When it comes to summer snacks for my kids, I like them to be three things: quick, easy and healthy. Traditional frozen treats are loaded with sugar, and although they are quick and easy, they rank low on the health-o-meter. But nothing pairs better with hot and humid than sweet and cold. Did you know you can make your own healthy ice cream alternative that your kids will love using only one ingredient you probably already have at home? No churn needed! What sorcery is this, you ask? Read on for the insanely easy directions.
Healthy Banana Ice Cream
– 4-5 ripe (or slightly over ripe) bananas
– milk (or cashew, coconut or almond milk)
– fruit, nuts, flavored syrups, Nutella, etc. (optional toppings or mix-ins)
Start with 4-5 very ripe bananas. This will make approximately two heaping bowls of ice cream.
Peel and cut the bananas into half-inch slices.
Put all the banana slices into a gallon-sized Ziplock bag and place in your freezer. Arranging them to lay flat will speed up the freezing process and lessen the chance that they all clump together. Leave them in your freezer for about two hours.
Once the banana slices are frozen solid, pour them into your blender.
Blend on high until creamy. If the ice cream remains too chunky after blending awhile, add a splash of milk (cashew, coconut or almond milk works great too).
Serve immediately. It’s seriously that easy! I don’t hesitate to give each kid a big bowl with a smile, knowing it’s as good for them as it tastes.
While this healthy banana ice cream is delicious on its own, you can also add any number of things to the base to make it truly your own. Fruit, nuts, and flavored syrups work well. Adding in a few spoonfuls of Nutella satisfies the chocolate lovers in my family.
What about you? Will you eat it plain or with a mix-in? Whatever you choose, you can feel confident that this healthy ice cream alternative will be a snack time win all summer long!