Ok I know some of you reading this might be like “DUH! We already know this!” But for those of you that don’t, this is a lifesaver!! The amount of people that I have mentioned this to recently that haven’t thought to do this has compelled me to write a post on this to help make healthy eating easier for you too!
So here it is. Peel and then cut up your bananas BEFORE you freeze them! If you don’t peel them before freezing them you will find they are difficult and time consuming to peel them once they are frozen. When they are peeled, sliced, and frozen they are readily available for smoothies and banana ice cream at anytime. I make both almost daily so this really helps me and it is really great to add frozen bananas to add to your smoothies rather than having to add ice to chill a smoothie, just pull them out and they are ready to go!
Then when they are all super ripe and spotted, you can peel them, cut them up and get them ready for the freezer. I recommend cutting them into chunks and placing them on a baking sheet and sticking them into the freezer for a few hours then transferring them to a large tupperware or ziplock bag that way they won’t stick together.
Now next time your craving banana ice cream you can have it within minutes! Its a great healthy snack for you and the kiddos, especially in the summer. It is all about these little tricks that make your days easier and staying healthy a lot less complicated! Do whatever you can to make healthy eating more simple.
So here is my go to recipe for Banana Nice Cream, I like to add dates for some added natural sweetness and a splash of your fav non dairy milk, which will help blend it up and make it super creamy. I am currently using oat milk. I used a vitamix for my ice cream but many people also use a food processor, both work! I eat this A LOT and you can really adapt it to whatever you are craving, add cocoa powder for chocolate banana, or peanut butter or even a little peppermint extract for a little mint chocolate chip nice cream. What’s your favourite combo??
- 4 soaked dates
- 3 frozen bananas (see note)
- splash of non dairy milk
- 1 tablespoon - natural peanut butter (optional)
- 1 teaspoon - vanilla bean powder (optional)
- 1 tablespoon - dairy free chocolate chips (optional - sprinkle on top)
- Soak the dates in a bowl with boiling water for about 10 minutes.
- Then add the dates and a splash of non dairy milk and blend up your dates.
- Add the frozen bananas and blend until smooth but not soupy.
- If you are using a vitamix use the damper to really move the ice cream around to get out all of the big chunks.