Tuesday was Free Cone day at Ben & Jerry's. It was also rainy and miserable here in New York City. I love free stuff. I love ice cream. And yet, I declined to attend this glorious occasion (see: rainy and miserable). I was sort of disappointed and seriously have been craving ice cream ever since. I could a. Continue to wallow and refuse to spend money on a scoop of deliciousness, b. Uh, go to Ben & Jerry's or...
Holy Fake Out Batman! There's a way to get my Chunky Monkey on for a fraction of the calories, price AND time?! Sorcery!
Ok, it's not "magic food," it's bananas. More specifically, frozen bananas. Which always makes me think of George-Michael Bluth's Frozen Banana Stand.
So bananas tend to ripen and over-ripen rather quickly. If you live alone like I do, you end up with browned, bruised fruits that you absolutely must use to make muffins or bread because you live on sugar/waste nothing. Or, you decide to use your brain and your freezer, which is what this utterly brilliant blogger has done. Just in time for summer! This is also probably a great way to get your kids to eat more fruit, too. Tell them they're eating ice cream. That's right...LIE.
If you don't feel like clicking over, all you have to do for two servings is puree three bananas in a blender until they're smooth and start to resemble frozen yogurt/ice cream. Then, add your toppings. Smithfield recommends topping with heart-healthy walnuts and dark chocolate chips.
I'm but a small woman trying to conserve bananas for, um...my own frozen banana stand? For one serving, I pureed one banana with a touch of soy or regular milk. I'd suggest throwing in some blueberries and adding a bit of cinnamon to the finished product too.
Here's what I created. The Smithfield version is much prettier, and I'm sure whoever made that bowl didn't drop her glasses into her bowl in a fit of glee. Even that really didn't stop me from polishing off this yummy creation and congratulating myself for eating healthy. I'm awesome.