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!
I’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:
That way, everyone is happy!
Here’s the recipe:
- 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.
- Process for at least 4-5 minutes, or until mixture is smooth. You may need to stop several times to scrape down the sides.
- 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: