Healthy Two Ingredient Ice Cream (& a PBJ Twist)

There’s no doubt that we’ve jumped on the one ingredient ice cream band wagon feet first this summer.  Only we like ours made with two ingredients…

IMG 7983Here they are.  

I know, when I first heard about bananas turned ice cream, I was a little skeptical too.  But trust me – it’s sweet, creamy, and perfectly satisfying on a hot day.  Here’s how we like to make our two ingredient soft serve…

IMG 7990In the morning, peel a few bananas. (Grae loves this part.)

IMG 7995Then slice them up.

IMG 7997Place the banana coins on a parchment-lined baking sheet and pop them in the freezer for at least a few hours. 

IMG 8064In the afternoon, once they’re completely frozen through, take the bananas out of the freezer.

IMG 8065Place approximately 1/3 of the banana coins into a good food processor. 

IMG 8071Mix through the chunky stage, past the crumby stage, and right into the smooth, soft serve texture stage. You may have to stop the processor once or twice to mix things up a little with a spatula, but it’s not always needed.

IMG 8073Once the mixture is thick and creamy, stop the food processor and add a capful of good vanilla.

IMG 8076Plus another 1/3 of the banana coins and mix to bring to a soft serve texture again.

IMG 8082Then, add the last batch of banana coins and blend again.  If you’re feeling like a vanilla-flavoured treat, you can stop here and serve immediately, or put the ice cream into the freezer for a while for a more hard ice cream texture.

IMG 8084BUUUUUUT, if you want  peanut butter and jelly neopolitan-esque treat, divide your ice cream into thirds, leaving one portion in the food processor.  Place the two other portions in the freezer in the meantime.

IMG 8086First up, make the jelly flavoured ice cream.  Add a spoonful of no-sugar-added fruit preserves…

IMG 8090And a few frozen strawberries.

IMG 8092Then blend until smooth.  Pop the berry ice cream in the freezer and give your work bowl and blade a quick rinse.

IMG 8094Remove one of your vanilla-flavoured ice cream portions from the freezer, pop it in the processor, add a heaping tablespoon of all-natural peanut butter, and mix. When blended, transfer the peanut butter ice cream back into your bowl and pop it in the freezer.

IMG 8099While you tidy up a tad, let your toddler ferociously lick the bowl and spoon.

IMG 8103If possible, let your soft serve firm up in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes.  Or, if your toddler is like mine, serve immediately to appease the begs for “iceth cleam”.

IMG 8105Enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Healthy Two Ingredient Ice Cream (& a PBJ Twist)

  1. Katalin says:

    I love that Gracen’s not wearing a shirt when she’s eating. It’s so the right way to go. Corbin and Keir have been using their shirts as “napkins” lately. Sigh. 🙂

    • jkossowan says:

      Oh dear… Not fun for the laundry lady at your house! We started taking off Grae’s shirt when she was eating really messy meals, and now she wants it off to eat anything. 🙂

  2. Victoria says:

    If only all recipe books had cute children showing me how to do it. I would be a better baker that is for sure! This looks delicious!

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