“You gotta get on dee boat, ya, Banana Boat!” That song most definitely makes me think of summer. Because not only does it make me think of sunscreen, but it also makes me think of bananas. And when I think about bananas and summer, I think about banana splits & sundaes. And while I love me a good banana split or a sundae, I can’t go eating those every day (maybe you can – lucky you!). But what I CAN eat every day (and might just try this summer) is this HIGH-PROTEIN, LOW-FAT banana soft serve. It’s got all of the health benefits of bananas (because it’s made using frozen bananas), extra protein, and none of the things that make ice cream a “once-in-awhile” treat (refined sugar, saturated dairy fat & “empty” calories). Plus, it’s unbelievably easy!
I’ve actually been trying to eat more bananas lately. I’m not sure if it’s the demands of my new strength training workout or a deficiency in my daily diet or some combination of the two, but man oh man, have I ever been getting a lot of muscle cramps lately. Why bananas, then? I’ve known from way back in my competitive swimming days that they’re packed with potassium, a natural electrolyte that helps to alleviate muscle cramping. Plus, the type of natural fruit sugar in bananas is digested very quickly to provide quick energy for training and they’re also high in fiber and can help ease digestive issues. Not to mention, they are DARN TASTY.
I never worry about bananas being overripe in our household. If for some reason we don’t eat them all up “au naturel” before the peels are almost totally brown, then I just throw them into one of the gazillion versions of banana bread/muffins (flourless, gluten-free, high-protein, low-fat, Paleo, vegan – you name it!) out there OR I peel them, break them into pieces and put them in a baggie in the freezer (pro tip: freezing them out of the peel in pieces makes them that much easier to use later). Add some almond milk and protein powder and now I’ve got a way I can enjoy my bananas, leftover or otherwise, all summer long! In fact, we’ve had to start buying an “extra” bunch of bananas because our son loves banana “ice cream” so much (for him, we omit the protein powder and just add more frozen bananas). You can also experiment with adding vanilla extract, cocoa or powdered peanut butter to change up the flavours.
It helps if you have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix, but any regular blender or food processor will do if you have patience. If your blender has a tamper, use it to press the frozen banana pieces down during blending to ensure you get a creamy, soft-serve consistency.
Simple Banana Protein Soft Serve (Gluten-free, Low-fat, Refined sugar-free)
This creamy cool banana frozen treat is a high-protein, low-fat alternative to ice cream and is free of refined sugar, too!
Author: The Golden Graham Girl
1/4 cup (62.5mL or 60g) unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop (28g) Quest Nutrition Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder* OR your favourite vanilla whey protein powder PLUS 1/2 tsp (2g) xanthan gum* (this is an optional thickener and it is not required if using the Quest Milkshake Powder, as it already contains the thickeners cellulose gum and carrageenan – check the label of your protein powder for these items)
2 medium bananas (250g), frozen (tip: peel and cut bananas into pieces before freezing to make them easier to blend when frozen)
1. Add all ingredients in the order listed above to a high-speed blender (like a Vitamix) or food processor.
2. Begin blending/processing at a low speed and slowly increase the speed until you have a smooth and creamy soft serve consistency. You may notice the blending sound gets lower in pitch as more air is whipped into the mixture.
3. If equipped with one, use your blender’s tamper throughout to press bananas down to ensure even blending. Otherwise, periodically stop the blender/processer and press pieces down with a spoon or spatula.
4. Serve immediately.
Calories: 169 Fat: 0.8g Carbohydrates: 30.3g Sugar: 15.3g Fiber: 3.4g Protein: 12.2g
Delicious on its own, you can also try topping it with chopped nuts, shredded coconut, dried fruit or even dark chocolate chips for a better-for-you sundae option!
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