Friday, July 13, 2012
I scream, you scream, almost ice cream!
I've been promising you guys this post all week but alas, life again, got a little bit in the way. But it's finally here and you won't be sorry you checked back for a few days. I don't know if you guys have figured this out yet but I have a major sweet tooth. MAJOR. To the point that almost every day after dinner I'm looking for just a little indulgence to satisfy that last lingering craving on the tip of my tongue. This wouldn't be a problem if I wasn't trying so hard to wein myself off of sugar...maybe not completely--but I have been trying to cut back drastically on the added sugars in my diet (don't judge me for that bowl of frosted flakes I may or may not have had for breakfast 30 minutes ago).
Enter--almost ice cream.
On numerous occasions here at Dressing on the Side we've discussed the quantities of bananas we purchase every week. Well, every now and then a few get ripe before we're ready and we're faced with the options of eating 3 bananas a day, actually getting a pet monkey..OR making almost ice cream.
Peel those bananas, throw them in a ziploc bag and when a sweet tooth comes on (or you're looking for a dessert or breakfast, or cool snack) throw those bananas into a food processor and pulse to break them up. Switch to 'on' for about 30 seconds to smooth everything out and voila! You've got instant soft serve, no guit, 'ice cream'.
We top ours with some melted peanut butter and chocolate chips. Two bananas have about 160 calories, plus the few from peanut butter and chocolate chips. You're looking at a heaping bowl of ice cream for right around 200 calories. Try to beat that!