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Published March 19, 2013, 11:33 PM

Areavoices: Banana treat has plenty of flavor options

My fascination with eating frozen pureed fruit instead of ice cream started about a decade ago with various berries, but my latest project has been using bananas.

By: Jessica Karley, Areavoices blogger, INFORUM

My fascination with eating frozen pureed fruit instead of ice cream started about a decade ago with various berries, but my latest project has been using bananas.

I first saw this idea on one of those infomercials that are on in the middle of the night. They had a special machine that was made just for turning bananas into soft serve. I have a machine that works great for that too and it’s called a food processor. Ha-ha!

OK, on with the productive part of my story. I know I have talked about trying to use bananas before they go bad in another column, but here I was, again, facing a bunch of bananas that I didn’t have time to eat.

I decided to give this a shot, but I didn’t want plain bananas. If I was going to fully trick myself into thinking that this is an indulgent treat, I would also need the help of a little chocolate. I chose to use Nutella, but either regular cocoa powder or peanut butter would both be amazing flavor combinations.

My son and I enjoyed a big bowl of bananas tonight for dessert and neither one of us missed the real thing!

Banana Nutella

‘Ice Cream’

4 large ripe bananas, not over ripe

1/3 cup hazelnut chocolate spread or Nutella

Directions:

Peel and cut bananas into 1.5 inch pieces. Place on sheet tray and freeze for 1-2 hours or until frozen solid. Remove from the freezer and place in the food processor. Pulse a few times to start breaking them down and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Puree for 1 minute or until almost smooth. Add Nutella. Puree for another 30 seconds or until completely smooth. Remove banana mixture from processor bowl and place in freezer safe container. Freeze for 1 hour or until ready to serve. Mixture will remain slightly soft, perfect for serving or grabbing a spoonful! Enjoy.

Jessica Karley is an executive, personal chef, in-home culinary instructor, caterer, and mother of a beautiful little boy. She blogs at everydaygourmet.areavoices.com.

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