Freezer Cleanout: Bananas

I’m still marching through containers of meatball mix, spaghetti sauce, chicken stock, frozen veggies and fruits to update and clean up my over-full freezer. But that top shelf keeps looming with its baggies and baggies of bananas.

I’m not in the mood for banana cake. I thought I could make several loaves of banana bread…and freeze them. Ugh. I don’t like smoothies. But then I remembered the miracle “one-ingredient ice cream” and decided it was worth a try.

I am here to tell you that it really does work.

And it tastes great!

I will stop short of the term miracle and just say that you can make a treat ANY time with just that baggie of frozen bananas and a small food processor.  You can do it with as little as one banana and up to a bunch at a time, although I recommend stopping at 3 just so you don’t burn up your processor. I mean the beauty of this treat is you can make it in an emergency at any time of day, so the whole giant recipe of ice cream really doesn’t make sense. It takes less than 5 minutes. Then you can start eating it. It will be soft serve if you eat it now. You can put your ice cream into a container and ripen it in the freezer for a couple hours and then it’s scoopable. You do run the risk of ruining the sublime creamy texture though; so don’t leave it too long. I don’t put this ice cream in the same category as any of my normal “Jeni’s recipe” ice creams. But it is a dessert and a treat in its own right and I take nothing away from it.

You can do any number of stir ins to change up the flavor if the plain banana isn’t enough for you. I am not a peanut butter freak, but I do love my Biscoff cookie spread and I must say it makes a fabulous stir in. You can use chocolate chips, or hazelnut spread, or crushed pineapple, or cinnamon, or anything you think goes with bananas. Still, the plain banana is special enough on its own.

And this is a treat that babies will eat, and kiddos will eat, and teenagers will eat, and adults will eat, and your grandma before putting in her teeth will eat. It is a universal treat. Totally approachable and totally delicious. I think it’s good for you to (don’t send me cautions against eating fresh fruit.)

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I found that my tiny old mini-processor worked better than my full size processor. (I don’t think they sell the Sunbeam Oscar anymore, but you can find them on eBay or I bet another brand mini-processor at your local discount retailer.) And don’t even bother with a blender unless you have a real killer industrial type – it’ll just mix the bottom bits.

Follow the directions HERE. She gives details and pictures and delicious stir in ideas.

I starting to see the back of my freezer!

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