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The easiest, healthiest most genius ice cream trick ever

Erin Zammett Ruddy

I don’t know about you guys, but we’ve been hot here on Long Island. Hot like the second you get out of the pool the sweat starts rolling again. Hot like a tee shirt and shorts are too many clothes. On Saturday, when it reached 100 degrees and we had exhausted swimming and playing in the hose and Lego castle building (and lots of bitching and moaning for no reason), I decided to head to the kitchen, where Alex, Nora and I made banana ice cream—using only bananas and taking all of five minutes. Here’s how it’s done:

Take three frozen, very ripe bananas (just when my bananas are getting unattractively spotty, I peel them and toss them in a baggie in the freezer—you can also freeze them peel on and disrobe later). Either let them sit out for a few or zap them in the microwave for about 30 seconds to soften just a tad. Then place them in a food processor and whirl ‘em up for about three minutes until they get creamy and fluffy (stop occasionally to push the stuff down the sides of the processor).  The result: Creamy, cold, sweet banana “ice cream” that is truly legit.

This recipe has been in my repertoire since I first learned about it while working on the Glamour cookbook last spring. It’s basically a vegan ice cream trick and it’s freaking awesome. Alex loves it. Nora loves it. Adults would even love it (maybe a dollop on top of a slice of pound cake with strawberries and whipped cream—yum!). My kids—who can hear that annoying ice cream truck song from two towns away—have no clue that there isn’t any added sugar or fat or all those insane ingredients in pretty much anything that comes out of the ice cream truck (have you read the package on one of those astro pops? Frightening!). You can put chocolate chips or other accoutrements on top but on Saturday no one asked and I certainly didn’t offer (they’d started the day with munchkins because mommy needed an iced latte and, well, I was too hot to say no to them). Anyway, it’s a great way to get your kids to eat a healthy snack, it cools everyone down, makes them think they’re getting a treat and gives you a use for all those scary-looking bananas.

He even asked to lick the food processor (after I took the blade out, of course)

Little did she know she was eating the same bananas she'd spit out of her cereal that very morning :)

Try it, I promise you won’t be disappointed!