If you cut up a banana, freeze it for an hour or so, then put it in a blender (or food processor, which works much better), do you know what you get? Banana ice cream!
There is more great news, since some of us (ME) wouldn't consider a banana, no matter the consistency, any form of treat substitute. You can make multiple flavors of ice cream with that one little gem of a trick.
- Strawberry ice cream: Add a cup of frozen/halved strawberries to it.
- Chocolate ice cream: Sprinkle in some cocoa/sugar (or splenda, etc...) mix into it
- Peanut Butter ice cream: Throw in a scoop of PB
- Other ideas: Add frozen peaches/ blueberries/ lemon juice/ corn/ peas/ spinach..
- For an added health benefit, I sometimes blend in some low-fat ricotta.
- If you use yogurt, try a Greek style for extra protein and less sugar.
- Anyone who likes chunks of berries in your ice cream, save some til last and stir them in so they don't get pureed.
- As an extra sweet bonus, blend in a tiny bit of sugar or splenda or whatever you use.
- Top off a sundae with "low sugar" or "added calcium" varieties of chocolate syrup, a squirt of light real whipped cream, and a sprinkle of slivered almonds or chopped walnuts
- Make a smoothie w/ fruit juice instead of milk (I was kidding about the spinach above, but you can actually use green juice and a tiny bit of vanilla in a smoothie and it tastes good).
- Use leftover ice cream (if you have any, which you probably won't) for popsicles.
I had strawberry ice cream for breakfast today. No, I didn't share - I waited til the boys left the house before I made it! And no, I'm not awful. I made extra for popsicles. It will probably be Monsoon's lunch since he only eats the rolls at preschool (how can I blame him when he tells me, "You make the best food, Mommy. I don't yike yunch at schoo-ahh"). Yeah, of course I had to add some cuteness to this very un-cute but healthy post.