Chances you are you’ve probably been seeing the banana “ice creams” floating around the internet for a year or two but if you haven’t let me fill you in. When you freeze bananas and then toss them in a blender, they make this really delicious, creamy texture that resembles frozen yogurt. So, it’s a cleaner version of ice cream and you can add whatever flavors to it that you want. But I put the word “ice cream” in quotes here because it’s ice cream-like, but I wouldn’t dare desecrate real ice cream by calling it the same name :)
For this recipe, I added candied ginger and a kiss of honey. And it’s so good!
This is a really quick recipe that you can whip together spur of the moment after dinner if you’re feeling like something sweet. Or, even better – for an upset tummy. When I have a stomach ache, I always want ice cream or frozen yogurt because I swear it helps for some reason. Parker always thinks I’m just using it as an excuse to eat ice cream (which…I mean..there might be some truth to that), but I’m telling you it works. But this would be such a better option for an upset tum because it’s soothing and easy to eat, plus:
Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients. Bananas are rich in pectin, which aids in digestion and gently removes toxins and heavy metals from the body. Constipated? High fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility. Got the runs? Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes after diarrhea and bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux. (source)
Also, ginger is very effective in relieving gastrointestinal distresses including nausea, dizziness, and vomiting. I’ve heard pregnant women and those that suffer from sea sickness swear by eating ginger over most medicine. Ginger also contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds that can help if you feel achy and sore. (source)
Honey has lots of goodness in it too besides being a natural sweetener. Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system. (source)
So, this is not only an excellent treat when you’re in the mood for something sweet, but it’s an excellent remedy for stomach aches too! I bet your kids will love it also (but they might pretend to have a rumbly tumbly just so you’ll make it :)
It melted a bit in this picture; sorry, it’s August in Atlanta! :)
Honey Ginger (Banana) “Ice Cream”
serves 1-2, multiply recipe as needed
1 banana, frozen*
1/4 cup candied ginger
2-3 teaspoons of honey, depending on preference
1 T of milk or water, just to smooth it a bit (I like using coconut milk here)
Add all ingredients in a blender (a personal size blender works great if you’re just making a single serving) and blend until smooth. That’s it! Done. Takes less than 5 minutes.
*Tip: When freezing bananas, break apart in to 1-2″ pieces so it blends more easily. I never throw away bananas either. If they start to get overripe from sitting on the counter, I just quickly peel and break them in to pieces, throw in a container, and place in the freezer so I always have them on hand to make banana “ice cream”.Enjoy!