Bananas are awesome. There’s hardly any other fruit that is SO versatile and can be used in so many recipes with such success.
Aside from that, bananas are rich in potassium, magnesium, B6, vitamin C, fiber – which makes them lovely food for lutheal phase.
(ps. If you’re interested in learning more about menstrual cycle, phases and how to support your body through each phase, check out our beloved Self-Love. Period. program)
But for ice cream lovers like me, best use of ripe bananas is nice cream.
It’s a relatively old, but still popular and exciting idea for ice cream.
All we need are frozen bananas and creativity.
Ok, and high quality food processor – if you don’t have it and plan on buying, ASK which one can handle blending frozen stuff and nuts. I didn’t and it broke down while making nut butter. Don’t make my mistakes 😀
I wanted to share with you a couple of nice cream ideas, so that you can try them all out before the summer is over – I know I repeatedly do and they never disappoint.
For the base recipe, I’m gonna count 2-3 frozen bananas, and adjust the ideas accordingly. However, you’re free to play and adjust all of them to your liking – after all, you’re the one eating, right?! 🙂
Another note: if you like your nice cream soft, combine the ingredients and enjoy right away, but if you’d like it to be a bit thicker, let it sit in the freezer for half an hour or an hour before enjoying.
Berries: bananas + a cup of berries + ¼ cup (50ml/4tbsp) almond milk + ½ tsp cinnamon + ½ tsp vanilla paste. If needed, add 1-2 tbsp honey. Blend till combined.
Chocolate chip mint: bananas + 2 drops of peppermint extract (or to taste) + pinch of spirulina powder for coloring + pinch of salt + a bit of coconut milk (ca 4tbsp). Blend till combined, then add ½ cup of dark chocolate chip or cacao nibs
Peanut butter: bananas + 4tbsp peanut butter + pinch of salt + 1tbsp honey/maple syrup. For extraordinary deliciousness, top it with cool, melted dark chocolate and/or add ½ cup cacao nibs
Almond vanilla: bananas + 4tbsp almond butter + pinch of salt + ½ tsp vanilla paste. Top with chopped almonds & tbsp honey.
Mango: bananas + ½ cup frozen mango cubes + ca. 4tbsp coconut milk
Pina Colada: bananas + ½ cup frozen pineapple + 4tbsp coconut milk. Top with shredded coconut.
Kiwi: bananas + 2 kiwis + ½ tsp cinnamon + a bit of milk. If needed, add honey or maple syrup.
Coffee: bananas + 60ml (5-6tbsp) cold coffee + 2-3 tbsp almond butter (for better texture). If needed, add honey or maple syrup.
Cherry/sourcherry: bananas + ½ cup frozen cherries + 2-3 tbsp cashew butter or coconut milk.
Lemon/orange: bananas + 5tbsp lemon/orange juice. If needed, add honey.
Tahini: bananas + 3tbsp tahini + 2tbsp maple syrup. Top with melted dark chocolate.
Apple pie: bananas + chopped apple + ½ tsp gingerbread spice (or to taste) + ½ tsp vanilla paste + a bit of almond milk. Top with chopped pecans or walnuts.
Golden milk: bananas + 4-5tbsp golden milk. If needed, add honey.
Any protein powder flavor: bananas + scoop of protein powder + 4-5 tbsp milk of choice.
(Here’s how to buy healthier protein powder)
Yogurt: bananas + 4tbsp greek yogurt + 1-2tbsp honey.
Chocolate: bananas + 3tbsp cacao powder + 4tbsp milk.
Any of these can easily make a delicious, quick snack or a breakfast, especially if you add some protein to it to make it more balanced.
Aside from flavors, you can always play with toppings – any fruit, seed or nut variety will work, along with fruity sauces or jams.
Honestly, I hardly make any other ice creams at home – I just make sure to have frozen bananas always ready. It’s convenient because I can decide the flavor on the go.
What’s your favorite?
Let me know! When you make it, snap a pic and tag me on Instagram or use #ninasempire
I’m looking forward to seeing your creations!