September 2, 2015

Guilt-Free Banana "Ice Cream"

If you know me, you know I have a major sweet tooth. No matter how full I may be, it seems like I have a separate stomach reserved just for dessert. Unfortunately, my sweet tooth doesn't agree with my hips and thighs, so I love any sweet I can indulge in without the guilt. Enter my new obsession: banana-anything "ice cream." This is so easy to make and is fun to experiment with. All you need are a couple frozen bananas and your pairing of choice. Here are some pairings I've tried so far.

Banana Coconut (i.e., "Pina Colada Ice Cream")

1. Slice up 2 bananas and place on a flat baking sheet & parchment paper to freeze overnight. You can also place the sliced up bananas in a sandwich bag, but they tend to freeze together, which will make step 2 harder.

2. Place the frozen sliced bananas in a food processor (or blender) and grind until you have a smooth consistency. At first, the banana will look like little crumbs (kind of like Dippin Dots), and you may need to take a spatula to scoop down the perimeter of the food processor, but if you keep grinding, you'll reach the desired consistency. It should look like this:

3. Add in some coconut flakes, to taste, then grind some more.

4. Enjoy!

Strawberry Banana

Another variation is to use strawberries in step 3 instead of coconut flakes.

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Because of my inner fat kid, this variation is my favorite. Use 1/4 cup of peanut butter in step 3 + some chocolate chips (to taste) and feel free to indulge.

If you try any of these concoctions, let me know which one is your favorite. Or, if you come up with your own must-try, let me know!

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