This may be the simplest treat you ever make! It takes a little “plan ahead” time but well worth it. Here’s a time saving tip: next time you buy bananas at the market, buy 2 bunches. Use one for every day use and let the other fully ripen. A full-ripe banana should appear yellow with brown spots, but still be firm – this is its height of sweetness and nutrition. These bananas also have the strongest banana flavor. Take these bananas and cut them into 1 inch pieces. Arrange on a cookie sheet in a single layer and freeze. When frozen, transfer them to a freezer safe container. Then you have frozen bananas ready to go whenever you want to whip up this heavenly dessert!
This treat is kid-friendly, husband-friendly, waist-friendly and just simply delicious! This “ice cream” is dairy free & sugar free (and yes, it still tastes amazing!)
Frozen Bananas (yup, that’s it!)
No fancy ice cream maker needed – just a food processor!
For this recipe we used 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries (to about 2 frozen bananas), but you could use strawberries, blackberries, mango, or any other of your favorite fruits. You could also add nuts if you’d like (walnuts, almonds, or macadamia nuts would be delicious!). Or you could just leave it simply plain. My daughter likes it plain with a few mini chocolate nibs on top and a dash of cinnamon. As I am sitting here writing this post, I am dreaming up a raw cacao, almond butter, banana concoction! Oooh maybe with a nice drizzle of raw honey!
Place frozen bananas in food processor (along with the berries or other fruit you are using) and give it a whirl. Stop and scrape down the sides as needed. Add any add-ins, like chocolate chips, after your process by folding them in gently. Be sure not to over process the bananas.
Scoop into a bowl, serve immediately and enjoy!
Bananas are a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, and manganese.
As for our friend the blueberry, they repeatedly rank as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Not too shabby, Mr. Blueberry! Blueberries are an excellent source of bone-healthy vitamin K and a very good source of free radical-scavenging vitamin C and manganese. Blueberries are also a good source of heart-healthy fiber.
*** Blueberries rank #11 on EWG’s Dirty Dozen List, be sure to buy ORGANIC blueberries to protect your family from harmful pesticides/toxins!
Love blueberries? Check out our recipe for Lemony Blueberry Quinoa Muffins!