Oh hi there…long time no blog.
I had an experience the other night (and tonight!) with a mini Cuisinart and a frozen peanut butter filled banana. After doing some thinking I realized it would be just wrong not to dedicate an entire post to this creation. It’s just too good not to share! I am sure that some of you hard core bloggers have tried it yourselves after reading all about ‘how it will change your life’ on Gena’s gorgeous blog, but I knew that for the small number of you who hadn’t heard what it’s all about I needed to put it out there.
So you might be wondering what I am talking about at this point? Well, let me tell you. It’s called Banana Soft Serve and Gena’s absolutely right when she says it WILL change your life. This is quite honestly the best thing I have eaten in a long time. Of course I have been eating some really great meals lately but nothing quite compares to the decadence of this creation. I don’t know if my favorite part is the creamy texture which mimics whole milk ice cream or the fact that I know in my brain I am eating something completely un-processed and totally nutritious! Either way, you’ve got to get this bowl in front of you as soon as possible.
And here’s how to do it:
Buy a bunch of very ripe (but not overly ripe) bananas. The key is you want them to be super ripe for sweetness but still firm enough to keep their shape when you slice them open.
If you want to go pure then simply freeze the bananas on a baking sheet covered in tin foil (after you peel them). Or if your feeling a little adventurous/you love an excuse to use any type of nut butter, slice each banana the long way and spread the nut butter along one side of the banana. Then sandwich the two halves together. Lay all the bananas out on the cookie sheet and freeze for a good 4 hours. At this point you can put the bananas in a freezer bag to and store them in your freezer until you need a fix! I also decided to get the biggest bananas I could find, more bang for your buck! To get the full effect, a little comparison shot for you:
When the craving strikes for a smooth, cold, creamy, delicious treat run go to the freezer, pull out one of these guys
chunk it up, and throw it in the nearest food processor, blender or magic bullet (*EDIT*I have heard that blenders to work as well, you may be better off getting a Cuisinart, check out this mini one that I have and love!). I have only used my mini Cuisinart but plan on experimenting with my magic bullet. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work though. I hear that the Vita-Mix is the best way to do it…if you are lucky enough to own one! For now my mini Cuisinart is working just fine.
I found that I needed to pulse back and forth between the two modes for a good solid 2 minutes to get it to the best consistency. Don’t stop too soon thinking that it’s as creamy as it will get because you wont get the full effect. Keep it revving until you get something that looks like this:
Eat the entire bowl with the biggest smile on your face. Seriously, have you ever in your wildest dreams imagined such a treat?! Feel free to top with whatever you want. I’ve tried homemade granola which was fantastic and have plans to do some type of chocolate sauce and strawberries…just think…Banana Split!
The money shot…
Oh, and a word to the wise, try not to cut your tounge on the sharp blades of the cuisinart as you are trying to lick up every last bit of this deliciousness. It happens though…