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11 Jul 2018

Healthy banana ice cream

We're bananas for bananas, it's official. It's the UK's most popular fruit, routinely voted top of the crops, possibly on account of it's uniquely portable shape and the fact that it comes in its own carry case. It's also packed with nutrition: rich in vitamin B6, vitamin C, fibre, heart-healthy potassium and energy-boosting carbohydrate. Loughborough child eating behaviour specialist Dr Clare Holley has just the recipe to make peeling appealing for fussy youngsters, but also to provide an ice alternative for adults craving something from the cooler.

How to make
  • Freeze bananas in chunks
  • Put in a blender and blend until smooth, adding a little milk or dairy free alternative if necessary
  • Flavour as you like! Cocoa powder, cinnamon and honey, strawberry are all excellent but use your imagination
  • Put back in freezer to firm up for 1 hour 
  • Serve up

Dr Holley says:

"This healthy ice cream doesn't need added sugar and you can keep it dairy free! It's great for children who don’t like the texture of fruit, or to use up ripe bananas. This does not taste strongly of banana so try it with children who don’t like bananas."