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Healthy & Delicious: Three-Ingredient Banana, Honey, and Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Healthy & Delicious: Three-Ingredient Banana, Honey, and Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Editor's note: On Mondays, Kristen Swensson of Cheap, Healthy, Good swings by these parts to share healthy and delicious recipes with us. Take it away, Kristen!

[Photograph: Kristen Swensson]

Lately, I've been loving The Kitchn almost as much as I love Friday Night Lights. And for a food blog to surpass Tim Riggins in the hierarchy of Things That Are Nice to Look at—well, that's pretty big stuff.

A few months ago, the blog re-posted a recipe for ice cream made entirely from one ingredient: bananas. You simply freeze the fruit, whip it in a food processor for a few minutes, and *poof*. It morphs into a custardy, soft serve treat.

Since Valentine's Day and its obligatory dessert indulgences are around the bend, the dish had to be attempted. A few readers suggested adding peanut butter and honey, which sounded most excellent. (Elvis would be pleased.) So, away I went.

However, as I'm functionally illiterate and dangerously negligent when it comes to directions, I forgot to peel my banana before it went into the freezer. Consequently, the fruit had to thaw for a full half-hour before its jacket could be wrestled off. By some miracle, though, the recipe still worked, and the puree process resulted in a half-cup of creamy, delicious ice cream. It's kind of magical.

As this is a column about healthy and delicious food, it should be mentioned that even with the peanut butter and honey, each serving only comes to 173 calories, about 3 grams of fat, and around 4 grams of fiber. To put it in perspective, a half-cup of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey is 300 calories, 18 grams of fat, and 1 gram of fiber. So there you go.

In conclusion, thank you (again), Kitchn. You are truly the Taylor Kitsch of food blogs.

Healthy & Delicious: Three-Ingredient Banana, Honey, and Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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Ingredients

  • 1 large, slightly over-ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Procedures

  1. 1

    Peel banana. Slice it into about ten chunks. Freeze the chunks. Once frozen, put them in a food processor with peanut butter and honey. Puree until creamy, like soft serve ice cream, stopping the processor to scrape the sides when necessary.

  2. 2

    OR

  3. 3

    Forget to peel banana. Freeze it. Wrestle futilely with now-frozen banana peel. Give up and let it sit for 30 minutes to thaw. Peel banana like a two-year-old. Break it into three or four pieces. Add pieces to food processor with peanut butter and honey. Puree until creamy, like soft serve ice cream, stopping the processor to scrape the sides when necessary.

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