This being national ice cream month, and all, I've been on the lookout for fun, and interesting ice cream recipes, and related ideas. So, when I came across a banana "ice cream" recipe, from the Kitchen at Apartment Therapy, that only called for one ingredient...
...I'll admit, I was intrigued. I was also a little more than skeptical. I've eaten frozen bananas before (usually dipped in chocolate), and found them to be hard, and if anything - tasteless. Could simply chopping up a frozen banana in a blender, turn it into something creamy, and delicious?
I really didn't think so, but I was willing to check it out. So, I peeled, and sliced a few bananas...
...covered, and froze them for a few hours...
...then popped them into the blender, with a minuscule amount of milk. The original Apartment Therapy directions did not call for milk, but my blender just sat there, threatening to overheat, until I added a couple of teaspoons of liquid.
Even with the milk, it was slow going trying to cream the solid banana chunks.
The children were making worried noises about the smell of burnt rubber, coming from the blender, before I finally started seeing progress.
But, eventually, and before the blender burst into actual flame, I did end up with something resembling a soft serve ice cream.
I wasn't sure I liked it. It was kind of like ice cream, but too full of air. I tried adding nuts...
...but, still wasn't overly pleased with the results. Finally, I put what was left into the freezer, in an air tight container, to harden for an hour, or so. What came out, was textured exactly like ice cream - very smooth, and creamy.
We still had company visiting, so I used them as guinea pigs, and served it to them for desert. They agreed, that it did have a texture similar to ice cream, and that it was surprising. But, they did not like the taste, even with chocolate syrup on top.
In fact, the Man of the House kept saying it was okay, except for the spice. I couldn't convince him, that I hadn't added any spices. He was sure there was some kind of spice in it - some kind of strong, revolting spice, that totally ruined the whole thing.
The younger children liked it though - maybe it reminded them of banana baby food, I don't know. But, despite the success of the recipe, in that it was creamy, and refreshing, the banana taste seemed to be over the top for my adult taste testers.
I tried a second batch, mixed with a few frozen peach slices. The texture was still creamy, and the peaches toned down the banana, a little. I guess it really comes down to a matter of taste. If you're looking for a non-dairy, ice cream alternative, and you like banana baby food, this might be for you.
It's great to be a homeschooler.