You are not going to believe this.
What if I told you that bananas + cocoa powder = CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM?!
And not just any chocolate ice cream, but rich, creamy, indulgent chocolate ice cream?
I knew for awhile that things like applesauce and bananas were good substitutes for oils and sugars in baked goods. I never knew that it would make having chocolate ice cream around the house so easy!
I decided to make mine a 3 ingredient ice cream by adding some Bailey's for a little something extra...but you could leave it out for a non-alcoholic version, and it will still be just as yummy!
Here's what you do:
Slice up 4 ripe bananas and lay them on a cookie sheet. I lined mine with wax paper. The bananas will need to spend at least an hour in the freezer to harden. Overnight is fine, too.
Next, put the frozen bananas in a high-capacity food processor. Mine holds 9 cups, I think.
Pulse the food processor for 5 or 6 times to get the bananas broken up, and then you can switch it to "on". The bananas will resemble crumbs.
Keep it on for a few minutes. You will probably be thinking to yourself, how is this going to turn in to ice cream?! You may need to stop a time or two to push the banana back down to the bottom. Mine kept sneaking up the sides.
I decided to add my Bailey's here. I probably added 2 or 3 ounces.
Return to the "on" position...and magically, the bananas turn into this consistency! And this will happen whether or not you add the Bailey's.
|See how there's still a little bit of "banana crumbs" left in there?|
Now you can add the cocoa powder. I wanted it to be very chocolatey, so I probably added 1/4 cup of it. There wasn't a whole lot left in my container, so I just ended up dumping it all in. It saved me from having to wash a measuring cup!
Turn it on again to blend. Again, you may have to scrape down the sides with a spatula to incorporate all of the cocoa powder.
JUST LOOK AT THAT, WOULDJA?
Doesn't that look AMAZING?!
It tastes just like the real thing, and it is CLEARLY much healthier.
Well, sans the Bailey's.
Bailey's Chocolate Ice Cream
Serves 3-4 people
4 ripe bananas, sliced and frozen
(use about 1 banana per person with a little extra)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Bailey's to taste, 2-3 ounces, optional
Put the bananas into the food processor and pulse to break up the chunks.
Run the food processor until the bananas break down into a creamy consistency, scraping down the sides as needed.
Add in the cocoa powder and Bailey's.
Serve immediately or store in freezer.
Please enjoy responsibly, haha! :)