One-ingredient banana ice cream has got to be one of the most ridiculously easy and healthy desserts you can make – simply take fresh bananas, peel them, slice them, freeze them, blend them, and voila! The end result is a deliciously creamy style soft-serve, with an endless array of potential flavour combinations to tempt and tantalise your taste buds.
The version below is a delicious raspberry flavoured variety that’s packed with nutrients. The bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6, which plays a beneficial role in decreasing homocysteine levels in the body (and this may help decrease the risk of heart disease). They’re also a good source of potassium, which is an important mineral in controlling heart rate and blood pressure, as well as soluble dietary fibre which helps keep our bowels running along smoothly. Raspberries are jam-packed with antioxidants, particularly vitamin C, which help fight free-radical damage in the body, thus playing a role in aging and disease prevention, and the medjool dates are good sources of dietary fibre, as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6, niacin, potassium and manganese. All-in-all this is one very healthy ice cream.
Raspberry Ice Cream
4 frozen bananas (peel, slice into coins and freeze overnight)
1 cup fresh/frozen raspberries
4 medjool dates, pitted
1. Add the frozen bananas into a food processor and blend. You may need to scrap down the sides with a spatula. The banana will transition from looking crumbly before going smooth. Sometimes I’ll add a little water/milk to speed up the process.
2. Once the banana begins to smooth out add in the raspberries and medjool dates and blend again until smooth.
3. Enjoy either straight away for a soft-serve consistency or pop into freezer for an ice cream consistency.
Danijela Unkovich is a New Zealand based nutritionist and passionate foodie. When it comes to food her philosophy is quite simple – eat a diet based around whole foods, minimise processed foods, and prepare/cook from scratch wherever you can. She runs the healthy food blog www.healthyalways.co.nz, where she shares nutritional advice and healthyrecipe ideas.