Frozen Banana Ice Cream!

Posted on: April 10th, 2011 by veggiebeauty 4 Comments

The weather is finally starting to get warmer out, and the ice cream parlors are starting to open again. With so many dairy filled temptations, how does a vegan resist the urge to eat ice cream? The great thing is we don’t have resist, we can make our own! You don’t need a fancy ice cream maker to make this ice cream, just frozen bananas!

When bananas start to turn, slice them up and freeze them in a resealable container. Whenever you want a cool frozen treat, stick some of these sliced frozen bananas in the blender with whatever ingredients you’d like to mix with it.

Options

  • Sunspire Organic Dark Chocolate Chips (Can be found at Hy-Vee in the Heath Market)
  • Organic Cocoa Powder
  • Agave Nectar
  • Orange Juice
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Walnuts
  • Cherries (de-pitted of course)
  • Peanut Butter
The sky is the limit as far as what you can put in your banana ice cream. This is a great option for those of you on a diet as well, because it has very little fat as opposed to normal dairy based ice cream. Also natural sugars are much healthier for your body than processed sugars.

Here’s one of my favorite simple frozen banana ice cream recipes:

  • 3/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 TB Agave nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup soy milk (or any non-dairy milk of your choosing)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen bananas

Simply blend all of these ingredients together in either a blender or food processor. It couldn’t be more simple or delicious and it tastes similar to an Orange Julius! The taste of the banana isn’t as overpowering as you’d think either. Depending on what you pair the bananas with, you can either emphasize their taste, or diminish it (using peanut butter pretty much eliminates the taste of the bananas).

Health Fact:
Bananas contain tryptophan, which is an amino acid that can convert to seratonin, which can lead to improved mood. Other health benefits: high in iron, high in fiber, and high in potassium which helps prevent heart problems,

Play around with different recipes, see what you like, and enjoy your guilt-free ice cream treat!

 

4 Responses

  1. Jen says:

    Looks delicious. I’d love to see some photographs :)

  2. I heard that alot of a bananas nutrients are in the peel are they safe to eat?…

    even if they dont taste good?….

    • veggiebeauty says:

      I personally would never eat the banana peel, I just enjoy the nutrients in the main fruit:) I would assume its safe to eat, but I’m guessing it would be very bitter.

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