I would like to thank one of my followers, @maplepancake14 , for my first recipe request! I have posted homemade banana ice cream on Instagram a few times as part of my food diary. I originally got the idea from a lovely girl I follow called @madsgetsfit . She posts nearly daily her banana “nice” cream which she has stated uses frozen banana and milk which is blended until an ice cream like consistency is achieved. She always makes it look so nice with loads of toppings! I haven’t quite ventured this far as I typically have my ice cream late at night and just want to eat it and go to bed.
I gave the banana ice cream a go and it is amazing! Definitely feels like a naughty treat even though its practically just fruit. I couldn’t help but think that something was missing. Okay yes I know, toppings, but something other than that. After having a good think, I adapted the basic banana ice cream recipe to come up with something a little creamier and incorporate frozen fruit pieces. Where my recipe differs is the use of Greek yogurt. This makes the ice cream creamy and adds a slight tang. I also added strawberries to the mix to create one of my favourite flavour combinations. You can’t go wrong with a bit of strawberry and banana! My recipe makes a LOT of ice cream and each serving comes in at under 100 calories. Yep, ice cream for under 100 calories. Mind you, this is a high carb dessert at 21.2g. Hold on don’t go running for the hills, these are good carbs!
Strawberry & Banana Ice Cream – serves 6
4 bananas, chopped and frozen
6 medium strawberris, chopped and frozen
200ml skimmed milk
50g Greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Chop up the bananas and strawberries and throw into an airtight container. Leave to freeze thoroughly, ideally overnight.
Once the fruit is frozen, place half in a food processor with the yogurt and blitz. Depending on how awesome your food processor is, you may have to give it a few stirs to push the frozen fruit back to the bottom. Mine is rubbish, so I am forever doing this. Keep blitzing until majority of the fruit is broken up.
Add in the second half of the fruit along with half of the milk. Blitz the mixture until the fruit is nearly all blended. There will be chunks of frozen fruit within the ice cream mixture, but that is what we want! Keep adding splashes of the remaining 100ml until you get your desired consistency. Add in the vanilla extract and give another quick blitz so it is incorporated.
Transfer the mixture to an airtight container container and smooth out. You can eat it at this stage, but it will be very soft. I would recommend letting this set in the freezer for around an hour and giving it a mix half way through.
After the ice cream has set in the freezer for a bit, dish up and enjoy! This basic recipe is so versatile and should work with most frozen fruits, so experiment and have fun with it! Let me know what flavours you try and what fruits you use.