What’s a healthy dessert for when you are craving sweets? I’ve been getting this question a lot lately. Usually, the answer would simply be “fruit!” But, there is something comforting in the familiar. Most everybody likes ice cream. But nobody likes what it does to their body. Instead, try making this delicious, purely fruit-based dessert. Banana soft serve!
This is so simple, there are barely any directions to it. It doesn’t require freezing in an ice cream maker, but you do need a food processor for the best texture. A Vitamix will work fine, but the heat generated from the high speed blades will keep it from reaching the creamy thick texture the slow turning food processor can get.
Banana Soft Serve Recipe
Peel and freeze 3+ ripe bananas in chunks for at least 6 hours. Place frozen banana chunks in a food processor and process for several minutes until it resembles the consistency of soft serve.
You may need to stop the processor and scrape down the sides a few times. Hint – if your bananas are rock-hard frozen, defrost them on the counter for 5-10 minutes first so that they process faster – or else some will melt during the time it takes the rest to process.
Ripe bananas are plenty sweet – but make sure they are truly ripe with spots and no green at the stem. You can eat your soft serve made with only bananas, or you can try one of the following variations. Just add the ingredients listed while it’s processing.
Chocolate Soft Serve.
Add chocolate powder or raw cacao. For a mint-chocolate twist, add some mint extract. Fresh mint leaves probably won’t break down enough in the food processor.
Eggnog Soft Serve.
Add some cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla extract. If you are missing any of those ingredients, it will still taste great.
Caffeine-free Chocolate Soft Serve.
Add carob powder. Roasted carob, though it’s not raw, has a more robust flavor. Despite the title I gave this variation, carob doesn’t taste anything like chocolate – to enjoy it, think of it as it’s own flavor. Try also adding some vanilla extract.
Almond Banana Soft Serve.
Add almond extract. Not too much or it will be overpowering – start with 1/4 tsp for 3 bananas and adjust to taste.
If you don’t eat bananas, try other sweet, creamy fruits like frozen mango chunks. Use the same directions – the texture will be a little bit more like sorbet, but still thick and tasty!
Now your turn. What is your go-to healthy dessert? Do you ever make banana soft serve? What flavor additions do you use? Leave it in the comments below.