Banana YumYum

A couple years ago, after eating a delicious dinner with our friends Bei Li and Blue, Blue treated us to a fantastic frozen, creamy, berry-laden dessert. It was a lot like ice cream, but subtly different. Blue challenged us to figure out what was in it. Title of this post notwithstanding, what would you make of something like this:

Or perhaps this:

Most of the way through finishing this delicious treat, we established that the secret ingredient was bananas; Blue used frozen bananas in his juicer to make a frozen dessert.

For those of you lucky enough to have a juicer (we have the Omega 8005), this is a deceptively easy treat, and a great way to use up those bananas that are about to go bad. When your bananas are just starting to brown, peel them and put them in a sealed container or bag in the freezer. On a hot summer morning, run the bananas through your juicer–with its non-juicing/grinding attachment–in thirds. Drop a strawberry and/or a couple of blueberries/raspberries/small-edible-berries-of-some-sort into the juicer before each piece of banana. Freeze the berries ahead of time (and be sure to cut the stems off the strawberries!) for a smoother, cooler yumyum.

Alternatively, on a hot summer night, this makes a great dessert. Try the same method as above, subbing almonds or peanuts, along with some chocolate chips, for the berries. Again, this will be smoother if you freeze all of the ingredients ahead of time. This is perfect if you want to steer clear of store-bought ice cream and don’t have the time make your own or are eating raw.


#1 amey on 07.11.10 at 3:57 pm

oooooh! I have had this before with friends, but just plain smooshed bananas – no berries or chocolate chips! I like the way you think! I don’t have a juicer, but this post really makes me wish I did. 🙂

#2 2Snaps on 07.11.10 at 6:47 pm

Since I don’t have a juicer or an ice cream maker, I use my BlendTec and make a similar “ice cream” at home by tossing a frozen banana in with other fruits (sometimes frozen, sometimes not), nut butters, cacao, or whatever other fun things I can find! It makes a great soft serve consistency dessert. My favorites so far have been banana with peanut butter and banana with mango and pineapple. It’s a great treat on a hot summer day!

#3 Mihl on 07.12.10 at 5:08 am

Oh yes, banana ice cream is so good! And so easy to make!

#4 Danielle Rante on 07.15.10 at 7:55 am

I use my food processor to make it- for those of us who don't have a masticating juicer. (sigh, someday)

#5 Gauri Radha गौरी राधा on 06.26.11 at 9:25 pm

Looks like a great vegan dessert for summer.

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