What could be better than a nice, cold scoop of delicious ice cream on a hot summer day? How about an ice cream treat that didn't make you feel guilty? Now imagine that you could make that ice cream yourself with hardly any work. It may seem like a dream, but it's true.
Below, we have a recipe for one-ingredient banana ice cream, brought to you courtesy of the Boston Globe. Bananas are chock-full of healthy nutrients like potassium, and without sugar or heavy cream, there's no shame in eating this summertime treat whenever you want.
One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream
3 ripe bananas
Optional: Milk, peanut butter, vanilla extract, chocolate sauce
Peel and slice the bananas, then lay them on a plate and place them in the freezer for two hours until frozen solid. Remove from the freezer and place into a food processor or blender. Use the "blend" setting to stir up the bananas. At first, it will look like they are going to stay frozen, so use a wooden spoon to break them up and loosen the mixture if it stops moving. Eventually, they will begin to turn creamy and take on a custard-like consistency. For extra creaminess, add a small amount of low-fat or skim milk as you blend, or try mixing in some fun ingredients, like peanut butter, vanilla extract or chocolate. When the mixture is smooth, scoop it out and enjoy!
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