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By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of 1-ingredient banana ice cream. The recipe—which is literally just frozen bananas blended in a food processor until smooth—made its way around the food blogosphere in the past few years, and was even picked up by many reputable food and lifestyle publications. The thing is, this whipped banana concoction is consistently referred to as “healthy ice cream,” though I feel like it’s really not dessert at all. Of course you can call your dessert whatever you want, but if the only thing in your bowl is bananas, I feel more inclined to deem the dish breakfast.
Bananas are packed with fast-acting carbs and potassium, and have even recently proved to work as well as Gatorade and ibuprofen when used by athletes to replace electrolytes and treat inflammation. Case in point: the fruit gets shit done, so why relegate it to dessert? I prefer banana ice cream in the morning, oftentimes fresh off a workout and ravenous. Banana ice cream takes less time to make than oatmeal or pancakes, and really does have a soft-serve-like quality. You can simply toss a peeled frozen banana (sliced or broken into a few pieces) into a food processor or high-powered blender and let it rip. In less than a minute, the banana will transform from a chopped gloopy mess into a creamy, pale yellow dream. Sometimes I throw in a handful of chopped frozen berries or peaches for extra flavor and color, but it really doesn’t need much. Weirdly, when frozen and whipped, the banana loses a lot of its banana-y flavor and is more just a smooth, cool spread.
Usually, I’m too excited for my first bite and just go to town on the banana soft serve straight out of the food processor, sometimes crumbling a graham cracker or digestive biscuit on top if I’m looking for crunch. On special occasions, I’ll treat the ice cream like an acai bowl, which requires a real serving vessel. I’ll scoop the soft serve into a bowl and top it with toasted nuts, sliced fruit, cocoa nibs, and tahini. Guys, it’s really, really good.
Eat it for dessert if you want, but consider this my formal request for banana ice cream to be reassigned to the breakfast category. I’d pick it over a smoothie bowl any day, no question.