Friday, January 21, 2011

Raspberry Banana Date Soft Serve

So it seems my 11 year old cannot get enough banana soft serve these days. "Dessert Mommy?" she says. "Sure!" I say.

Wow, what planet am I on?

Planet happy!

And speaking of planet happy, today for lunch I had my first ever blogger meet up! It turns out that one of the coolest plant-based diet bloggers in the universe lives within 30 minutes of me and we met for lunch at my favorite restaurant, Organic Energy. For her own personal reasons, I can't publicize who she is, but I can tell you that I am so excited to make these kinds of connections. Who knows, I'm already dreaming up a plant strong pot luck at my house where my new blogger friend and I, along with some other local plant strongers, get together for some socializing and rockin' food. 

Anyway, back to the frozen banana soft serve . . . last night's raspberry variety got my daughter so pumped up that she asked me if I could make this one EVERY night. Okay, twist my arm!
  
Raspberry Banana Date Soft Serve
serves 2

1 1/2 large frozen bananas, broken into chunks
1 cup frozen raspberries
4 large pitted dates
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Place all ingredients into high speed blender or food processor and blend until it becomes the consistency of soft serve ice cream, scraping down the sides and tamping down (if using the blender) as necessary.

Have you ever made frozen banana soft serve? If yes, is it a regular thing in your diet?

What are your favorite additional ingredients or do you love it best with just bananas?

Do the other members of your household eat it too?

18 comments:

Michelle said...

This sounds so good! I just put frozen raspberries on my grocery list for tomorrow. I must make this! :o)

Oh, that is so cool that you got meet up with a fellow blogger for lunch...sounds fun!

exercisefoodandbeyond said...

I add some cocoa powder to my banana soft serve. I make it every time I crave a dessert. My husband eats it too.

I would love to meet fellow bloggers.

JL goes Vegan said...

Dates and raspberries! Great idea! Yep, I've definitely made banana soft serve. One of my favorites is with almond butter and cacao nibs. Mmmmmm

liz said...

Pot luck! yes please!

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) said...

I LOVE banana soft serve. I need to get some frozen raspberries and I'll have all the ingredients for this :)

Evan Thomas said...

Love this! Never thought to add dates to banana soft serve.
I think the last time I had it was over the Summer. I've been wanting to make it but I never have enough bananas to freeze. I'll need to buy 2 bunches next time I'm out.

Danielle said...

Try Dr. F's Mango "Ice Cream", really delicious:
http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/recipes-mango-a-sweet-treat-with-anticancer-potential.html

Also, I my own concoction with banana, dates, peaches, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and almond milk-really delicious!

Wendy said...

Danielle-that sounds so good!

Evan-I buy a lot, I mean, a real lot of bananas at once. Whatever goes brown goes into a ziplock in the freezer. That way I always have an ample supply of sweet frozen bananas. You can even bake with a frozen banana if you defrost it first in the mircowave.

EF&B-I'm gonna try the cocoa powder next!

The Healthy Librarian said...

Hi Wendy,

Lunch was so much fun--and I loved your fave restaurant. My spicy black bean plantain soup was incredible. I'm going to have to visit there more often.

Re the plant-based pot luck--this is SO parallel universe. I've had the exact same thought--but never had a chance to get to it with so much else to talk about.

Tried your banana raspberry soft serve last week & loved it.

The dessert hummus, too!

movesnmunchies said...

ahh this sounds so good!! i love the addition of dates :D

katshealthcorner said...

I love banana soft serve!!! MY favorite mix-in (or you could consider it an add-in or topping) is chocolate!!! or peanut butter!! My family adores it!! I need to make it more often. :) Yours is beeea-u-ti-ful!

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day said...

I make it a bunch of different ways.. I like to add peanut butter and cocoa... frozen pineapple and coconut extract.. strawberries.. mango.. so much!

I used to add tofu to it and give it to my kids for breakfast! Doesn't it feel great to give yoru kids such healthy food?

Jessica said...

Wendy - here is the Vegetable Soup we talked about yesterday at Pilates. Shout Out to Laura S. who gave me the recipe. Total winner- everyone here loves it.

Winter Vegetable Soup
Ingredients
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 pound leeks, trimmed, split in half
lengthwise, and well rinsed
1 medium white onion, chopped
1/2 pound carrots, thinly sliced on the diagonal
2 large celery ribs, thinly sliced on the
diagonal
2 T dried lentils, rinsed and picked over
2 T dried split peas, rinsed and picked over
2 T dried small white beans, rinsed and picked
over
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 quarts fat-free, reduced sodium chicken or
vegetable broth
One 14½-ounce can no-salt-added plum tomatoes,
drained and coarsely chopped
1/4 pound spinach, tough stems discarded

Directions
1. In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Thinly slice the leeks and add them to the pot along with the onion. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables wilt, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the carrots, celery, lentils, peas, beans, thyme, pepper and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Stir in the tomatoes and continue to simmer, covered, for another 15 minutes, until the white beans are tender. Stir in the spinach and simmer, uncovered, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Ladle into soup bowls and serve.

Per Serving
130 calories (20% calories from fat)
3 g total fat (0.5 g saturated fat)
9 g protein
21 g carbohydrate
5 g dietary fiber
0 mg cholesterol
130 mg sodium
120 mg potassium

Jane said...

You know I want to be at the plant strong get together!

VivaciousVegan said...

Hi Wendy,
We have just started to do soft serve at our house to get more calories...lol That sounds so strange...to get more calories...LOL
I make a straberry banana walnut that is to die for, and I am trying to figure in rhubarb somehow right now. I do not have any guilt feeding it to my family! My husband is being forced against his will to become a vegan since he will not quit smoking, and he appears less than thrilled with it, but he eats two huge servings almost everyday!
Viv~

Farty Girl said...

I'll be honest - I HATE bananas SO MUCH. I've been searching and searching for a way to make soft serve without bananas!!! Raspberries are delicious and I miss them.

Btw - your little snickerdoodle is adorable! I'm sure you've heard it before. :)

Jill in Chicago said...

Hi, its Jill in Chicago (its been a while since I've commented!)

Two nights ago, I made Banana soft-serve for the first time (it turned out beautifully, with an added tbs of almond milk and dash of cinnamon,) and last night, without any frozen bananas on hand, I made strawberry sorbet! (Maybe a solution for you, Farty Girl?) I used about a cup and a half of frozen strawberries, a few tbs of almond milk, and half of a ripe banana.

I liked the banana better, but the boyfriend preferred strawberry. As soon as more bananas ripen and freeze, I'll try a combo of both!

Britinini the Magnificent said...

YUM! Almost too good to be true!

 
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