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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.

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