2 Minute Soft Serve

Basic Banana Softserve

Basic Banana Softserve

I was just hankering for something creamy and sweet and realized that I hadn’t told you all about what to do with all your overripe bananas: Soft serve ice cream!

The “real” kind of soft serve you get at fast food restaurants is full of nasty stuff. But this version is all natural and actually good for you!

For most of my life, I hated bananas. I found the texture disgusting, and the smell of them sent me running from a room more than once. But one day, when I was pregnant with Kid1, I was really in a bind. The snack cart came by my office and all they had were nasty cookies, red delicious apples coated in wax and pesticide, and bananas.

Chocolate-Blackberry Banana Softserve

Chocolate-Blackberry Banana Softserve

I decided that since bananas are so high in potassium and other vitamins and minerals, I’d give one a try. I held my nose and took a bite. It turned out I’d outgrown my absolute hatred of bananas. I was still really picky about them, though, and preferred them a bit green. To this day, I can not stand a squishy banana with black spots.

Well, it turns out that bananas are a recommended food on the GAPS Full Diet. Only problem is, they’ve got to be ripe… really ripe… otherwise, they are too starchy. Since one of the main points of the diet is to eliminate starchy foods so that the bacterial overgrowths in our guts don’t get to take over, I decided I’d better skip the underripe bananas from here on out.

Now, when I have an overripe banana it goes in the freezer, peel and all (they turn black). When we’re ready for a treat, we make ice cream! Here’s how:

Topped with Crispy Walnuts

Topped with Crispy Walnuts

  1. Get out your frozen bananas and let them sit in warm water for a minute or so.
  2. Peel the bananas. You may need to scrape the inside part of the peel off the inside part with a butter knife.
  3. Put the bananas in your blender or food processor and blend!
  4. Add other ingredients like vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, cocoa powder, or berries to get different flavors. Yum!

If your bananas aren’t frozen yet, you can blend them up with other flavors of your choice and use them in your ice cream maker! We like to use the ice cream bowl attachment for our stand mixer.

This post is part of Real Food Wednesday, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, Freaky Friday, Make Your Own Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.

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