Faced with a small mountain of organic, home-grown bananas, I’m trying to think of different ways to put them on the table. Years ago, I had a recipe for banana ice cream made with frozen bananas, raw cashews, dates and carob powder. The recipe is long lost, but I think I can duplicate it, more or less. This undertaking results in something so creamy and smooth, almost silken. And you can feel good eating it because it is so good for you — no sugar, eggs, or anything dairy. Just one ingredient: banana. Or just banana with nuts and dates added, or with toppings. You don’t even need an ice cream maker.
One Ingredient Banana “Ice Cream“
Puree 3 sliced, frozen bananas in food processor until creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Scrape down work bowl if banana builds up on the sides. Once creamy, process an additional minute for a mousse-like consistency. That’s it. Dish up and eat. The little specks in the photo look like vanilla seeds, but they aren’t — they are banana seeds.
If you want to get fancy, here are some easy toppings:
Blend one and one half tablespoons of agave syrup or honey with one tablespoon of cocoa powder. Spoon sauce over ice cream and top with chopped walnuts. Now it’s starting to look decadent.
Or, for a breakfast treat or snack, spoon granola over banana ice cream. Whoops — no photo for this one. I got too enthusiastic and ate it before I took a photo. A food blogger’s occupational hazard, I guess.
Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
- 3 frozen bananas, sliced or chopped
- 2 tablespoons agave syrup or honey
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Blend everything in food processor until smooth and creamy. Serve right away while its cold, but it won’t melt if you wait a while.
Deluxe Banana Ice Cream
- 3 frozen bananas, sliced
- 1/2 cup soft dates, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup raw cashews or walnuts
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Blend banana for one minute. Add remaining ingredients and blend 3-5 minutes until smooth. Or you can leave it a little chunky.
- Just look at this one-ingredient banana “ice cream” (boingboing.net)