Hopefully by now you've heard of the simple and delicious one-ingredient banana ice cream. Simply whip up frozen bananas in the food processor until it forms an ice cream consistency. This recipe ups the flavor by roasting the bananas before freezing, resulting in a deep, caramelized flavor.
The original one ingredient banana ice cream is pretty perfect. When I tried that first bite, I realized sweets made without added sugar didn't have to sacrifice flavor. This was pretty mind-blowing.
The beauty of one-ingredient ice cream is it's simplicity. Although this version calls for one extra step, it's totally worth it. Roasting the bananas before freezing enhances the sweetness and adds a bit of toasty, caramelized flavor, almost like bananas foster exactly like bananas foster. A pinch of cinnamon is a welcome addition, although then it can no longer carry the catchy "one ingredient" title. I topped mine with peanuts and dark chocolate, since we've already established my love for the combination.
If I were you, I'd pick up a big bunch of bananas today and get roasting!
One Ingredient Caramelized Banana Ice Cream
Makes 2 cups
If you like, add cinnamon or other spices for flavor. You could also add a couple tablespoons of dark cocoa powder to make it taste like chocolate. To make bananas foster smoothie, add a cup of unsweetened almond milk to the blender.
Melted coconut oil (okay, technically another ingredient but it hardly counts)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut the bananas in half lengthwise. Keep the peels on (the first batch I made and photographed I peeled them and they dried out a bit). Lightly brush a baking sheet with melted coconut oil. Place on the baking sheet, cut side up, and brush with coconut oil. Roast 10-15 minutes until golden brown, being careful not to burn them.
Remove from oven and set aside to cool. When cool, peel, cut into cubes and freeze in a tupperware container overnight or until ready to use. When ready to enjoy, place banana chunks in a food processor (~ 1 cup makes 1 serving). Add cinnamon if desired. Blend, scraping down sides as needed, until it forms a smooth, creamy mass.