Banana Ice Cream

The banana has gotten some bad press over the years and I want to clear up misconceptions.  While it is one of the sweetest fruits available, it is chock full of nutrients and minerals.  Bananas are a great “go to” when that sweet tooth is nagging you.

One little banana…

  • is loaded with potassium, a mineral helpful in maintaining blood pressure and cardiovascular health
  • contains natural sterols which help block the absorption of dietary cholesterol
  • contains Vitamin C and B6, for immune system support and energy
  • is low fat, with less than 4% of calories from fat
  • has natural fiber, 3 grams per banana, to help regulate digestion and thus keep blood sugar levels from spiking.
  • Did I mention portable and cheap?

Now that the weather is warming up, here is a healthy alternative to ice cream using bananas.

Banana Ice Creambanana ice cream

recipe by youmustlovefood edited by eatlivefit.net

SERVES 2-3 1/2 cup servings

TIME 10 minutes to mix; 2 to 3 hours in freezer

Ingredients

  • 6 very ripe bananas, peeled and cut into medallions
  • 1 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • sprinkle of chopped almonds, for topping (optional)
  • cinnamon stick, for garnish (optional)

Other Equipment

  • large resealable freezer bag and Blender or food processor

Directions

Put the bananas into a resealable airtight bag and freeze for at least 3 hours or overnight. Place the bananas into a food processor or blender along with the almond milk, vanilla, and ground cinnamon and blend until smooth (this may take a few minutes). Scoop into dishes and top with almonds, and garnish a cinnamon stick.  If you want a thicker texture like traditional ice cream, place blend back into the resealable bag and freeze for up to 3 hours.

 

3 thoughts on “Banana Ice Cream

  1. Fabulous! I was just debating these facts with a friend who has diabetes type 2.. But he says they are terrible for him! So crazy I told him small doses…

    Take care, Kelley

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  2. This is AMAZING! Every night I freeze bananas for a smoothie. Instead of having a smoothie, we just made this! We all loved it here at my house and what a great treat today when it’s quite warm out! I’ve been eating some more bananas though lately and I’ve put on some pounds. 😦 Sometimes I wonder if I’ve been eating too much fruit and that’s why I’ve gained weight? I’ve gained six since February and I’ve been sort of bummed about it because it seems like I am doing “everything right”.

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    • Glad you liked it. Our bodies are all different, so try cutting back on some of the fruit and substitute in some servings of vegetables in place..I know, not as sweet. Try two servings of fruit a day for a few weeks, a good amount to cut back to initially. I put oranges and apples in our salads all the time to make them a touch sweeter and typically you get more veggies than fruit in a bowl then. Keep me posted once you try this.

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