Okay, so this isn’t really ice cream, but I think that a lot of people know by now that you can make an extremely suitable ice cream-like substitute out of frozen bananas. I am not the first to create this ice cream, and I won’t take credit for it, but I’m still posting it because we make it and it’s so good and the kids love it.
And I know that peanut butter is totally not paleo, don’t yell at me. We just haven’t been able to give it up because peanut butter is good. And I know that almond butter is good too, but we just haven’t made that leap yet. So while we make this with peanut butter, you obviously don’t have to and could certainly use almond butter or any other nut butter that you prefer. I’m pretty certain that hazelnut butter would be phenomenal in this stuff!
Now, I’ll admit that Rob wasn’t super wild about this stuff, but he’s more into the real kind of ice cream. However, the kids and I really liked it. They had no idea it wasn’t real, the texture is spot on. There are a couple different ways you can make this: a high-powered blender (like a Blendtec with the Twister Jar, or a Vitamix) or in a food processor. I don’t have a Twister Jar on my Blendtec (yet) so I opted to go the food processor route. It can be a time consuming process, but watching the bananas turn from, well, bananas into ice cream is pretty neat.
You can see how irresistible this stuff is because I couldn’t even take 3 pictures before tiny little hands started reaching for the spoon. I seriously have 3 pictures that are good, and about 12 with a hand grabbing the spoon. Every time I put the spoon back, she was grabbing it again. So I gave up. Luckily, she’s got a cute little hand.
Banana Chocolate PB Ice Cream
Chocolate ice cream that has no cream and sugar and the kids still love? It does exist and it's easy.
- 4 Bananas peeled, frozen, and sliced
- 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 cup Nut Butter of choice
Place the frozen banana slices in the food processor or blender. Process until fluffy, creamy and smooth. You will probably have to keep scraping the sides and pushing the bananas down occasionally until the ice cream texture is achieved.
Once the bananas are the texture of ice cream, add the cocoa powder and nut butter to the bananas and process again until well combined.
Serve right away. If you choose to freeze it after making it or because you have leftovers, let thaw on the counter about 10 minutes before scooping so it's not so rock hard.