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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Learning to Love

I am not a fan of bananas. I pick them out of fruit salad. I gag on banana flavored popsicles. I pass on banana cream pie. Eat a whole banana? Never.
Then someone at work mentioned how they only like their bananas when they are still fairly green. Intrigued, I tried a slightly under-ripe banana. To my surprise I liked it much better than a ripe one. I still don't love them, but now I eat them for their nutrition and portability. (Is there an easier snack than a banana?)
But that means I have a very small window in which I like to eat bananas. What do I do with all of those ripe bananas?

Perfect for some, too ripe for me
I have a late class at the gym tonight, so I wanted to have a filling snack when I got home from work. I decided to give Banana Soft Serve a shot, since I already had a large banana in the freezer.
A few of my favorite bloggers are vegan (Peas and Thank You, Oh She Glows). They both eat Banana Soft Serve as a non-dairy alternative to ice cream. They both credit Gena at Choosing Raw with the concept.
The concept is a very simple one. Freeze bananas and puree in the food processor or blender. They claim the results rival the taste and texture of soft serve ice cream. My Mom tried this a few months ago and raved about it. Being the banana-hater that I was, I was skeptical.Very skeptical.

Banana 'Soft Serve'
Place one frozen banana (chopped) into your food processor or blender. Mix until smooth, light and fluffy. The longer you puree, the smoother the texture will be.
The mix in possibilities are endless: vanilla extract, peanut butter, coffee, berries, nuts, cocoa powder, etc.

Here is what I put in my 'naner soft serve this afternoon:
I pulsed in the Ninja blender until smooth. I added a few Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips on top.

I will admit, I am a Banana Soft Serve convert. I am not going to claim that this was as good as soft serve ice cream. But it was close. Very close. Why is it so creamy?! Delicious, non-dairy, non-fat, no-sugar-added. Heck, you could eat this for breakfast without feeling guilty.

  • Peel and chop your bananas before freezing. I spent five icy- fingered minutes trying to peel a frozen banana. Not easy and oh so humbling.
  • Blend/process your banana a long time. One blogger recommends 5 minutes. I'm not sure if I didn't blend long enough but I felt like it could have been a little smoother. Maybe the strawberries threw off the texture.
Today's lesson: Always listen to your mother and eat your banana. I will, as long as its soft serve!


At July 19, 2011 at 6:59 PM , Blogger Jess C said...

I need to try this! I, too, am not a fan of overly ripe bananas...I like them best when they are still a little green. You don't add sugar - just a banana? Is one banana enough - or do you suggest two? Keep me posted on good additives to your banana soft serve! I have to pick up bananas next time I'm at the store :)

At July 19, 2011 at 8:01 PM , Blogger janis said...

Rule #1. Mom knows best!
Really it does rival soft serve, and you can make a single serving whenever. Use 2 bananas, its that good!
I love just banana and cocoa powder...yum
the riper.. the sweeter it is frozen and it is humbling and numbling to peel a frozen "b-bana"

At July 19, 2011 at 8:05 PM , Blogger janis said...

By the way, your bowl and that berry colored soft serve? great pictures! I gotta add chips next time.

At July 19, 2011 at 8:09 PM , Blogger ridiculouslikethat said...

I love green bananas, bit I hate peeling green bananas.

At July 19, 2011 at 8:58 PM , Blogger LaurenMcC said...

I went and bought bananas so I can try this tomorrow!!!
What do you think, should I go buy a Ninja or a magic bullet?

At July 19, 2011 at 9:44 PM , Blogger Erin said...

@Jess: If you use a really ripe banana I don't think you'll need sugar. And if you use two bananas, I'm sure you'll eat it!
@Janis: Thanks! And the chips were great!
@Ridiculous: Why are they so hard to peel?!
@Lauren: Since you are low on space, I would go with the Bullet. Jess has it and likes it. In the mean time you can use your food processor. Make a big batch and just freeze the rest.

At July 22, 2011 at 3:50 PM , Blogger ~Laura said...

I like bananas a lot but my favorite time for them is like 3 hours after they are no longer green ;) My husband says I'm crazy & that they get so much sweeter when they are ripe & brown spotted but I do not agree! I don't enjoy them like that!
PS banana soft serve is great! But it does take a while for the 'naner to finally whip.


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