Friday, July 16, 2010

banana soft serve "ice cream"

Do you want a refreshing dessert with the texture and consistency of soft-serve ice cream,
but without all the fat and calories?

Meet my friend, banana soft serve "ice cream".

This is a clever little trick I was introduced to at a nutrition class once, and I've since then come across it a few different times. What is it? Frozen bananas and a little milk, pureed in a food processor. That's it. Yes, I won't deny that it does have a hint of banana flavor to it, but you will be amazed at how closely the texture and consistency resembles soft serve ice cream. Top it with a little chocolate sauce or some berries, and it might just satisfy (or at least come close to doing so) that craving for soft serve ice cream that you know won't be good for you or your waste line! Especially if you are counting calories or watching what you eat, this is a wonderful dessert and a great substitute for the real thing. And, even if you just can't handle the fact that it's not real ice cream, your kids may still not know the difference. My child could not tell the difference and wanted bite after bite, and I did not feel the least bit guilty giving in.

A few bananas makes a lot more ice cream than you would think, so don't go too crazy. I put 6 frozen bananas in the food processor...and we had a lot left over. I would say 3 bananas would be a good amount for 3-4 servings.

I N G R E D I E N T S :
3-4 frozen bananas (I peel them and put them in bags prior to freezing)
2-3 Tbsp. milk
Toppings-anything you want: Chocolate syrup, nuts, fruit...

D I R E C T I O N S :
Place bananas and milk in food processor, and process for about 5 minutes, stopping periodically to scrape the sides until the bananas are all processed. Top with toppings, and enjoy!

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