In the midst of the NFL's off season, I once again have found my self slowly gaining the poundage. This happens every darn year. When the season is over, I get Dan home all day every day.
I love spending time with him, but I end up preparing 3 FULL meals a day plus snacks, rather than just dinner after practice. We attend more charity events, have a few more drinks with friends, and go on more vacations.
Fun? Of course! Are the free drinks, fast food, and lazing around with my hubby making me chubby? Ohhhh ya baby!
This time of year, every year, is the time I start cutting back on goodies and start exercising a wee bit more. I am not the kind to deprive myself of the yummy stuff, but I am a fan of tricking myself into enjoying good substitutions.
Banana ice cream is creamy and delicious and cuts the calories approximately in half compared to regular ice cream. This 2 ingredient ice cream is healthy and great for an afternoon snack or after a workout.
What? Ice cream after a work out? Yup! When it is Banana Ice Cream feel free! No guilt afterwards here!
Bananas are the main ingredient. They are low in sodium, cholesterol, and saturated fat! This 2 ingredient banana ice cream is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium, and Vitamin B6!
Fat Free, Dairy Free, and no added sugar or preservatives! Yippee!
2 Ingredient Ice Cream
Start and finish with just 2 ingredients to make a delish banana ice cream, or get creative and add peanut butter, strawberries, or cocoa powder. (See my healthy chocolate ice cream to follow!)
Peeled and Frozen Browned Bananas cut into pieces
Tiny bit of water (optional)
(Ratio 1 banana / 1 TB of Vanilla / optional 1 TB water)
-When you have over ripe bananas, peel them and then store in the freezer.
-When you are craving ice cream, bring your vanilla an food processor to the counter top.
-Slice up the frozen bananas into circles and/or pieces and throw into the food processor along with the vanilla.
-Ratio of 1 TB vanilla to 1 frozen banana.
-With the pulse on, blend up the bananas and vanilla. Be patient, and stop every so often to encourage the process with a spoon.
-If you feel it is necessary about half way through, add a tablespoon or two of water to the bananas to help speed up the process....if you are patient enough you wont need to, as the bananas start to melt a little and serve as liquid....Either way. Your choice:)
-Continue to pulsate and blend the mixture until creamy and smooth.
-Enjoy your Frozen Banana Ice Cream!
-I topped mine with mini chocolate chips.
- Eat as soft serve, or pop back into the freezer to harden up a bit more.
Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
Chocolate Banana Ice Cream might me my all time favorite!
Use the instructions above, except add 1 heaping TB of cocoa powder per banana, and increase the optional water to 2 TB of water per banana to off set the dry cocoa powder. This leaves the ingredient ratio for Chocolate Banana Ice Cream as follows.
1 banana / 1 TB vanilla / 1 TB cocoa powder / 2 TB water
Cocoa Powder is only 15 calories per tablespoon, and provides a true and deep chocolate taste. Isn't that AWESOME!!
No sugar needed! The sweetness of the over ripe bananas in this 2 ingredient frozen banana ice cream is perfect the way it is!