Thursday, June 23, 2016

Superfoods, Super You! Summer Recipe Series: Banana Ice Cream

In conjunction with our summer reading theme, Wellness, Fitness, and Sports, we will be blogging weekly about our Superfoods, Super You! Summer recipes that were featured at our Summer Reading Kick-Off event this past Saturday, June 18th. Samples of plant-based superfoods were offered to patrons and staff showcasing easy, healthy alternatives to our everyday meals and snacks.


This week’s blog focus is dessert. Banana Ice Cream is a healthier alternative to ice cream or even frozen yogurt. Ask anyone who attended WPL’s Summer Reading Kick-Off event this past Saturday and they will tell you the Banana Ice Cream was a huge hit! It is cheap, easy, and fun to make.


Take those ripe bananas from your counter, peel them, cut them, freeze them, and the next day throw them in your food processor. That’s it. You can experiment with all different kinds of flavors as well.


At the Summer Reading Kick-Off event, patrons and staff enjoyed vanilla, chocolate, and plain banana. But the sky's the limit! Try ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, peanut butter, nutella, mint, cardamom, frozen berries...I could do this all day long! As for toppings, go nuts! Try chia seeds, slivered almonds, walnuts, fresh berries, or have the ice cream as is. This is a low-calorie, dairy-free treat that you need to try today. See the recipe below.


Healthy Banana
Ice Cream Recipe
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Ingredients:
 4-5 ripe bananas
 Flavors such as vanilla extract, cocoa powder,
cinnamon
 Toppings such as chia seeds, berries, nuts,
granola
Equipment: freezer bag, spatula, food processor
Peel and cut bananas into 1 inch pieces and freeze in
plastic freezer bag over night.

Take frozen banana pieces and place them in
food processor.

Add flavor to taste and process for 1 to 2 minutes, until
smooth and creamy (don’t over process!)
Sprinkle with preferred toppings, such as nuts or berries
and enjoy a healthy dessert.
Or, place ice cream in freezer safe container for later!
(will hold for up to two days in the freezer).


Have a healthy recipe you enjoy and would like to recommend? Email me at jmarien@mywpl.org and perhaps your recipe will be featured on this blog!

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