Saturday, 17 May 2014

Basic Banana 'Ice Cream'


Banana 'ice cream' (a.k.a. 'nana ice cream' or 'nice cream') is one of my absolute favourite meals! Watching chunks of frozen banana magically transform into a creamy and refreshing dessert-like concoction is incredible and I still can't get over the fact that it genuinely does look like soft serve ice cream, with the texture to match. Of course it doesn't taste exactly like regular ice cream as the banana flavour does come through but if you're like me and adore bananas then it's a perfect replacement for regular, non-vegan-friendly ice cream that's full of refined sugar and ingredients that most of us have never heard of! But this way you can enjoy a bowl of 'ice cream' knowing that you're nourishing your body in the process; I mean, who wouldn't want to eat ice cream for breakfast?





Ingredients
Serves 1
  • 4 ripe frozen bananas* 
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk** 
  • That's it!

* everything tastes better with ripe bananas and they're a lot easier for your body to digest. Peel and chop them into bite-sized pieces before freezing them. You can also use more than 4 if you want a larger meal, we all have different nutritional needs!
** you may be able to use less liquid (or even none at all) depending on the strength of your food processor. Mine is quite small so I need a bit of liquid to help get everything moving.


Method

Put the frozen banana chunks into your food processor - you may want to leave them for about 10 minutes before you start blending so it's easier for your processor to break them up. Add your non-dairy milk (if using) then blend the bananas until they're a smooth and creamy consistency (it usually takes 8 - 10 minutes for me). You may need to stop the motor every minute or so to make sure your food processor doesn't overheat and to break the banana up a bit with a spoon to ensure it all blends in properly - you don't want to take a mouthful and find a big chunk of frozen banana! Once it's smooth transfer it into a bowl and marvel at the wonder that is banana ice cream. 


The recipe is as simple as that! There are so many different flavour possibilities and I'll be posting some of my favourites very soon.
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4 comments

  1. No offence or anything at all but isn't eating four bananas a lot of fruit? I'm afraid my sugar levels will go too high. Please give me advice :)

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    1. Personally it's not a lot of fruit for me but everyone is different - some people may find it to be too much and some may find it to be too little! I'm not an expert on nutrition but I've read that even though fruit contains sugar (fructose) it also contains fibre which slows down the body's absorption of the sugar; this means that when you eat fruit your blood sugar levels won't go ridiculously high in a short amount of time. But I think the best advice I can give you is to listen to your body! If you feel fab after eating four bananas then you're obviously doing something right :) I hope this answered your question properly! xxx

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    2. You can make with just one banana if you want a smaller serve - works just as well and just as nice :) I am eating it now and it is fantastic :)

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    3. i eat over 10 bananas a day xD

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