Are you a fan of ice cream but would like a healthy alternative? Then try out this easy five minute recipe!
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Yields: 1 cup
Two ripe Bananas (ideally yellow with brown spots, no green)
¼ of a cup of Milk (or a milk substitute)
Optional Add-ons: Peanut butter, cocoa powder, coconut flakes, flax seeds, nuts of your choosing, sliced fruit
1. Peel ripe bananas and cut them into several small pieces. The more ripe the banana, the sweeter the ice cream will be. Put the pieces in a freezer bag and allow them to freeze overnight. You can freeze more than one portion at a time; they don’t go bad quickly in the freezer.
2. Once frozen, combine bananas and milk (or milk substitute) in a blender. The use of different milk substitutes will affect the taste. Flavored soy milk will create a sweeter tasting ice cream overall. Coconut milk is also a delicious alternative to milk. I used oat milk in the mixture pictured below. Blend until a creamy texture is achieved.
3. Even though your ice cream is technically done now, there are many optional toppings you can add. While your ice cream is still in the blender, you can add a teaspoon of peanut butter or cocoa powder. Afterwards, you can add various delicious toppings such as coconut flakes or sliced fruit for sweetness. You can also sprinkle flax seeds on top to reap its health benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, flaxseed is high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. It can lead to improved digestive health and could even help reduce the risk of heart disease.
L.D., Katherine Zeratsky R.D. “Does ground flaxseed have more health benefits than whole flaxseed?” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 13 Dec. 2015, www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/flaxseed/faq-20058354. Accessed 16 Sept. 2017.