Hopping on the Band Wagon

ice cream

I’ve seen this ‘recipe’ around the internet, and there’s even a device you can buy if you want, rather than using a food processor.  I decided to give it a try, as I had some very ripe bananas, Ted is cutting back on his dairy, and we have some vegan friends who might enjoy this.  So here goes…One Ingredient Ice Cream, or, more truthfully, frozen banana puree.

  1. Slice a very ripe (but not TOO far gone) banana into 1 inch or less coins.
  2. Put sliced banana in a freezer bag or other airtight container, and freeze overnight, or at least four hours.
  3. Put frozen banana slices into food processor, and blend away.  At first it will look like frozen shards of banana, but if you stick with it, they will smooth out into a creamy batch of banana, the same consistency as soft serve ice cream.  If you want to add other ingredients, now is the time.  Peanut butter, cocoa powder, Nutella, whatever floats your boat.  Clearly, this will make it two ingredient ice cream, or however many things you add, but that’s between you and your brain to figure out.
  4. Pour into airtight containers and freeze to set.  You can skip this step and just eat it creamy and soft if you so choose.

Guess what?  It doesn’t taste like ice cream.  It tastes like bananas.  But it’s sweet and creamy and cold.  I made mine with chocolate syrup added in the mix, then more chocolate syrup and some nuts to serve.  It tasted like a banana split.  I don’t think anyone would say, “Ice cream?  No, I’d rather have a frozen banana.”  But if you have some really ripe bananas you want to do something with, or if you are making dessert for a vegan, this could work. Give it a try if you’re into such things.

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4 thoughts on “Hopping on the Band Wagon

  1. Elizabeth has been asking to make this for a few years (bad mom). There is a short between show segment on one of the kid channels that shows a family making it. They refer to it with its Spanish name.

    • Cherry, bring her over and I’ll give her some of ours. Or I’ll make it fresh with her, she’s a good kitchen helper!

  2. I’ve seen this “recipe” too. I’m glad that you tried it and confirmed what I suspected: it tastes like bananas. When you really want a scoop of ice cream, I say have a scoop of ice cream. Why mess around with faux ice cream! I’m a simple soul, aren’t I?

    • Ally Bean, I agree. This isn’t going to convince anyone to give up ice cream. But if you were lactose intolerant or vegan or something, it might be worth a try. For me, I’d rather have a good sorbet.

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