Friday, January 11, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate 'Banice Cream'

Banice cream is a name I have completely made up but basically is 'ice cream' made from frozen bananas. If you love ice cream, but probably shouldn't be eating a bowl of it every night (guilty!), this is a great alternative. Using frozen bananas is a healthy way to create the ice cream texture, with plenty of flavor but severely lacking in calories. I created mine into a peanut butter chocolate flavor - but get creative and try any flavors you may enjoy.

Recipe yields 3 servings

3 ripe bananas, frozen
1 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp peanut butter

Freeze your bananas for a few hours or overnight. I figured this out after the fact, but it is better off to peel your bananas before you freeze them. It can be quite difficult to remove the peel when it is frozen. Once frozen, slice your bananas into 1/2" inch pieces.

Add banana pieces and cocoa powder to a food processor or blender. I used my nifty new KitchenAid immersion blender (another Christmas gift from Carmine!). It worked really well to smooth those frozen banana pieces into a 'soft serve' style ice cream texture.

Add in your peanut butter and continue to mix until well combined. At this point, it is ready to eat, but I chose to throw mine into the freezer for another 30 minutes to stiffen it up a bit.

Scoop into a serving bowl and enjoy your guiltless treat!

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