A while ago I posted about one of my favourite ways to use up ripe bananas – in a one-ingredient “ice cream” that’s made by simply blending frozen bananas in a food processor. When I first discovered this I was amazed at how easy and quick it was to make soft serve at home, and that it was completely guilt-free too!
The blog world has exploded with different versions of this amazing one-ingredient ice cream, some that keep it pretty guilt-free and others that add a bit more fat but still sound so delicious! When I saw this recipe for a mint chocolate version on Girl Cooks World, I knew I had to make it immediately. It helped that I happened to have a fresh bunch of mint to use up, and the other ingredients were pantry staples (there are always ripe bananas in my freezer).
I changed the recipe slightly by adding some cocoa powder so it would have a stronger chocolate flavour (hence the brown colour instead of green). The result was amazing! The mint and chocolate flavours really came through strongly, so you didn’t really notice the taste of the bananas. I think if you served this to an unknowing person, you would have a hard time convincing them it’s healthy because it tastes so good!
There are lots of other versions of banana “ice cream” out there that I’m dying to try next. Here are just a few if you’re looking for some inspiration!
Two Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream on Two Peas & Their Pod
Carrot Cake Soft Serve on Oh She Glows
Pecan Banana Ice Cream on The Slow Roasted Italian
Fudgsicle Soft Serve on Oh She Glows
Healthified Supreme Chunky Monkey Ice Cream on Healthful Pursuit
Healthy Mint Chocolate “Ice Cream”
Adapted from Girl Cooks World
2 frozen ripe bananas, broken into chunks
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves
1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips
Process the first three ingredients together until mixture reaches a soft serve texture. Add chocolate chips and pulse a few times until well combined.
Serve immediately for a soft-serve consistency, or put in the freezer to firm up first, if desired.