NICE CREAM

Some top tips to turn frozen bananas into the best healthy ice cream ever!

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Let the bananas go super spotty. The more spots on your bananas = more antioxidant properties and goodness they contain. When they are too ripe however, the skin almost brown and the banana mushy inside, they aren't as good for ice cream, you can still use them for it, I just find they create a more icy texture and don't whip up as nice.

Peel, then cut into 1-2 inch sized chunks, I store mine in a BPA free tupperware box. When you get them out the freezer sometimes it can be worth leaving the frozen nanas out on the work top before blending, just so they are a bit easier to work with. I find getting them out the tub with a hot spoon or knife works if they are really frozen together.

A food processor with an S blade works better than a blender. I broke my last blender attempting to make banana ice cream. If you have a Vitamix or some other super fancy piece of blending equipment, that will work. If you don't, then don't bother. All the best results I've had come from the food processor. The frozen bananas will go to a crumb like texture and up the sides of the bowl, give it a mix with a spoon and keep going until you hit a gelato like consistency. 

The possibilities are endless. I add some carob flakes or cacao powder for chocolate ice cream. Or mix the same ingredients with dates or maple syrup and a tiny bit of water for a chocolate sauce (as seen in the photo above!), caramel sauce made from just dates and water with a dash of cinnamon, vegan mint choc chip? peppermint drops, raw cacao nibs and whatever green powder you may have lying round. Maple pecan? Just add maple syrup and pecan nuts..easy! Whatever flavour you are craving, you can make it.

Add more fruit. Frozen or fresh berries, blended with the bananas or just thrown on top. Dried fruits are good too.

It's best not to eat raw fruits after dinner, I wouldn't recommend this for a pudding after a cooked meal. It could cause digestive problems and make your tummy hurt! It takes the body around an hour to digest bananas, and up to 4-5 hours depending on what cooked food you have eaten.

What are your favourite nice cream flavours? Have you even tried making it yet? and if not, why not?! Let us know in the comments