Thursday, July 22, 2010
You know what's bananas? That this "ice cream" thing really works
I mean, I know everybody's been talking about this magical fake ice cream you can conjure up with nothing but a freezer, a coupla ripe bananas and one good blending, but I was really skeptical.
Mostly I was skeptical because the first time I tried it, I neglected to follow the "slice the banana" instructions and instead tried to jam a whole frozen banana down into the pathetic blades of what amounts to the world's worst blender. It is perhaps needless to say that what resulted was not anything remotely resembling ice cream.
(NB: Blenders should not smoke when you turn them on. And yet, ours does. Yes, I am absolutely planning to upgrade; no, we have neither the space nor the dough to do so now. But if you have recommendations for food processors and/or blenders, please be a dear and leave them in the comments!)
In the meantime, Mr. Nervous and I are going to gorge ourselves on the most ridiculously delightful healthy frozen snack the Internet ever invented -- and you should, too! Here's how:
Slice two perfectly ripe bananas into thin coins and lay on a nonstick baking sheet; freeze until hard (a few hours will do). Purée in blender or food processor until creamy. The result will be somewhat mealy and/or clumpy at first, but with a little patience… Whamm-O! Suddenly it's ice-cream texture. Once the mixture starts to get smooth, you can mix in your favorite banana-complementary flavors, e.g. peanut butter, honey, frozen berries or strawberry jam. When done, the "ice cream" will be almost soft-serve consistency, but can be put back in the freezer for a bit of solidifying.