I'll start this conversation with the question : Has anyone out there frozen their ripe bananas and had a strange taste in the finished whipped like ice cream??
Maybe my freezer bags are the culprit?? Though I have frozen other fruits and foods in them with no issues.
Maybe it was my jug blender blade containating the taste f the whip as the blender had a struggle to do the job. ts not a vita mix Its a £50 Ready Steady Cook Glass Jug blender from Argos store here in the UK.
And then the 2nd Question: Does anyone have any good hints n making superb Banana Ice cream?? Like what to add to it, if anything??
Frozen strawberries work fine. I'll try fresh strawberries tomorrow or so, let's see how that turns out, I guess I'll let the bananas defrost a bit first. Never had a strange taste, btw.
Try blending the frozen bananas in a food processor, I find that it works much better than a regular blender (though I bet a Vitamix works best, but I don't have one either, lol).
As for what to add...
-scrapings of a fresh vanilla bean for vanilla
-scoop of raw carob powder for chocolate (or maybe blend a chocolate sapote with it to make it 100% fruit?)
-fresh mint leaves + raw carob powder for mint-chocolate
-blended dates as an ice cream sundae sauce
-add carob powder to blended dates for chocolate sauce
-blend with strawberries for strawberry ice cream
-add pecans for "butter pecan"
-add macadamias for macadamia nut ice cream
-freeze chopped dates and sprinkle them over whipped banana for caramel-like chunks
-blend with carrots and cinnamon and sprinkle raisins over it for carrot cake
-add pineapple and coconut for a pina colada
-sprinkle with blueberries for blueberry muffin
-blend dried dates with carob powder, roll into little balls, and sprinkle on top for chocolate-chip
-add chopped apples and cinnamon for apple-pie
-add pistachios for pistachio
-blend with mango, orange, or another tropical fruit for a sherbert
-add a little lemon juice for a frozen lemonade type thing
there's so many flavor variations...Get creative! Then, make one of each flavor and enjoy one HUGE banana sundae ;)
Alexandra, your ideas are amazing! Especially the carrot cake. Thank you.
Wow Alexandra, those sound awesome!!! Thanks for the great ideas!!!
There are so many good additions to banana ice cream. I like it best with just a bit of vanilla extract.
Disregard the below if you have a vitamix or super awesome blender.
My BIG tip for getting super thick and smooth banana ice cream is get the first inch of the blender container to be liquid. So either add water and/or blend a banana. Then you slowly hand feed the bananas (freeze them whole, don't chop) into the direct center of the blender one by one. So your feeding them right onto the top of the blade. You do this for about 5 bananas and the ice cream starts building up along the sides of the container. Eventually, a vaccum will be created at the bottom of the blender and it will suck the bananas right out of your hand and turn them into ice cream very fast. This strategy lets you get much thicker ice cream than chopping your bananas, throwing them all in, and blending.