So…this isn’t actually real ice cream. BUT, it is a delicious, healthy alternative! The taste is pretty darn close. And it is a perfect way to use over-ripe bananas!
I’m sure you’ve all seen recipes on instagram or Pinterest for some type of frozen banana “ice cream.” Or if you have toddlers, you may have seen an episode of Daniel Tiger when they make it. We have been loving Banana Cream lately – as a dessert or snack. NO added sugar, NO dairy, plus it is a great venue for healthy add-ins such as chia seeds.
You could use a different type of nut butter if you prefer, but the taste and texture of peanut butter is delicious. The coconut milk is our preferred option, but any type of milk could work.
I’ve listed some of the possible variations and add-ins below the recipe. Enjoy!
- 2 sliced, frozen bananas
- 1 1/2 Tbsp organic/natural peanut butter
- coconut milk, as needed
- 1 1/2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 1/2 tsp cacao powder (optional)
- 1/4 tsp (or as recommended) baby/child probiotic* (optional)
Blend all ingredients in a powerful blender until completely smooth. (My favorite for this is the individual size cups on the Ninja blender). Add in very little milk at first, then gradually add more if needed.
*You may want to speak with your health provider before giving your child a probiotic. We buy ours in a powder form from Earthfare. We keep it refrigerated and stir it into cold food (such as applesauce or a smoothie) for Davis.
-Top with homemade granola
-Top with berries, kiwi, pineapple
-Crunch up graham crackers or add mini chocolate chips for an extra treat
-Add toasted, unsweetened coconut
-Adults could add maca powder or coffee instead of milk or protein powder