One-Ingredient Ice Cream

I’ve come to realize bananas are magical. They’re so versatile and the perfect filler for anything. I love them in my smoothies, mixed into my cereal, and as my ice cream. Yes, you heard me right. Ice cream. It’s a dream come true. A healthy dessert, an oxymoron, is now becoming more common. And you don’t have to sacrifice the flavor you’ve come to expect from your sweets just because it’s deemed “healthy.”

One-ingredient Ice Cream using bananas

Here’s how you accomplish this simple sweet.

Take a couple bananas and chop them up. Set them on a plate and place it in the freezer. Once they’re solid (about 2 hours) they’re ready.

banana

Blend the bananas in a food processor. They should become fluid like soft serve ice cream.

blended bananas

If you want, you can add some extra flavor. I put in 1-2 tablespoons of Nutella. Blend until addition is evenly distributed.

blended Nutella and bananas

Some recommend refreezing now so you get more of an ice cream consistency but I liked it as is. Thick and Creamy (also, I couldn’t wait that long to try it!).

banana ice cream

Delicious! It was the perfect combination of chocolate hazelnut and banana. And guilt-free!

Some serving suggestions using 2 bananas:

  • add 2-3 Tbsp of Nutella
  • add 1/4 tsp of almond extract (and maybe some shredded coconut?)
  • add some frozen strawberries or strawberry syrup for a strawberry-banana flavor
  • add 2-3 Tbsp of peanut or almond butter with 1 Tbsp honey

I definitely want to play around with more flavors and see how these would turn out.

I hope you enjoy it!

Popeye!

The sailor man! Actually, the chicken. Why is it a chicken place? Shouldn’t they at least include some spinach? Either way, it is so good! I need to stop eating with my parent’s because they always make me eat bad things. Ok, I didn’t have to have Popeye’s but we were out getting them new phones and I was hungry. My parent’s now each have the iPhone 5. And neither of them text but they want to. They think having the iPhone will make it easier for them to text. Anybody have texting parents out there? Should I be prepared to get a lot of messages from them now?

Anyways I screwed up my calories pretty bad yesterday. Surprisingly it wasn’t even the chicken that was that bad, it was the biscuits! And I had two!

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 100
Almond milk 30
Snack Banana and almond milk smoothie 130
Pita chips and smooth ranch dip 150
Dinner Popeye’s Biscuit 520
Popeye’s Cajun Rice 100
Snack Popeye’s chicken (2 pc) 250
Popeye’s Mashed Potatoes & Gravy 110
Snack 2 Slices of toast 90
Nutella 150
Drink Skim milk 85
Total 1715

 

I also couldn’t resist my Nutella craving. Ok, it wasn’t really Nutella, it’s theĀ healthier organic off brand, Nocciolata.

Nutella and toast

I actually like it better than Nutella. It’s creamy-licious and has a shorter ingredient list which always makes me feel better. What’s your favorite thing to put Nutella on? My mom used to spread it on crackers for me and my sister when we were little. It’s also good in smoothies (with banana and almond butter), in tortillas, and on fruit.

Today, Daniel and I will be heading to Topeka to stay the night at his sister’s house and then we’ll go with them to World’s Of Fun and Ocean’s Of Fun! I’m so excited! I can’t remember the last time I was on a roller coaster. Maybe 3 years ago? There’s no healthy food options there so hopefully I don’t wreck my calories like I did today. I think we might pack something so we don’t have to buy food there. Plus, it’s ridiculously expensive and I’m cheap.

I hope you all have a fabulous thursday and fun friday!