There’s been quite a buzz over this frozen treat, so we tried our hand at the one-ingredient wonder – homemade banana “ice cream.”
Banana muffins and banana bread are classic go-to recipes for over-ripe bananas, but there are some cooler options. When you’ve got more bananas than you know what to do with, slice them into large pieces and place in freezer-safe bag in the freezer for at least 4 hours (overnight is better). These frozen fruit chunks make creamy and frothy smoothies and a surprisingly similar dairy-free alternative to ice cream.
One medium banana totals about 105 calories, 27 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein. You’ll also get healthy doses of vitamins C and B6 and potassium. Bananas are also free of fat and cholesterol.
Banana Ice Cream – One Step Prep
Place frozen banana pieces in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Turn on the machine and let ‘er rip. Process bananas until they create a frosty, yet creamy puree. Serve immediately or place in a bowl covered with a piece of parchment paper to harden. The re-frozen concoction will have a less creamy texture but is still super refreshing and naturally sweet.
Each medium-sized banana will yield about a ½ cup of ice cream.
Top It Off
This low-cal goodie leaves room for some toppings. Each of the portions below will add 50 calories per serving:
- 3 vanilla wafer cookies
- 1 sugar cone (whole or broken into pieces)
- 2 teaspoons semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons natural peanut butter
- 1 ½ teaspoons chocolate-hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
- ½ cup diced mango
- 1 heaping tablespoon granola
- 1 ½ tablespoons shredded coconut
- 2 chocolate covered pretzels
- 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
If you want to keep the calories as low as possible, try flavor boosters. They’re virtually calorie-free:
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon
- Freshly grated orange or lime zest
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »