Easy Banana and Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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We’ve just been back from a long weekend in Aberdeenshire helping to look after pets for Mike’s parents while they went away for a much needed break of their own. As always Mike’s mum made sure we had plenty of food; their fridge and cupboards were well stocked up! (And oh my I did tuck into the biscuit cupboard a few times…)

I love making food in their kitchen – Mike’s mum have some really cool baking and cooking gadgets, and the cupboards are organised with clever storage things. I’ve been like a kid in a sweety shop!

So one of the things we made over the weekend was banana ice cream – ladies and gents…this is the healthy but tasty version of ice cream because it doesn’t contain any cream, added sugar or whatever else you need to make ice cream, all you need are just bananas. Well, there’s also peanut butter in this recipe but it’s not necessary if you don’t want it or would rather keep it healthy…but I would highly recommend the peanut butter!

This recipe is also great for using up too ripe to eat bananas. See my other post for a banana loaf recipe which uses those dark speckled bananas from your fruit bowl.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 handful of chocolate pieces
  • handful of toasted peanuts (optional)

METHOD

  1. Slice up the bananas and place in a freeze proof tub or dish. Put in freezer for a couple of hours or until the bananas are frozen.
  2. Using a blender, blitz up the frozen banana slices until you get a smooth consistency.
  3. Add the peanut butter and blend once more.
  4. Pour your mix into the tub and then fold in the chocolate pieces.
  5. Lastly you can sprinkle the toasted peanuts on top or you can mix these into the tub. Or alternatively save the peanuts until just serving to garnish on top of the ice cream. (We sprinkled ours on top before freezing).
  6. Put back in freezer and let it freeze overnight or until frozen to your desire level.
  7. Before serving I like to take it out of the freezer for about 30-45 minutes to allow the ice cream to soften, otherwise it will be rock hard when trying to scoop some out. Or you can try blasting it in the microwave really quickly.

 

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And here are some photos from the weekend. The dogs looks a bit calm in these but they are super excited most of the time and love a good cuddle and tummy rub for sure.

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Bramble

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Boris relaxing on his blanket

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The ducks (minus one – she’s somewhere else in the garden)

 

 

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