GONE BANANAS? NICE CREAM

What’s that sound?! No, it’s not Mr Whippy’s ice cream van, instead it’s the nice cream stall rolling in! As nostalgic as the classic ninety-niner is, that whipped to perfection sweet treat is loaded full of refined sugar and processed ‘dairy’, not to mention its humongous calorie count! This healthy version could soon replace your tubs of Ben & Jerry’s. I know that’s quite a statement but it really is that good. The secret ingredient? Frozen bananas! When whipped up, they create a luscious, velvety ice-cream like texture, and there’s no need for an ice-cream machine!


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Classic Banana Split

Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas (1 per person)

Dark chocolate

Pecans, or any other nut of your choice

Method:

  1. Ideally begin the night before, peeling and chopping up the ripest bananas you can find (which are often discounted for a quick sale), dumping into a freezer bag, and placing in the freezer until rock solid – like ice cubes.
  2. Preparing at least 10 mins before you want to serve, chop up the banana slices with a sharp knife to let them thaw a little – this will prevent any food processor breakages!
  3. Chuck into a food processor and blitz for a good 5 mins, until smooth and thick.
  4. Meanwhile, melt your chocolate and roughly chop up your nuts – I chose pecans, which I freeze for extra crunch – ready for topping.
  5. Serve right away for a soft-scoop texture, or for a something a bit firmer quickly pop in the freezer for 5-10 mins.
  6. If you end up freezing the nice cream for too long, heat up your scoop before serving, and enjoy!

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Berry Blast

Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas (1 per person)

100g frozen berries, I chose raspberries

Topping of choice: desiccated coconut, granola, toasted flaked almonds, fresh berries etc.

Method:

  1. Basically follow all prep and food processor steps as in previous recipe, blitzing the berries with your bananas.
  2. Re-freeze if necessary, and scatter on your chosen toppings, before devouring!

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Chocaccino

Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas (1 per person)

1 1/2 tbsp cacao powder, feel free to adjust to your desire

2 tsp strong (cooled) coffee, add more or less depending on your taste

Pinch salt

Chosen topping: cacao nibs, dark choc chips, dark chocolate shavings etc.

Method:

  1. Again, follow first recipe’s instructions above, blitzing your bananas with the cacao powder – you could get away with cocoa powder, coffee and salt.
  2. Place in the freezer again if needed, then sprinkle on toppings, ready to savour!

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Matcha Mint Chip

Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas (1 per person)

1 tsp matcha powder (Japanese green tea powder)

2 packed tbsp fresh mint leaves, around-about

1/2 tsp peppermint extract, to taste

2 tbsp dark choc chips or cacao nibs

Method:

  1. You get the jist, complete the banana blitzing steps, adding matcha powder, peppermint extract and mint leaves – remember to save behind a sprig or two of fresh mint for the garnish.
  2. Once you’ve reached a light and airy mass of green goodness, toss in choc chips and stir together gently with a spatula or spoon.
  3. Some extra freezing time may be needed, so go ahead and pop it in the freezer.
  4. Top with a couple of fresh mint leaves, take a picture for Instagram, and eat!
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