Banana and Raspberry Ice Cream

Banana and Raspberry Ice Cream

It may be cold outside but those of us trying to lower cholesterol always need a treat even if it is ice cream in the depths of winter. I found a recipe for banana ice cream in a new cookbook by Dannii Martin called Hungry Healthy Happy. I have been frustrated by banana ice cream before as its texture was unpleasant. This recipe pointed out what to do to improve the texture and it really worked. I added raspberries as I had some in the freezer and thought they would add colour, taste and extra vitamins. When I served it to the family they were surprised at just how good a no-added sugar, fat –free ice cream could taste. That’s what I call a result.

You need to start the day before as the bananas need to freeze overnight.

Making this recipe for 4 people involved more banana than my food processor was happy with all at once. I thought it would explode. Next time I will process it in two batches.

For 4 people:

4 -5 ripe bananas – just peel them and slice. Then pop into a freezer bag or a Tupperware and freeze.
A handful of frozen raspberries
Crème de cassis – optional

When you are ready to make the ice cream, place the frozen bananas in a food processor and let the motor run until the bananas have become creamy. In the past I have stopped too soon and landed up with an unpleasant crumbly texture. Dannii suggests stopping from time to time to scrape down the sides. After a while it really does become creamy.

I added a handful of frozen raspberries to the mix after a few scrape downs.

I served the ice cream right away. It would be lovely with a raspberry coulis that you can make by processing another handful of raspberries and pushing the pulp through a sieve to remove the pips. A shot of crème de cassis would not go astray either!

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