Oops! Did you forget to eat the bananas, again?
If you are anything like me, you either wish you had a couple more at the end of the week, or you are tossing that last sad, mushy banana in the freezer. Sometimes those frozen bananas get put to good use in baked goods. Other times, they hang out in the back of the freezer for a few months before ultimately being thrown away.
According to Food Finders, a food rescue nonprofit organization with a primary focus on reducing hunger while also reducing food waste, Americans throw away five billion bananas every year. While banana bread can be a great way to use overripe bananas and reduce food waste, you may be looking for something a little different during the hot days of summer.
Hello, banana "ice cream"! The easiest thing since sliced banana bread. The recipe is so simple, and the results are creamy, delicious, and good for your health.
While there are banana "ice cream" recipes all over the internet, you can feel confident that this recipe has been tested, perfected, and is both adult- and child-approved. The next time you are looking for a dairy-free alternative to ice cream, a fun snack activity for the children in your life, or just an easy way to use up those bananas in the back of your freezer, give banana "ice cream" a try.
- 1 frozen peeled banana, cut into chunks
- 1-2 teaspoons cocoa powder (optional)
- 1 teaspoon peanut butter (optional)
- Wash hands with soap and water. Place banana chunks into a small food processor or blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
- Add cocoa powder and peanut butter, if desired. Continue to blend until mixed. Enjoy immediately.
- This “ice cream” is best eaten right away, but you can store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Calories 140
- Total Fat 3.5g
- Saturated Fat 1g
- Cholesterol 0mg
- Sodium 25mg
- Total Carbohydrates 29g
- Fiber 4g
- Total Sugars 15g, includes 0g Added Sugars
- Protein 3g
- Vitamin D 0%
- Calcium 0%
- Iron 6%
- Potassium 10%
Bereket, Maria (2022). Going Bananas Over Food Waste, Food Finders
This newsletter was written in 2022 and has been peer-reviewed.