Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Homemade Banana Blueberry Gelato

This new discovery makes me so excited! Did you know that you can create your very own homemade, dairy-free, artificial sugar-free, natural, healthy ice cream...or better yet, Gelato with just TWO ingredients?!

Yep, you heard me, right. Just two ingredients: Bananas and Blueberries. Simple, healthy, natural. Perfect nightcap after a festive dinner party or a sweet ending to a mellow night at home. 

This recipe is also so wonderful because it solves an age-old problem in my house: what to do with all those brown bananas? At any given time, we usually have between 6 and 10 bananas on the counter and inevitably, unfortunately, some always go to waste. So, take two or three of those browning bananas, whip yourself up some homemade gelato and all is right in the world again.

Step 1: Make your gelato on the day it is to be enjoyed. Start by slicing two bananas into 1/2 inch chunks. Place in tupperware in the freezer for no more than 3 hours.

Step 2: Place frozen banana chunks in Nutribullet, Vitamix or any other high powered blender. 

Step 3: Pulse until they become an ice-cream or gelato like texture. You may have to scoop bits off the side, put back near the blades and re-pulse a few times to get it right. If you froze the bananas too long, you can add a splash of almond milk and let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes to soften,

Step 4: Add frozen blueberries and pulse all together. No specific measurements for the berries, but know that the bananas have the more powerful flavor of the two. So, if you want it to taste less banana-y, like I do, add more berries. More banana-y, add only a handful of berries. 

Depending on the texture at this point, you may have to put in the freezer with a lid to solidify a bit. Otherwise, if you are happy with the texture, serve immediately and enjoy!

With this recipe, you have a solid foundation for homemade gelato. Banana should always be the base, as it is the most sticky and gooey fruit. Think of it as the glue. But from here, you can add other fun ingredients like peanut butter or strawberries. A simple mint garnish is the perfect topper for this classy hand-made dessert!

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