“Literally Just Banana” Ice Cream

I’m always making banana bread with my aging, brown bananas. Don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely delicious and I eat the entire loaf. There in lays the problem though! I don’t want to contribute to food waste so I’m not just going to chuck them in the bin.

So here’s something different, a way to save those bananas without also consuming excessive amounts of baked goods.

All you need is a plastic bag, ripe bananas, a freezer, and a blender. Yes, it is that easy.

I’ll explain the method real quick so you can start living your amazing new life with banana ice cream included.

Method:

Cut up the RIPE bananas and put them in a plastic bag. Freeze those little suckers until they are hard (I’ll usually just leave them in there for a day or so). Once frozen, throw them into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. This may take a bit and your roommates/neighbors will hate you for it but it’s 100% worth it. It you like it a bit firmer, put it back in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. Take it out, and enjoy your creation!

You can also add other ingredients to make vegan ice cream that’s super yummy even if you don’t follow that particular diet!

BB8 Smoothie

What does BB8 stand for? In the name of simplicity, I hereby dub thee BB8 to stand for Banana Blueberry 8 ingredient smoothie (I guess not THAT simple). 

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I was too tempted not to call this the BB8 smoothie. I didn’t want to get anyone too excited, but what the hell!

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It’s not star wars related, but it is pretty out-of-this-world delicious. The Greek yogurt and almond (or peanut) butter give needed protein that’ll help you feel full and be ready to fuck shit up as a Jedi or just a badass.

Any time before nine in the morning is too early for me usually. This smoothie makes it worth it though. Fortunately, it doesn’t take that long to make at all.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup almond, coconut, or low fat milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 –  1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • A handful of greens*
  • ¼ cup of low fat plain Greek yogurt (store brand is fine. I love Fage when I can afford it)
  • 1 tablespoon almond or other nut butter
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch or two of cinnamon

Directions:

I recommend adding all of these ingredients in the order I have written if you use a Nutri-bullet, Nutri-Ninja, or any kind of blender that you flip upside down. If you’re using a standard blender, add the greens first. Fruit should go next, and then the addition of yogurt and liquids should follow.

If you’re using the force, I recommend just throwing it all in there in whatever way you want.

Adjust according to your own taste! I sometimes feel like using an ungodly amount of blueberries, but that can be expensive. This is the best balance I have found

Side notes*

  • When I say handful of greens, I mean it’s up to you which type of green leafy veggie you want to use. I love to use kale, baby spinach, or a combination of the two. If you decide to use kale, chop it up a little bit and add honey to the smoothie to counter any bitterness.
  • The frozen blueberries are great if you don’t have time to chill the smoothie. When I need to make it to go, I always use frozen fruit.
  • DON’T use ice. It’ll become watery very quickly.

Apparently, there are many variations of this smoothie online. I’m not going to say they aren’t good. Maybe they are, but this is fantastic. Even after all my experimenting, I always go back to this.

You could always ask the stars. 

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