Thursday, March 31, 2011

Primal Ice Cream Therapy

This is a "fake" I've been wanting to try for a long time (if a year or two is a long time). With the sun now making the occasional appearance, and warmer days around the corner, is it any wonder that my thoughts would turn to ice cream? Is it any wonder that those very same thoughts would be fairly depressing to a girl without an allowance for store-bought frozen treats? Now, however, I can once again scream for ice cream... and smile too, because this "ice cream" is creamy and all natural, full of vitamins, potassium, and fiber, as well as being dairy free, and well virtually... free!

Something From (almost) Nothing
So if you're tired of banana bread or it's too hot to turn on the oven, or maybe you just want some ice cream without the dollop of guilt on top... or maybe you forgot to freeze the ice cream maker insert and the kids are screamin'... This is about the fastest and easiest way to get from almost nothing to really something...

Almost Free Banana Ice Cream (from the One-Ingredient Ice Cream over at The Kitchn)

Here's how to make the magic happen:
  1. Peel, slice, and freeze a few ripe bananas
  2. Toss them in the food processor (or blender)
  3. Turn it on.
  4. Stop the machine and push the contents down, then start it up again. Repeat as often as needed.
  5. Be patient... it'll happen.
  6. When it's creamy and smooth, you're done.
  7. Serve immediately or pack in a freezable container and freeze for later.
Notes: Four big bananas made about a pint of ice cream. Took about 10 minutes in the food processor, including all the stopping-mushing-starting, etc. The bananas should be really ripe before doing this or you may get a little of the "green" flavor; the riper they are, the more intense banana flavor you'll get. It's great as is, but a spoonful of peanut (or almond) butter, Nutella, cocoa powder, cinnamon, chocolate syrup, honey, or maple syrup, etc. etc. etc. may just take it up that extra notch to amazing. I don't know how long it will keep in the freezer before the texture is affected. I'll update this the next time I make it. Until then, eat up within a week or so.
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