Tuesday, January 10, 2012

#2 / 52 Food Adventures: One Ingredient Ice Cream


I've been seeing this ice cream for years now.

Just one ingredient, can you believe it?
It's creamy and delicious and sweet.

It's just frozen bananas!
Of course, I had to try it 3 different ways and I already have a plan for more ways to try this.


But first, let's talk Pinterest.

Let's be honest, half of us can't plan a party (or a dinner... or a present....or get through the day) without first consulting Pinterest.

The lovely LeAnna suggested I start a Pinterest Board for inspiration and then we thought- 
Hey!  Let's do a community board!

It's a place we can all pin fun ideas for our 52 Food Adventures and 
comment on recipes or ideas we've tried.  

Check out the 52 Food Adventures Community Board and let me know if you'd like to be a part of it- I'll send you an invite to the board!

By the way, stop by LeAnna's blog and see how her food adventure went this week  ~snicker~

Picnik collage

So back to the one ingredient ice cream.

You freeze and then blend a banana.  Tada!

I loved it.  It's like a healthy eaters dream.  Don't even tell people that it's straight frozen banana.
Give it to your husband, your kids and your I'm allergic to everything friend.

For more detailed directions go here.  I found that it blended better in a food processor (I used a mini for just one banana) as the small amount bounced around in my blender.

But I think I'll make this again in a big batch.

It comes out like soft serve
 so if you want it to be more like regular ice cream I suggest freezing it again for another hour.

Picnik collage

I've seen this all over Pinterest and so I decided to try adding peanut butter.  
I thought 2 tbs for one banana was way too much.

Picnik collage

I also tried a chocolate version by adding cocoa powder.
2 tbs cocoa powder for every banana.

This was a big win for me.
Chocolate and banana.  Yes!

Peanut thought he was getting away with murder when I let him eat some.

I mean, you could sprinkle this with some crushed nuts and you have a deconstructed frozen banana!


As you can see, it was a big hit.

Other variations I've heard of are Nutella (but seriously, an open jar of Nutella around here would just be dangerous), honey or a splash of vanilla.

I've seen other things that would up the calorie content but seriously, 
start by trying the plain banana.  I think you'll be impressed. 

Now, if you'd like to link up, thanks to Alicia I'm trying out this new link tool, so click below and link up!


  1. Oooooh! I've seen this one floating around Pinterest a lot! Chocolate, peanut butter and banana sounds so good to me, and I'm thinking some vanilla bean caviar would be delish in it, too. I'm really enjoying this challenge, Dawn! It's nice to have some accountability. ;) The community board has been great for ideas!

  2. I may have to give this a try, fer sure. I'm up for the community board, BTW...

  3. I've been dying to try this recipe! Alas, it'll have to wait until I get a food processor. =[ Here's my adventure for the week!

    1. That looks fantastic! I've only had fried green tomatoes once at Eat Chow in Costa Mesa. I'd love to make them but where in the world do I get green tomatoes from?


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