Monday, January 14, 2013

Chocolate Banana "Ice Cream"

Did you notice something missing in my posts last month? Because of the crazy, busy hectic-ness of the holiday season, especially for food people, lovely folks who run the Secret Recipe Club decided that we all deserved one less stress in our month, and suspended the SRC challenge for the month of December.

But now it's a new month and a new year, and I am super glad to have a new SRC post to share with you today.

The blog I was assigned for this month was Join us, pull up a chair, written by the super awesome Heather.  As I read through her blog (and her family blog, too!), I was amazed at the similarities between us. We both have two kids, an older daughter and a younger son (and the age difference between the two seems to be about the same, too!), we both love food, and we both love involving our little ones in our food adventures!

The hardest part this month was choosing which recipe to make. See, when I browse through my assigned blog for the first time, I open a new browser window, then right-click on any recipe that might be a contender and open it in a new tab.  By the time I finished browsing, I had over a dozen tabs open.

I finally settled on one for this post, but made a few in the process... and plan to make plenty more!

Heather has a lot of different ice cream recipes on her blog, many of which caught my eye, but with little man's milk allergy, what really spoke to me was her Chocolate Banana Faux Ice Cream recipe. While it's not the most complicated of recipes, it was the simplicity that intrigued me.

And it doesn't get much more simple than this. Three ingredients, a blender (or immersion blender, in my case) and a freezer.  That's it.

And the results?

Surprisingly amazing.

Everyone loved it - even those of us who can have "regular" ice cream.

And it's so quick and easy that we made another batch later that week.

And it's so simple that we have ideas for so many variations on it. How cool that we now have a delicious and easy ice cream substitute for little man to enjoy!

And, in case you're curious, this honey chicken is delicious, and deserves its own post. Heather, I'll be sharing that one soon! And these cinnamon honey roasted chickpeas  are super addictive. Betcha can't eat just one!

Chocolate Banana Faux Ice Cream
(from Join us, pull up a chair)

4 bananas (ripe)
8 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons honey (or agave nectar)

Slice the bananas into a blender, or a bowl if you are using an immersion blender.  Add the cocoa and the honey (or the sweetener you chose).
Blend until smooth - you don't want any lumps.
Pour into an airtight, freezer safe container and freeze.
It should freeze within just a couple of hours!



  1. I love this! Small one now doesn't like regular ice cream C:

  2. Good Morning Shelley,
    This is a great dessert that we would really enjoy. A great recipe for the SRC and thanks for sharing.
    Miz Helen

  3. ooh, I like the chocolate and honey addition to a smooth frozen banana. Good choice!

  4. I just bookmarked this one - I have to try it!

  5. Oh Shelley, you're too sweet! I totally forgot about this "ice cream". I'll need to make it since I'm trying to lose the last of the baby weight from my son but I'm still craving sweets.

  6. Wow, this looks so simple and tasty!

  7. Already blended and waiting in the freezer - HUGE thanks for sharing this simple, inspired treat.

  8. What a simple recipe and it looks just like real ice-cream too!

  9. What a great pic for this month! I'll be giving this a try very soon.

  10. I need a healthy ice cream recipe. I will be trying this one soon. Visiting from SRC.

  11. Yum...I just saw something similar on Pinterest and I wanted to try it. I'm a fellow SRC member, group D

  12. I've made this recipe before but never added some honey. Bet it gives it a nice hint of sweetness. Will definitely try this.

  13. I wanted to let you know that I featured this in my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post - stop by and see.


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