Thursday, February 21, 2013

This Just Happened: Cookie Butter & Banana "Ice Cream"

Cookie butter is an ingredient in this recipe!! Sold.

But if i'm being honest,  this recipe is brought to you by that beautiful bunch of bananas. The bananas make the magic happen. Dave and I don't even have TV, but yet somehow we've heard of the whole Yonana thing--making "ice cream" just out of bananas. I was a bit perplexed at first, but now I get it (not how it works--just that it does work). The best part is that you DO NOT need that silly contraption (now i'm feeling bad and slightly awkward because you might have one and love it...)! Your trusty food processor or good blender will do.

Watching the frozen bananas become a silky, ice creamy-like mixture is pretty cray-cray (I know...And no, it didn't sound right to me either)! It goes from looking almost like Dippin' Dots into this insanely smooth deliciousness. For the most part, this is an uber healthy treat. Given, this particular recipe is more on the indulgent side thanks to Mr. Cookie Butter.

I've tried a few different variations of banana "ice cream," and i've liked them all so far (suggestions below). The first thing Dave usually says is how banana-y it tastes (not in bad way). So yes, making ice cream out of bananas means that you'd better like them! Good thing i love them; my mom says she ate a ton when she was pregnant with me, so it makes sense... I digress.

Moral of the story: So easy. So yum. Try it.


3 frozen bananas// sliced
1/3 to 1/2 cup Speculoos or Biscoff Spread (depending on how cookie-buttery you want it)
walnuts (as a topping--and only if you want them, of course)


1. Slice ripe bananas and freeze them. Once completely frozen, you can make the magic happen.
2. Put the bananas and the cookie butter into a food processor or strong blender (I've used my Ninja blender and a food processor, and they both work great!)
3. Blend until mixed through. Patience. It'll work--promise.
4. You can eat it right away, but it'll be more along the lines of a soft serve. I suggest putting the mixture into the freezer for another hour or two just so it can firm up a smidge. If you don't finish the batch off and want to save some for another time, make sure you take the stuff out of the freezer and let it soften for a while. Otherwise, it'll be a bit sorbet-ish  (nothin' wrong with that either) and require some scraping on your end. 

Other flavors I've tried:

Strawberry (just add about two cups of frozen strawberries & 2-3 tablespoons of almond milk)

Peanut Butter (just add a 1/3 to 1/2 cup of peanut butter depending on how strong a flavor you want)

Chocolate Peanut Butter (just add 1/3 up of peanut butter and about 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and 2-3 tablespoons of agave nectar or honey)

Fave toppings:

-unsweetened coconut flakes
-chocolate chips
-crushed almonds
-fresh fruit

Let me know what you think! Even better, let me know if you've tried any other flavors!

1 comment:

  1. Love it!!
    We bought a Vita Mix recently and have been making amazing ice creams and smoothies.
    Last night I made peach ice cream for John: ice, peach, a tbsp xylitol ( can use stevia, or no sweetener at all and) 1/4 c plain homemade yogurt..... Sooooo good,awesome without the yogurt, but I wanted to try that so I could turn it into a frozen pop.
    I'll try the banana one tonight!
    Love all your beautifully creative ideas!!!
    We soo miss And love you two!


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