A blog by runners. For runners.

Recipe: banana peanut butter ice cream

banana-peanut-butter-ice-cream

I can already see the comments below this post. “No thank you,” “I’ll stick with regular ice cream,” “gross.” Before you all dismiss me as a health food nut let me preface this recipe. This is not a straight substitute for ice cream. Honestly though, is anything an equivalent substitute? Even if it’s store bought? I’ve tried coconut, almond, and soy-based “ice creams” and none can touch the real thing. So, let’s not label this as ice cream, let’s just put it in its own category and judge it based on what it actually is:

Delicious.

I must also note I’m not the original creator of this recipe. I’d love to give the originator credit but it’s been floating around on vegan blogs for longer than I can remember so there’s no way of knowing which is really the first. What that means for us is there are plenty of variations to try, like this roasted peach and cinnamon one or this Cherry Garcia one. My version incorporates my favorite flavor in the whole world, peanut butter. Like most of my recipes, there is no special equipment or fancy ingredients required, just a food processor and some frozen bananas.

This recipe is healthy, quick and won’t ruin your diet, if you’ve got one. My fiancé thought the below recipe could have been sweeter and I actually could have done without the maple syrup. Adjust according to your own taste preference.

Healthy Banana Ice Cream (vegan, gluten-free)

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Splash of unsweetened almond milk (roughly 1-2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter

Directions

  1. I always have frozen bananas in my freezer but if you don’t, cut ripe bananas into pieces then freeze in a Ziploc bag overnight.
  2. Place frozen bananas, vanilla, maple syrup and almond milk in a food processor with a standard S-blade.
  3. Run the processor until everything is well combined.
  4. Lastly, add the peanut butter and pulse into the banana mixture a few times. I like larger chunks of peanut butter but you can add it in with everything else if you want it more mixed in.
  5. Two choices for serving. Place mixture in a bowl and eat right away as a soft serve! Or, you can place mixture in a Tupperware and freeze for 30 minutes. It will harden up a bit and can be scooped into a more traditional ice cream shape.

Let me know what you think if you give it a go and what flavor combos you come up with.

Makes 2 servings.

Photos and article by Lisa Horvath.