Incredibly Easy Chocolate-Banana Soft Serve

There have been a number of frozen banana “ice cream” recipes floating around the blogosphere of late, and I wanted to toss my personal favorite into the mix.  This is the easiest dessert you will ever make, and it has the added bonus that it does not require an ice cream maker.  Another bonus is that it is really thrifty.  We buy over-ripe bananas for next to nothing, peel and chop them and freeze them two to a bag, and whenever we want a frozen treat–Voila!

The rich flavor and silky texture make this seem really indulgent, but in reality it is just a few ingredients tossed into the food processor.  You need to use really ripe, fully frozen bananas to get this great soft serve finish, and you can toss in whatever you like–another favorite version is to make this with bananas and peanut butter.  Toss all of the ingredients into your food processor and warn everyone that there is going to be a little noise, then pulse it until the frozen bananas break up.  At that point, let it go until it is nice and smooth and looks a lot like chocolate frosting.
Chocolate-Banana Soft Serve
2 large, very ripe bananas, chopped and frozen solid
1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
tiny pinch of salt
teaspoon of vanilla (optional but nice)
3-4 tablespoons cocoa powder

Place all ingredients in the food processor, breaking up any really large chunks of frozen banana with a butter knife.  Pulse until the banana is broken up, and then blend until smooth and creamy.  Serve right away.

Really easy, really fast, really good.  Save those brown bananas!
Thanks for reading,

-Angela

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7 Responses to Incredibly Easy Chocolate-Banana Soft Serve

  1. Emily November 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    I love banana soft serve. I've never thought to add cocoa powder though. You are wise, very wise…

    This is a #WINNING recipe.

  2. Angela November 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    thanks Emily :) Especially for the wise part, which is debatable.

  3. Beth Jackson Klosterboer November 7, 2011 at 1:12 am #

    Chocolate and banana, YUM! I have two very ripe bananas sitting on my counter and all the other ingredients in my pantry. Guess what I'm making?

  4. Shawn November 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Buying bananas today just for this!

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  6. Denise Heikinen September 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    I wish my mother made this instead of her banana whip!

    • Angela September 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

      What is banana whip???

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