Hopefully we’re not the only ones that are late to the Banana Soft-Serve party! This stuff is seriously delicious. It’s healthy, dairy free and completely natural. We love that you don’t need to add sugar to sweeten it – this tasty treat is made from fruit alone, sweetened only by Mother Nature. It’s a great way to extend the life of bananas that are just on the verge of being overripe… you can peel them, freeze them, and once frozen pop them in bags and store them for later. The only limit is your imagination! It’s also incredibly versatile; you can add a variety of ingredients to make different flavors including other frozen fruits, spices, peanut butter, or cocoa powder. YUM!
Line a plate or baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice ripe bananas into 1/2 inch rounds and place them on the parchment evenly spaced. (You can fit about 5 medium-sized bananas on one standard-sized baking sheet, and you’ll end up with about 1 pound of frozen banana). Freeze the banana pieces for a few hours or until firm.
Remove the pieces from the cookie sheet and immediately place them into Ziploc bags (they thaw quickly!). Remove the air from each bag before placing back in the freezer. You can freeze the slices in bags without first putting them on the cookie sheets, but they will stick together as they freeze and it will be harder to blend them.
When you’re ready to make your soft-serve, fit your food processor with the blade attachment and pour the frozen banana pieces in. You can also attempt this in the blender, but it’s much more difficult to avoid clumping and to get things to mix evenly. If you have a food processor, use it!
Start by pulsing the frozen bananas a few times until small crumbles form, then continue processing. As you do you’ll notice the banana mixture clumping or sticking from time to time. Open the processor and use a spatula to spread the mixture out evenly throughout the processor so that it processes smoothly.
Continue processing, periodically stirring with the spatula, until the mixture becomes smooth and has the consistency of soft serve ice cream.
Scoop the soft serve into bowls and serve immediately!
This is a basic recipe for basic banana soft serve, and it’s great as-is, but it can easily be changed and improved by adding other ingredients such as cocoa powder, peanut butter or PB2, dark chocolate chips, or other frozen fruits.
Note: this recipe is gluten free, dairy free and nut free as written. Any additional ingredients may render it less allergy friendly. Add with care!
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