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By: Sophie Wathen
While ice cream is a staple summer treat, the dairy and loads of sugar are enough to make some think twice. For those looking for a healthier version of the typical dairy-filled ice cream, banana ice cream is a delicious alternative that has no refined sugar, more fiber, and is vegan-friendly.
“Bananas are a great source of potassium, which Americans don’t get enough of in their diet,” says Emmaline Rasmussen, MS, RD, LDN, a Clinical Research Dietitian at NorthShore. “This alternative is a great way to enjoy a frozen treat, add more produce, and sidestep processed food and added sugars in favor of a natural and plant-based alternative!”. With an easy-to-make banana base and countless flavors, this sweet, tasty, and healthy recipe will become a treat you always reach for.
Also, July is National Ice Cream Month - what better way is there to celebrate than by making your own ice cream?
Prep Time: 5 minutes
If you want to try flavors other than the plain banana, here are some options that only require a few additional ingredients. You can also get creative and experiment with making your own flavor!
Chocolate Banana: Use 3 bananas and follow the recipe above. While mixing, add 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, and 3 tbsp of cocoa powder.
Mint Chocolate Chip: Use 2 bananas and follow the recipe above. While mixing, add 1/8 tsp pure peppermint and a pinch of salt. After mixing, stir in chocolate chips or cacao nibs. For more nutrients and a green color, add a pinch of spirulina or a small handful of spinach.
Peanut Butter: Use 2-3 bananas and follow the recipe above. Before mixing, add 2-3 tsp of peanut butter or another nut butter.
Cookies 'n' Cream: Use 2-3 bananas and follow the recipe above. While mixing, add 2 tbsp of coconut butter. After mixing, add in crushed cookies of your choice.
Very Berry: Use 2-3 bananas and follow the recipe above. Before mixing add 1 cup of your frozen berries of choice and 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract.
Strawberry: Use 2 bananas and follow the recipe above. While mixing, add 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries, 1/4 tsp of pure vanilla extract. A shake of cinnamon is optional.
Pina Colada: Use 2-3 bananas, add 1/4 cup of canned coconut milk, and follow the rest of the recipe above. While mixing, add in 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple. After mixing, stir in shredded coconut if desired.
Vanilla Bean: Use 3 bananas and follow the recipe above. While mixing, ad in 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste and a pinch of salt.
Pistachio: Use 2-3 bananas and follow the recipe above. While mixing, add 2-3 tbsp of pistachio butter and 1/8 tsp of pure vanilla extract. After mixing, sprinkle crushed pistachio on top if desired.
This recipe is adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie.