(Healthy) Ice Cream Magic!

As soon as I no longer need to wear mittens, all I can think about is ICE CREAM! Oh... the lovely, velvety, sweet, cold feel of ice cream on a hot (or relatively mild) day. I could eat it everyday. The problem is that I don't really like the list of ingredients that go into most iced treats. And they don't usually agree with my stomach - or with my hips, for that matter. 

But!

Bananas to the rescue! My freezer is always stocked with frozen bananas. 

They are sweet and creamy and versatile. They are packed full of fibre, potassium and vitamin C. As if you needed an excuse to love them even more.

I know, some of you out there are going to think that their taste is too strong to make ice cream... Try it first, and then we'll talk! I've know folks who've proclaimed they *hate* bananas and *love* this ice cream. Plus! It's so incredibly quick and easy to make! Whoever thought of this first is a genius. 

What are you waiting for? (You can thank me later)

Raspberry, Chocolate Banana Ice Cream, serves 2 or 3 (and lots of flavour variations below)

  • 1 1/2 medium frozen bananas 
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chunks (or chips, or whatever you have on hand)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup unsweetened milk (almond, cashew, hemp...)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • pinch of salt (trust me)

Place bananas, milk, vanilla and salt in blender or food processor and blend just until smooth. Start with 1/2 a cup of milk, and add more as needed. Add raspberries and chocolate. Pulse until just blended, leaving a few chunkier bits for texture.

Spoon ice cream into 2 or 3 small bowls (ah, who am i kidding - it's always only two bowls for me!) and enjoy! If it's a bit on the runny side, place bowls in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

Yup. It's THAT easy!

Variations

  • Strawberry Chocolate: 1 1/2 bananas, 2 Tbsp cacao powder, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries (rest of the recipe stays the same). For this one, I like to put everything together from the start and blend well!

  • Peanut (or Almond) Butter and Chocolate: use 2 whole bananas, 2Tbsp of cacao powder, 1 1/2 Tbsp of nut butter (rest of the recipe stays the same, but omit the vanilla). Throw everything in the blender at the same time!

  • Coconut and Cardamom: use 2 whole bananas, 1 tsp of cardamom, replace the nut or seed milk with real coconut milk, not coconut drink (rest of the recipe stays the same). It all goes in at the same time!

  • Blueberry, Cinnamon and Vanilla: 1 1/2 bananas, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 tsp of cinnamon, up the vanilla to 3/4 tsp (rest of the recipe stays the same). Throw it all in, blend it and eat it!

The sky is the limit. Explore, experiment, and share! I'd love to hear about your favourite combos!