Bananas are one of the world’s most favorite fruits with more than one hundred billion bananas consumed each year. Available during any time of the year, they are the perfect snack both vegan and gluten-free. High in antioxidants, bananas are known to reduce swelling, help with the production of white blood cells, strengthen the nervous system, and protect against developing type-2 diabetes due to the high levels of vitamin B-6. Their freshness however does not last very long as their shelf life is only about 2-3 days.
There is a sweet solution to put your ripening bananas to use avoiding food waste. Introducing banana ice cream, a healthy alternative to traditional ice cream that packs a nutritional punch and eliminates food waste with the use of one ingredient. When frozen, bananas can be blended into a smooth and creamy consistency that closely resembles ice cream. The mildly sweet flavor can serve as a base to any additional ingredients you may want to incorporate.
– 4-5 Ripe Bananas
What You’ll Need:
– Food Processor or Blender
Take 4-5 ripe bananas (the more ripe the better – they should have at least a few brown spots), peel them, and add to a plastic freezer bag to freeze overnight until they’re completely solid. They will keep for at least a week.
Cut the bananas into 1/2 inch chunks and add them to a food processor. See the banana pieces in the picture above? They’re way too big and they simply caught in the blades and spun around until I got smart and cut them smaller. Save yourself the trouble: use small banana chunks.
After about 45-60 seconds, the bananas should be fully blended into a smooth, creamy, and light frozen dessert. Be careful not to over process or the friction from the processor will begin to melt the ice cream. You can enjoy this dessert right away for best results, but it will also freeze well for a day or two.
It’s really that simple! You can find this amazing recipe on oneingredientchef.com
Top Ten Benefits of Bananas
- Reduces depression
- Regulates the bowel system
- Reduces blood pressure and risk of heart disease
- Helps our bones grow stronger
- Helps individuals quit smoking
- Helps prevent anemia
- Provides us with energy
- Reduces menstrual pain
- Powers our brains
- Prevents ulcers