If you're a living, breathing human and you've ever laid eyes on Instagram, you probably already know about banana ice cream. At its core, this trendy dessert isn't really ice cream at all, but rather a creamy dairy-free dessert made of nothing but frozen bananas.
Aside from its obvious health benefits, one of banana ice cream's best assets is its flexibility. Healthy food bloggers feature mile-high piles of the stuff on the daily, in such gorgeous and creative flavor combinations that even the most devoted ice cream lover would consider giving it a try. The banana base can be mixed with anything you want -- chocolate, mangoes, blueberries, peanut butter (you'll see the latter two in the video above) -- so that even the biggest banana-flavor hater can find something to love. (And yes, strong flavor profiles like peanut butter and blueberry really do mask the flavor of the banana, for those banana haters out there.)
So how can you get on the banana train? It's simple. Follow the easy steps below, and then let us know about your favorite flavor combinations in the comments section.
HOW TO MAKE BANANA ICE CREAM
Makes 4 1-cup servings, or 2 monster servings
- Bunch of bananas (6-8 bananas)
- 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup peanut butter, or whatever else your heart desires
- Food processor
- Rubber spatula
- To freeze bananas: Peel and slice bananas into 1/2" rounds. Place in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for at least 2 hours. (If you plan to keep them in the freezer longer than 2 hours, store the already-frozen rounds in an airtight plastic freezer bag.)
- Pour frozen banana slices into a food processor. Pulse until the bananas are broken up.
- You'll need to regularly remove the lid of the food processor and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. Then continue to process the bananas. Note: You'll feel like the bananas will NEVER become creamy, but be patient. It'll eventually come together (like everything else in life, usually right when you feel like giving up.)
- Once the bananas are creamy, toss in your mix-ins and continue to blend until your mixture is completely creamy.
- Serve immediately. Do not attempt to re-freeze, because it won't have that same creamy consistency.
Video shot and edited by Eva Hill
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