Okay, here we go…we are officially sunned in. Summer is here in Phoenix Arizona and unless you have lived through a Phoenix summer you will have no idea what I am talking about…it gets beyond hot here. We have a bunch of bananas though, so everything will be okay because, it turns out Bananas make great ice cream along with other yummy treats, I learned this years ago when my family tried a casein and gluten free diet.

 






 

 






All you have to do is freeze some bananas. I usually peel and break up the bananas into 3 inch sections before I freeze. This makes it easier to blend later.

 

 




 










You can use a blender, food processor or bullet to blend your bananas. I add a half teaspoon of Vanilla extract and a little bit of soy or skim milk if I want it creamy but you don’t have to add milk, just blend and it will end up like a soft serve ice cream without the milk. If you want a firmer ice cream then freeze for an hour after blending. Add chocolate chips, mm’s or frozen cherries and blueberries for some extra flavors. When I tried the frozen banana trick years ago, I had not heard of bananas being used as ice cream and now there are several recipes out there for banana ice creams, so you can really get creative plus it is a lot healthier for you.

 

 

     Vanilla flavored Banana ice cream

 

 2 frozen broken pieces of bananas

 ½ cup of milk, any type will do

 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

add frozen banana pieces to blender, blending until smooth, add milk and vanilla extract and blend some more being sure to scrap down the sides every now and then.

Optional -Add chocolate, walnuts or frozen fruit

 



 

 

 









I make Banana smoothies every time someone in our house has a sore throat and it soothes their throats. The trick to this recipe is the honey I add to it. Make sure you use real honey, there are a lot of fake honeys out there that are mostly corn syrup.

 

 Banana smoothies

2 peeled frozen bananas

1 cup of milk

1 teaspoon of honey

2-3 ice cubes

Blend everything, stopping every now and then, scrapping down sides and stirring.

 




 

 










Get some Popsicle trays at just about any department store or local dollar store and make banana Popsicles with added frozen fruit pieces. You will still need to blend all ingredients, just add a little more milk and pour into your trays and freeze for a couple of hours.

 














 

    Banana Popsicles

2 frozen bananas

2 cups of skim milk

Frozen blueberries

Frozen cherries-no pits

1 teaspoon of honey

 

   When my kids were little we would give them a banana about an hour before bedtime. That last hour was a quiet time of reading together or looking at picture books together. This seemed to help them fall asleep. It turns out bananas are a good source of trytophan, which helps to send your body to sleep. Another reason to always have bananas in your fruit baskets.

Cold Banana Treats