Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Frozen Banana Berry "Cake"
It's very nearly summer. It's hot. Ice cream recipes are everywhere. But for every rich creamy version out there, I've been seeing ones for 1 ingredient banana ice cream, 2 ingredient banana soft serve, etc. They're basically frozen bananas with or without a touch of vanilla, blitzed in the food processor until the texture is similar to soft ice cream. I had to try it. And I always have bananas in my freezer.
So I put on my mad scientist cap and gave my food processor a good workout trying recipes. This one looks company worthy, can be made ahead and is really a light frozen treat masquerading as a rich dessert. Enjoy!
12 Graham crackers
1 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 Bananas, peeled, sliced and frozen
1 Cup frozen strawberries
4 Tablespoons low fat cream cheese, divided
2 Tablespoons sugar, divided
1 Teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 Cup blueberries for topping
Give your food processor bowl a quick rinse and it's fine to continue using it to make the rest of the layers. Place two tablespoons of the cream cheese and one tablespoon of the sugar in the bowl along with the frozen bananas, the vanilla and a very tiny pinch of sea salt. Puree until the mixture is completely smooth and thoroughly combined. Pour into the graham cracker crust and return to the freezer for about 15 minutes.
Place the remaining two tablespoons of cream cheese, the remaining tablespoon of sugar, another tiny pinch of sea salt and the frozen strawberries into the food processor and puree until smooth and thorough combined. Pour over the banana mixture and return to the freezer for at least four hours or overnight. When ready to serve, run a knife under very hot water for a few minutes and then run it carefully along the edge of the pan. Gently open and remove the spring-form and the crust should remain in tact. Top with the fresh blueberries.
Note that frozen fruit melts much more slowly than ice cream and this tastes best when it's been sitting at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes. Makes 3-4 servings or you can double the recipe for a standard 8" pan.