Friday, May 17, 2013

Banana "Ice Cream" with Sweet and Salty Roasted Almonds Two Ways

Yes!  You can make healthy ice cream with frozen bananas and a food processor, or a Yonanas machine. Great news if you are cutting back on sugar, dairy, or eggs or just want a healthy treat.

We have been enjoying our Yonanas machine a lot since the warm weather rolled in, so when I spotted this recipe for  Banana "Ice Cream" with Almonds by Gwyneth Patrow in USA Weekend magazine, I couldn't wait to try it. 

I loved it! Not only does it taste delicious, but it is super good for you.  According to Bottom Line Health, bananas and almonds are super foods that help control blood pressure.

I am posting the original recipe using a food processor and my revised recipe using a Yonanas machine below.  Serve this up for dessert then surprise and amaze your family with the recipe.  Of course, they all ready know you are pretty AH-Mazing!
Banana "Ice Cream" with Sweet and Salty Roasted Almonds Using a Food Processor
by Gwyneth Partrow, from "It's All Good"

4 ripe bananas peeled and sliced into thin rounds
1/4 cup finely chopped roasted almonds
2 teaspoons plus 2 Tablespoons good-quality maple syrup divided
A pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or soy or cow's milk), cold
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Freeze the banana slices in a single layer on a tray or plate lined with parchment or wax paper. 
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the almonds with 2 teaspoons of maple syrup and the pinch of salt and set the mixture aside.
  • Combine the frozen banana slices, the cold almond milk, the remaining 2 Tablespoons of maple syrup and the vanilla in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is the texture of soft-serve ice cream, scraping down the sides as necessary.  Don't worry if the mixture is not totally smooth at first, once the bananas start to break down and defrost in the food processor, they'll give in, and the "ice cream" will take shape quickly.
  • Spoon the banana "ice cream" into bowls immediately and sprinkle each serving with a bit of the almond mixture.

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Sweet and Salty Ice Cream with Almonds Using a Yonanas Machine

To 4 frozen bananas that have been pulverized by my Yonanas machine I add the following:
1/4 cup chopped almonds roasted with sea salt
2 Tablespoons of maple syrup (we have some that a friend made)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Garnish with chopped almonds

Enjoy, and have a great summer!

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