Banana “Ice Cream”

By: Erica Strauss

I found myself- yet again with several (like 4 or 5) black bananas staring at me accusingly from atop the fridge. I already have probably 8 bananas in the freezer and another batch of banana bread just wasn’t going to cut it.  I heard about this recipe maybe 6 months ago, but never had the guts to try it:  Banana “ice cream” made from ONLY bananas! That’s right, dairy free, gluten free, sugar free banana ice cream. You are not even going to believe this until you try it . When the frozen banana is blended it becomes creamy just like ice cream!

This “ice cream” had a very distinct banana flavor by itself (duh it’s made with JUST banana), which was a little strong for us, so our family topped our “ice cream” with a little hershey’s syrup. There are also several different mix in ideas out there if you google “Banana Ice Cream”.  Some ideas I read about were peanut butter and honey or a chocolate banana ice cream made with cocoa powder, vanilla, and some cream. Obviously those no longer make it gluten free or dairy free as applicable.  Promise you’ll try it. I think you’ll be just as surprised as I was!

Ingredients:

4-5 over ripe bananas

Food processor

Directions:

Cut bananas into chunks, put on a baking sheet and freeze 2-4 hours.  Remove chucks and drop into a food processor.  Process on low until the banana clumps together- looked almost like a dough ball rolling around in there. (at first the banana looked like little crumbles, then shortly after it began clumping together into the ball of ice cream).  Remove the ball of ice cream and serve immediately.

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