It’s National Ice Cream Month, woo hoo! Don’t ask me why I know that…I might have looked it up just for an excuse to eat more ice cream. But c’mon, it’s a celebration, peeps! There are 3 DQ’s within a 2 mile radius of my house, no kidding — what’s to stop me from celebrating at each of them? On a weekly basis?
This dessert. This dessert will stop me.
There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write on this blog. Think about it: 1) I found something I like better than ice cream, and 2) it’s BRD-approved.
But I was totally inspired by this absolutely delicious-looking recipe over at Pinch of Yum. Lindsay sneakily called it ice cream, but guess what? It’s not. It’s bananas.
Turns out blended frozen bananas have the same texture and silky-smoothness of ice cream. No, seriously. We actually have a similar recipe in our Thanksgiving Feast E-Cookbook, except ours is just bananas. The addition of a few simple ingredients — vanilla, cinnamon, salt — catapult this from “frozen banana dessert” to “craaaaazzzy good banana ice cream.”
Sans cream, of course.
I’m not joking about this. It’s cr-aaaaa-zzz-y good. And while you probably shouldn’t make it every day, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and all the times in between, blending up this breezy, easy-to-make dessert once a week is A-okay. Even on a non-free day.
And especially during National Ice Cream Month.
One thing though: you’ll need a high-powered blender to make this one. I broke out my Vitamix whilst Sarah laughed at the holy-crap look on my face. A Vitamix is like rolling in a 300C powered by a Hemi V-8, and even so, it took a bit of effort to get the creamy texture we needed. If you don’t have a Vitamix, you may have to settle for banana chunks in your banana ice cream.
It’s worth it, though. 🙂
- 4 frozen bananas (peel, cut into chunks, and freeze)
- 3 tbsp. all natural peanut butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- Shredded coconut for topping
- Melted peanut butter for topping
- Place bananas in your high powered blender and blend for 1-2 minutes until it's blended and creamy.
- Add peanut butter, vanilla, and cinnamon until all ingredients are blended well together.