I recently came across this amazing recipe. The title caught my attention immediately: Single Ingredient Ice Cream. How is that possible? Even the most simple ice cream recipes I’ve seen have at least three ingredients: milk, cream, and sugar. So, of course I had to click over to see what this was all about.
The article I found wasn’t real ice cream, in the strictest sense of the food. But it is so close, it will blow your mind!
Be sure and go here to read the original recipe, since I won’t reprint it here. But I would like to share some photos and thoughts from our experience of making this tasty treat.
First off, the author suggests that you slice the bananas up into small chunks. Believe her, folks. You don’t even want to think about blending up an entire frozen banana. For real. However, I ran into a bit of a problem here. You see, I regularly buy marked-down bananas at the grocery store and throw them all in the freezer. I suppose I could chop them up at that point, but the truth is I won’t. So, I devised a solution. If I take a whole frozen banana out of the freezer and let it thaw for 15-20 minutes, it is soft enough that I can peel and slice it, while still being frozen enough for this recipe. If it feels a little too mushy at that point, I can stick it back in the freezer for a bit to firm it up.
Second, be prepared to stop your food processor a lot and scrape the banana pieces down toward the blade again. It takes a few minutes before it becomes a beautiful creamy texture.
Last, don’t be afraid to experiment with flavors. I loved the banana-only ice cream, but the kids definitely preferred it when we put in a scoop of peanut butter and a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder. We also tried it with frozen strawberries, which was oh-so-yummy!
Even if you’re not a huge fan of bananas, I’d recommend you try this. The banana flavor is not as strong as you’d think, and even less so when you add the other flavors. Also, you can’t beat that there is no sugar added to this summer treat!