4/28/14

5-Minute Strawberry Ice Cream

It is getting warm in our neck of the woods and that means frozen treats!  We are an ice cream loving family, but also a family that is doing our best to cut out processed sugars. I am in awe of the humble banana. I feel sad for people who can not have them. Bananas have saved my sweet tooth. I am forever in awe. Did you know they can even replace ice cream? Frozen bananas whip up creamy and delicious, like ice cream! I wish I had discovered this years and years ago! So easy and delicious and this recipe reminds me of Grandma's strawberry ice cream. It wasn't a party without it. But this recipe has no sugar and is just wholesome goodness.



1 large, ripe banana, sliced and frozen hard (overnight is best)
1/2 cup diced frozen strawberries
You can add a drop of Stevia, but it is not necessary
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 T coconut cream or whipping cream
1/2 tsp orange or lemon zest

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. I like mine a little chunky, so I stopped early. But you can process to as smooth as soft serve ice cream.  Serves 2.

The banana is key. Add any other frozen fruits that blend up smooth. Some that are not as sweet may require a bit of Stevia or maple syrup.

For other flavor combinations that make mouths happy, follow the same directions above, but try these:
  • 2 frozen bananas, a scoop of peanut butter and a tsp of cocoa powder.
  • 2 frozen bananas, a half of avocado, a drop of spearmint or peppermint essential oil and a handful of mini chocolate chips!
  • 1 frozen banana and a frozen mango, orange essential oil
  • 1 frozen banana, and a 1/2 cup of raspberries or blackberries, lemon oil
  • 1 frozen banana, one frozen peach, lemon oil
  • 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup watermelon and a drop of lime oil.
Any flavor of ice cream  you love can be made in minutes. I am going to need more bananas!! Do you have any other wonderful flavor combinations to share?

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37 comments:

  1. This sounds so great. I wouldn't have thought that it would be that easy to make.

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  2. This sounds wonderful! And Strawberry season is almost here!

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  3. I love strawberry ice cream and this looks delish!

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  4. Yum! Thanks :) Just pinned it :)

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  5. Yummy! Can't wait to try it! I would love for you to link this up at Mom's Library.

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  6. This looks delicious! I would love for you share it on my Tasty Tuesday recipe link up here! Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!

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  7. hopped over from WFMW-- I am so doing this!! and it sounds so easy--who knew?
    love it :)

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  8. Thanks for all your comments! It is delicious. In fact, all of them are, but the house was divided on the mint chocolate chip!

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  9. This sounds wonderful - we have made similar items, but not this exact one. Thank you for posting this. :)

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    1. So fun that food is so versatile and there is something for everyone!!

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  10. Looks delicious, Janine. Reminds me of a sherbert. Thanks for sharing at the hop!

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    1. If you eat it right away, it is more like soft serve. If you stick it back in the freezer, it will resemble the texture of sherbet.

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  11. This will be a perfect recipe for when my grandkids are over. They love strawberries and of course love ice cream. This is a lovely healthy alternative. I'm pinning it for later. Thanks

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    1. I hope they love it. The kids love to help me make it.

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  12. I use non-fat yogurt as a base instead of cream, either flavored or plain . I also peel and freeze whole bananas in a ziplock when they get too ripe to eat so they are always on hand. The more ripe they are, the more sweetness they add to the dessert. One of my fav combos is frozen mango, frozen banana and fresh pineapple chunks. So much healthier than the fat laden ice cream, and still a decadent treat!

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    1. Don't be too afraid of fat. Our brain needs it! This recipe is a great one you can use to add a healthy fat to your diet, I imagine the yogurt would taste great in it!

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  13. Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again next week!

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  14. Divine!! I have never used essential oils in my food, but I bet the lemon adds just the right balance to the sweetness of the strawberries! Thank you!

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    1. Not all essential oils are good in food. I have used some cheaper brands...you know ones you find at amazon and ugh! Tastes like pinesol. Make sure if you do use them, there is nutrition supplement on the back of the bottle...just to be safe. But yes, I especially love to use lemon, lime, and orange!

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  15. I am featuring you this week on Tuesdays with a Twist, stop by and take a look. :-)

    Note: May 9th and after my blog URL will change to: www.msmoozy.com

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  16. Hi Janine,
    What an easy to make cool, sweet treat! We love strawberries so this will be a hit in my home and you provided s many other delectable combinations as well.I am delighted that you shared this yummy treat with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! We appreciate it! I can't wait to make this!

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    1. I hope one of the combinations makes your happy! Thanks for stopping by Deborah.

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  17. This recipe was featured at Tasty Tuesday! Come check it out and grab a feature button here!

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  18. Any idea if i substituted coconut cream for coconut oil what would happen?

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    1. Hmm, it would probably be even better! I think I will try that myself this week. Thanks for the idea. But you would want to eat it right away because it would make it super hard once in the freezer.

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  19. This is so easy and healthy! I love this idea for strawberry ice cream. Thanks for linking up at Mom's Library linky party last week. I have featured this ice cream at Pounds4Pennies this week! I hope to see you this week!

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  20. Yum! Thank so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I'm featuring it this week :)

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  21. Thanks for sharing with 4 seasons blog hop. Your post have been featured. Congratulations. Can't wait to see what you are going to share with us this week.

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  22. Love all of your ideas. This has to go on my pinterest board of things to try! Thank you so much for sharing ;)

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  23. Yum. This is sounds so easy to make and delicious. Thanks for sharing. Will pin on pinterest.

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  24. So quick and easy to make! I will definitely be giving this a try!! :) xx Sim @ Simslife.co.uk

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  25. Yum Kat! What a delicious and refreshing recipe! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to try it this weekend!

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