I am a firm believer in eating real food. To me that means fresh food that will go bad in a few days. Fresh greens, veggies and fruits preferably grown close to home. Whole grains. Organic lean proteins like chicken, turkey and sustainable fish. But eating real food also means eating chips when I want them. Or maybe a slice of cake or a brownie. I’ve never been in to the fake out. You know, carrot sticks instead of tortillas or fruit instead of candy.
Banana soft serve is nothing new, it’s been around for years now. And every time I saw a blog post or a pin singing it’s praises I’d roll my eyes and think, just eat the ice cream if you want the ice cream! Unless of course you had ice cream yesterday and the day before, in which case it might be a good idea to skip the ice cream. But I digress…
One day I found myself with a couple of frozen bananas and I thought what the heck, let’s throw them in the Vitamix and see what the fuss is all about. Seconds later we had a cup or so of the softest “ice cream” I’d ever had. Smooth and cold with only a mild banana flavour, you wouldn’t have known that it was just a bunch of blended up frozen bananas unless I told you!
Since then we’ve kept a stockpile of frozen bananas in the freezer for when we want a treat without investing in an indulgence. I started playing around with recipes, adding in a scoop of nut butter and a splash of almond milk. Topping it with cacao nibs makes it feel like a sundae. Out of all the combinations I’ve come up with, this is our favourite and by far the one that tastes the most like a rich, indulgent treat. I love Gidy Yoyo‘s raw cacao powder, especially here where the chocolate really stands out.
Now this is real food!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Soft Serve
Serves 2, generously
2-3 large bananas, frozen
2 heaping tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 heaping tablespoons peanut butter (or any other nut butter you prefer)
Splash of almond milk (about 1/4 cup)
Cacao nibs, shredded coconut, chopped nuts, etc. for topping
Slice the frozen bananas up into half inch rounds. Throw everything in to the blender and blend until smooth. Throw on some toppings and enjoy!