directions had stated. Start by peeling and slicing 2 partially-ripened bananas. Place them in a freezer container or resealable bag and freeze for a couple of hours or overnight. The next day, take them out of the bag and place them in a food processor with the chopper blade installed. That's it. No other ingredients are called for at this stage, but I'll get to that later. Start by pulsing the banana slices until they fall apart and start to come together like a loose dough, which should take about 30 seconds. Once that happens, continue pulsing. And all of a sudden, the mixture will turn into the consistency of real ice cream. I kid you not. This really does happen. At this point, stop the processor and either eat it right away or put it in a storage container and pop it in the freezer. The first time I made this, I used just the bananas. And while the final product did have the same exact creamy consistency of ice cream, it tasted, well, too banana-ey. The next time I made it, I added about 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and pulsed the "ice cream" a few more times, and voila! I had what has to be about the closest you can get to real ice cream without using any cream, sugar or any of the other ingredients that go into it. Like I said, I was totally skeptical at first. Nah...this isn't gonna work, I thought. But it does. And considering that all it takes is a couple of bananas, which are good for you, what's not to love? I just made some and will have it tonight as my evening snack. The next time I do it, I'm going to add a little chocolate syrup and see how that turns out! (Public Domain Image)
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I'm lazy so I just eat fresh ripe banana