The college culinary adventures continue! Tonight’s dinner: a frozen banana, peanut butter, nutella concoction of pure joy.
So Burlington has been hot lately. Very, very, very hot. Today was much better than the past few days, and a lot less humid, but still the idea of heating up my apartment with stove-top cooking was very unappealing… it was time for a cold creation. I had bananas in the freezer, and I felt they needed to be taken advantage of. What I came up with was filling and delicious, exactly what I needed. It probably would have made equally as good of a breakfast as a dinner, and it certainly satisfied my sweet tooth while also being sufficiently healthy… so all around, it was essentially perfect.
It’s kind of like…
Ice cream. It has the same consistency, but there is no cream. Also kind of like a smoothie… but a smoothie that is a lot like ice cream.
You will need…
1 frozen banana
1 tablespoon sugar-free peanut butter
1.5 tablespoons nutella
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
Blender (I used a hand blender, works just as well I’d assume)
Assuming your banana is already frozen when you go to start… 5 minutes.
Blender, spoon, bowl, measuring cup, two measuring spoons. Easy.
There are two ways you can approach your banana. First, you can just throw it in the freezer in the morning, night before, whatever, and let it freeze for hours. It will get rock hard. If you do this, my suggestion if you are using a hand blender is to take it from the freezer, cut it up, then put it in the fridge for 10 minutes to let it soften. Otherwise, your blades are going to have a tough time doing anything to your rock hard ‘nanners. The second method is to throw your banana in the freezer an hour before you want to eat it. It will be sufficiently frozen, but not too solid. This requires no fridge time.
Now that you have your banana properly frozen and cut up into bite size pieces…
- Throw banana pieces in blender (or cup, if you use a hand mixer like me!)
- Throw 1 tbsp of peanut butter in that blender/cup
- Throw 1 tbsp of nutella in blender/cup (not all 1.5 tablespoons! Just 1 for now!)
- Pour in that 1/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
- Sprinkle in cinnamon
- Blend until mixture has the consistency of ice cream.
- Top with a dollop of nutella (aka the 1/2 a tablespoon you haven’t used yet)
- I also sprinkled more cinnamon on mine in the end… yummmmmy
And that was it! It was delicious… so sweet, the perfect consistency, packed with vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin C, and fiber… and chocolatey! Plus, it is only about 400 calories (give or take, depending on your brand of peanut butter and applesauce of course)… could you ask for anything better?
Best way to enjoy your frozen banana concoction (or what I am calling “Banane Glacé”):
Outside, watching the sunset, enjoying this playlist I put together on 8tracks. Do that and try not to smile and think life is wonderful. I dare you. It’s impossible.