Moving on to our third ice cream for you, we have a pleasant surprise in store! We are sure you loved the classic vanilla ice cream delight and the ever-favorite banana chocolate chip ice cream. Today we will be making the peanut butter banana ice cream, another flavor to add to your list of favorites!
Peanut butter is not only a good choice for school lunches; turns out it is quite beneficial for your health as well! The high protein content and healthy oils of peanut butter help with weight loss, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Thus, indulging in a bowl of this delish ice cream would not only satisfy your sweet tooth but would also ensure that you remain healthy.
So, anytime you are hungry and crave for something creamy and delicious, make yourself a peanut butter banana ice cream. One of the benefits of peanut butter is that it makes you feel fuller; hence, it helps control your hunger without leading to weight gain. It is quite good for your cardiovascular health and prevents coronary diseases. As for bananas, we are sure you are already in love with this fruit because of its delicious taste and numerous health benefits.
Enough said about the goodness of this ice cream. Let’s move on to making one now, which will hardly take five minutes of your time! It’s that quick and easy! Here's how you can make peanut butter banana ice cream in a blender.
Steps to Make Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream
Things you’ll need:
- Bananas (very ripe, frozen, and sliced) – 2
- Peanut butter – 2 tablespoons
Single-Step Method: Blend all the ingredients together
- Add slices of two frozen bananas to the blender.
- Add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
- Blend the ingredients well until they form a creamy mixture.
- Transfer to a container.
- Store the mixture in the freezer until it freezes.
You can tweak this ice cream and add more ingredients according to your taste preference. You can add vanilla extract or chocolate syrup after blending the ingredients.
Following are some delightful ideas to customize your ice cream:
- For a lavender-colored ice cream, add blueberries and vanilla extract to the bananas. This ice cream tastes as good as it looks.
- You may add a dash of cinnamon and sea salt for some flavor complexity to your peanut butter banana ice cream.
- You can try this another interesting flavor. Add 1 cup of blueberries and 1 teaspoon of dried ginger to your ice cream and pulse till you get a smooth mixture. The blueberries can be fresh or frozen.
- Pulse in half a cup of pitted cherries and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract after you have blended the bananas to a creamy consistency. You can even add the contents of a vanilla bean. You will get a lovely pink colored ice cream.
- For a cinnamon-raisin soft serve, add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to the bananas and blend. Once you reach a creamy consistency, pulse in 4 tablespoons of raisins.
- If you want an absolutely decadent treat, add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder mix or 4 tablespoons of cacao nibs for a more intense flavor.
- Add 4 tablespoons of hemp seeds to your soft serve to enjoy a little crunch.
- You can have a chocolate chip and mint ice cream as well. Add 4 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips and 1-2 tablespoons of chopped mint when you reach a creamy consistency of the bananas.
- You can chop any of your favorite roasted nuts and use them as toppings. They add a little crunch to your ice cream.
- You can also caramelize the bananas before freezing them for enhanced flavor. It would be delicious.
- To caramelize the bananas, heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a pan on medium heat. Slice the bananas and add to the pan. Caramelize one side for a couple of minutes and then flip using a spatula. It’s okay if the bananas fall apart. Once both the sides are equally caramelized, remove the pan from the heat and allow the bananas to cool for several minutes. Place the caramelized bananas in a resealable bag and freeze them.
- If you want to switch things up, you can use almond butter instead of peanut butter for an equally delicious treat.
- For a healthier option and to achieve an organic-tasting ice cream, use homemade peanut butter. Store-bought peanut butter contains additives and preservatives to extend its shelf life.
- If you are using store-bought peanut butter, choose the ones with as few ingredients as possible, such as peanuts only.
- If you, however, prefer the store-bought peanut butter with added oils or salts, then check the label. Always go for one that uses healthier oils instead of hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.
- Avoid light or low-fat peanut butter, because if there is less of one ingredient, then there is sure to be more of another ingredient. Light and low-fat peanut butters almost always have added sugar in place of the fat that was removed.
- You can enjoy a chocolate banana creamsicle if you have a bunch of over-ripe bananas at home. All you need to do is blend together three large over-ripe bananas, 1 cup of coconut milk, 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
- You can also make banana peanut butter chocolate milk. All you need to do is blend together one ripe banana, 1 cup of chocolate milk, 1 cup of ice, and 1 tablespoon of unsalted peanut butter. Top it with whipped cream, and you’re good to go!