I am not a big banana fan, in fact you can literally chase me with banana bread and I can't actually recall the last time I ate a banana BUT on the hunt for a slightly healthier yet delicious weekend dessert I couldn't help but be intrigued by the idea of nice cream.
What is this nice cream? It is simply frozen banana and a bit of milk blended together, here with some coffee added for extra omph, with the end result that gets pretty close to normal ice cream but without the sugar and all that double cream!
Indeed I was impressed with the flavour and creamy texture, not too heavy on the banana when balanced with the coffee, and liked it even more after the bites were dipped in dark and white chocolate, maybe making this a bit naughtier but still a pretty great and relatively good for you dessert that made me re-think my hatred of bananas (a little bit at least).
- 4 large bananas
- 3 tbsp instant coffee (I went for a vanilla flavour one)
- ½ cup milk
- 120g dark chocolate
- 120g white chocolate
- Serving suggestion:
- Salt flakes, to garnish
- Peel the bananas and cut into rounds.
- Add the banana rounds to a resealable bag and freeze until solid.
- Line a medium-square 20cm x 20cm baking tray with baking paper, allowing the paper to hang over the sides slightly.
- Add the frozen bananas, coffee and milk to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Pour the banana mixture into the baking dish and smooth out with a spatula.
- Freeze for overnight, or until set.
- Break your chocolate into smaller chunks and add to a microwave-safe bowl.
- Microwave for 15-second intervals, until melted.
- When the banana nice cream has set, remove the tray from the freezer and use the baking paper to lift the nice cream slab out of the dish. Cut into 2cm x 2cm cubes.
- Work quickly to dip the nice cream cubes into the melted chocolate, using a fork to lift them out and place them onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
- Sprinkle with salt flakes to garnish.
- Repeat with all the nice cream bites.
- Place in the freezer and allow to freeze until set.
- Remove from the freezer 5 minutes before serving and ENJOY!
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