Rue How-To: Healthy Banana “Ice Cream”

I’m a New Englander to the core, and turning on the heat for the first time each fall takes some adjustment. When I need to cool down (if only briefly), there’s no better treat than this healthy banana ice cream. No ice cream maker? No problem. All you need is a blender or food processor.

Here are two ways to create flavor combinations that will entice banana lovers and tolerators alike.

Core Ingredients
2 bananas, frozen with peels on for about 15 minutes (they should have some give when you squeeze them, but still retain that frozen consistency)
Honey, to taste

Batch 1 (for banana tolerators, or fans of sweets)
Also add peanut butter, NUTELLA®, and chocolate chips, to taste

Batch 2 (for banana lovers, or those who prefer simpler flavors)
Also add peanut butter, to taste

Feel free to create additional flavors by adding pumpkin puree, nuts, strawberries – whatever you want.

Directions
1. Peel the bananas, using a sharp knife to cut off the ends and slice through the frozen peel.
2. Cut each banana into thirds and place in the blender or food processor.
3. Add the honey and blend until the mixture has the consistency of ice cream. If needed, scrape the sides of the blender or food processor with a spoon, then blend again. Add in any other ingredients and blend once more.
4. Scoop into bowls immediately, or place in the freezer until chilled to your liking.

Makes approximately two servings.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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October 24, 2012