You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. And this Banana Ice Cream Sundae is no different. In fact, I’ll scream about it more because it has just ONE ingredient…. Bananas! Bless you, humble banana, with the power of one thousand suns for all you do for us and for all of the deliciously versatile nourishment you provide. Let me introduce to you the perfect healthy dessert… the Banana Ice Cream Sundae.
DITCHING THE DAIRY
There are so many dairy-free ice cream brands on the shelves these days, which is something I love to see because more and more of us are finding that lactose doesn’t agree with our bods. And that’s because it’s not supposed to! Dairy products are no doubt delicious, but being able to process lactose is actually a genetic mutation. That’s why 75% of humans aren’t able to process lactose after being weaned off of it as an infant, which is completely normal (1).
Banana ice cream is the perfect substitute for its dairy filled step-sibling. And unlike the pricey dairy-free brands available in stores, this will cost you under $1 to make. And you get the added satisfaction of knowing exactly what’s in it… I can’t be the only one that finds that satisfying, am I right?
Since bananas come in their own little yellow jacket, they make the perfect snack. True story: my kitchen counter usually always looks like a monkey’s lair. But they’re one of my favorite things to snack on, so I’m not sorry about it!
Bananas are also rich in potassium, fiber, and carbohydrates while maintaining a relatively low glycemic index. Which means long lasting energy while its sugars are slowly released into your bloodstream (2). It’s easy to see why bananas are one of the world’s most consumed fruits, they’re convenient, nutrient dense, and delicious… duh!
So what’s this banana ice cream really about?? It’s about blending the daylights out of frozen bananas until they become a creamy, dreamy frozen dessert that’s the perfect vector for an insane amount of topping varieties. For best results, I recommend using a high powered blender like a Vitamix, Ninja or a food processor, which works equally as well. This recipe is fun because you can make it as sweet and dessert like or has healthy as you want. Don’t be afraid to try unique flavor combinations because I’m 99% sure they’re all gonna taste good.
Add-in and topping options are endless but these are a few suggestions I think would work well and can double as toppings as well:
Fruit– blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate seeds, raspberries, pineapple, figs, kiwi (and any of thee above in a dried version… yummmm… omg dates yummmmm)
Nuts & Seeds– ANY! Walnuts, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, cashews, pistachios, peanuts, tahini, any nut butter
Superfoods– cacao, coconut, spirulina powder, goji berries
- 5 ripe bananas, frozen
- 1/4 cup fresh strawberries
- 1/4 cup toasted coconut
- 1 Tbsp. tahini
- Chocolate shavings
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1/2 Tbsp. honey
- To make the banana ice cream, simply add all frozen bananas into a high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Mix together shell chocolate sauce ingredients and drizzle over top. Be amazed as it hardens and becomes freaky delicious!
- Add on additional toppings, like sliced strawberries, toasted coconut, chocolate shavings and tahini.
- Enjoy immediately!