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Featured Recipe of the Week: 0 Points+ Banana “Ice Cream”

June 21, 2011 in 0 points, Dessert, Low Point Ideas, Recipes, Snacks, Sweet

Hi everyone!  We are heading off to Vegas!  I just wanted to pop in to tell you that I have a GIVEAWAY plus some fantastic contributor posts lined up for you all this week.  Stay tuned tomorrow for when all the fun begins….for now, I wanted to share one of my favorite posts on Friends and tell you all to MAKE THESE SUNDAES to beat the heat!

It only takes 3 simple steps to make a 0 Points+ Healthy Banana Sundae.  This recipe is so easy to make and honestly tastes just like ice cream ~ super creamy, super rich and fluffy like whipped cream.  It melts in your mouth and is guaranteed to cure any craving you have for the real deal.

Healthy Banana Sundae

 1.  SLICE and FREEZE your super right bananas.  It’s really important to slice your bananas BEFORE you freeze them or you can burn out the motor in your blender, chopper, food processor, etc.  I didn’t feel like busting out my Food Processor, so I pulled out the next best thing ~ My Black & Decker Mini Chopper.

Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream

2.  Add a splash of vanilla extract and 1 Tbsp of Fat Free Milk, ,Almond Milk or Chocolate Almond milk and blend away until smooth and creamy.  You may have to add 1 additional Tbsp of milk if it’s too thick.  Looks just like ice cream, huh?

Weight Watchers Ice Cream

 3.  Heat 1 Tbsp of your favorite caramel sauce (it spreads further if it’s hot) and drizzle with a little whipped cream.

Variations

Strawberry Ice Cream

* Chocolate Banana Ice Cream ~ Add 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
* Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream ~ Add 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder & 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter Powder
* BANANA SPLIT ~ Add 3 frozen strawberries and drizzle with 1 Tbsp Chocolate Syrup and Whipped Cream
* Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt ~ Add 4 oz Fat Free Strawberry Yogurt with 3 Strawberries.

Makes 1 BIG Bowl of Ice Cream ~ O points+ with no toppings, 1  points+ with 1 Tbsp Caramel & Whipped Cream

56 responses to Featured Recipe of the Week: 0 Points+ Banana “Ice Cream”

  1. This is one of my favorites! I haven’t tried adding the milk or extract, though. Bet it makes it even more yummy!

  2. I tried this the other night, very very good. It was just like eating a sundae and the banana tasted just like banana ice cream. Thanks.

  3. that looks great, but i hate hate bananas. any ideas for another fruit that might work

    • Hi Marcia,

      You can pretty much do this with any fruit, it just makes it into a delicious sorbet. You might try using yogurt with the fruit to make it creamier.

      Good luck and do tell if you try something new and like it :)

      Danica

  4. Wow! Looks awesome! banana Ice cream here I come!

  5. Thanks Danica

    This is looking so good. I will try it on the weekend.

    A question?? Has any one mashed the banana before freezing it?

    • Hi Liz,

      Nope, I haven’t tried that, but, I imagine it might make it tougher to process it in the food processor.

      I have never tried whipping it up in the food processor and freezing it – it just doesn’t last that long around me :)

      Danica

  6. It’s desserts like this that make me love you even more Danica! lol

  7. Does anyone know how this works in a vitamix? This is all I have.

    • Hi Sara,

      It works AWESOME with a Vitamix! I have a few friends lucky enough to own one and they use theirs to make it. I am pretty sure if I had one, I’d probably use it :)

      Danica

  8. Sara, I bet it would work fine in a vitamix. I have one too, but I think I’m going to put mine in the Cuisinart food processor (mainly bc it’s not as deep to dig all the goodness out of! I’m trying it tonight. I might add the cocoa powder & maybe some cacao nibs!

  9. This is so yummy! I made it tonight & even added a few frozen berries. Will definitely be making this again. Thanks Danica!

  10. I don’t know who the “other” Marcia is but I LOVE bananas and I made this last night. Took more than 2 TBS of FF milk but it was FABULOUS! Thanks Danica for another terrific idea

  11. This is a wonderful recipe. Tastes like you are cheating…..ya, it’s THAT good. I can’t think of a better way to use up my over ripe bananas!

  12. I just sliced the bananas & tossed them in the freezer! All set to enjoy this later! :) I made it before, but I think I will enjoy it WAY more now that it’s ZERO points! lol :)

  13. So excited to make this!!

  14. I am so trying this! I bet it would be really good with very ripe peaches, which are abundant here in the south in the summer!

  15. Love, love, love this! I even took all the fixin’s to work and had a food demo for the girls at work :o) they were all very impressed. My husband is a huge ice cream fan and he totally flipped over this.

  16. I have made and tweeked this so many times this week. Many thanks for the post. Also just processed some frozen fruit using the same technique and point value.0.

