Magic Ice Cream (Recipe: Magic Banana Ice Cream with Honey Peanut Butter Sauce)
Despite the fact that we are a family of banana lovers and eat them like candy, we still seem to wind up with overripe bananas from time to time. Frozen overripe bananas have covered my freezer shelves waiting to get called up. Some make it to the big leagues and score home runs in pancakes, smoothies, banana bread and the likes. Some wind up feeding the compost bin. Either way, they perform like Big League stars.
Sometimes it seems today’s number of overripe bananas exceeds the number of ripe bananas from yesterday. They multiple. Or maybe they go into hiding only to be discovered when they’re ready to be discovered. That would explain the black banana that you know wasn’t in your fruit bowl yesterday, but there it is today.
I’ve been hearing about this banana ice cream that you make with but one ingredient: banana. If ever a prime opportunity presented itself to experiment with this magical ice cream dish, it’s now since I seem to have 5 overripe bananas. I swear to goodness that I only had 3 ripe bananas yesterday.
The sweet acetone aroma of the ripened yellow produce was starting to overwhelm even me. It’s time to get the show on the road. The superstars are past their prime.
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Banana Ice Cream with Honey Peanut Butter Sauce
As you might expect with a single ingredient dish, the flavor is very….well….flavorful. And intense. While the ice cream was good, the flavor needed some dimension. I added good quality vanilla extract but it didn’t have an impact on the full, well-developed flavors of the bananas. Perhaps I let the bananas get too ripe.
Honey Peanut Butter Sauce was the answer. It provided the extra flavor dimension that was missing. Peanut butter and bananas are a natural flavor combination. Just ask Elvis.
For ice cream:
yield: approx 1 quart
Peel and slice 4 or 5 ripe bananas. Throw in a gallon freezer bag and place in freezer. When completely frozen, throw the banana slices in a food processor. Whirl until the mixture is the creamy texture of soft serve ice cream. If you want a firmer consistency, throw it back in the freezer. This recipe requires you to do a lot of throwing. But it’s not hard throwing.
For honey peanut butter sauce:
The proportions make 1 – 2 servings. If a larger quantity’s made at one time, store leftovers in the refrigerator and reheat before serving.
yield: 1 - 2 servings
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey
2 – 3 tablespoons half and half
Add all ingredients to a small saucepan. On medium heat, stir until peanut butter melts, all ingredients dissolve and the sauce is pouring consistency.
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