Peanut butter, cherry and banana ice cream

It has been beastly hot and humid these past two weeks on the East Coast of the USA.  Typically temperatures in the 90’s are not the norm in May, but the weather has taken its toll on us all.  During times like these,  cooking has been furthest from my mind.  We’ve been barbecuing and chomping on rabbit food 🙂 I’ve been thinking of cool, refreshing drinks, smoothies, sorbets etc.  I had made this banana ice cream before, but thought to add some cherries to the mix, it just gives it that pop of color and extra fruit.  Just 3 simple ingredients in this ice cream.  Peanut butter, cherries and bananas, that’s it!

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It is an easy peasy recipe.  Slice 3 bananas and place them on a cookie sheet in a single row and freeze overnight.  Transfer to a strong blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.  This will take a few minutes, you’ll need to move the bananas around, periodically to help it along, it will be loud as the bananas are frozen.  In a few minutes you will see the mixture turn creamy.  Add 3 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter and blend again.  Add chopped pitted cherries.  Pulse to ensure everything has come together.  Freeze.  I served it up with extra cherries, blackberries and a sprig of mint.  It was oh so good, I’d forgotten about the awful weather we’ve been experiencing.

IMG_7410Just look at the creaminess of this delicious ice cream.  It is totally versatile, you can add whatever you like to the mix.  Top with extra chopped peanuts or cashews for a yummy crunch.

IMG_7411 Healthy, creamy, velvety, whisked into the most delicious ice cream, go on, give it a try.

Linking this post to Fiesta Friday hosted this week by Mollie @ The Frugal Hausfrau and Aruna @ Aharam.

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    1. Thanks so much, yes I’ve been reading up on the dreadful heatwave where you are too. Thankfully we’ve had a reprieve, and hopefully your monsoons will start sooner than later. Thanks for visiting 🙂

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  1. Oh this looks absolutely wonderful Loretta! It is way to warm for you being May! We had a couple days that were very warm early, but we’ve been enjoying the most amazing weather. I love that you call your lighter food rabbit food. I love to snack on nuts and dried fruit and John calls that squirrel food. Hang in there and hopefully it will cool off!

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    1. Thanks Julie. Fortunately it has cooled off. We have a cloudy day with temps predicted in the low 80’s. I can take that. Ha ha squirrel food, I too can never get enough dried fruit and nuts. Glad it’s been lovely where you are. Have a great weekend!

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    1. It definitely is pretty versatile. Love homemade ice-cream. But there aren’t many recipes out there that don’t have the condensed milk, sugar etc. So for now, I’ll be enjoying fruit-based ice creams. Thanks for stopping Sonal, and do enjoy your trip back home.

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    1. Guilt-free indeed Suzanne! Love home-made ice cream and there aren’t any out there without the added sugar, condensed milk etc. Thankfully the temps have cooled down a bit here. Hopefully the rest of June will be like this. Thanks for stopping, and enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thanks Ronit, the cherries really added some pretty color to it. I think the hardest part was whizzing those frozen bananas in a food processor. But the end results were definitely worth it. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  3. Love it Loretta!! I love the pop of color from the cherries! I love these banana ice creams, I usually just make a plain version, served with some chocolate sauce and nuts. I love it coz it’s guilt free and delicious! The flavor combinations are endless as you say! I love your choice of ingredients 🙂 Beautiful and tempting clicks 🙂

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    1. Thank you Freda. Do you use a food processor or blender to whizz those frozen bananas? That’s the hardest part in my opinion. Love home-made ice cream and there aren’t many out there without additional sugar, condensed milk etc. Have fun on your vacation. Will you be in Goa? Bring me back a jack fruit 🙂

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      1. Hi Loretta!! I just use my normal mixer grinder, that I got all the way from India!! I’m in Mumbai currently!It was so hot in UK, and Mumbai is even worse:( Leaving for Goa this Tuesday 🙂 Oh you love jackfruit?

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    1. Thanks Linda, it just melted in your mouth like magic, so good for the harsh summer days. Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment, always appreciate it. xo

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    1. Ha ha Johanne, I didn’t mean to tease :). Let me know if you ever find a home made ice cream without all the added sugar and fat. I’m on a quest to find one that I can make regularly as I love ice cream so much. It’s been years since I’ve actually indulged in a store bought one. The hard part about this recipe is whizzing those frozen bananas in a food processor. But it eventually all comes together. Thanks for stopping, enjoy your weekend!

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  4. Wow…3 ingredients? That’s it? I really, really really need to try making this! Bananas are already in the freezer… thanks for sharing your refreshing dessert, Loretta!

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    1. And thank you for visiting Nancy, always love to read your encouraging, sweet comments. Let me know how yours turned out. The hardest part is whizzing up those frozen bananas in a food processor, but it eventually turns beautifully creamy after the slight addition of peanut butter. Enjoy your weekend Nancy.

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    1. Thank you Natalie. There are so many home-made versions of delicious ice creams, but they all use added sugar and fat to bring it all together. I like how this simple recipe was guilt-free with the bananas and cherries and a dollop of peanut butter. Do give it a try.

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    1. Thank you Mollie, and thanks so much for co-hosting. Would you believe me if I told you I have never eaten a PJB sandwich. I guess I didn’t grow up in this country, that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking with it! :)) Enjoy your weekend, Happy FF!

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  5. It is warming up down here in Nashville as well and this recipe looks like one to try. I like it because it is easy and simple and I usually have everything called for on hand. The color and texture is wonderful and I know refreshing and just the thing to beat the heat. Happy June.

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    1. Spot on Teresa! Light, refreshing, beautiful color and texture. It definitely beats the heat, I’ll be experimenting with this and other fruit in the weeks to come. Thanks for stopping, wishing you a Happy June too.

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    1. Hmmm I’m not sure how many I used Johanne, probably about 8 or so? Just to give it those flecks of red and of course more fruit in the ice cream :). I’d advise you to really slice your bananas quite thin, that will make it much easier for the blender/food processor. Good luck, let me know how it turns out for you.

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  6. Loretta,
    I love this guilt free ice cream! We still have a day of hot followed by rain here. I love the flavor combination of the bananas and peanut butter. Your photos with the cherries and berries look picture perfect!
    I am drooling….got to go get some bananas right away:)

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    1. Thanks Sandhya. Let me know if you do try it out. The possibilities are endless when it comes to fruit I guess. Last night, I grilled some peaches with the last remaining bit of the home made icream. It went down a treat! I hope your weather is improving. It has been pretty hot and sticky during the day here. Thanks for stopping and commenting 🙂

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  7. SF Bay Area has been very cool in the last few days. I can see why you thought of ice-cream. My mouth watered as I was reading how to make this flavorful treat. Since the only ingredient I have at home now is peanut butter, I am going to put a spoonful of it in my mouth and pretend I am having something similar (not) to what you have presented hear. 😀 )))

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    1. Ha Ha Fae, thank you. Nothing like a scoop of peanut butter to keep the hunger pangs at bay. It was a welcome treat for us for sure. Last night, I grilled some peaches with some of that yummy home made ice cream. It hit the spot too! I hope your weather improves.

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