Hey, look – I’m writing a real post. With a recipe and everything… craziness, I know.
So, I was looking for an easy toe-dip kind of recipe to start with. Something the kids could help with and enjoy, something that wouldn’t heat up my house on a hot day, and something that wasn’t horribly unhealthy. I had no idea where to start.
And that’s where Disney Junior stepped in.
Yep, you heard that right. This recipe is being brought to you by a Disney Junior informative commercial. (Please don’t judge.)
In this commercial a mom (I think), and her son, make a delicious ice-cream style treat out of bananas – the boys were intrigued and I thought it looked easy and fun. So off we went.
Banana Chocolate ‘Ice Cream’ adapted from Disney Junior
4 bananas, sliced and frozen
2 T greek vanilla yogurt
1/2 t vanilla extract
1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
Makes approximately 1 pint.
In a food processor, pulse bananas until broken into small pieces. Add the rest of the ingredients and let processor run until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately as soft serve or freeze for several hours for a regular ice-cream consistency.
I didn’t really remember much from the Disney Junior commercial except the frozen bananas in a food processor. So, I started by having the boys chop bananas, place them in a Tupperware, and then froze them all. Seemed like a great idea until I went to dump them out and this happened:
Hmmm – I’m thinking next time to freeze them on a cookie sheet individually, since this did not break up well in the processor. Eventually, with the help of my trusty pick-axe (or butter knife), I got these into smaller pieces that could be chopped up.
Pulsing was the best way to get things started – and then I realized that the bananas were staying pretty dry and crumbly. I wanted to add something wet and healthy to get the creamy effect, so vanilla yogurt and extract it was.
The idea of adding the cocoa powder came at the end. Because seriously, why not?!
And it was borderline genius, I tell you.
When we sampled the finished product after mixing, it soft, creamy, and lightly chocolate-y flavored. The banana was the star, but the chocolate added a depth to it that I found quite enjoyable. The boys liked it a lot, too.
We decided to freeze the bulk of it for later that night.
When we pulled it out, it was pretty solid – so I recommend letting it set out for a bit before serving. At this point, it tasted just like a regular banana ice cream – with a chocolate twist. Very satisfying and very delicious.
(Though for those chocoholics out there like me, I’m thinking doubling the cocoa would be fantastic.)