By Contributing Writer, Debra Worth
Have you made a new year resolution to try and eat healthier in 2014? What about, as a subset of that, reduce sugar intake? Personally, I am drastically trying to reduce sugar. But, that does not mean I no longer have a sweet tooth. I am just trying to find more natural ways to satisfy it. Today I am sharing with you one of the best recipes I have for doing just that – an “ice cream” whose main ingredient is bananas.
You have probably heard of banana ice cream. It does not take long being around healthy living blogs (or friends) to do so. If you are anything like me, you are probably pretty skeptical of the idea. Frozen bananas that blend into a magically just-like-ice-cream treat? It took a year after I first heard of it to finally try it. I was quite impressed. Could I tell it was not ice cream? Of course! It is blended bananas, not cream and sugar. But, it was actually quite delicious.
As surprisingly good as it was though, it is a bit boring. Just bananas only goes so far. Sometimes it seems like healthy treats get caught up in being healthy and forget about flavor. A few extra ingredients turn it into one of my favorite flavors- gingerbread. (Yes, “gingerbread” around here is a flavor, not a cake.)
There are other ways you can play on the banana ice cream of course, but this is my favorite. I especially like that as part of the flavor profile I can drizzle molasses on top. It makes it all the more special.
Healthy Ginger Bread Soft Serve
Per serving you will need:
- 2 bananas, peeled and frozen or fresh
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tiny pinch salt
- 1/2 Tablespoon molasses, plus more for topping
- 1 pinch – 1/4 teaspoon dried ginger, depending on how much you like ginger
If fresh, slice the bananas thinly and freeze for one hour. If frozen, slice the bananas (it is easy even when frozen) and let sit out for a bit to just barely begin to thaw.
Blend the bananas with the other ingredients in a food processor, scraping the sides as needed. If they just will not blend, wait a few minutes and try again. Eat right away drizzled with extra molasses.
I have a Cuisinart 11 cup food processor and can do up to 6 bananas at once in my food processor.
Want some other fruit sweetened treats? Try these:
Strawberry “Shaved” Ice
Cashew Butter Cookies (date sweetened)
Raw Brownie Bites (date sweetened)
Healthy Cashew Chocolate Pudding (date sweetened)