Sunday, June 19, 2011

80--- Monkey's Uncle Frozen Banana Creme

I read a while back that if you whip frozen bananas in a food processor they turn into an ice cream-like concoction. Too good to be true? That's what I said. But I tried it the other day. It works like a charm! Even a chimp could do it.

Bananas often get a bad rap. They have less water content than other fruits, therefore they have a slightly higher carbohydrate content and a few more calories than other fruits. But, bananas are a great source of potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6. AND they come packaged with their own little handles! I say GO BANANAS!
Here is some nutrition info so that you can make a good banana serving size choice:

Small – 6-7” long – 90 calories
Medium – 7-8” long – 105 calories
Large – 8-9” long – 121 calories
Extra-large – over 9” – 135 calories

You can add ingredients to this if you wish. Peanut butter, coconut, chocolate chips, graham cracker chunks............. oh the list goes on and on! You can also keep it really simple. No added sugar!

Monkey's Uncle Frozen Banana Creme
Serves 2

3 medium ripe bananas
3 Tbsp skim milk, almond milk, or rice milk

Spray a baking dish lightly with cooking spray. Cut bananas into chunks and place into dish, allowing space in between each chunk. Place dish in freezer for 2 hours.

Remove banana chunks from freezer and place into a food processor. Process on high for 2 minutes, then scrap edges, pushing bananas down into processor. Add milk and continue to process until bananas turn into a creamy puree (this may take ~5 minutes, but be patient), stopping processing to scrape bananas down as needed. At this time, you can add any additional ingredients that you want pureed into your mixture. If you are using chocolate chips or coconut, scoop bananas into a bowl and fold in toppings.

Bananas should have a soft serve-like consistency. If you desire a firmer treat, place in a bowl in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, or until desired consistency is achieved. Scoop out into bowls and garnish as desired.

Nutrition info per 1 cup serving without additional toppings/ingredients: 165 calories, 0.6 g fat, 41 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber


  1. I am loving your blog! What a great concept, and you have some great recipes!! I am your newest follower!

  2. I have coconut and chocolate chips hanging out in my pantry that need to be used. This is perfect! I love your blog, by the way. I saw it on Tasty Kitchen, and I'll certainly be back! :)

  3. I do this all the time, except I don't add milk. I also just freeze my bananas on wax paper on a plate - no need to spray a dish. We like it with 4-5 bananas, a couple of tablespoons of cocoa, and a handful or two of walnuts. Since SOMEONE in my kitchen is usually waiting impatiently, I dump it out of the food processor once it stops processing, and beat on it with a spatula till it thaws enough to smooth out.

  4. Great substitute for ice cream. My four year old totally fell for it! :)