This is a dessert that I love to make. As long as I’ve already got the frozen sliced banana in the freezer, Banana Peanut Butter Dessert will take about five to ten minutes to put together. It looks and tastes pretty close to ice cream or frozen yogurt, but it’s really just a healthy snack disguised as ice cream.
The only ingredients in the Banana Peanut Butter Dessert are frozen bananas, a little peanut butter, cocoa powder, and just a splash of milk to get the right consistency. You will need a food processor to make this dessert, even if it’s just a small one.
I can’t get enough frozen fruit. It started with me buying bags of frozen peaches, strawberries, grapes, honey dew melon. Then I started to freeze my own fruit. I would freeze sliced bananas, cut up cantaloupe, sliced strawberries, blueberries, and grapes.
I work as a diesel technician and it can get pretty hot in the summer laying on top of a hot engine all day, so it’s incredibly refreshing to eat frozen fruit during lunch. In January it can get down to thirty degrees below zero where I live in Northern Illinois. Maybe I should be eating a hot bowl of soup with lunch, but I particularly enjoy my frozen grapes. I know that I must look ridiculous bundled up in my winter work gear eating frozen food, but I don’t care.
Besides eating frozen fruit, I admit that I eat a lot of peanut butter, especially the natural kind with the oil at the top of the jar. I’ll go through about a jar of that stuff in a week. For the most part my family eats the regular creamy peanut butter, so that’s what I’ve always used in the Banana Peanut Butter Dessert. If anyone makes this dessert with natural peanut butter please let me know how it turns out. If this sounds too healthy for you and you want to make real ice cream that’s fluffy and delicious check out my Homemade Ice Cream recipe; even if you don’t have an ice cream machine.
If I’m making this dessert for my family of four I’ll plan ahead and slice up four bananas and put them in the freezer overnight. I’ll slice the bananas and then cut the slices in half. This will make it easier to blend together in the food processor. As far as banana ripeness, I would use bananas that are barely ripe with more yellow than green, all the way to bananas that are very ripe. As long as the bananas are ripe and able to be sliced I think they’ll be okay. If the bananas are over ripe, brown and can’t be sliced they would be a better ingredient in Banana Bread or Banana Walnut Muffins.
Adapted from Use Real Butter