This recipe is probably the best thing I've discovered since -- I don't know -- ever? It might be ever. I'll let you know if I can think of something more deliciously easy and healthy. Probably not possible, since it's just... well... the one ingredient. Between this and
my other favourite treat, kale chips
, I'm not sure how I fit anything else into my day. [caption id="attachment_1879" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Deliciousness, thy name is banana ice cream."]
[/caption] I have no idea how banana magically turns into ice cream with nothing but a bit of blending, but I assure you, it does. This puts store-bought sorbet to shame and, to me, is on par with good-quality ice cream.
Here's how you make it:
- Slice bananas no thicker than 1/4-inch thick. (They can be just-ripe or overripe. It doesn't matter. Slightly firmer bananas give a whiter, creamier, more flavour-neutral effect. Riper ones will yield a deeper banana-ey flavour.)
- Freeze in a single layer on a tray lined with plastic wrap, waxed paper or parchment paper -- or in one layer in a resealable freezer bag, laid flat -- until solid, at least 6 hours. (I usually freeze them overnight.)
- Transfer to food processor.
- Whirl until creamy.
OK this last step needs some explanation. When you process the bananas, they'll first go sort of granular, then you'll start to notice it going a bit creamy near the edges. Once this happens, scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue to blend, scrape, blend, scrape, etc. until the whole thing is a smooth, silky, creamy, moussey dream. This whole process should take 3 to 4 minutes.
One word of warning:
don't try this in a blender. The blade isn't big enough to properly chop the bananas. It has to be a food processor.
You can switch up the flavour by adding another fruit, just as long as at least half of the mixture is banana. Here's a strawberry-banana version: [caption id="attachment_1880" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Is there anything this recipe can't do? The answer is no."]
[/caption] Try adding vanilla or other essence, citrus zest, spices or a drizzle of maple syrup. Or, fold in toasted nuts, coconut... even chopped chocolate! The possibilities are endless. Personally, I still love it plain. I guess I'm a purist. What about you? What are your favourite ice cream add-ins? How would you make this recipe your own?