Lent started this week on Ash Wednesday, February 13. According to Wikipedia, lent is traditionally described as lasting for forty days, in commemoration of the forty days Jesus spent fasting in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry. During Lent, many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence. Mardi Gras is actually french for fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season starts.
Two of my best friends and my sister have decided to give up added sugar and ultra processed foods for lent. So, I decided to make this post just for them! I love banana ice cream. The texture and creaminess is perfectly delicious. This is a great healthy treat, without any added sugar if you skip the chocolate chips.
Banana ice cream is a perfect excuse to use up all those bananas in the freezer. I was getting a little tired of plan ol’ banana bread (besides my delicious coconut banana bread of course).
If you already have bananas in the freezer (avoid totally black ones — save those for the coconut banana bread), thaw them just enough so you can remove the peel and chop them up and throw them back in the freezer until solid again.
Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Banana “Ice Cream”
1 very ripe (but not black) banana, peeled & chopped into ~1/2 inch wide chunks
1 tbsp cocoa
1.5 tbsp peanut butter (use the real stuff)
Cinnamon, to taste
1/4 tsp vanilla
Milk (or milk alternative), just a splash
Chocolate chips (optional)
Place chopped banana into container and freeze until solid. (I just keep bananas stock piled like this in the freezer for when those banana ice cream cravings hit.)
Once frozen, place the banana in a food processor. (Make sure the chucks aren’t frozen together. Chilling the blade and bowl of the processor in the freezer for ~10 minutes helps the ice cream form better too).
Add cocoa, PB, cinnamon, and vanilla. Pulse several times, scrapping down the sides as needed, the mixture will start to look like gravel. Pulse a few more times and add a small splash of cold milk and pulse/blend until you reach ice cream like consistency. Top with chocolate chips and/or chopped walnuts or your favorite ice cream toppings. For an extra sweet treat add honey or maple syrup along with the other ingredients in the beginning.
If you over blend it and it gets too soft, just freeze it again and then pulse it a few times in the processor.