July 15, 2015

Two Ingredient Banana Chocolate Chip "Ice Cream" Bites

Good afternoon!

Summer is in full swing and who doesn't enjoy cold, frosty ice cream on a sizzling hot day?

Something I always have on hand is frozen bananas. I use them in smoothies, defrost for pancakes, and now... blend into ice cream! What??

That's right, my friends. You, too, can have scrumptious, healthy little "ice cream" bites with two ingredients, a blender, and a freezer. Couldn't be easier. Simply blend 5-6 frozen bananas (broken into pieces or frozen slices) in a food processor or high power blender.

Then stir in mini chocolate chips...

Now, you can easily stop here and have a soft-serve consistency. Ice cream cone, anyone? Or, for a longer term ice cream product, spoon the "batter" into mini muffin tins sprayed with cooking spray.

Then pop in the freezer for about 1.5 hours and you have cute little ice cream bites to satisfy your sweet tooth and cool you off.

Two Ingredient Banana Chocolate Chip "Ice Cream" Bites
Makes 24 mini muffin sized bites

5-6 large frozen banana pieces or slices (you'll want to peel and slice BEFORE you freeze; it's impossible to peel a frozen banana!)
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips + more for sprinkling on top

1. Spray two mini muffin tins (or one if yours has 24 cups) with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Remove frozen bananas from freezer and let thaw for 5-10 minutes.
3. Place bananas in food processor/high powered blender and blend until completely smooth and no chunks remain.
4. Stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips with a spoon or spatula.
5. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, fill each cup to the top.
6. Top each cup with a little more chocolate chips and then place in freezer for 1.5 hours minimum.
7. Once frozen, you can pop them out with a butter knife. It's easier if you let them sit for a few minutes.
8. You can transfer ice cream bites into a freezer safe container with parchment paper separating any layers of the ice cream bites.



P.S. Can I just tell you how panicked I became trying to photograph ice cream on a hot day?! Stay tuned for more healthy homemade ice cream machine recipes! I got one as a gift that I need to break in and use. I'm pretty excited. ;-)

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