2 Ingredient Banana "Ice Cream"


4-6 over-ripe bananas
1 tsp. vanilla extract (or to taste)

Peel the bananas and slice into 1/2-inch pieces. Put the
bananas in an airtight container such as a freezer-safe glass
bowl with a lid or a freezer bag. Freeze for at least 2 hours,
but ideally overnight.

Blend the frozen banana pieces in a food processor with vanilla
extract, pulsing a few times to start, for several minutes,
until smooth and whipped. It takes approximately 3-5 minutes.

This will produce vanilla "soft serve." Formula: frozen bananas
+ flavor mix-ins (other frozen fruit, spices, flavoring, etc.) =
"ice cream"

Make other flavors by adding any mix-ins as the bananas turn
creamy. Blend to incorporate the added flavor and aerate the ice
cream. The frozen bananas must be used to give the creamy
texture and any frozen fruit combinations can be used for
flavor. The bananas do not give a strong banana flavor.

Serve immediately as "soft serve." For firmer ice cream, place
in an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 1
hour.

Makes 2 (1/2 cup) servings for every two frozen bananas plus
mix-ins. Recipe quantity depends on size of food processor.
Flavor examples are given below.

Flavor Mix-ins: (For every two bananas use the
following for flavor.)

Apple Pie = 1/2 cup frozen apple slices + 1 tsp. cinnamon
          + 1/2 tsp. allspice + 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Blueberry = 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries

Caramel Apple = 6 pitted medjool dates, chopped + 1 cup frozen
          apple slices

Chocolate = 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

Chocolate Cherry = 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder +
          1 1/2 cups frozen dark sweet cherries cut into halves
          to be sure the pits are out

Cinnamon Cocoa = 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder + 1/2 tsp. ground
          cinnamon

Mango Peach = 1 cup frozen mango chunks + 1 cup frozen peach slices

Pumpkin Spice = 3/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
          frozen in ice cube tray (6 cubes) + 1 tsp. cinnamon +
          1/8 tsp. ground ginger + 1/8 tsp. nutmeg + Dash of
          allspice + Dash of ground cloves + 2 pitted medjool
          dates, chopped

Strawberry = 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries

Strawberry Date = 3/4 cup frozen strawberries + 3 pitted medjool
          dates, chopped

NOTE: This recipe can be made in a Yonanas machine
(fruit soft serve machine) rather than a food processor or
high-speed blender. Yonanas machines are sold on Amazon or
yonanas.com. When using a Yonanas machine, the bananas can be
frozen whole and broken in half to insert into the Yonanas
machine. Keep frozen bananas in the freezer to have "ice cream"
at any time!