banana “ice cream.”


In the two weeks leading up to Ironman Canada, Nick and I swore off sweets. No easy feat, especially considering we eat a pint or two of Talenti salted caramel gelato and visit Cow Bella Gelato on a weekly basis.

Turns out I’m pretty good at figuring a way around the no sugar to get that (almost) nightly sweet tooth fix. We’ve been rotating between fresh peaches + whipped coconut milk and this banana “ice cream.” Not even kidding, it takes like the real deal (though it’s no lemon sorbetta from Cow Bella)… creamy, sweet, satisfying and healthy.

Plus, if you’re a super picky banana eater like me (i.e. they must have some green on the ends), it’s a great way to use up the bazillion bananas in the freezer.

Banana “ice cream”

Two medium bananas, frozen
1 tbsp cocoa (currently loving Dagoba Organic)
Or, 1 tbsp peanut or almond butter

Add frozen bananas to Vitamix. Blend until consistency of ice cream, being careful not to over-blend*. Add cocoa (or PB or both!) and blend until mixed. Enjoy! Serves two (we usually use at least three bananas because we eat a lot).

*Note: If blended too long in the Vitamix, the bananas heat up, and the “ice cream” gets super runny. But, you could always pop it in the freezer if that happens.

banana ice cream

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  • Reply hers0108 08/21/2013 at 8:48 am

    I seriously LOVE nanner ice cream! Next time, add some protein powder :)

    • Reply erin 10/25/2013 at 12:45 pm

      Great idea! Chocolate would be delicious!

  • Reply amikoch 08/21/2013 at 9:03 am

    YUM. Must make asap.

    • Reply erin 10/25/2013 at 12:46 pm

      It’s so good, Sis! We should make it this weekend!

  • Reply Sweat Home Alabama 08/21/2013 at 12:22 pm

    yum. As soon as I get my vitamix back from repair I’m making this!

    • Reply erin 10/25/2013 at 12:47 pm

      Hope your vitamix is back up and running!

  • Reply Danielle @ I Eat Therefore I Run 08/21/2013 at 2:23 pm

    I’m going to try this, I love peanut butter and bananas together. My Scottish colleagues think I’m so weird for it!

    • Reply erin 10/25/2013 at 12:48 pm

      Ooo… I never thought about adding PB! Totally doing that :) It’s one of the best combos… I hope you got your coworkers to try it!

  • Reply Candice 08/22/2013 at 7:40 am

    Great healthy treat! Going to try this with almond butter and vega chocolate protein :)

    • Reply erin 10/25/2013 at 12:48 pm

      Delicious combo, Candice!

  • Reply Julia 08/22/2013 at 10:33 am

    Ive done this and added some ice and protein powder if you want it more of a meal. Yummy!
    Vitamix changed my life! well at least in the kitchen, LOL

    • Reply erin 10/25/2013 at 12:49 pm

      That sounds so good, Julia! I never would have thought to add ice. Vitamix = magic! Though I do want a food processor, too :)

  • Reply Luv What You Do 08/23/2013 at 5:03 pm

    I love banana ice cream! I never think to add cocoa powder but usually add some PB. It would be hard to have no sweets but such a great idea!

    • Reply erin 10/25/2013 at 12:50 pm

      There are endless possibilities with this! Maybe have to throw in some coconut next time :)

  • Reply Kristen 08/29/2013 at 5:56 pm

    mmm I’ve been craving something creamy and cold, need to make this again!! Need to buy more bananas too.

    • Reply erin 10/25/2013 at 12:51 pm

      So good! Though, now that’s it’s cooled down here considerably (there were flurries this week!), all I’m craving is hot peppermint tea after dinner :)

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