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DIY Summer Recipe: Healthy, One-Ingredient Ice Cream Alternative

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Summer is here, and even our nights have temperatures in the high 90s. Staying hydrated is a top priority this time of year, and keeping cool with a sweet treat can take the edge off of the humidity.

National Ice Cream Day is coming soon. The Granite State Dairy Promotion is offering great NH Dairy Prizes for completing the NH Dairy Trail. New Hampshire has many local ice cream spots concocting frozen batches of that tasty, dairy confection!

Visit the NH Dairy Trail page, sponsored by The Big 1, page for a full list of participating Dairy Trail locations and some DIY Ice Cream and Sorbet recipes.

A new, ice “cream” alternative sweeping my home this year is made primarily from one ordinary ingredient… bananas! When prepared correctly, bananas can create a frozen treat sure to satisfy your sweetest tooth—without the sugar! This is a great alternative for non-dairy folks, too!

Banana Ice Cream Recipe

It’s like a banana split, without the split. Banana ice cream is so simple to make, you’ll never want to stop tinkering with new flavors.

Basic, One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

1. Slice three well-ripened bananas into half-inch coins.
2. Freeze banana coins for at least four hours (overnight is best).
3. Blend frozen coins in a food processor until consistency changes to a soft-serve ice cream texture.
4. Serve immediately, or freeze for an additional three or more hours to achieve denser ice cream texture.

Other Banana Ice Cream Flavors

The one-ingredient banana ice cream can be a versatile base for making your other favorite ice cream flavors. Blend in some frozen strawberries, flavor extracts, and more for an easy DIY ice cream variety! The key to mixing in new flavors is adding small bits at a time. Watch the texture and try to maintain the soft-serve consistency for best results.

Mint Chocolate Chip Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Begin with the basic recipe. Once blended, add 2TB peppermint extract and ½ cup of milk chocolate chips. Pulse quickly in the food processor. Serve soft or freeze.

Cherry-Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Begin with the basic recipe. Once blended, add 4 frozen cherries. Pulse quickly in the food processor. Scoop into container and fold in 1 Cup of chopped frozen cherries. Serve soft or freeze.

Dark Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Begin with the basic recipe. Once blended, add 4TB cocoa powder and 1.5-2TB chocolate syrup (to taste). Pulse quickly in the food processor until well blended. Serve soft or freeze.

 


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