A problem every banana lover encounters is what to do with an excess of old, brown bananas. I find that brown bananas are a little bit too sweet to eat on their own so I usually try to make banana bread or banana bread muffins with them. I recently discovered another possibility, which is to freeze them and make my favorite treat…ice cream! Well, not real ice cream but the texture of frozen bananas is pretty close to the real thing.
Ice cream takes a lot of ingredients and effort to make on its own which is why this “ice cream” recipe is pretty amazing. All you need to do is blend a frozen banana in a food processor. I like to add some dark chocolate chips but you can get creative and blend in other things like Nutella. It’s an easy and healthy dessert that only takes seconds to make.
The bananas don’t necessarily have to be brown but the more brown they are, the more sweet the ice cream will be. Bananas are surprisingly very naturally sugary but nonetheless, the dessert is guilt-free. If you are ever craving ice cream, this super simple recipe will give you a quick fix. Maybe in the future I’ll learn to make ice cream from scratch, but for now I’ll stick with frozen bananas.
ONE-INGREDIENT ICE CREAM
(makes 1 serving)
1 banana (preferably brown)
Dark chocolate chips (optional)
Peel banana and break into 3 chunks. Put in a plastic Ziploc bag and freeze for at least 2 hours.
Place frozen banana chunks (and chocolate) in a food processor. Blend until smooth. You may need to use a spoon to move the chunks around to blend better.
I love celebrating my friends’ birthdays not only because I get to be part of their special day of turning one year older, but also because it gives me an excuse to bake a new recipe. I’m always looking forward to experimenting with new types of cookies, cupcakes, brownies and have almost never repeated.
Except once. My good friend Claire and I had made these delicious muffins for my friend’s birthday. I got the idea from the Nutella Swirled Banana Walnut Bread I made last summer and turned it into muffin form since they’re easier to share. We both tried a piece when the muffins were fresh out of the oven and almost couldn’t help ourselves from eating the rest. All of our friends who had sampled some of the muffin had that coveted “dying of happiness” face, which instantly tells you that you did a good job.
The following week was another friend’s birthday. She immediately requested the same Nutella-swirled banana muffins from me and Claire. So, we made an even bigger batch this time and again, saw even more happy faces. Now I know what to do whenever I have a bunch of brown, overripe bananas
NUTELLA-SWIRLED BANANA BREAD MUFFINS
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3 medium over-ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pan with liners.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk flours, baking soda, and baking powder until well combined. Set aside.
3. In large bowl, whisk together banana, sugar, brown sugar. (Use a blender if you have one.) Beat in egg, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture, until mixture is smooth.
4. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Top each muffin with about 1 teaspoon of Nutella and use a toothpick to swirl it into the batter.
5. Bake muffins for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
adapted from The Novice Chef
To be honest, I haven’t been cooking meals that often in our kitchen lately. It really does take up a lot of time – from preparing, to cooking, to eating, and then cleaning up. There’s no time for that in between classes, meetings, and studying! However, buying every meal can be tiring so I usually make my own in-between-meal snacks. Usually it’s as simple as just an apple but I do have my fancy days that bring the culinary artist out of me.
Take these banana snack burritos. Peanut butter. Nutella. Banana. 3 of my favorite ingredients all melded together in a simple burrito. I can only eat half of one since they’re really filling and then I usually leave the other half for one of my suitemates. It only takes 7 minutes to prepare and there is no mess afterwards!
As much as I love our Chipotle that’s down the block, I’d say these burritos come pretty close 😀
1 wholewheat flatbread
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup Nutella
Spread peanut butter on center of flatbread.
Spread Nutella on top of peanut butter.
Place banana slices on top, evenly.
Fold flatbread like a burrito and cut in half.