Call it sorbet, call it “nice-cream”, or even call it banana ice-cream! Whatever you choose to name it, this recipe SO-berry-good (yes, pun-intended)!
I kept this one pretty simple with just frozen bananas as the base and berries for the ‘pizzazz’, so to speak. But really, the options of flavor varieties are endless. By swapping out ingredients or adding extra fruits & veggies, how jam-packed with nutrients you want this treat to be is really up to you!
And hey, to all you parents out there, think sneaking in ground flax seeds, spinach, kale, carrots, fresh beets, or a few prunes to the mix. One of the biggest struggles with young children is getting them to eat whole, fibrous foods (it’s no wonder many kids struggle with constipation) – so here ya go!
Alright, back to the topic of frozen treats. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do. Bon appétit!
… to a delicious dessert.
- 2 large (8-8.75" long) bananas, frozen, sliced
- 1.5 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 tsp lemon juice optional
- 1/4 tsp 100% pure vanilla extract optional
- Add all ingredients (banana, berries, lemon juice, and vanilla extract) into high-quality blender (I used a Vitamix) or food processor.
- Blend or pulse until smooth, yet sturdy for scooping. This is a good time for taste-testing to see if you want to add in any sweetener.
- Scoop into a bowl with an ice-cream scoop and enjoy!
Ingredients won't blend together?
If you have trouble getting the ingredients to combine, you can gradually add in a tiny amount of liquid (such as unsweetened cashew milk, fruit juice, or even water). OR you can allow your frozen ingredients to thaw-out a little bit beforehand, so that less power is needed to blend.
End up with something more like a smoothie?
If you accidentally added too much liquid, you can always freeze the mix for about 30 minutes to get the consistency frozen enough to hold a rounded, scooped shape.
If the flavor is too tart for your liking, try adding about a half teaspoon of sweetener (such as local raw honey) to balance it out.
Allow bananas to ripen before peeling for a more caramelized and sweeter flavor. Slice banana (and other fruit) into small pieces before freezing for easier blending.
One 1/2 cup serving provides approximately 105 calories, 1.4 grams protein, 26 grams carbohydrates (3.7 grams from fiber), and virtually fat-free.