My good friend posted a recipe of ice-cream made by combining frozen bananas with ingredients like nuts, biscuits, peanut butter and fruit. It looked so easy, so I thought I would have a go by combining ripe bananas with cherries. Once bananas become overripe they are really sweet and great to use for cooking and sweetening dishes without the need to add any additional sweetening agent. Plus bananas are rich in potassium too and can help support blood pressure. They also act as a pre-biotic by providing food for health-supporting gut bacteria.
Cherries are seasonal and packed with vitamin C and antioxidants. They can help to lower blood pressure, inflammation and support blood vessel health too. The only drawback is I'll need to de-stone them before using them.
All I need is some cherries and bananas.
4-5 ripe bananas (overripe will be even better)
2 cups cherries
- First, I chopped the bananas and froze them for around 2 hours and de-stoned the cherries.
- I blended the partially frozen bananas until smooth
- Next I added the cherries and blended again.
- At this stage I checked the flavour combination. You should not need to add any further sweetener at this stage. If the bananas are ripe/over-ripe will be naturally very sweet. If it's not sweet enough for you then stir in a little raw honey, date syrup or maple syrup.
- I poured the mixture into a tub and placed in the freezer.
- Part way through the freezing process, I took it out of the freezer and broke down the ice crystals. This helps to make the fruit-ice a little smoother.
- After freezing, the fruit ice was ready. I took the fruit ice out of the fridge and left it for 10 minutes to allow it to soften before serving.
The recipe is really simple to do and the flavour combinations are up to how far you can stretch your imagination. I personally would like to try a banana/avocado and pistachio version so I will let you know how that turns out.