Lately I've been totally obsessed with making ice cream. The reason? It's so simple, healthy and delicious you wouldn't believe me before you tasted it! The secret main ingredient is banana. Bananas are absolutely genious. They can be used for so many different things, including ice cream, because of their sort of creamy consistency and neutral flavour.
You can make ice cream out of bananas only, it will then be at it's thickest and taste wonderfully, but I wanted to experiment and explore other flavours as well. I made banana/kiwi-ice cream two days ago and earlier this morning I made a new batch of neutral banana ice cream to add in flavours afterwards.
I took pictures so that you can see how it works step-by-step.
I started off yesterday, chopping 6 bananas in pieces and putting them in a bag in the freezer over night. The best way to do this is to lay the bits on a grease proof paper seperately on a plate or something in the freezer. That way you won't have to wait when you take it out and the prosess of making it smooth in the blender will be much easier and take less time. If you haven't got room for that, like me, just do as I did and put all the bits in a bag. You'll have to wait a few minutes for the bits to loosen before you put it in the blender.
|Step 1 - waiting for the pieces to loosen up|
|Step 2 - Put the pieces in the blender at maximum speed|
Most likely, the bananas will get stuck a few times in the start, so you can either put a little bit of liquid (I used skimmed milk..like 1/2-1 dl) in to make it more smooth, or you can take a spoon and push the pieces around and down a little until it smoothens enough to finish by itself.
|Step 3 - All the white fluid in the bottom is actually mostly mashed banana and not all milk! It will turn out soo smooth..just wait and see ;)|
|Step 4 - Looking delicious already..the consistency is very creamy and lovely!|
|Step 5 - Finished! Now to the fun part - adding your favourite flavours!|
When everything is completely smooth and even, it's ready for some flavouring. I took about half of it out to mix with a different flavour afterwards. I decided on strawberry/banana and chocolate(Nutella)/banana. I think I added about 6-7 strawberries + a few drops of vanilla essence. In the other mixture I had 1/2-1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon Nutella and 1 tablespoon of something similar to Nutella, only slightly darker and runnier. The chocolate ice cream is not super healthy, I know, but at least it's much healthier than the one you find in the grocery store!
|Step 6 - Adding the flavours! Strawberry/Banana to the left - Chocolate/Banana to the right.|
Put it in containers and freeze for a few hours. I couldn't wait long enough (hihi :D), so the results look slightly more runny than it will be if you're patient enough!
Under is the final results - including the Kiwi/Banana ice cream I made a couple of days ago. Topped with chopped nuts. Absolutely HEAVENLY delicious! Especially the strawberry one..so, so very sweet and tasty!
Enjoy! I gotta buy more bananas ASAP, 'cause this shit is going to disappear within the day for sure. And the best thing is, it wont matter! You can eat the whole damn batch and not feel guilty at all - only super full(!). Win-win.