Thursday, May 24, 2007

Healthy "Ice Cream"



I thought of this while I was reading Carrien's blog, The Real Food Revolution. A reader wondered how to satistfy her craving for creamy, smooth, or fluffy treats.

This raw vegan "ice cream" has got to be the best kept secret of the vegan world. It makes my carnivorous husband nervous when I use the term vegan ("vegans are weird"), so I'll clarify that I'm not vegan or even vegetarian, but I do have a child with dairy and sugar sensitivities, so recipes like this one are a boon. Everyone in my family loves animal products of all kinds, but they also love this creamy, good-for-you treat. I have to credit my sis who first told me about it.

So you're wondering how to make it, right? (BTW, the picture really does not do it justice. It was snapped in haste.)

Peel and freeze a bunch of very ripe bananas. I freeze them on a cookie sheet so they don't stick together and then tranfer them to a ziploc bag.

When you're ready to make the "ice cream," chunk a couple frozen bananas up and blend in the blender with a little water or rice milk or whatever liquid you have on hand. Just pulse it slowly till it's nice and creamy, and I promise you, it will have the exact consistency of soft serve ice cream. You can eat it plain...Add a little vanilla...a glob of nut butter...a few frozen strawberries (as pictured)...a spoonful of carob powder...Lots of possibilities. Soooo yummy.

I was amazed at how good it was. We served this to friends the other night, and they tell me that their freezer is now full of frozen bananas, too. You don't have to be a health food nut to enjoy this.

By the way, Carrien also has a great post up about making the decision to eat right, which I needed today. I read it while I finished lunch...A hot dog, mac & cheese, and a cookie. Ahem!

7 comments:

Carrien said...

I'm off to buy bananas. I HAVE to try that. Thanks for sharing.

Gina said...

Hmmm...I actually HAVE frozen bananas, but they were WAY past their "sell by" date when I threw them in there. They WERE future banana bread, but will over-ripe bananas work just as well, do you think?

PS: Typing "banana" that many times in a row makes my fingers stutter!

Charity Grace said...

The riper the better!

Meredith said...

MMMM...
Thanks! Frozen mangoes have that same velvety texture when blended.

Erica said...

Hurray! I will be buying bananas and mangos as soon as I get home! Gabriel seems to be bothered when I have milk products and I've been suffering from ice cream with-drawls for 3 months now. lol I love bananas and mangos so I can't wait to try this!

Charity Grace said...

OK, mango is now on my grocery list...

TulipGrrl said...

Yuuuuum!


(Btw, I buy the "seconds" of bananas at my produce place all the time. I just peel them, put them in baggies in the fridge, and use them for shakes, banana bread, kiddo snacks, whatever. . . and super-ripe are yummy.)