I scream, you scream, we all scream for “nice” cream!
Oh how I love ice cream. In all of it’s creamy, cool, melt-y (totally a word) glory. It had me at hello. I don’t make ice cream the way most people think ice cream should be made with dairy, fat, sugar and all the other not-so-good-for-you additions. Nope. I have a secret healthy ingredient I use…frozen bananas.
I know…crazy right? I could hardly believe it myself when I first tried it. But it works like magic. And it’s so gooooood. You know what else? You can make this recipe every. single. day if you wanted, because here’s another secret…it’s full of spinach and zucchini (or avocado) and you won’t even taste them. If this nice cream is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.
- 3 frozen bananas. Peel and freeze when bananas are starting to brown. Freeze at least 6 hours or keep a ziplock bag in your freezer at all times with frozen bananas.
- ½ cup frozen zucchini or avocado chunks
- 1 cup fresh spinach (about a handful)
- 15-20 mint leaves or ⅛ tsp peppermint extract
- 1 pitted date (optional, but I like the extra sweetness it adds)
- Dark chocolate chips
- Take your bananas out of the freezer and let them sit for about 10-15 minutes to thaw slightly. Cut into chunks and add bananas to a high powered blender such as a Vitamix.
- Add the avocado, spinach, mint leaves and a date (if using).
- Blend on HIGH for about one minute until creamy using the tamper to push the ingredients into the blades.
- Scoop out into bowls using an ice cream scoop and fold in chocolate chips. Serve immediately. You can freeze the leftovers, but is best eaten right away.
- *Note* This can be made in a Cuisinart food processor or regular blender, but you will need to stop and scrape down the sides frequently. Keep running until you get a consistency of soft serve ice cream. It takes a bit longer, but should work - although I can't attest to how well the spinach and mint leaves will be broken down. Let me know if you have tried it.
- This serves about 2-3 people depending on how big their appetite is. If you make it when everyone is at school and/or work then it may only serve one. It will be our little secret. K?
Tell me, what’s your most favorite dessert?
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Until next time, keep it real.
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