Thursday, June 17, 2010

Frozen Banana Ice Cream!

I love watching "Good Eats" on the Food Network, hosted by Alton Brown. I watch it almost every night and always get so excited about his recipes but have yet to actually TRY one. So, for the first time i'm experimenting with his rendition of "Frozen Banana Ice Cream". It's the perfect time of year for it and would be great for anyone who loves ice cream but can't eat eggs and doesn't want to give up the dairy. And from what I have found online you could make it vegan as well. Whats great about this recipe is that it doesn't require an ice cream maker, which I have been putting off buying. I have so many other tools in my kitchen that I rarely dust off and use(i.e, the dehydrator, the stand mixer, the Foreman Grill). This list goes on and on. But you WILL need a food processor. You will also need:

6 Organic Bananas
1 1/2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 c. Agave Nectar (add more to your liking)

First, you must freeze the bananas with their peels on until they are rock hard. Take them out and put in a bowl to let thaw. Freezing them first has something to do with the cells in the banana changing once frozen. Let thaw, remove the peels and put in the food processor. Add the lemon, the agave and the vanilla. Slowly drizzle in the whipping cream to create an emulsion (like when you make salad dressing). Continue to blend until creamy. At this point you want to set in the refrigerator to cool down to at least 40 degrees before putting it in your ice cream maker. This is where my bus stops. I live in No More Appliance'ville, remember? So at this point you would put the soupy mixture in my freezer. About every hour take the mixture out and give it a good stir. It will start to harden around the edges. The final product is a yummy, creamy frozen dessert tasting much like a banana split! A batch will make over 4 cups of ice cream which can be made for a little over $1 per cup. That's a bargain for organic ice cream! And the variations on this recipe are endless!
You can click here to watch Alton work his magic.

1 comment:


    That version is even simpler and totally vegan -- in fact as the article states, it's gluten-free, dairy-free, and no added sugar.

    It might not have the same level of creaminess, but it's kind of like a sorbet, I guess? I might try this version you've described here next time though as it looks delicious as well!

    Another good organic frozen treat on that same site is this 4 ingredient peach yogurt: