Two-and-a-Half Ingredient Banana Soft Serve

Amelia Winslow, MS, MPH is a nutritionist, personal chef and mom who believes healthy eating should be easy and fun, not stressful or overwhelming. She’s the blogger behind Eating Made Easy, a site that debunks nutrition myths, answers food questions and offers practical tips to make healthy eating easier. You can also find Amelia on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

This is a guest post for October Unprocessed. If this is your first time here, welcome! …and it’s not too late to join in!

Banana Soft-Serve

I’m a huge sucker for ice cream. It’s hands-down my favorite dessert, and I honestly can’t recall a flavor or brand I haven’t loved.

Unfortunately, I don’t love the way ice cream makes me feel. Most of the commercial kinds sold at the grocery store are full of additives and thickeners that don’t seem to settle too well. Even homemade ice cream, which is technically unprocessed, is heavy, rich and best suited for an occasional treat.

Which is why I love this banana soft serve. It only takes five minutes to make, and despite its sweet & creamy taste, it’s almost as healthy as snacking on a banana.

Dig out your food processor and get ready to dig in!

Banana Soft Serve
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Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
 
Ingredients
  • 4 frozen bananas, broken into chunks (peel and break before freezing!)
  • ½ cup plain organic Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped organic dark chocolate (optional, this is the "half" ingredient!)
Instructions
  1. Place the frozen banana chunks in a food processor fitted with the S-blade attachment.
  2. Press the Pulse button until the large pieces have broken into smaller chunks, then press On and let the food processor go for about 1 minute.
  3. Scrape down the sides, then add the Greek yogurt and blend another 1-2 minutes or until mixture is completely smooth and appears somewhat whipped.
  4. Add chocolate chunks, if using.
  5. Serve immediately, or remove mixture to a bowl and freeze 1-2 hours or until consistency is more like ice cream. Enjoy!

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Susan
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Susan
October 12, 2013 9:48 am

This is great!! I can use it to show to my individuals at a DD. I am trying to teach them to eat healthy. They love ice cream so this is a treat to teach them to make. I bet you can use any frozen fruit to make it!!

Amelia
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October 14, 2013 9:34 am

I’ve also made it with mango, which is just as delicious! I think the creamier fruits work best, since you can achieve a yogurt/ice cream-like texture. The more water-based fruits would probably be quite different texturally. Let us know if you try anything else!

Becky
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Becky
October 16, 2013 3:18 pm

Maybe more like a sorbet? I love it ALL!

Joan
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Joan
October 12, 2013 10:00 am

What a great way to save ripening bananas before they spoil! I’ve mashed bananas into yogurt before, but never thought to use frozen bananas, nor in this proportion.

LiztheChef
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October 12, 2013 10:25 am

Terrific recipe – an instant favorite for my kitchen – and me!

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline
October 12, 2013 12:26 pm

Would coconut milk work in place of the yogurt?

Jenn
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Jenn
October 13, 2013 5:16 pm

I made it with coconut cream, and Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips. A quick, delicious, and dairy free treat for the kids and I!

Amelia
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October 14, 2013 9:30 am

Coconut milk would work fine! As Andy said, use a little less – maybe 2 Tbsp. You can also leave out the yogurt altogether and make this with only frozen bananas. It develops the same creamy texture, it just has even more banana flavor.

Alison Ashton
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October 12, 2013 1:46 pm

This looks all kinds of good!

barbara
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barbara
October 12, 2013 3:00 pm

sounds great, can’t wait to try it-but I live in Hawaii and our bananas vary alot by size-can you give me a weight or volume measurement on the banana? Mahalo!

Amelia
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October 14, 2013 9:33 am

The number or amount of bananas doesn’t really matter, as long as you have enough to cover the bottom of your food processor (maybe 8-10 three-inch pieces). I’ve made this in small amounts when it’s just for me, so as long as your food processor can adequately blend the banana, you’ll be good!

Julia Bird
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Julia Bird
October 13, 2013 4:48 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Just made it and it’s just like ice cream!!

Amelia
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October 14, 2013 9:31 am

So glad you liked it, Julia!!

Valia
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Valia
October 13, 2013 6:28 am

Can you please give me the weight of half a cup of greek yoghurt?

Charles B
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Charles B
October 13, 2013 7:38 am

About 5oz by weight, or 142g.

Terry
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Terry
October 14, 2013 8:19 pm

My hubby is an ice cream addict. Will definitely try this and see what he thinks about substituting this for his Hagen Das.

Theresa @aloveafare
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November 4, 2013 7:08 pm

This is my kind of recipe! Love it.

Tanya
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November 11, 2013 10:50 am

I actually made this and it saved me during the ‘sweet’ attacks I get every month during PMS! It was tasty the only thing was mine was not as pretty when scooped out but still was tasty over-all. I think I will add cinnamon next time. I think I will try antother fruit too like strawberries or peaches.

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