Banana Swirl Ice Cream

Banana Swirl Ice Cream

Today I’m going to talk about things that I love. You probably don’t know much about me, and maybe you want to learn more. Just maybe. Most of you probably just came for the ice cream, so, if that’s the case. just skip past the part where I talk about myself and go make some banana swirl ice cream. The rest of you can read my babble on the things that I love to love. (In no particular order)

The first might be a bit obvious, only because it’s what any person would say. My puppies- who aren’t actually puppies anymore, but are still adorable. And weird. My dogs are really weird, but that’s why I love them. I think awkward dogs are actually the most adorable things out there. When they’re “so ugly they’re cute”- that’s my kind of puppy.

Teen/young adult fiction novels. I’m still really young, so I guess it’s to be expected. I have a feeling, though, that I’ll always love the young adult novels.  Even the cheesy ones- they just suck me in! 

Goats. And chickens. And pigs, parrots and calves. Basically, I wish I grew up on a farm.

Hedgehogs. OHMYGOSH don’t even get me started. They earn their own place on my list. How stinkin’ cute are they?

Cheesy TV dramas. Just like the teen novels, they suck me in.

Maybe surprisingly, but I love to paint and draw. My grandpa is an artist, and I get that from him.

Babies, with their adorable baby faces and tiny hands and feet.

I have always been very fascinated with dreams. Likely because I have very vivid dreams that I always remember, and I love it. Sleeping is great, but watching your own little story in your head while you sleep? Even better.

I have to mention it- food. All food, any food: avocados, bacon, butter, burgers, sweet potatoes, blueberries and ice cream. I love them all.

The big ones- family, friends, my beliefs, health and nutrition, nature and cooking. The things I actually really care about. 

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Obviously, ice cream made the list of things I love, and not just because it’s today’s post. Something about the sweet, rich and creamy frozen dessert has always appealed to me. I don’t do so well with milk, though, and I could do without all the sugar. 100% fruit sweetened banana ice cream is the easiest alternative. I like to change up the traditional 1-ingredient banana ice cream and add in a date-caramel swirl. The result is a perfectly healthy ice cream to satisfy the want need for a creamy, frozen treat.

Banana Swirl Ice Cream
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 Ripe bananas
  • ½ Cup dates soaked in ½ cup water.
  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter or nut/seed butter of choice
  • ¼ Teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Freeze the bananas.
  2. In a food processor, combine the dates, water, nut butter and salt. Process until smooth. If made a head of time, refrigerate your "caramel" while the bananas freeze.
  3. Once the bananas are completely frozen, place them in a high speed blender and blend until smooth with an soft serve-like consistency.
  4. In a freezer save container, spread ⅓ of the banana ice cream. Layer half the date caramel on top of the banana, then another ⅓ of banana. Continue to layer until both the banana soft serve and date caramel are used up. Use a knife to swirl the ice cream to your liking. Place the ice cream back in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before enjoying.

 

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