A few months ago, my friend Natalie sent me a mildly frantic message asking what to do with leftover bananas. She found that she and her husband weren’t able to eat all their bananas before they went bad so they took to freezing them just when they were getting their brown spots. Can you see where this is going? Does your freezer also look like this?
Hmm. Well. That’s not quite as overwhelming as I thought it was going to be. But you get the idea right? Buy a bunch of bananas, say six, eat three before brown spots take over, freeze three. Buy another bunch, repeat…and soon your freezer is bursting to the seams with brown bananas.
In fact, my own freezer’s frozen banana count was recently reduced thanks to the first recipe I am going to share with you in my use-up-frozen-bananas project! And I’m talking beyond the obvious basic banana bread or smoothies. Stay tuned for interesting ideas.
(In case you hadn’t figured out by now, there’s no need to toss your bananas once they’re brown–just pop them in the freezer and they’ll stay in a perfect state of ripeness for months, ready and waiting to be used up in a recipe).
Simple Banana Ice Cream
Yum Factor: Alex -8.6 , Jessalyn – 8
– 2-3 frozen bananas
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1 cup whole milk
– 2 cups heavy cream
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Slice the peel off your bananas and put the fruit in a blender to puree.
2. Whisk together the sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Add the pureed bananas and heavy cream. Pour into automatic ice cream maker, according to manufacturer’s instructions, and let mix for 25-30 minutes.
This is a simple ice cream because it doesn’t contain egg yolks and the extra time and effort that involves. However, even without the egg yolks, the banana gives this ice cream an incredibly rich smooth texture. And it tastes like, well, banana, but not the super-sweet banana flavor that I associate with yellow laffy taffys. It’s a simple banana flavor and yummy. I imagine it would be equally delicious with warm gooey chocolate sauce or sweet strawberry sauce.
Feel free to add your own ideas for using up frozen bananas as I post throughout the spring on the things that I am making. Are you a banana ice cream fan?