I first learned about this 1-ingredient low calorie banana ice cream in a Weight Watchers meeting several years ago. It was all the rage.
I love bananas. I always have them stashed in the freezer. (As soon as they get overripe, if I’m not in the mood to turn them into banana bread, I unpeel them, toss them into a ziploc bag and put them in the freezer, where I most often use them in smoothies.) So, I can’t explain why it took so long to try this simple delicious recipe.
Now that I’ve finally gotten around to making it, I want to help spread the word. This 1-ingredient low calorie banana ice cream is the bomb!
The Skinny on Low Calorie Banana Ice Cream
All it takes is a few minutes in a food processor or high powered blender (I used my Vitamix ) to turn frozen bananas into a sweet, creamy, rich and delicious dessert that tastes like soft serve ice cream. If you prefer a firmer texture, you can let it stiffen up in the freezer for a little while. (If it gets too hard, just let it soften up on the counter for about 10 minutes before digging in.)
This 1 ingredient low calorie banana ice cream has a lot going for it. It’s quick and easy and perfect for summer. It’s low calorie, low fat, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan! And it’s packed with vitamins and minerals to do your body good.
Oh, and did I mention it works with the Weight Watchers Simply Filling Technique, if you skip the add-ins? (Unfortunately, chocolate chips are NOT Simply Filling!)
This basic recipe can be modified lots of ways. You can stir in miniature chocolate chips (like I did for the picture above), nuts, peanut butter, Nutella, or granola. Or combine the bananas with other frozen fruit like strawberries, blueberries, pineapple or mango. The options are really endless once you get your creative juices flowing. (You may need a little bit of yogurt or milk when combining various fruits to achieve your desired consistency.)
Please note that if you’re struggling with weight loss, this is the kind of food you need to be careful of. It can be really easy to over-indulge in something that seems innocent. While it’s possible to lose weight eating a banana or two a day, it gets near impossible if you’re eating them by the bunch. (For me, anyway.) So, I would allow myself one serving a day for 0 points plus, after that I’d count the points (which is about 2 for 1/4th of this recipe). Same with Simply Filling. 0 SmartPoints!!
- 4 medium very-ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
- Place the frozen banana pieces in a food processor or high powered blender.
- Puree until creamy, 2-3 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Serve immediately if you like the texture of soft serve. For a firmer texture, transfer the mixture to an airtight container and place it in the freezer for about an hour. If the mixture gets too hard, let it soften for about 10 minutes.
Low Calorie Banana Ice Cream Variations :
Banana Chocolate Chip– stir 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips into the ice cream.
Banana Mango– Combine 2 cups frozen mango chunks with the bananas and 1/4 cup milk in the food processor or blender.
*PointsPlus® for 1-Ingredient Low Calorie Banana Ice Cream calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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