PUMPKIN PIE BANANA ICE CREAM

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If you follow my FB page, you know I’ve posted some pretty yummy pics of my favorite dessert: banana ice cream. I’ve made several variations:  blueberry, strawberry, chocolate, and blackberry! The perfect dairy stand-in, it’s a wonderful, healthier version, of ice cream. It’s too good to believe. Who would have thought such a delicious ice cream out of frozen bananas!

In order to be, always, prepared, take your “most ripe” bananas – your bananas that have turned brown – and peel them, cut them into chunks and freeze them. To use for an ice cream, they should be frozen at least overnight. So, there you go. Instead of throwing out your bananas, freeze those “overripe” little gems for making ice cream or smoothies. It’s a perfect way to never waste a banana ever again. And you can’t beat that, plus what’s in store …. a treat!

Of course, if you want, one can whip up just some plain banana ice cream but heck what month is it? October!  So of course, I had to play around with a pumpkin version. So here goes:  my version of Pumpkin Pie Banana Ice Cream:

INGREDIENTS:

Serves: 2

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ½ cup frozen pumpkin (I’ve tried it both frozen and non frozen and I’ve had better results when I freeze the pumpkin)
  • ½ cup of soy or almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

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In a food processor or blender, put your frozen banana pieces, frozen pumpkin, and add ¼ cup of milk to start the blending process. (You don’t want to add too much, too quickly or it will make the ice cream to creamy.)  Add the maple syrup and spices into a food processor or blender and pulse the processor. Add a bit more milk and continue to pulse.

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Then begin to blend until you get your desired consistency. You’ll need to scrape down the sides every now and then. This should take about 3 to 5 minutes. Watch as before your eyes, it will turn into a rich, creamy, silky blend.

(Although I have a Vitamix, for a single serving, I find using my little Ninja Blender Prep Bowl that I purchased from Amazon.com works quite well. Of course, if I’m making bigger batches, I like to use my food processor or larger blender.

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Next, scoop out into your serving dish. Sprinkle with some extra cinnamon and dig in. If you want, you can add some chopped nuts, or a few mini chocolate chips. It’s your treat! Eat right away!

I never mind whipping up this easy treat just before I indulge. But feel free to make larger batches and freeze the ice cream by storing in an airtight container. When you are ready to eat, let thaw 5 to 10 min or so before scooping.

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For other variations, just add frozen fruit to your frozen banana. Go crazy!!

So, get going, get some bananas into the freezer, quick! Once frozen it won’t take you any time at all!

Cheers, Karen

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