Going Bananas over these DIY Ice Cream

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Our extended time at home can be a bit overwhelming for everyone…but nothing that a delicious dessert can’t fix! Easy, with readily available ingredients at home and absolutely delicious, these ice-cream recipes are super cool! Here’s how to make them at home with kids.

Summers are still on and there’s no better time than now to whip up some delicious DIY ice cream at home with the kids! Don’t be daunted, making ice-cream is not as difficult as it sounds and besides from being super easy, it’s a very popular treat among the little…and not so little ones as well. In this article, I have put together a quick, healthy ‘dessert craving fix’, which can be made with basic supplies that are readily available at home and no fancy ingredients. In fact it’s so simple that you can even involve your kids in making it.

We begin by making the base ice cream which can then be used to come up with exciting new flavours. As you read on, you’ll find that I’ve listed quite a few ways in which this ice cream can be varied and made into something yummy!

Ace The Base – Steps for Making the Basic Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients required

  • 2-3 overripe, frozen bananas (great way to use up those which you would otherwise have thrown away!)
  • Optional milk of choice, if needed
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sweetener like honey or maple syrup (only if required)

Step 1: Start with bananas that are turning brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag like a Ziplock or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.)

Step 2: To make the ice cream, mix around 2-3 frozen bananas into a blender or food processor—adding a pinch of salt. You can add 2-4 tbsp milk of choice for smoother blending if desired—and blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture.

Step 3. 3 easy steps and you basic Banana ice-cream is ready. You can serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.

Now, here comes the fun part. You can take this base ice-cream and add some different ingredients to make  a variety of new flavours. The base ice-cream remains the same as  mentioned above, all you need to do is add in that one thing that makes it go WOW!

Get Your Flavour Station Ready!

Here are all the different variations you can make with your Banana ice cream – all easy, all delicious!

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

A classic combination. Use 3 bananas. Add 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract, pinch salt, and 3 tbsp cocoa powder.

Brownie and Chocolate Chip ice cream

You’ll score major brownie points from your kids for this one. Use 2 bananas and a pinch of salt. Fold in chocolate chips and brownie bits.

Peanut Butter

Two ingredients that go hand-in-hand. Make the original base recipe adding 2-3 tbsp peanut butter or another nut butter or allergy-friendly alternative before blending.

Oreo and Caramel

Who doesn’t love Oreos and Caramel sauce? Make the original Banana ice-cream recipe. After blending, fold in crushed Oreo’s and drizzle caramel sauce on top to finish!

Strawberry

Make it fruity. Use 2 bananas. Blend in 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries.

Pina Colada

This one’s definitely a treat and for special occasion. Make the original recipe. Pour in 1/4 cup coconut milk. Blend in 1/2 cup frozen pineapple. Stir in shredded coconut if desired.

Nutella Swirl Ice Cream

You can’t go wrong with this one. Make the original banana base ice-cream. Swirl in some Nutella (you can go as little or as much as you want!) and add roasted hazelnuts. You can even make this in another way – that is by churning in a few tablespoons of Nutella along with the Bananas.

It’s the simple things in life that count and a good ice-cream can make you instantly happy! These dessert recipes are a fun way to get your kids into the kitchen, don’t forget to involve them in the process. It’ll be a fun activity for the family to do over the weekend and then of course, enjoy the treat after together.

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