Banana “Ice Cream”

This simple frozen concoction was creamy and yummy and contains no added sugars–just the natural sweetness from the frozen bananas.

I freeze my bananas just when they get those brown spots all over the peel.  I like bananas but I like them best just when they turn ripe.  Rather than tossing extra ripe  bananas in the trash, I place them in the freezer.  Depending on my time–I may peel and freeze in a freezer bag or simply place skin and all right in the freezer.

When I am craving something sweet after dinner (I hate to admit that happens nightly), I may opt to whip up some of this creamy goodness.

My dietitian colleague, Janel, turned me on to making frozen concoctions with lite canned coconut milk and I have to say it is quite yum.

This recipe is low in FODMAPs and simple to make.

First you want to freeze up some coconut milk in an ice cube tray and of course, freeze up some bananas too.

Perhaps grab a handful of dark chocolate chips. (Although chocolate has not been officially tested to my knowledge, it is included in the new Monash booklet in the low FODMAP section of foods…so I think a few chips will be okay for most to try!)

I whirled up 3 large coconut milk ice cubes, 2 medium frozen bananas and about 1/4 cup or so of coconut milk in my ninja blender.  I also added a small amount of vanilla bean paste. Topped off with a small amount of chocolate chips.   Yowza!

Banana “Ice Cream”

Ingredients

  • 1 can (13.6-14 oz) Lite Coconut milk (I use Thai kitchen)
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, optional

Instructions

  1. Freeze up about half of the coconut milk in ice cube tray.
  2. Freeze bananas overnight.
  3. Place about 3 large or 6 small coconut ice cubes in blender.
  4. Add bananas-break in half for easier blending.
  5. Add in about 1/4 cup or so of refrigerated leftover coconut milk and vanilla. Blend until creamy.
  6. Top with a few dark chocolate chips if desired.
  7. Serves about 2-3.
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On another note, one of my clients sent in a modified version of my meringue recipe on page 263 of my book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Well with IBS.  She sprinkled little piles of chopped walnuts on the cookie sheet and then dropped the spoonfuls of meringue on to the walnuts.  Then she dusted the tops with cocoa powder. Her daughter said they tasted like s’mores! mmmm…Check this picture out.  Thanks Krista!

Speaking of the new low FODMAP booklet, the winner is DAN!   I promise to do another low FODMAP booklet give-a-way next week so stay tuned for those interested.  Also, thank you so much for your very generous and kind comments and for all your wonderful recipe inspirations…I attempted my first trial of a low FODMAP BBQ sauce and my son Brennan gave it a B on an ABC scale…so it’s not quite ready for publication….but I am working on it.

It’s cold and spitting rain today but I just got back from a run with my man.  Russ was away all week on business travel so we both decided we could fit in a run and get caught up before our busy Friday.  I love starting my day with a run.

Exercise is so good for the body and soul.  I hope you get a chance to start your day with a cleansing workout.

Lucy, on the other hand, took it easy today and curled up on the couch.  Tough life.

Here she is earlier this week.  We have a NO dog on the couch policy in our home which is clearly not working out very well.

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Relax and enjoy!

 

 

About katescarlata

Registered dietitian with over 20 years experience in the nutrition and wellness field. Digestive health expert. Runner, Writer, Mom of 3, Dog lover especially my chocolate lab, LUCY!

2 thoughts on “Banana “Ice Cream”

  1. Awwww, Lucy is absolutely gorgeous! Kate, I was just thinking this morning about keeping my food diary, and was wondering if there is any chatter in the LFM world about creating an app to track fodmaps? Now that many foodie apps even have brand name info., I was thinking…Wow! wouldn’t it be great if there was an app for people like all of us?! Do you know of any online free resources that currently have good label info.? Thanks, and have a great week! P.S. Our eldest, 23-year old daughter, is now enjoying your website recipes while training for mini- and half-marathons. She also made the recent crock pot dish and said it made her apartment smell so wonderful, it was hard to give the meal away to a friend in need! ;)

    1. Thanks Liz…Lucy is gorgeous…I agree, BUT a HUGE troublemaker. This morning she went ‘counter surfing’ and got into some low FODMAP cookies I made….fortunately I had taken my photographs first.
      Hannaford.com –provides ingredients for many of their products. Fooducate has an allergy app that some of my clients have found helpful which uses the bar code on foods to screen for wheat, soy and some of the other problematic ingredients. It’s the fooducate allergy app that you would want. I have experimented a little with it–it’s not completely designed with the low FODMAP diet in mind but it can be helpful. The low FODMAP diet hasn’t hit its stride yet in the main stream –why? I have NO idea…it has been around since 2005….BUT as it gains momentum there will be more tools to making it easier for consumers to follow it.

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