Many of you have probably seen my most recent post on Instagram where I was spending a nice Sunday evening with my friends Ben and Jerry. The weather was nice, the kiddo wasn't home and Ben and Jerry were the perfect gentlemen. In fact, every since trying their Chunky Monkey Ice Cream which consists of banana ice cream, walnuts and chunks of fudge, I've had an instant crush. I've  started plotting my next trip to the store, day dreaming about it and so on and so forth. You know, the typical weird stuff that happens when you become sprung. So in order to satisfy my craving, I wanted to recreate the Banana Ice Cream in a way that I could be free to eat it whenever I wanted. Don't get me wrong, I will continue to enjoy my new found love in its pint size tub but, when I need a quick fix I'm turning to this recipe.

The great news is that there are so many tutorials out there that you can utilize. However, I wanted something that was just the right amount of healthy and "not so healthy" ingredients. If you want to keep it strictly healthy you can take a few bananas, slice and freeze them. Once frozen, throw them in the blender and voila, easy Banana Ice Cream.

Another recipe is to take some frozen bananas that are cut into 2 inch pieces and combine it in a blender with coconut milk until its the consistency you'd like and then dive in. This version of banana ice cream is dairy free but also gives you a little bit of coconut taste. You can eat immediately or cover it and stick it in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden before serving.

The recipe that I want to share with you takes it up a notch. Basically, that notch consists of an extra calorie (or few).

 

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2 (10 0z) cans of sweetened condensed milk

2 large can of evaporated milk

1 qt milk

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

mashed or blended bananas (any fruit can be substituted)

Mix all of the ingredients and place it into a freezer safe container. Place into the freezer until mixture has hardened. It's ready to serve and its GOOD!

Enjoy this recipe any day of the week. You may try to spice it up a bit by adding cookies, nutella, cinnamon, or any of your favorite ingredients. Next time I make this I'm going to pick up a few walnuts and some chocolate chunks to see if I can make my own version of B & J's Chunky Monkey Ice Cream.

You can find the recipe that I used Here.  I did adjust the recipe a bit to include less sugar. Instead of 1/2 cup of sugar I used 1/4. I know it isn't a lot of sugar but if you plan on eating this often, every bit will begin to count.

Enjoy your ice cream!

 

Mellissa

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