Before the Bananas go Bad.

What is a girl or guy to do with bananas that are just about to walk off your counter or permanently glue themselves to a bowl with potential fruit fly disaster? 

I ask myself this question, often.

This is what you make before those bananas go bad!

Hi, my name is Jen, I more often then not allow bananas to rot.” 

Let me elaborate.  Yesterday I did my usual grocery shopping trip, and the usual includes bananas. Well…

I have an odd habit of buying exactly four bananas. Now this sounds normal (then again who wants to be normal?) but it’s what happens to the bananas that’s not.

My intention is always the same: 

  1. Make awesome smoothies.
  2. We all know they’re purse friendly (man purse counts) so toss one in there for a quickie snack or smear PB on one and make a banana boat. 
  3. Freeze em, I’ll tell you why soon.
  4. If they start getting stinky and ugly, banana bread they will become (or muffins, like these with peanut butter-yeah I did!). Top 9 on Foodbuzz that one!

But let me tell you exactly what happens to those bananas, it’s like a dirty little secret.

They progressively turn into a pile of mush.  Ya know, if you poke at it, it might collapse and don’t dare try grabbing one cause it will only deflate in your hand as a messy squishy stinky not sure what to call it. And by this point it’s too far gone to even make banana bread out of it! Don’t judge me….this is my glitch.

So, I promised myself to start using those bananas before they go bad. Hence today’s recipe, enter Banana Ice Cream Pie. 

 

Here ya go!

RECIPE

Banana Ice Cream Pie

By: Jennifer Vagios

Time: 15 minutes prep, then maybe 20-30 minutes freeze time.

Serves: 1 (but walnut topping/crust makes a ton…I suggest using the leftover to make a bunch of mini pies or make date truffles by adding more ingredients to the mix).

Equipment Needed: 

  1. Food processor (1 large and 1 mini comes in handy)
  2. 1-4 ounce ramekin or more (alternatively use a 9 ” pie dish or little bowls)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Medjool Dates
  • 1 cup Walnuts
  • 1/4-1/2 cup shredded coconut 
  • few chunks crystalized ginger (optional, gives a spicy kick)
  • Cinnamon (to taste)
  • 1 frozen banana (in chunks) (up to 4 if you’re making a whole pie vs. minis)

DO IT: 

For Crumbly Topping/Crust:

  • Combine dates, walnuts (p.s. walnuts were provided by the lovely people at California Walnuts...they just felt like sending me some nuts! How nice are they?) and spices and place into a food processor (large one if you’ve got it). Whirl it all up until a crumbly mixture forms….it gets sticky, this is a good thing cause you will be mushing it to form a pie crust of sorts. 


  • Take a 4 ounce ramekin (or use all the crumbly mix and place in a 9 ” pie dish) and press and squish on the bottom to form a crust. Trust me, it will stick. 


  • Place pie dish or ramekin(s) in freezer while you make the banana ice cream.  (For approximately 15 minutes).

For Banana Ice Cream: 

  • While the crust is solidifying, toss the frozen banana chunks into a food processor (I use the mini one if making 1 serving) or blender. Keep whipping it up for a few minutes.


  • NOTE: The frozen chunks are tough and sometimes get stuck. Practice patience like a good yogi then stab at it a bit until it loosens (no, this is not violent, it’s imperative to make that ice cream).


  • Add the cocoa powder or peanut butter here if you wish. Ummm, yeah! Watch what happens to that banana…it develops into this smooth, light, whipped ice cream awesomeness. 
  • Now scoop the ice cream into the pre-frozen nutty crust, then stick back in the freezer for a bit (or don’t, it’s just as good). 

Top with more nutty crumbly crust and serve! 

COOL IDEAS: (cause they’re endless): 

  • Add cocoa powder to the banana ice cream…make it chocolately (try a teaspoon at a time)
  • Add peanut butter to the ice cream, omg. Again, start with a little then add as you taste.
  • Use any other fruit and whirl it up in a blender, in fact I’d add frozen berries with that banana, or even some avocado. 
  • Try another nut, almonds, cashews…endless possibilities. 

 WARMTH AND YUMMINESS,

Jen

SO, WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER TREAT?

For FUN:

I also stumbled upon this and I’m pretty sure you’ll find it entertaining if nothing else. 8 uses for bananas you never thought about via www.greenparenthood.com

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10 Responses to Before the Bananas go Bad.

  1. Rob August 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Been doing this sort of “soft-serve ice cream” for a while now, but the crust idea for it looks splendid… will be trying that for sure!

    One of my favorites is a bit of peanut butter and a few cacao nibs… in fact.. I think I have just enough time to whip up a lil before heading to work this evening!

    • Jennifer August 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

      Glad to hear it Rob! I love the thought of adding cacao nibs! I have those hanging out in my pantry as well. Cheers to a healthy and yummy treat before work! Always happy to see you here. ;-)

  2. Kati @ Around the Plate August 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Great recipe! And darn those bananas!! I always let mine go bad too – good to have a few new ways to put them to great use. :)

    • Jennifer August 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

      hahaah, I’m so happy to hear there’s another who let’s those bananas hang out til they’re too far gone. lol. Thanks Kati! Happy to see you here!

  3. Kylie @ immaeatthat August 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    I found this recipe while on Healthy Aperture…I clicked on it because your picture looks like a dream! So pretty:)

    • Jennifer August 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

      Hi Kyle!
      I’m so glad you found the recipe there…my former blog “A Girl and Her Carrot” is also on healthy aperture, but I’ve since moved everything here. Thank you for commenting and the compliment! ;).

  4. EA-The Spicy RD August 10, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    I’ve been so meaning to do frozen banana thing for awhile now. Love your date and walnut crust, and how fun is it to get walnuts, “just because” :-) I’ll be making this soon, although I foresee a little bittersweet chocolate on top!

    • Jennifer August 13, 2012 at 10:08 am #

      Hey EA!
      I know….the frozen banana soft serve is all over the planet at this point. Just get that blender or food processor out and blend. I seriously eat the walnut crust out of the food processor…spoon it out! Mmmm. Chocolate on top…now that’s an idea!

  5. Paula Saardchit December 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Oh my gosh the Banana Ice Cream Pie sounds like heaven! I am also guilty of letting my bananas go bad and throwing them away (I do this with other produce as well). I have a made a promise to myself in 2013 to stop being so wasteful so I am going to try this recipe. Thank you so much for the great idea. Happy New Year!

    • Jennifer May 2, 2013 at 7:36 am #

      I don’t know how on earth I had missed your comment Paula, but I love that I just read “stop being wasteful” thank you for the comment and I’m right there with you! I hope you tried the banana pie! ;).

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