Banana Ice Cream: Awesome, Yummy, Healthy!
Two ingredient “ice cream” recipes have been making the rounds of the internet for a while now, but how many of us have tried them? It's easy to be impressed with he claims of how easy it is to make these desserts and how healthy they are. But really? Can a banana and a dollop of peanut butter honestly curb your craving for a dish of ice cream?
The answer is, yes they can!
Creamy Consistency from Frozen Bananas
A few days back, k_mccormick2 brought over a container of this banana ice cream, and honestly I was hesitant to try it. I figured it would taste odd, or that it would have the wrong texture. If it was going to be about the same as eating a frozen banana dipped in peanut butter, I didn't think I'd like it.
Well it wasn't. Instead it was incredibly creamy. It had exactly the same mouth feel as soft serve ice cream. And even after we froze the leftovers and had them the next day, the creaminess remained. There were no nasty ice crystals or lumps, and I honestly couldn't tell that there wasn't dairy in this dessert.
Banana Ice Cream Taste
The taste was, not surprisingly, that of bananas. The peanut butter was there, sort of in the background. But if I hadn't known it was peanut butter I'm not sure what I would have thought I was tasting. The combination was very different from the ice creams I would normally choose. It was neither as sweet nor as rich as commercial ice cream – which in my opinion, was a plus. My kids craved something sweeter – and this could have been achieved by adding a touch of honey to the recipe. Even so, two of them ate everything they were given and came back for more the next day.
Actually a One-Ingredient Recipe
It turns out that all you need to make banana ice cream is a single ripe banana and a food processor. The peanut butter is for flavouring. You could leave it out, or replace it with something different: almond or sesame butter, honey, or maybe a handful of frozen berries. The magic of this banana ice cream recipe , according to the folks at the Kitchn, is the pectin in the banana.
Is It Really Healthier?
You betcha! You won't save a ton of calories if you make yourself a batch of this creamy frozen dessert. But you'll be getting more nutrients and saving some fat and cholesterol. A single medium banana has about 105 calories, whereas a 1/2 cup serving of Turkey Hill banana ice cream has 130 calories – and 6 grams of fat, 25 mg of cholesterol, and 45 mg of sodium.
The commercial ice cream does have some calcium and vitamin A, which means it's not without its redeeming qualities. But it has no fibre, and despite the fact that it's made with real banana potassium isn't even listed in the nutritional analysis.
One-ingredient banana dessert has no cholesterol, and only 0.4 g of fat. It has 0.1 mg of sodium, but 422 mg of potassium – 12% of our daily requirement. This natural, homemade dessert also provides 8% of magnesium, 12% of fibre, 17% of vitamin C, and 20% of vitamin B6.
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