I made us ice cream.
It was my first time. It was good.
ANYWAY. I just really couldn't figure out anything better to make for our last day of Vegan Week besides dessert. It's been a great week! I have lots more vegan ideas for us, so this is definitely not a one-time thing.
You blend it up, and BAM. Ice cream. Something about the composition of the fruit makes the pureed product really light and airy, like it's been whipped, and you can't tell that there's no cream or other additions in it.
I added some flavorings because I felt like it, but the plain version was delicious too. Ice cream for breakfast!
And flavorings. I went with these two initially, and then realized that there was ½ teaspoon of fake-nutella left because SOMEONE WHO LIVES WITH ME AND ISN'T A DOG apparently ate it and put the jar back in the cabinet.
Whatever. I think Nutella-flavored banana ice cream would be divine, but the ½ teaspoon of it with mostly peanut butter was REALLY good too.
I froze the bananas in their peel overnight, then microwaved them for 10 seconds each, cut off the ends, and made a slit down the middle and pulled away the peel. I think it'd be even faster to freeze peeled banana segments, but I was scared about them browning in the freezer. I'll try it that way next time and report back.
That's it. Seriously.
This takes awhile, and I think smaller chunks than what I had would have made things go a bit faster, but be patient - soon the bananas will become fluffy and super smooth and just magical. It really is a great trick.
Seriously. That's IT. So good, so easy.
I ate this right away, and then froze some for later. I like the right out of the processor method because the ice cream is SUPER soft but still frozen. After a while in the freezer it was hard and needed to sit awhile to soften.
The peanut butter flavor was my favorite. I can't stop thinking about it. I might eat it for dinner tonight.
Have a great weekend, everyone! Make this asap. Trust me.
Banana Ice Cream
- 4 ripe bananas frozen
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter optional
- Peel the bananas and cut into segments. Puree in a blender or food processor until very smooth and fluffy. Add peanut butter, if using.
- Serve immediately as desired, or freeze in a deli container for later use.
Shared with my weekend potluck peeps!