Blended Frozen Bananas, the Ultimate Dessert
What’s like ice cream but cheaper, healthier, vegan, and easy to make yourself? It’s not a trick question. It’s bananas! No, actually. Try this, and die a thousand deaths of delight, only to be reborn a phoenix of culinary ingenuity.
OK, enough purple prose. Peel at least two bananas, preferably ripe, but the older they are the sweeter the end product. Break them into smaller pieces, maybe two or three each, and freeze. Once frozen, cut into thin slices and put into blender or food processor. If you’re making a lot, it’s probably best to not start with the blender more than three quarters of the way full. You can add the rest once you get going.
Now comes the only tricky part. The first time I tried this I wasn’t careful and nearly broke my mini food processor. So go slow, on the lowest setting, and add a little water if you need to. Remember frozen bananas are pretty hard, so this is not easy for that little motor.
When you get the bottom mixed a little, use a spoon to mash it up a little. Then mix a little more.
Repeat until the consistency is starting to change, and when it’s about half gelato-looking stuff and half baby-food-looking stuff, push the bigger chunks toward the bottom.
If you’re like me, when you get here, and it’s mostly mixed up, you add two large dollops of Nutella. Oh yes.
Check out the video. Mesmerizing, no? When it’s nice and creamy, get it out of there and back in the freezer if you really want it to taste like ice-cream. At this point I was literally licking the rest off the blender blade, which I do NOT recommend.
Here’s what it looks like after about a half-hour in the freezer, which made it nice and frosty. This is two bananas, so keep that in mind. When I’m eating this stuff, and this is the third time in the last week, I’m thinking… THIS IS ONLY BANANAS. Well, in my case there’s also Nutella, but you get it.
Will it ever go bad? Maybe, but I doubt it. Is this the perfect dessert? You tell me. My new goal is to always have frozen bananas in the freezer.