Oh, the wonders of the internet never cease to amaze me. I had a bunch of bananas that look like this:
And since I am afraid of my oven (topic for another day), I can’t make banana bread so I googled “ripe banana recipes” and came up with this gem: 1 Ingredient Banana “Ice Cream”. Since I had the one ingredient, I gave it a try. Wow- we can’t wait for the next bunch of bananas to ripen. This is for bananas that are just beginning to turn, not the ones that are all brown.
Banana Ice Cream
Makes about 2 cups
You will need 3 or 4 ripe but not brown bananas. Just peel, slice them up and stick them in a ziploc bag and freeze at least 1-2 hours. (If you forget them overnight and they are frozen really hard, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw 10 minutes or pound them with a meat tenderizing hammer until they begin to break down a bit) Place them in your blender or food processor.
Process and Voila! The bananas will soon look like soft serve ice cream. You might have to stop and push them around a bit with a scraper but have patience, it will happen! If you are having trouble getting to look like ice cream, add cold water, one teaspoon at a time. I haven’t had to do this but your results might vary.
You can eat this immediately or place in a container and freeze until firm.
Top It Off Ideas
This low-cal goodie leaves room for some toppings. Each of the portions below will add 50 calories per serving:
- 3 vanilla wafer cookies
- 1 sugar cone (whole or broken into pieces)
- 2 teaspoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons natural peanut butter- I’m going to blend in peanut butter and chocolate chips next time.
- 1 ½ teaspoons chocolate-hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
- ½ cup diced mango
- 1 heaping tablespoon granola
- 1 ½ tablespoons shredded coconut
- 2 chocolate covered pretzels
- 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
If you want to keep the calories as low as possible, these are virtually calorie free:
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon
Why bananas? Compare this to your favorite ice cream and you’ll know why.
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Banana Nutrition Facts
- Vitamin C which is found in bananas, helps the body to defend and heal against infections.
- Not only are bananas rich in vitamin C, they also contain potassium. Potassium is a mineral that helps in the building of muscles and protein synthesis.
- A diet rich in potassium is said to reduce the risk of hypertension and stroke. As bananas are free from sodium and very rich in potassium, they can be included in the diet to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
- Bananas contain three natural sugars, sucrose, fructose and glucose, along with fiber. A banana thus gives an instant and substantial boost of energy.
- A banana contains vitamin B6, which helps in the synthesis of antibodies in the immune system.
- No other fruit contains more digestible carbohydrates than bananas. This is advantageous, because the body burns off calories from carbohydrate more easily and quickly than calories from fat or protein.