If you have slightly over ripe bananas, do not throw them away. You’ll be throwing away the potential for frozen deliciousness.
My mother had recently found out that she had developed Type 2 diabetes. She changed her diet drastically and lost weight and stabilized her blood sugar. But when California summer became a blistering 98 degrees with 90% humidity, she just didn’t care what she ate, as long as it was cold or frozen. I didn’t want her to lose all the progress that she had made, so I rummaged through our freezer to see if I can make her something frozen and sweet but healthy at the same time.
Here’s the great thing about my mother: she hates wasting food. So when the bananas began to get brown spots, she peeled each one of them, and placed them in the freezer for later use. I saw those bananas and thought, “if it works in smoothies, why not ice cream?” Below is what I made for her… and she loved it!
Banana Ice Cream Recipe:
- Peel any over ripe bananas and wrap them individually in cling wrap.
- Place them in the freezer. Once they have become completely frozen, you can take one out.
- Place the frozen banana in a blender.
- Add a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and blend.
You will be left with a sweet frozen dessert that’s actually healthy for you.
If you add a 1/2 a tablespoon of nut butter to the above mix you could get something that tastes like a peanut butter cup… but frozen.
Want to get a little bit crazier? Add cinnamon.
There are so many flavors that you can create by just adding to a frozen banana. All you need is your imagination.
But here are some tips that would make your new frozen dessert a healthy supplement:
- Add walnut butter to nourish the brain and keep your memory strong.
- Add goji berries if you are feeling a bit anemic.
- Add black sesame paste to strengthen your kidneys.
- Add red bean paste (homemade is better because the canned ones have too much sugar) and reduce some swelling during those hot summer days.
The great thing is that bananas have a low glycemic index (over ripe bananas are a GI of 48) and have a nice punch of potassium. This dessert is great for those who are diabetic. This is also a great way to treat your kids without introducing white sugar into their diets.
Later, I found out that I’m not the only one who figured out the wonderfulness of bananas as a dessert. I’m allergic to bananas so, understandably, bananas are never really in my radar. If you want more ideas, there are many recipes, turning bananas into ice cream, online. Happy exploring!