Comfort Food Hack: Guilt-Free Healthy Ice Cream!

IceCream
This is the MOTHER of all dessert hacks. Making this recipe is like performing a magic trick. Right before your eyes, the simple banana will turn into creamy and delicious ice cream! No other ingredients are necessary! That’s right, CREAMY and delicious ice cream from a single healthy ingredient – the potassium, serotonin, and fiber-rich banana! Not only that, this treat is quick and easy and requires no special equipment (just a food processor or a blender). This recipe is even kid-approved and that’s saying something – it’s hard to trick please those little buggers. Now you’ve found a delicious dessert that you can even serve to that dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, no added sugar, low-fat, paleo friend of yours!

I had forgotten about this recipe but recently remembered my health-nut Grandma serving me banana ice cream mixed with coconut when I was visiting her during a hot Washington summer. I was about 6 years old and I thought it was the best thing ever. I assumed that a blended banana would be flaky or icy like other frozen fruit. But thanks to it’s high pectin content, it makes creamy rich ice cream.

Okay, without further ado, this is how you do it.

1) Peel and cut bananas into thick slices and freeze for at least 2 hours, but ideally 8-10 hours (I just keep frozen bananas in my fridge and use them when I want them).

2) Place frozen banana slices in food processor (I use about 2-3 bananas worth, but it will depend on the size of your food processor). Blend!

3) Keep blending! At first the banana will start to look crumbly and slushy and you will start to doubt the magic. Keep blending and scraping down the food processor. If you are getting antsy and wish to add a little splash of milk, go ahead (but it’s not necessary). Eventually it will come to a nice creamy consistency of soft serve ice cream! Blend for a few seconds longer to aerate the ice cream. Add in any flavorings at this point and either serve immediately or put in airtight containers to freeze for a more hardened traditional ice cream. My preference is the soft serve texture. I think it tastes creamier this way…and also you then get to eat it immediately! Instant gratification!

Mix in ideas:

Peanut butter (or PB2)
Chocolate chips
Raspberries
Strawberries
Oreos
Nuts
Marshmallows (Rocky Road anyone?)
Nutella
Cookie butter
Cocoa powder
Coffee
Cocoa & Coffee (Mocha)
Vanilla extract
Peppermint extract
Pumpkin pie spice
Cinnamon
Cinnamon & Nutmeg
Cardamom
Ginger

Flavors in the photo above from front to back are as follows: coffee, peanut butter & chocolate, cinnamon & nutmeg, strawberry, and vanilla bean. All are shown in the re-frozen state.

Other flavors I’ve made are:

Raspberry (shown soft serve style).

RaspIceCream

Raspberry & chocolate (soft serve).

ChocoRaspIceCream

Pumpkin pie spice (one of my personal favorites). This one got left for a bit and melted before I took the photo but it was still deeeee-licious!

PumpkinPieIceCream

If you want to be slightly naughty, drizzle with chocolate sauce and dust with almonds. Or put a scoop on a cone and dip it in chocolate. The chocolate hardens nicely. This one I just did a chocolate drizzle on.

Cone

I think this magic ice cream would be so good in ice cream sandwiches. I love ice cream sandwiches. My next Comfort Food Hack perhaps…

Try this ice cream out and send me any new and delicious flavors you come up with! Happy guilt-free ice-cream eating, Y’all!