Banana Ice-cream

Do you love bananas? What about berries?

Have you been missing ice-cream or feeling like some frozen yoghurt?

If so, this might be the recipe for you! This Banana Ice-cream is an oldie but a goody; it can be made using only bananas, makes a good snack-sized portion with a matching snack-sized calorie count and it can be easily modified without blowing your calorie allowance.

banana (1 of 1)-2Cut your bananas into coins and lay them out in a tray on some baking paper.

banana (1 of 1)-4Layer them as high as you want with baking paper between each layer plus one more sheet on top. Leave them in the freezer either for a few hours or overnight.

When you take them out of the freezer leave them to thaw for about 5 minutes because they stick to the paper a bit. If you have children I think that peeling the coins of banana off the paper would be a good task to get them involved.

banana (1 of 1)-6For each serving I have used 120g of banana (weighed as coins), which is 110 calories and about 1.5 bananas worth. I encourage you to check the Calorie Counter tool for yourselves as well.

banana (1 of 1)-7At first it will look a bit like this, the real labour involved in this recipe is having to turn your blender off about a dozen times to push the banana back down off the sides. Please be careful here! Turn your blender off at the wall or take it off its stand if it makes you a bit more comfortable. If you have an ‘ice’ function don’t worry about using it; I thought I would need mine but in the end the faster blades just flung the banana straight to the sides, where the lower speeds actually churned it a bit first.

banana (1 of 1)-8The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it a little bit chunky or keep blending until it goes really smooth and creamy.

banana (1 of 1)-9This is what it looked like straight out the blender. At this stage it does just taste a bit  like cold, mushed up bananas; it’s nice like this but if you can leave it in the freezer just for a couple of hours the texture, and even the flavour, changes. It becomes much more like ice-cream. I thought that perhaps you could make it before lunch/dinner and let it sit in the freezer until dessert or afternoon tea time?

Note: I’ve been looking for an excuse to use this bowl and spoon for so long! I bought it earlier in the year as a bit of a nostalgic impulse-buy from the supermarket, I think it is the cutest thing ever but I’ve had no reason to pull it out of the cupboard. So thanks!

banana (1 of 1)-10I then made a chocolatey variation by adding half of a sachet of Jarrah hot chocolate (full sachet of Frothy Classic: 45 cals). I didn’t mind the flavour of this one even though I thought it had a little more of a coffee flavour than chocolate.

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banana (1 of 1)-14After initially tasting it, I left this batch in the freezer for about 24 hours. It was rock solid when I pulled it out so I popped it into the microwave for 10 seconds and it was perfectly pliable, and the texture was very similar to ice-cream at this stage.

banana (1 of 1)-12This is the final variation that I put together, with 50g of frozen berries (22 calories) and 1 teaspoon of plain, low fat yoghurt (4 calories).

banana (1 of 1)-13This variation was a little bit too runny straight out the blender so I popped it into the freezer while we had lunch. It tasted just like berry frozen yoghurt.

You could make batches as big or small as you like then weigh them out, though I think it would be harder to blend a batch much smaller than 100g. I would recommend freezing them in smaller, or individual, portions if possible as well.

Other variation ideas:

  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Peanut butter
  • Roasted bananas
  • Coconut
  • Coffee

It’s fairly limitless and the flavour changed quite a bit with each variation that I tried.

I hope that you might give it a go!

What have your favourite snacks been so far on the 12WBT?

~ ediblesandemily