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Nailed It: Guilt Free “Ice Cream”

A few weeks ago, I shared one of my attempts at recreating something I had found on Pinterest– the sock bun– and my miserable attempt at “mastering” the simple hairstyle.

This evening, I tried to complete another pin, and had somewhat better results.

A few days ago, someone had posted this supposedly “guilt free ice cream,” which consists of frozen bananas, peanut butter, and cocoa. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a huge fan of frozen chocolate covered bananas, and since I had all of the ingredients  necessary on hand, I decided to try out this recipe.

Something I’ve learned from attempting such recipes is actually going to the webpage and checking the instructions before starting is probably a good idea. Unfortunately, I skipped this step, and started out with whole frozen bananas, still in their peels, which were already in my freezer from a few weeks ago when they started to get spotty and I decided I wasn’t in a banana mood at the time.

After I managed to slice up and peel the bananas (it was a little gross, since they started to feel slimy while thawing out), I added a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter and about a tablespoon of dark cocoa.  I’m not really sure about the measurements here, since I just eyeballed how much was going into the bowl, and was hopeful that I had guessed correctly.

Once everything was in the bowl, I figured the next step would be to start mashing it all together. I didn’t realize how hard getting this mushy mixture to the consistency of ice cream would be, and had I read the directions, I would have realized a food processor was used, and would have made my life a whole lot easier.

Since I do not own a food processor, I powered through by hand (and think the trouble of mushing everything for so long counts as parts of my arms workout for the evening :) ) and finally managed to make something that looked almost like ice cream.

Feeling courageous, I sampled a bite, and while the flavor wasn’t too bad, it definitely didn’t taste anything like real ice cream, and the texture was more like cold slime than ice cream deliciousness. Not ready to give up just yet, I put the whole bowl into the freezer, and it was a little better, but still not a great substitute for ice cream.

Once it was more frozen, it had a closer resemblance to gelato, but the taste was still a little strange. In the past when I’ve had frozen bananas, they seem to have a creamier texture, which can almost melt in your mouth, and this was not the case with tonight’s experiment. Maybe the addition of peanut butter messed it up.

After reading the reviews of others who have attempted this same creation, I’m fairly certain they must have never sampled good ice cream. Or they are so sold on it being a healthy snack substitute that they are okay with lying to themselves and their taste buds.

If I was grading myself on this experiment, I’d go with an A for effort, a D for following directions, and a C- for presentation/completion of final product.

I probably won’t make this again, unless a food processor magically appears in my kitchen, and think from now on, I’ll stick to attempting the frozen chocolate covered bananas next time I have a chocolate craving. I was glad to have been brave enough to try something new, and learned a few things that I will remember next time I feel like having a kitchen experiment.

If you use Pinterest, have you ever attempted to make something from there? How’d it turn out, and would you recommend it to others as a good project?

Sorry for all of the food posts lately, I’ve been working on improving my kitchen skills, and this is what has been on my mind lately. My next project is homemade apple cider/beer/wine, but I’ll hold off on writing about that until it’s done brewing and can be sampled. :)

Responses (5)

  1. melanie says:

    I have made this and used a blender… it worked. You do have to use your imagination a bit to decide that it is ice cream, but if you can’t eat ice cream, it is a close substitute. I have made pretzel rolls off of Pinterest and they turned out amazing and perfect. Hubs definitely wants me to make them again and again!

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  4. Vivace says:

    I’ve made this recipe and yes, it tasted just like ice cream to me. It definitely will not work the way you made.it. You need the action of the spinning blades. It is quite delicious! I encourage you to try it again. And, yes, I have actually more than sampled “good ice cream” before and do love it to. Not the calories though. I also encourage you to actually, honestly and seriously try the “correct” recipe and then offer, if still negative, review. That is only fair.

    • Katy says:

      Thanks for commenting and giving a positive review of this little recipe. After I realized what a difference using the proper tools made, I tried again, and while the treat is tasty, it’s still not really a good ice cream substitute in my books. That’s okay though, because it’s still a partly healthy snack that can satisfy a sweet tooth, and easy to make if for some reason my freezer is out of ice cream. :)

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