By Team Bonk Breaker Athlete Carly Johann
I’ve been experimenting with homemade desserts recently, since my husband is always bugging me to decrease my sugar intake. At least when I make my own snacks, I can control the sugar that goes into them. My latest creation, banana “ice cream” is an internet stand-by, with tons of recipe variations posted. My most recent version contains some of the same ingredients and flavors one can find in Bonk Breaker bars, so you know it must be good!
First, start with 2 bananas cut into chunks. Toss them in the freezer until solid, probably at least 1.5-2 hours. Then, they go into the blender. You’ll probably need a good blender, one that is equipped to chop ice cubes, since that’s basically what you’re working with. Blend the bananas until a creamy mixture forms.
You could stop there if you’re a purist, and just eat the silky smooth banana puree. But if you want to experiment and make it even better, toss into some extras. I like to add a nut butter, usually salted cashew butter or peanut butter. For two bananas, I’ve added between 2-3 tablespoons of nut butter and been happy with the consistency and flavors that offers. Not to mention added protein and healthy fats, which make the snack more filling.
After the nut butter, I like to toss in a bit of sea salt and dash of vanilla. And, if you want to get really special, you can move from making a frozen Peanut Butter Banana Bonk Breaker and make a frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bonk Breaker. Add some unsweetened cocoa powder for some rich cocoa flavor and no added sugar.
After you’ve gotten your mix-ins into the blender, start it up and again and blend until smoothly incorporated. Sometimes it gets a little thick and won’t spin around. If that happens, I add a small amount of milk (or non-dairy varieties) just until it starts blending.
Since this mixture is so thick, it can take a bit of patience and stirring to get the ice cream to reach the desired consistency. But the overall time investment is still extremely small and totally worth it if, like me, you like something sweet after a meal, but want to feel good about what you’re eating.