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Healthy Ice Cream Substitute


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Sorry if this has been mentioned before but I have to get the word out on this most sacred of Ice Cream Substitutes....frozen bananas! :D

Haha! They are sooo good :) Peel them first, the put them in the freezer on a plate or in a container overnight. The longer you leave them in the freezer, the harder they get, so test em every few hours. Even if you dont substitue them completely for ice cream, they are good and you eat less ice cream :)

oh and....dont freeze tofu, it sucks :o
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frozen bananas are INSANELY delish! =)

it does taste like ice cream to me.

I'm a fan of banana smoothies...taste just like milkshakes! A little cinnamon, vanilla extract, and some rice milk (real milk if you can do it, I can't) and maybe a scoop of protein powder and there's breakfast!

I don't like just frozen banana's BUT since you mentioned that I just thought I wonder how banana's and pumpkin mixed together then frozen would taste hmmm I might have to try that. Maybe top it with some slivered almonds. Laughing

I eat frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) with milk. The milk freezes over them so it's kind of like ice cream Smile I loooooove it. My sister says they taste too sour though, so some people may like to add a bit of sugar or Splenda.

if you make banana smoothies try some carob powder, its like chocolate...but better

i put it straight on a frozen banana once, but i inhaled it. not pretty :/

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danby - frozen berries are awesomely tasty too! blackberries are the best.

fun fact - i eat entire lemons :o

Sorbet is really good too.  The recipe I use has you add a little sugar and like a shot of alcohol (to keep it from freezing too solid) to a few cups of fruit.

Can you make sorbet without a special ice cream maker/processor?

How about banana "ice cream"?  This is sooo easy and good for you, too! 

  1. Take a banana and chop it into 1-inch chunks
  2. Freeze it in a zip-lock bag, bowl, or whatever
  3. Put the banana chunks in the blender with about an equal amount of skim milk.
  4. Blend on high for about two minutes until it's smooth and creamy.

It tastes so good and it's a lot like a soft-serve ice cream!  It's easy, too!  (Wait, I said that already.)

Original Post by phord:

How about banana "ice cream"?  This is sooo easy and good for you, too! 

  1. Take a banana and chop it into 1-inch chunks
  2. Freeze it in a zip-lock bag, bowl, or whatever
  3. Put the banana chunks in the blender with about an equal amount of skim milk.
  4. Blend on high for about two minutes until it's smooth and creamy.

It tastes so good and it's a lot like a soft-serve ice cream!  It's easy, too!  (Wait, I said that already.)

 

Original Post by tmck99:

Can you make sorbet without a special ice cream maker/processor?

not really.  An ice cream machine is like $50 so it's not a huge investment.  Also you can make granita which is similar but not as creamy. www.foodnetwork.com has some good recipes.

I've made sorbet in a food processor.  It's a dinky little one, so you can make small servings.  I got it for free but the sticker on the box said it was 5 bucks.  Cheap little bugger. :D

I like frozen raspberries.  I love berries, but oh my word do I ever love frozen raspberries.  And thanks to Calorie Counters, frozen grapes, too.
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frozen grapes are one of my favorites! The big green ones are best. Perfect treat for sitting in the sun in the summer! They're awesome to put in drinks too.

That's a good idea for a substitute - freeze sliced bananas, then puree those with some milk or vanilla Almond Breeze - I'll have to try that!

What I've used in the past for an ice cream sub:  mix 1 package sugar free pudding mix (whatever flavor I'm in the mood for), with a container of fat free cool whip, then freeze.  I add fruit if it's available.

if you blend or food processorize (teehee) frozen berries, a touch of water, and a bit of sugar to make sorbet...you dont necessarily need a machine..just play with the amounts of each to get it the way you want....(similar to banana "ice cream" just with berries and no water)

the internet is a good resource for those types of questions :)...

I ate so many this way last summer.  No one else was as thrilled as me, but then they were scarfing down actual ice cream, which I wasn't about to eat.

I just saw bananas on sale fo .25 a lb, so bought a bag and they're in the freezer now!

I would imagine a healthy yogurt would be a good substitute if you freeze it. Hmm...maybe I'll try that :o

Yogurt kind of makes my stomach upset, but maybe I'll have better luck if it's not so creamy :)

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From what my parents have told me, I believe I was born addicted to ice cream. Nothing can replace it other than portion control, but I've come up with a new trick to extend it:

1. Dish up the alloted scoops. I found a mini-scooper that holds 2 tablespoons, and I allow 2 scoops.

2. Add a tablespoon of topping. Lately this has been mincemeat, but usually it's some kind of chocolate.

3. Top with 1/2 cup of unsweetened yogurt.

4. Brew up some coffee while the ice cream softens to mush.
doggies - it sounds like a good idea but i wouldnt freeze yogurt, it gets really hard and just generally not-so-good like :/
This thread sounds great!

A banana milkshake with vanilla yoghurt sounds really tasty...

I wanna go make one now!!

Oh and I reead that someone says frozen bananas blended with milk or yoghurt is like soft serve??? Is that true?? I've been waiting too long for mcdonalds to release a low fat soft serve....
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