  17. O.k.people….I just put a banana in the freezer to have tonight. Can’t believe how excited I am over such a small thing..thanks for sharing!!!

  18. I really want to try this…but bananas keep disappearing in my house! I don’t seem to have them long enough to turn really ripe…will this work with less ripe bananas too? Thanks!

    • Hi Melissa,

      That is funny! Yes, it works with less ripe bananas – you could always add a little extra sweetener if you wanted it sweeter – like honey, agave, chocolate, caramel, etc.

      Danica

  19. I made this the other night and OMG it is delicious! It doesn’t work as well in my magic bullet, though. It needed quite a bit more milk.

  20. Curious… you said “peanut butter powder”. What in the bizcuits is peanut butter powder and WHERE can I get that???? I LOVE peanut butter!!!! MUST have!!! :)

  21. I’ve made this like um 10 times aleady since you posted the recipe. SO delicious! I add cocoa powder and stevia. So so so so good. Thank you for the great idea!!!!!!!

  22. I loved this! Perfect!

    I add some stevia and about 2 tbsp of 1% milk.

    Thanks for sharing!

  23. OH MY BIZCUITS!!!! So I printed out your recipe for this AMAZING treat when you posted it and it’s been sitting around. Well, I finally decided to cut up a couple of nanners before hitting the freezer (I usually just freeze the whole nanner for nanner bread) and last nite I thought what the heck. So I whipped up a small batch of this RIDICULOUSLY SCANDALOUS SNACK and whoa!!! Whoa!!! I didn’t share it with anyone, I hoarded every amazing bite and even LICKED THE BOWL!!! Oh my bizcuits, you have won my sweet side over with this one!!! I think I love you! lol Thank you!!!

  24. Addictive is all I can say and yum!! Perfect for summer :)

  25. holy cow that looks so good! thanks for posting the pics, I have heard of this but never tried it did…. not picture it to look so good!! will definately try it now! :-)

  26. I was told at a weight watchers meeting that anytime you blend or smash fruit it increases the points because blending or smashing breaks down the fiber. They told me to use the ww online recipe builder whenever I do this to fruit to get the accurate points. I was so thrown off as I found that my morning smoothies were actually 10pp instead of 4pp. What is your take on this? Has anyone else heard the same?

    • Hi Marcia,

      I have heard the same thing and my thoughts are this. It is a personal preference/choice. I know some people are passionate about all fruit/veggies being zero points+ while others are not. If you find you are losing weight with counting them as zero points+ and you don’t abuse that (as in have 10+ servings a day), then, I think you should continue on. If, however, you find that you are not losing/gaining weight, then, you might want to think about counting the points+.

      I personally think it makes sense when you are making say an apple pie. However, if you think of how you eat a banana, it’s mashed in your mouth or in the blender and is basically the same.

      Hope that helps,

      Danica

  27. I just chopped up a banana and stuck it in the freezer! Can’t wait to try this!

  28. Delicious!!

  29. My comment on the mashed up bananas vs. a whole banana: If you are chewing your food, how is that different than blending the bananas? That just seems like the WW peeps want to take any fun out of food!

  30. This recipe made me join the site. I have made it 3 times since finding it 2 days ago…yummy!

  31. For the caramel topping, do I read the label of the topping and calculate the points? I found an online WW points plus calculator.

    • Hi Cindy,

      Yes, you would just add the points+ for any toppings you add to the ice cream. You can use the online points+ calculator to find the information by entering fat, carbs, fiber and protein.

      Danica

  32. Today is my first day back on WW after having my son 7 mos ago and daughter 5 years ago, and never losing the weight from her. :(
    Super, super excited to try this recipe out tonight!!! Sounds delicious!!

  33. Came across this recipe on Pinterest, thinking it sounded a little weird but was worth a try. I am SO EXCITED that it’s completely awesome!! I made a batch tonight for my 3 year old daughter, mother-in-law and myself and we devoured it. Still cannot believe it’s 0pts!! I’m really looking forward to playing around with other fruits now to see what kind of concoctions I come up with! Thanks for such an amazing and easy recipe!!

  34. I made this tonight and it was really good. But I put it into my recipe calculator and it told me that it was 4 points even though the individual ingredients were all 0 points. Any thoughts on that?

    Also a nice topping is a tsp of reduce fat peanut butter heated in the microwave for 30 seconds and stirred. (aka pb sauce)

    • Hi Stacey,

      Weight Watchers counts it as points+ in their recipe calculator because the calculator was never set up to include 0 points+ fruits/vegetables. Your spin on this recipe sounds delicious!

      Danica

  35. This is so good that even my husband loved it. Wow!

  36. How many bananas to 1 T of milk? Also how long should I freeze them for?

  37. OMG to die for. only had frozen whole bananas so i run some HOT water over them until i could peel them , then broke up into my blender, added soy milk and 1 T. maple syrup and blended.

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