Okay, her name is really Monica and she blogs over at The Painted Pisces. We work together and bonded over I Love You, Man. Hence, the nickname. Jobin has been my go-to for quite a while now and today she is leaving our office and transferring to a different department to pursue a career in cultural resources and use her antrhopology degree. I am so excited for her, but sad for me. From now on I may only get to see her every other Friday. Congratulations Big Mack! I wish you all the success in the world...okay, save some for me. After you finish reading here, go visit her blog and leave her some love. She is super crafty and likes to share her projects with the world!
Take it away, Jobin!
Did you know I am a Gwen Stefani/No Doubt fan? Well, see here:
That actually has nothing to do with this post though, haha!
Eric does 99.99999% of all food preparation in our house, and he is amazing for that. BUT, I don't want him to feel like he carries all of the weight and responsibility of feeding our family. I am getting interested in recipes so that I can relieve him of his (delicious!) duty. Don't worry, I CAN cook, so I doubt I will poison anyone when I'm in the kitchen, I've just never particularly enjoyed it. I actually really enjoy baking, but our oven is less than reliable, so that doesn't happen too often.
Recently, I found this sneaky little recipe for banana ice cream somewhere, and while I can't find where I originally saw it, it is on maaaaaaaaaaaany websites and is just so easy I don't think I'll need to site anyone. It's really only one ingredient: bananas! Der!
The recipe I found/forgot said to chop up bananas, then freeze, and when frozen, puree in a blender/food processor. The texture is so very similar to ice cream, its bananas! (Insert wah wah bad joke sound here.)
When I told Eric about it, he had an even BETTER idea: use the ice cream maker! If you have one of these, the recipe goes from a 1-2 hour process to about 30 minutes. Genius!
First, gather your ingredients and kitchen tools:
4-6 bananas (for our family of four, this gave us very generous helpings)
Ice Cream Maker
Break up your bananas, toss them in the food processor and hit "mush" (Really a setting! I swear!).
We added a few tablespoons of peanut butter once we had baby food consistency (I know that makes it now 2 ingredients... so sue me), then plopped it into the ice cream maker.
Within 20-30 minutes, we were ready!
We topped it with crushed cocoa-dusted almonds. Mmmmmmmmmmmm!
Hannah was not really feelin' it though. But that's okay, at least she tried it.
Elisa was very pleased!
If you do not have an ice cream maker, freeze cut-up pieces of banana for 1-2 hours, then throw the frozen bits in the food processor and hit "mush". It will look crumbly, but once you scoop it, it will get that nice "ice cream" look to it.