299. Make it Monday: Banana Soft Serve Obsession

Lately, I have been obsessed with banana soft serve – like, I’ve eaten it every day for a week obsessed.  I usually have a stock pile of frozen bananas in my freezer; they’re gone now.  Usually I stick to the classic bananas and vanilla extract, but this week I’ve been experimenting with a bunch of different flavors.  These two recipes have been my favorites so far.

Salted Chocolate Banana Soft Serve
adapted from Banana Soft Serve
makes 1 serving | 1 points+ per serving

A little bit salty and a little bit chocolately, it’s hard to believe this isn’t real ice cream.

Ingredients
2 bananas, frozen
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Process frozen bananas in the food processor according to the original recipe.
  2. After 1 – 2 minutes of processing, when the bananas are broken up into fine little chunks or balls, stop the food processor and add the vanilla.  Continue processing
  3. After another 1 – 2 minutes of processing, add the cocoa powder and salt mixing in the cocoa powder just a bit to prevent it from getting blown onto the side of the bowl when you start the processor again.  Continue processing until smooth and creamy – 1 – 2 more minutes.

Chocolate Cherry Banana Soft Serve
adapted from Banana Soft Serve
makes 1 serving | 1 points+ per serving

Subtle chocolate and sweet cherries…what more can you ask for?

Ingredients
2 bananas, frozen
1 teaspoons cocoa powder
8 – 10 fresh cherries, pitted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Process frozen bananas in the food processor according to the original recipe.
  2. After 1 – 2 minutes of processing, when the bananas are broken up into fine little chunks or balls, stop the food processor, scrape down bananas if necessary and add the vanilla.  Continue processing
  3. After another 1 – 2 minutes of processing, again scrape down the sides if necessary and add the cocoa powder and cherries mixing in the cocoa powder just a bit to prevent it from getting blown onto the side of the bowl when you start the processor again.  Continue processing until smooth and creamy – 1 – 2 more minutes.

I like to eat my banana soft serve out of a mug, wine glass or fun and fancy bowl, but I’m also a little bit crazy sometimes.  If you’ve never made banana soft serve, you should make one of these recipes right now.  It’s a great substitue for soft serve ice cream if you can’t (or don’t) eat dairy or are just looking for a healthier option.

Also, a note regarding the points+ value, I couldn’t actually find a points + value for cocoa powder that wasn’t hot chocolate mix.  I used 1 points+ as the value for these recipes just to make sure I was accounting for the cocoa.  This may actually be 0 points+ since it’s fruit!

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0 thoughts on “299. Make it Monday: Banana Soft Serve Obsession”

    1. This past week is actually the first time I’ve made flavored versions. The salted chocolate was amazing. It took me a few tries to get the right balance of salt and chocolate though. It kept coming out too salty or not chocolaty enough…

  1. and look, no “yonana” machine!! (snark!)

    I love to tope it w/various things w/o processing more, so like chopped cherries or some Enjoy Life Foods dairy free mini choc chips. Goji berries, or cacao nibs would also be a good mix-in. chopped walnuts would rock, so would melty soft almond buttah.
    mmmmm

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