I love ice cream. Love. As in, every night after dinner I wish for a bowl to magically appear in front of me–preferably green mint chocolate chip*, although I’m not that picky. I also love ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cake, Popsicles, dipped cones (ooh, dipped cones are awesome) and Choco Tacos, which I discovered on our trip to the lake in June and cannot seem to find at my grocery store, which is probably a good thing.
However, eating a bowl of ice cream every night is not exactly on the wedding diet, so I’ve had to find other ways to satisfy my craving. Enter: this soft serve. I’ve made banana ice cream before, but this version totally takes it up a notch. Instead of whizzing a couple frozen bananas into ice cream-like consistency and eating them plain (which is all well and good, don’t get me wrong), here you add almond milk, powdered peanut butter, a splash of vanilla extract and chocolate chunks.
The result is delicious–cold and creamy and definitely banana-flavored, but with an excellent flavor boost from the powdered peanut butter, vanilla and chocolate. And best of all, it’s pretty guilt-free.
Here’s the recipe, adapted just slightly from the original, if you’d like to make it yourself.
Peanut Butter-Chocolate-Banana Soft Serve
Adapted just slightly from Oh, Ladycakes
1 1/2 ripe bananas, sliced
2 Tbsp. powdered peanut butter
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
Splash of vanilla extract
1 oz. good-quality chocolate, coarsely chopped
Place sliced bananas on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet and freeze for at least two hours.
After bananas are frozen, place all ingredients except chocolate in a high-powered blender or food processor and whizz for 45 seconds or so to combine, until mixture reaches soft-serve consistency. (I don’t have a Vitamix, so I use my food processor, and I find that it takes closer to a minute for me to reach the ideal consistency). Scrape mixture into a bowl and stir in chocolate chunks. If you like your soft serve a little on the firmer side, freeze for another 30 minutes or so.
Full disclosure: This makes enough to serve two people, but why share if you don’t have to?
*I have a very strong opinion that the best mint chocolate chip ice cream is green, artificial colors and flavors be damned. Anyone else with me?