Don’t you love rotting bananas? If you enjoy working in the kitchen, the answer is an immediate “YES!” Browning, or rotting, bananas, have endless potential when it comes to baking. Banana bread, smoothies, cakes, sweetened oatmeal, and banana bread. Oh, did I say that already? Well, here’s a new use for those brown, ever so sweet bananas sitting on your counter (or in your freezer if you had that much foresight). Frozen yogurt!
The increasing sweetness of a brown banana provides nearly enough sugar content so that all you need to add is a bit of stevia, and you’re golden! Want to make it vegan? Use dairy-free yogurt and milk. This froyo is so simple and so much cheaper than the kind you’ll get at the shop down the road, you’re never going to want to go back! Ok, maybe if they have cake batter froyo, because really, that’s just an incredible flavor no matter who you are.
Pull out your food processor, gather up some simple ingredients, and get blending! Oh, and ther’es NO ice cream maker necessary! I hate finding ice cream or froyo recipes that sound fantastic, but require special equipment. I don’t have an ice cream maker, so this is perfect for everyone. Don’t have a food processor? Use a quality blender! Don’t have one of those? Put some elbow grease into it. There’s no excuse not to make this.
Peanut Butter Banana Froyo Inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie
- 1 3/4 C nonfat plain Greek yogurt (or, use vanilla flavored yogurt and reduce vanilla extract used)
- 2 brown bananas, frozen (I peel and break the banana into chunks, and freeze in an airtight container)
- 1/2 C skim or dairy-free milk
- 2 packets stevia
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp natural creamy peanut butter, or other nut butter
In the bowl of your food processor, add ingredients in the order they’re listed. Process on the “blend” speed, then switch to “liquify.” Finish with a few pulses, and you should be done! Pour into an airtight container, and throw in the freezer. Because we’re omitting the ice cream maker, you’ll need to stir up the mixture every 30 minutes for 2-3 hours. Scoop up 1/2 C servings, and enjoy! I topped mine with a handful of chocolate chips, but toppings are endless! Salted peanuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, chocolate sauce, a dash of cinnamon, shredded coconut, fruit preserves…really, whatever your heart (and tummy) desires!
What is your favorite frozen yogurt flavor? Think you can replicate it at home? I bet it’s possible!