St. Paddy’s Day Banana Soft Serve

Green-Colored Banana Soft-Serve from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

I’m so bad at planning ahead for holiday-themed recipes, so it was a nice surprise when I was making a banana soft-serve yesterday that turned green…just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

Green-Colored Banana Soft-Serve from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.comI’ve made many a banana soft-serve in the past (see my Peanut Butter version here), but this was my first green-hued variety, thanks to the green stevia and spirulina powder I added. I know neither of these products are necessarily nutritarian and there are some contamination concerns with spirulina, but I am using such a teensy amount that I am not overly concerned (you should use your best judgment, though, if deciding whether or not to consume it).

As far as the stevia powder goes, I am actually quite happy with this product and am finding it a nice alternative to using dried fruit to sweeten things. I also wanted to say that I was getting really weird dry mouth syndrome after using the white stevia powder, and I have had no issues with the green version. I have added both products to my Amazon.com store.

If you haven’t already been introduced to the world of dairy-free, frozen banana soft-serve, then welcome, prepare yourself for a wondrous treat. :) You will need a food processor to make it, and I recommend adding the least amount of liquid possible to get the right texture. You should know that the process takes a good 5 minutes, maybe more, and you just need to keep stopping the food processor, using a spatula to break up the banana chunks, and processing it until it is creamy just like regular soft-serve.

For those who aren’t necessarily interested in a green ice cream (ahem, skeptical husbands), you can add extra cocoa powder to disguise it:

Green-Colored Banana Soft-Serve from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

That way, everyone is happy!

Green-Colored Banana Soft-Serve from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

Here’s the recipe:

Green-Colored Banana Soft Serve
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 3 medium bananas, frozen
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1-3 tablespoons natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon carob or cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon green powdered stevia
  • ½ teaspoon spirulina powder
Instructions
  1. Break frozen bananas into chunks and combine them with the mango, peanut or almond butter, almond milk, vanilla extract, carob or cocoa powder, stevia, and spirulina in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process for at least 4-5 minutes, or until mixture is smooth. You may need to stop several times to scrape down the sides.
  3. Serve immediately after making for the best results.

Now go out and enjoy something green, whether it be a kale salad or this dairy-free ice cream:

Green-Colored Banana Soft-Serve from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

P.S. I’ve also rounded up some green-inspired recipes from my app, Vegan Delish, which you can read about on my other blog:

Green recipes from Vegan Delish

Comments

  1. Patty says

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Carrie, and everyone else, too!! Well this looks and sounds yummy! I will make your banana soft serve soon. It’s cool you added spirulina powder to it. I add it to my smoothies sometimes, really like it, and have never had any issues. I’ve had the white stevia, but never the green, so I’ll order some right after I run out of the stash I have now. I hope you have a good day. xo

    • says

      Hi Jeanette! From what I’ve heard, the green stevia is far less processed than the white stuff, so that’s maybe why I’m not getting the side effects? The green powder is just the stevia leaf dried and ground up. For people who don’t like the flavor of stevia in the white powder, though, I don’t think they would like the green stuff any better. I do not personally find it bitter and I cannot tolerate any of the sugar alcohols. So, I’m thrilled that I found this product. :)

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