This simple recipe uses bananas as the base, sweetener, and creamy component to homemade ice cream, and you don’t even need an ice cream maker! I added chocolate and a spoonful of vanilla extract for an especially lovely treat. But you can literally make it a one ingredient ice cream by simply using bananas. It doesn’t get more simple then that! And it really is yummy! Sweet and creamy, you’d never guess how simple it was to make.
Because it is such a simple method (basically blending frozen bananas), it is easy to experiment with different ingredients. Why not make a strawberry banana version, or add peanut butter to the chocolate version? I can see this going a lot of different ways.
Sometimes you want something sweet, but you don’t want to eat something store-bought (and unhealthy), but also don’t want to put a lot of work into it. Well, it is easy to throw this together, you just need to make sure you have frozen bananas on hand.
Speaking of which, you should make sure you freeze them in their prime ripeness; Not when they are overly ripe, not when they have any green left on them. It makes a difference, believe me.
The other great thing about this method is that it works well for GAPS. For earlier stages, you can just make it with plain bananas (which is still quite tasty!). But cocoa powder is allowed on the full diet, as long as you tolerate it well.
Finally, I did make a board for Simple Healthy Food on my Pinterest page, as I mentioned I might in my post sharing my simple menu plan. You are welcome, as always, to re-pin any ideas you like from here and spread the word about simple, yet nourishing food. And, I couldn’t resist making a pinterest friendly photo. Pinterest readers, let me know what you think of the below format.
Simple Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
3 frozen, peeled ripe bananas
2 tablespoons of high quality cocoa powder (full-fat is recommended)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Milk of choice, if needed, to help with the blending process
1. In a food processor or powerful blender, blend the bananas, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract, until smooth. If needed, drizzle in milk of choice to make a creamy texture. Don’t add too much however, or it will turn into a thick smoothie. If your bananas weren’t very sweet for whatever reason, you can add a little sweetener.
2. Serve right away for a soft serve texture. Or place in a lidded container and freeze for an hour or two (not more) to harden.