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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Banana "Ice Cream" ( Zero P+)

Variations of this recipe have been popping up all over the internet lately, probably because now that fruit is considered a zero point food on point plus, Banana "ice cream" is now a zero point treat.  I first saw this recipe a few month ago on Danica's Daily.  Since then I have seen variations posted on several blogs and recipe sites. Everybody knows bananas are good for you.  They contain moderate amounts of vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese and potassium.

I was skeptical at first, but soon found out banana "ice cream" is super easy to make and really does whip into a mixture with a similar texture to ice cream.  You WILL need a food processor to make this, either a full sized one or a mini one.  ( I use my mini one for one banana...which is one serving)  It's very versatile...you can use any liquid of choice...ff creamer, skim milk, almond milk, soy milk....and you can add any flavor enhancer to it you like...vanilla extract, cinnamon, coconut extract...the possibilities are almost endless.    You will want to start with a very ripe banana.  Peel it, slice it up, and freeze it.  ( perfect for those bananas that get a little over ripe) You must slice the banana before it goes into the food processor, or your food processor motor will not be happy. I have been slicing up my over ripe bananas, and then putting the slices from one banana into freezer bags and popping them into the freezer for when I want a treat. 

*Please note, this is one of those recipes that fall into the "gray area" of point plus calculations.  For all intents and purposes, this is a zero point food...however, when the nutrition information is used to calculate points plus, you will get 4 pp per serving..this is also true of the recipe builder tool on WW.  With a recipe that falls into this category, I have been told by WW, that you can consider this a zero point food, if you are happy with your weight loss...if you are not seeing results, then you should consider counting it as 4 points+ per serving. 


Banana "Ice Cream" ( Zero P+) adapted from Danica's Daily

Servings - one   Serving size - one banana   Points Plus per svg - zero or 4 points+ * ( see explanation above)
Calories - 135.8,  Total Fat - 0.8g,   Carb. - 33.4g,   Protein - 2.4g,  Fiber - 3.2g

1 med to large very ripe banana, sliced and frozen
2 - 3 TBS skim milk
1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1.  Put frozen sliced banana into the food processor.  Start with 1 TBS milk and pulse...scrap down sides and add more milk and process until you get a "soft serve" ice cream consistency.  
2. Add the extract and pulse for a second more. 

I topped mine with a few mini chocolate chips ( may affect point plus value).  A really delicious, satisfying treat anytime!  


9 comments:

  1. Mmmmmm,this looks yummy....thanks!!!!

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  2. HOLY SMOKES, I need to eat this, like NOW!!! :)

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  3. Hi Renee. I have GOT to try this!!! Like you, I've seen it posted on all kinds of blogs.... Strange about the zero to four point discrepancy....however, better to count the points than not I suppose. Have a great day!!

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  4. I am suddenly all sorts of giddy over the old, frozen bananas in my freezer :)

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  5. Looks delish! I use to make this all the time in college. My roommate and I became addicted. Now I never want to make it again lol.

    xo

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  6. can I use my blender to do this? I do not have a food processor. Just found your blog. Super excited to find new recipes since I just re-joined Weight Watchers! Thanks :o)

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  7. Hi Kim! sorry I didn't see this comment earlier..but yes, you could use your blender.

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  8. Just a quick editor's note, the phrase is actually "for all intents and purposes" not "intense purposes" :)

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