Healthy Banana Ice Cream Recipes

banana-splitWe have been on a serious ice cream streak here and following up on our last post about how to make home made ice cream, here is yet another indulgent treat.  Now to be honest, the only health thing about these recipes is the banana, but as long is it is in there we don’t feel so bad about calling them healthy.  They do contain some good things in them like potassium right?  It’s kind of like calling a potato chip a vegetable.  Technically it might be, but it is really not all that good for you.  These recipes are in the same vain, so just keep that in mind.  Now that we got that out of the way lets move on to the more important stuff.

Below are just a couple of recipes that you can use in your home machine.  Nothing quite goes with ice cream like bananas.  Hope you enjoy.

Banana Ice Cream

This frozen treat tastes just like a banana split. So if you’ve got a love for banana splits, this recipe will definitely be a favorite.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 – 4 medium bananas, very ripe
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Step One: Using a whisk or a hand mixer on low speed, mix milk, granulated sugar, and nutmeg. Continue mixing until sugar dissolves.

Step Two: Purree (or mash) bananas until they are pureed well. Add mashed bananas to the milk/sugar mixture.

Step Three: Chill the banana mixture for 45- 60 minutes. Chilling the mixture for an hour will produce smoother ice cream in the end.

Step Four: Add the vanilla extract and heavy whip cream and stir gently.

Step Five: Pour mixture into your maker and allow it to churn for about 25 – 30 minutes or according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Last and best of all, get out that spoon and enjoy. You can spice up this delicious recipe in several different ways.

About 5 minutes before your treat is done churning in your maker, you can add some of your favorite banana split toppings to the churning mixture.

Banana & Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 3/4 Cups Milk, Almond Milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons Banana extract
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate

Instructions:

Step One: In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, salt, and milk and the chocolate. When the chocolate is partially melted, stir in the cocoa powder and cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until the chocolate/ cream mixture is steaming then lower the heat.

Step Two: In a medium size bowl, slightly beat eggs, and add half of the mixture into the bowl with eggs. Slowly whisk the mixture and pour back into the saucepan.

Step Three: Cook over medium heat for about three minutes until slightly thick. Remove from heat and refrigerate until chilled or overnight.

Step Four: When ready to freeze, stir in the 1 1/2 Cups Milk and banana extract into the custard mixture.

Step Five: Start your ice cream maker and pour in the mixture. Freeze until desired consistency then add two or 3 through hole in lid overripe mashed bananas, 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips, and even a broken up dairy-free sugar cone to the ice cream maker.

Step Six: Let it mix for an additional 15 minutes. Ice Cream will be soft, so put into the freezer for 4 hours before serving.

These frozen treats can also great served “Sundae Style.” Just get out your favorite sundae toppings and sundae sauces and make yourself the banana ice cream of your dreams.

Latest Ice Cream Recalls Due To Listeria

ice cream iisteria outbreaksThere have been a couple of popular brands of ice cream recalled recently across the country for fear of the spread of listeria. Listeria affects woman who are pregnant, their newborn babies, older people, and people with weak immune systems due to cancer and cancer treatments. The pathogen is dangerous and can lead to serious infections which can sometimes be fatal. The symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, stiffness, headaches, and fever. This is a pathogen found in soil, water, on raw meat and veggies, and in some processed foods. The CDC says it can last for years in a factory that distributes food.  As of April 21, ten people have been reported as being affected by different strains of the listeria bacteria in 4 states. (Kansas, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Texas)

Two Major Brands Affected

Blue Bell Ice Cream is a very popular brand and recent victim of a listeria contamination. They are not sure how it could have come into contact with their ice cream. They have issued a massive recall on their products. There have to date been eight illnesses in Kansas and Texas, two in Oklahoma and Arizona, and three deaths in Kansas that have been connected with Listeria and the ice cream brand. Their recall includes eight million gallons of ice cream products and is beefing up its sanitation policies as they continue to try and discover how Listeria got into their facility. The investigation spans back a few years with ten total cases of Listeria noted and an investigation continues to determine where it could have come from. Listeria is nothing to take lightly so they knew what they had to do.

Fearing the same issues Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream has recalled its products as of April 2015. The reason for the voluntary recall is that one of their pints of dark chocolate ice cream sold in Omaha had listeria. They went so far as to close up shop until they can have new testing to make sure all their products are safe to eat. They have recalled frozen yogurts, sorbets, ice creams, and ice cream sandwiches. Fortunately no illness has been reported from the consumption of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. They are being safe to make sure none of their customers get sick from the deadly pathogen.  They are reported to destroy almost 265 tons of their products in efforts to deal with the issue.

Authorities don’t think the two tests of a positive for Listeria at the two companies are related to one another. Both companies are taking things very seriously and will not reopen and redistribute until they can ensure the safety of their customers. Of course Blue Bell feels horribly about the deaths and wishes they knew the cause of the problem. Shutting down the kitchen and working backwards is helping them determine what could have happened so hopefully soon they will know exactly what happened.

Moving Forward

The multi-state outbreak is sparking concern and some new regulations in the way things are handled. The pathogen is not often found in ice cream which is what makes this a strange case. Every precaution is being taken and the CDC is keeping their finger on the pulse. Food safety is a tricky exercise as there will always be new strands of bacteria that will make their way into food products, however the fast reaction and scope of the recalls should be an example for food processing companies in the future. The CDC will continue to test and keep the public informed.