Thursday, February 18, 2010
It is amazing how I can look up some recipes and make them the exact same day, while other recipes I will put in my “try it” pile and it is days, weeks, or even a month before I give them a try.
The recipe I tried today was one of those that I have known about for more than a month and yet I just never took the time to actually make it. I found it on Spark Recipes and it is actually by Coach Stepfanie. You can find the original recipe here:
I read some of the reviews and did add a couple of things. It was really good! I can’t wait to try a number of the variations mentioned in the reviews.
You start off with four bananas.
Chop them up and freeze overnight. (I forgot to take a picture until I had already blended everything so I took a picture of another frozen banana I had in the freezer).
I pulsed it in my food processor a few times to break up the chunks some more. Then I added about an eighth of a cup of water and a teaspoon of vanilla and blended it until it reached a soft-serve consistency.
I dished it into four portions and put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden up. It isn’t exactly like soft-serve ice cream, but it was kinda close. I decided to top mine with about an 1/8 of a teaspoon of cinnamon. Then I mixed in how much I wanted with each bite.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of eating ice cream out of a dish. I very much prefer eating it directly out of a sugar cone. But, I know that the whole point of making banana “ice cream” is to have a much healthier dessert! I will definitely make it again (and I’ll try another portion tomorrow) and see if there is any way I could use it as a dessert since I love ending my day with a little something sweet. It is the calmest part of my day and I truly enjoy it! And right now my guilty pleasure is slow churned ice cream. I am absolutely in love with it!
The problem with it? Yup, full of chemicals. Even “natural” ice creams are full of much more sugar than I need. I have read people use just eat a piece of chocolate or something else that’s small. But that is just not me! I need a dessert that I can savor and takes me awhile to eat. An ice cream cone can last me a good 20 minutes. And I know one day, when I finally become a mom, I won’t be able to always savor something for that long!
Are you as crazy about sweets as me? Or are you a salt person?