Banana Chocolate Chunk Frozen Yogurt (or “Ice Cream”!)

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on April 4, 2016

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Banana fake-out ice cream is all the rage these days. It’s kind of like the coolest healthy swap ever, because guilt-free ice cream that actually tastes delicious is hard to make!

That’s not the case anymore πŸ™‚

It’s crazy that just one simple ingredient — frozen bananas — can turn something like ice cream healthy. And you don’t need an ice cream maker to make it or any fancy equipment — all you need is a freezer and a food processor/blender.

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Frozen bananas and Plain Greek Yogurt serve as the base. You could do it without Greek Yogurt, but I’ve found that adding a bit of the yogurt gives it an even more ice-cream like consistency (I used Stonyfield Farms Plain Greek Yogurt for this recipe). And, as an added benefit, you get a ton of protein from the yogurt, which helps this dessert to actually be a filling treat.

And then you can add in any mix-ins you’d like! For this recipe, I chose walnuts and dark chocolate.

But if you used frozen berries and peanut butter (for a PB&J feel) – this recipe would turn into something you could eat as aΒ meal.

Ice cream for breakfast anyone? πŸ™‚

Either way, you can’t go wrong with this recipe! It’s guaranteed to be a family-favorite, even the pickiest kids will like it!

Banana Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Calories per serving: 177

Fat per serving: 8.4g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 177 Calories, 8.4g Fat (2.8g Saturated), 29.7mg Sodium, 21.2g Carbs, 2.5g Fiber, 13.2g Sugar, 7.2g Protein

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas (frozen)
  • 3/4 cup Stonyfield Organic Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp walnuts
  • Optional mix-ins: 1/2 cup frozen berries and 1 tbsp peanut butter, or 2 tbsp Pecans + 1/2 tsp cinnamon, the sky's the limit!

Directions

  1. Place frozen banana chunks in a food processor. Blend until you have coarse crumbs.
  2. Add the yogurt and blend 1-2 minutes or until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the chocolate and walnuts and pulse a few times until incorporated.
  3. Serve immediately, or place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes for a firmer, more ice cream-like consistency.
http://pickyeaterblog.com/banana-chocolate-chunk-frozen-yogurt-or-ice-cream/

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela @ Happy Fit Mama April 5, 2016 at 7:09 am

We make banana soft serve a lot in our house but I have never added Greek yogurt to it. Great idea! I can’t wait to try it out!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 5, 2016 at 9:51 am

Thanks Angela! The Greek Yogurt really does add a nice creamy element to the ice cream – enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Simmi April 6, 2016 at 11:42 pm

It looks yummy…good idea πŸ™‚ Definitely I will try this, thanks.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 7, 2016 at 6:42 am

Thanks Simmi! I’m sure you’ll love it!

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Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple April 7, 2016 at 7:42 am

I make a similar recipe alllll summer long! It’s perfect when you want a sweet treat + need to cool down πŸ™‚

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 8, 2016 at 8:22 am

Totally agree! Thanks Liz! πŸ™‚

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Leena April 7, 2016 at 3:25 pm

this is fabulous! I do this with frozen peaches for my little ones and it’s a huge hit.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 8, 2016 at 8:23 am

Ooooh love the idea of using frozen peaches Leena! I bet that is delicious! πŸ™‚

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Rocky April 11, 2016 at 4:23 am

I’d never look at banana with same view from today. To be honest, never heard of banana ice-cream. Gotta try out once in life. :p

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 11, 2016 at 5:57 am

You definitely have to try it – I’m sure you’ll love it – it really tastes like ice cream!

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Aanchal Mehta April 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Wow looking delicious and nutritious at the same time.Will surely try out this yummy recipe.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 16, 2016 at 6:35 am

Thanks so much! I’m sure you will love it!

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Dan Western April 27, 2016 at 6:48 am

mmm… I love banana!!

Thanks for sharing this recipe Anjali!

All the best,

Dan

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 27, 2016 at 8:17 am

Thanks Dan! You will definitely love this recipe then! πŸ™‚

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Marianela May 10, 2016 at 5:40 am

I’m definitely going to try this sweet frozen delight. Thanks for sharing =) This looks delicious!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 12, 2016 at 1:20 pm

Thanks so much Marianela! I’m sure you will love it when you try it!

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Davell logan May 17, 2016 at 10:31 am

Looks really good, will give a try.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Thanks! I’m sure you’ll love it!

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