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Homemade Banana Ice Cream

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Confession time: I do not always bathe in chocolate and peanut butter. I know, I know, if you have read my blogs recently they have definitely taken on a sweeter tone. Sweet as in CANDY! But I promise I do eat other things. They just aren’t as tasty as chocolate…

And I think I figured out why my “recipes to try” folder has exploded. Ok, it hasn’t exploded yet, but it’s bursting at the seams! If e-mail folders had seams….
See, I don’t like the idea of making up a huge dish only to have it bomb. I don’t want to rely on something for dinner and then find myself with something inedible. So it’s been a lot easier to try recipes for snacks or desserts. I can always throw together a different snack, and dessert isn’t necessary. (Ok, so it is necessary in my world, but I ALWAYS have backups.)

And I also haven’t touched upon my dairy reduction lately, because…well I haven’t done so great! I have completely cut out regular milk and cheese. But in all honesty, I rarely ever ate cheese, and I hate milk. Unsweetened coconut milk is a great swap. And if you can handle it unsweetened almond milk is so much tastier. Yes, there isn’t as much calcium or protein, but that can be made up elsewhere. But I still haven’t been able to cut out Greek yogurt completely. I haven’t found a good substitute and it does provide a good portion of my protein.

I wish I could say I was writing this blog because I had finally made something savory for once. Yeah…I wish. But I do have another dessert/snack recipe. Because we all need more of those…right?

That doesn’t quite look like dessert, does it? Maybe it looks like guacamole, but I assure you, it is sweet and quite delicious. I was a little concerned as to whether blending avocado with a little vanilla coconut milk and banana soft serve would actually taste good or not. But when Averie posted this, I figure I should at least try it out. www.loveveggiesandyoga.c

I made banana soft serve first. So simple, and amazing all on its own. Just blend up frozen banana in your food processor. You can add a little milk for a thinner consistency or add vanilla extract, cinnamon, anything you want!

Then I added the avocado for its creamy boost.

Blended that all together and it looked…green. Okay, I am a bit better about green foods since my favorite vegetable is broccoli and I drink green monster smoothies pretty much daily. But still, green ice cream? I wasn’t sure.

On the day I was trying this out I had the benefit of having two little ones over. One of my nieces and one of my nephews were spending the day with Aubrey and I and I figured if they liked it, then it was probably going to be good.

They approved! In fact, they gobbled it up and wanted more. If that isn’t a good sign, I don’t know what is. And after I tried it, I realized why they liked it so much. The banana and vanilla coconut flavors melded quite well with the creamy avocado.

I felt bad when it was all gone, because that they did not approve of that!

I think I can hear them saying “Why did you eat the rest of the ice cream? *Sniff* The whole thing was supposed to be for us.”

Sorry cuties. Another time!
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    I also went dairy free when I cut out gluten. Wow, what a drastic change. I'm not so keen on cheese either (although I DO love mexican food and pizza!) I loved the greek yogurt too. The best yogurt substitute I have found is the coconut milk yogurt by So Delicious. It's no where near as nutritious but it's a good consistency. Almond yogurt is a little gelatinous and rice milk yogurt is way to sweet and thin. I cut out soy so I haven't tried that kind.
    I do get pretty excited when I hit up the icecream case and find the So Delicious or Luna & Larry's coconut icecream! It's delicious!
    2408 days ago
    Love it! Sounds so easy, I just have to try it.
    2429 days ago
  • *AMBER512
    It is delicious! It comes together pretty quickly, really just keep blending until it reaches the consistency you want. So anywhere from 2-5 minutes of blending. And then if you want it to be more of an ice cream texture, stick it in the freezer for a little while for it to harden some. I prefer the soft-serve consistency of it freshly made :)
    2429 days ago
    That looks very good. One question (maybe I missed it): how long did it take to make?
    2429 days ago
  • DNJEN471
    Sounds interesting... We make the banana cream all the time.... So I'll be brave and give it a whirl.
    2430 days ago
    I made this afternoon and oh boy i did not tell my family what is in it. No one noticed. :-) i told them this is Pistachios ice cream. I use to get Pistachios ice cream from Indian grocery store and that is green color. They eat my ice cream they thought i got it from Indian grocery store. I add Cardamom powder in it. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2430 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/28/2011 8:06:57 PM
    This sounds so good! I can't wait to try it!

    2430 days ago
    Amber, I was thinking the other day to make this ice cream. I am going to use almond milk. As i can not have milk.
    2430 days ago
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