Monday, October 22, 2018

Healthy Pumpkin Nice Cream

Have your pumpkin in a healthy ice cream form! This dairy free, healthy frozen treat is a great way to use ripe bananas and get your pumpkin fix!



     Pumpkin puree and ripe bananas come together to make a delicious frozen treat. This pumpkin nice cream is a perfect fall transition dessert for when you feel like pumpkin but it is still warm out.  It is also a healthy alternative to ice cream that still feels like a treat. Add a little caramel sauce and toasted pecans to really treat yourself well! 


    I originally posted this recipe in 2015. It was so good but the photos didn't do it any justice. So I figured it was high time to come back and spruce it up a bit.  I forgot how much I liked the results.  



     It definitely feels like a treat but without the guilt. Plus it is a great way to use up some of those overripe bananas.  I almost always have some in the freezer and if we aren't in a smoothie stage, they sometimes linger.

    Are you guys like that too where you go through food phases? We definitely do. It's all smoothies for a couple of weeks and then on to something else. 

   Sometimes my grocery list lags a week behind the phase du jour, so we end up with a glut of something we are no longer eat. Worry no more, ripe bananas, nice cream is here!


Now for the original post:
    Some of you might remember my husband's cousin Chris.  You know, the Chris of Baked General Tso's Chicken fame. Ok, that might not really be what she is famous for, though it would be reason enough!  She is actually famous for being the creative mind behind Madi Grace.

   A while back she shared a few of her family's favorite recipes with me.  This one required ripe bananas.  You would think that wouldn't be a problem, except somehow all of my ripe bananas have ended up in baked goods lately.



     I haven't been able to help it.  They have just called out to be baked.  So I finally stumbled upon a group of ripe bananas that really wanted to be frozen.  That is all it took, magic was made!

   This "ice cream" comes together in  just a few minutes with just a few ingredients.  With all of the bananas, it really does fill you up and it has a great texture.  You feel like you are really giving yourself a treat and you are doing your body a favor!



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Yield: 6 servings

Healthy Pumpkin Nice Cream

Have your pumpkin in a healthy ice cream form! This dairy free, healthy frozen treat is a great way to use ripe bananas and get your pumpkin fix!
prep time: 10 minscook time: total time: 10 mins

ingredients:


  • 4 large very ripe bananas, frozen
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1-2 tsp honey
  • optional additions: cinnamon, vanilla, PB2, chocolate chips (Chris said they really like it with PB2 or vanilla, I added cinnamon to ours)

instructions


  1. In a food processor blend together the frozen bananas and pumpkin until smooth and creamy. 
  2. Slowly add in honey and blend until you get the level of sweetness you would like.
  3. Add any optional add-ins you'd like. 
  4. You can of course eat it as it is, but if you want it to be scoopable you will need to freeze it for at least a couple of hours. Let sit on the counter for a few minutes to soften before scooping.
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52 comments:

  1. This sounds delish!!!! My sister loves anything pumpkin! I will have to make this for her!!! Wonderful post!!!

    XoxoX
    www.manicmakeupgirl.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! It was fun to have a sweet dessert that was also healthy!

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  2. Love this! Banana as the base for pumpkin ice cream! And thank you for not sharing in the fall where I will get pumpkin social media overload :)

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    1. Too funny! I figured I'd do it while it is hot and people are worried about fitting into swim suits. It is a great healthy cold sweet treat.

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  3. Carlee- I am a HUGE pumpkin fan- I can't wait to try this-

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Linda

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    1. This is a nice way to get your sweet pumpkin fix without feeling guilty! Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Carlee!!! I just made this and WOW I LOVE it.. Hope to get some good photos and then I'll add it to the blog. I You know I'll add your link to the post so they can see your additional photos!

      Hugs,
      Linda

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    3. Hooray! I am glad you love it. It is perfect for this time of year!

      Have a wonderful weekend,
      Carlee

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  4. I love making banana "ice cream". I never thought to add pumpkin and I'm a huge pumpkin fan! I'll have to try this this fall!

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    1. It was a really nice addition! I hope you enjoy it!

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  5. This looks both easy and delicious. In other words, my kind of recipe. Thanks!

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  6. Mmm PUMPKIN!! :) I loveeeeeee it and I love fall and I am so ready for the fall/winter season - I miss the holidays!

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    1. I love fall too. Fall food and hoodies make it my favorite season!

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  7. Another great recipe!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again!! I love having you!! Pinned!!

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  8. This sounds and looks delicious. Can't wait to try it! Thanks, Chris and Carlee. :)

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  9. I have some ripening bananas that I was going to use in banana bread but this looks so much more interesting (and seasonal!). I need to try it as soon as my bananas are ready!

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  10. You know I love my pumpkin and pumpkin ice cream is one of my favorites. This looks so easy and healthy, I must try it..maybe even today!!

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    1. I hope you love it! (I am sure you will!!!)

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  11. I love how easy, healthy and delicious this recipe is! ;Mouthwatering just to look at the pics. Need to go get some bananas asap. Had to pin it for later.

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    1. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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  12. Fun Nice Cream. I love pumpkin and bananas. It is fun to go back and check out some of those old recipes.

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    1. A lot of the early ones need some sprucing up, plus nobody saw them the first time. So this is a win-win. I get to revisit recipes I haven't made in a bit and share them again!

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  13. Your pumpkin ice cream looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  14. I have got a stockpile of frozen bananas just waiting to be turned into something, and I think this is it!

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  15. This is totally going to be my next ice cream flavor, especially since I just bought some new honey to try out!

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  16. I've never made "nice cream" before (and like yours, my ripe bananas tend to end up in baked goods) but yours looks delicious

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    1. It's worth saving a few for nice cream next time!

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  17. I have yet to try "nice" cream but you've really convinced me. It's time to let a few bananas get a bit overripe so I'll have an excuse to make this!

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    1. It's definitely worth letting a few bananas languish in the name of nice cream!

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  18. I found myself quite a fan of nice cream this year, and love the idea of pumpkin in there too.

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    1. I really should make more varieties, it is so simple and a great treat without the guilt!

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  19. Hi Carlee, it's that elusive pumpkin puree again! I do like a nice ice cream and this recipe is so simple... I've always got over ripe bananas in the freezer too and if I don't the supermarket usually has some they are selling off for a bargain.

    xx

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    1. Darn it! I need to ship you some so you can make all of the pumpkin goodness!

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  20. This looks so good! I love nice cream but adding pumpkin is the best idea ever!

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    1. It makes it festive for fall and soooo good!

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  21. I have to say, that sounds REALLY good! I could really use a healthy dessert after all of the things I've been baking. :-o Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party! Have a great week!

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    1. Me too! I love the frosting, but sometimes you have to have something a bit more virtuous!

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  22. I love this kind of dessert although I haven't tried it with pumpkin...yet.

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  23. I'm always happy to find new and delicious healthy desserts! This looks great.

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  24. Oooh I've been wanting to make pumpkin nice cream for my toddler! This looks amazing. Can't wait to try it!

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    1. It's a perfect treat for a little one. I hope you both love it!

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  25. I've been wanting/needing to bring a healthy twist to our meals. This would be perfect!

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    1. It's a perfect healthy treat! I hope you enjoy it!

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