The only difference is that this blueberry banana ice cream has no dairy. That’s a win- win for those of us who can’t tolerate dairy. Let me tell you, this “ice cream” is so decadent without the extra fat, calories and preservatives of regular ice cream. The bananas and blueberries give it a creamy texture, that leaves you wanting more with every spoonful.
This dessert needs a bit of preparation ahead of time. You simply start by peeling overly ripe bananas, cut them into pieces or you can freeze them whole and break them into pieces when you are ready to use. I find leaving them whole is easier, because I know exactly how many bananas I’m using and it takes up less space when storing in the freezer. I can usually store 3-4 bananas in one zip-lock bag.
The same goes for the blueberries, freeze any excess blueberries you may have. You can always use them for a smoothie, baking or syrup recipes. Once the fruits have been frozen at least overnight for firmness, they can be used for this ice cream. Start by placing the chopped/ broken pieces of banana in the food processor, add the blueberries, cinnamon and coffee liqueur.
A quick word about coffee liqueur. I often use it in place of vanilla essence. My favorite is Don Pancho Coffee liqueur. I like the flavor notes that it brings to dessert dishes.
Please feel free to use vanilla essence if you are concerned about the alcohol content in the liqueur especially when serving to children. You may even want to experiment with other liqueur flavors for your dessert recipes.
Now back to the recipe. Once the ingredients are in the processor, begin pulsing or let it run on low, stopping every so often to scrape down the sides. If the mixture is difficult to process, try adding a tbsp of water through the chute while the mixture is processing.
Your mixture will slowly come together and take on the texture of soft serve ice-cream. Stop the processor and check to ensure that all the fruit are blended. If you like chunky pieces of fruit, that’s okay too. I personally prefer a smooth soft serve “ice-cream”. Try not to over process or you will have a milkshake type mixture.
Once you reach your desired texture, serve immediately in your favorite bowl, cup or cone. You can even add your favorite toppings.
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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO USE UP EXTRA BANANAS AND BLUEBERRIES?
- 2 Bananas- frozen
- 1 cup Blueberries- frozen
- 1 Tbsp Water
- 2 tsp Coffee Liqueur
- ¼ tsp Cinnamon
- Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender
- Pulse until frozen blueberries and bananas has the consistency of soft serve "ice-cream"
- Add water if needed
- Scoop into your favorite ice cream cup or cone