Banana Soft Serve is so 80's
I was going through my mum's old recipe book the other day. Amongst classic and comforting casserole dishes, cherished family cake recipes and a couple of definite 80's-era baked goods (cottage cheese and wheat germ, anyone?) there was a recipe for banana ice-cream. This new craze of freezing then pureeing bananas into "ice-cream", it turns out it's not so new. Trust my mum to be onto it. It's no secret I'm mad for banana soft serve. I even made some yesterday despite sure freezing early May temperatures outside. I couldn't feel my hands to the degree to which one desires for regular functioning, but I had me one tasty bowl of frozen pureed banana. That's just what this soft serve is - frozen, pureed banana. And it's scrumptious.
You can absolutely create this delight in a food processor, but imagine if you had a funky machine to simply and swiftly send you to soft-serve city? Well, friends, now do I. The good folk at Yonanas sent me one of their ace machines so I could plow through my frozen bananas with such satisfying regularity. I'm super smitten with this efficient ice-cream trickster, which does a stellar job of turning frozen fruit into creamy meals or snacks.
I've been topping my banana soft serve with toasted nuts and seeds, or perhaps a bit of granola, which is really tasty. Stirring a hefty spoon of almond butter through the mix is absolutely a smart move. I'm yet to try a raw cacao concoction but I think we all know how that is going to end. Deliciously, that's how.
Oh and look at that, the team at Yonanas are letting me give one machine away right here on my blog. Isn't that swell? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and I shall select a winner at random next week. This competition is open to Australian readers only. You have one week (until the 16th May) to enter and stock your freezer with bananas.
UPDATE: via random number generator, Felhuang (comment #21) was picked to be the winner. Yay for Felhuang!
Banana Soft Serve with Toasted Macadamias and Coconut
1 very large or two small ripe Bananas*, frozen and peeled but unsliced
2 tablespoons mixed Macadamia Nuts and Walnuts
1/2 tablespoon Shredded Coconut
A pinch of Sea Salt flakes
* to get a decent serving, you'll likely need two bananas
1. Put your bananas in the freezer for at least four hours.
2. Toast your nuts in a skillet on the stovetop over a gentle heat until golden (~3 minutes), adding the coconut towards the end of the process.
3. Puree your bananas in the Yonanas machine according to instructions. Top your soft serve with the toast nuts and a sprinkle of sea salt.