Many health conscious people are trying to incorporate more raw foods into their diets. They do this for many different reasons, including the preservation of enzymes and important nutrients. Most health care professionals agree that people need more fruits and vegetables in their daily diets, and eating them raw is a natural choice.
I try to eat foods that will contribute to good health. However, I will not give up flavor in my quest for healthy foods. Years ago I stumbled upon a single ingredient recipe for a banana ice cream substitute. It involved simply freezing a banana and puréeing it in the food processor. The author of the recipe promised it would taste like soft serve banana ice cream. It didn’t.
The resulting concoction had a watery taste that didn’t mimic ice cream in any real way. It was similar to the taste of a banana popsicle, but had no creaminess to it. It wasn’t bad; it just wasn’t what was promised.
I began to wonder how I could keep this recipe as healthy as it was while making it taste a bit more like ice cream. I tried adding almond milk, coconut cream and a few other creamy products. Nothing gave it the right texture and taste. That is until I added an avocado. I know it sounds weird, but avocados are loaded with good monounsaturated fatty acids. These good fats combine with the banana to create a creamy, tasty treat your taste buds won’t believe. Top it with chopped nuts for an even more satisfying snack.
This is what you will need for four servings:
- 4 very ripe bananas
- 1 ripe hass avocado
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
Cut the bananas into one inch slices. Put into a sealable bag and freeze for at least twelve hours. Transfer the bananas to the food processor work bowl, fitted with a multi-purpose blade. Let sit at room temperature for five minutes to slightly thaw. Process until smooth. Add the avocado and spices (if desired) and continue to process till well combined. At this point it will be the consistency of soft serve ice cream and can be served as is. If you want a firmer texture, return it to the freezer for 30 minutes. Do not allow to completely freeze or it will become too hard to serve. You can find the detailed recipe with pictures at FOOD PROCESSOR REVIEWS, as well as other recipes designed to help you get the most out of your food processor.
Heather Krasovec, creator of Food Processor Reviews, uses her extensive experience in food based industries to help consumers make better choices when stocking their kitchens.