Would you like to make home-made fruit vegan and sugar-free ice cream? Use a frozen and blended banana. You can also try other flavours, such as chocolate for children or rum for adults.
Banana is everything
If you have a lot of brown bananas, they’re perfect! Even the youngest children won’t say no to blended ripe bananas that you pour into moulds and put into the freezer. However, this kind of ice cream is made like no other – first, you let the banana freeze, and only then you blend it into soft ice cream.
The secret of the fine consistency
The recipe has been a matter in dispute for years. It also depends on the quality of your blender. The banana is usually peeled and cut into slices that are spread so that they don’t touch each other and put into the freezer for at least a couple of hours (before blending, you can leave them in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes). Some people freeze peeled bananas to keep their softness. But if you don’t want to give trouble to your blender and don’t mind hard work, try the tastiest version: freeze unpeeled bananas. Sure, it’s difficult to take them out of the fridge but they’re easier to blend.
Blend the frozen banana to get the perfect consistency of soft ice cream, and add cream or milk according to taste. With minimum effort, you’ll get delicious banana ice cream that you can put into tubs and moulds or a great base for experiments with flavours.
Healthy, yet sinful
Tired of the taste of banana? Add frozen raspberries or strawberries to the blender to get more fruit flavours. You can use sour cherries, blueberries, or kiwi. The ice cream is already sweet enough, but you can make it even sweeter with sugar or honey. Children will love the chocolate flavour – just add some cocoa powder or Nutella to the blender and sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts. Adults will like the rum flavour with raisins.
Raw and vegan ice cream
The beauty of the banana ice cream is in its variability. It is raw, and if you choose the right ingredients, you can make some even for vegans – just use almond or coconut milk instead of yoghurt or cream, and to make the ice cream sweeter, use maple syrup. Maple syrup can be also used to decorate the ice cream before serving – it will jazz it up and look great with fruit or nut topping.