July 15, 2010 by Danielle
July means hot weather and sweaty workouts, and for that, we all deserve a cool treat. Ice cream might be your first thought for a hot weather treat…but that’s only until you meet the banana whip.
Every year during college, I would wait for the summer humidity and heat to hit so I could go to one of my favorite eateries, The Bent Spoon. This small Princeton shop crafts organic sorbets, ice creams and basically every other devilishly delicious baked good you could imagine, but in my eyes, the banana whip reigns supreme. This ice cream like treat is rich, creamy and it literally tastes like heaven. With a description involving the words “creamy” and “rich” you’re probably thinking “That thing is at least 1000 calories, all of which are going straight to my butt.” But oh no, you are quite mistaken. As surprising as it might be, it’s just a banana. I kid you not. All of this deliciousness from a frozen banana put in a food processor.
I’m still counting the days until I can get back to The Bent Spoon for my summertime splendor, but until then I’ve crafted a similar version that tastes just as delicious and once again proves that food can taste good and be good for you.
Homemade Banana Whip
1) Peel a banana and cut it in half. If you have some bananas that are on the edge of being a bit overripe, this is a great time to use them.
2) Place banana halves in a plastic bag or wrap in saran wrap and freeze them until they’re frozen solid. I like to put them in at night and in the morning you have yourself a frozen banana.
3) Place frozen bananas in a blender with a little bit of water (less is more here-you only need a teeny tiny bit) and blend until the mixture is thick, creamy and fluffy. If using a food processor, but I’m just place the bananas in the food processor and process for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture is creamy.
4) Place in a cup grab a spoon and enjoy!
I found these fruity summer desserts from the guru girls. The recipe for the tangerine ice looks delicious! Check it out here!