Kabocha Squash Banana Ice Cream
When I first discovered you could use frozen bananas to make ice cream, I was ecstatic! That was back when I’d first discovered food blogs and they opened my eyes up to the possibility of eating healthy without sacrificing on taste. I was used to eating plain oatmeal with cinnamon and apples or dry, skinless chicken breasts with dry brown rice and steamed broccoli without butter! That sounds so bland and not satiating at all, to me now!
Back then I was eating sugar-free, salt-free and low-fat, because that’s what I thought was healthy. Now I know better! Those sugar free chemical products like Splenda are terrible for your health and have been shown to be a neurotoxin. Good quality sea salt or Himalayan rock salt is actually loaded with minerals and great for your health. Not to mention, good quality salt also makes your food taste good!
Fat is also very much needed and it just depends on what kind. We want to avoid processed fats like cooking oils, canola oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, etc. These oils cause oxidative damage in our bodies as they are polyunsaturated and become rancid from exposure to heat, light and oxygen. Ironically, they are exposed to heat, light and oxygen during their production process.
Good quality fats that we want to include in our diets include raw nuts and seeds including coconut, avocados, olives and extra virgin olive oil, seafood and good quality fish oil, dairy if tolerated (organic and grass-fed is best) and animal fat like lard, butter/ghee, tallow and duck fat (also from organic, grass-fed/free range animals).
This recipe is really easy and only uses 6 ingredients that include frozen bananas, roasted kabocha squash, vanilla and spices. You can store any leftovers in the freezer but it will harden and I like the soft serve consistency better.
You can dress it up with different toppings like toasted walnuts, homemade chocolate sauce (coconut oil, maple syrup and raw cacao powder), coconut flakes or cacao nibs. You could also use this filling as a variation for my Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches.
- 5 bananas, frozen
- 1 1/2 cups Kabocha squash, roasted
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and puree until smooth.
- Store any leftovers in the freezer. Take out 15 minutes before eating and place back into food processor to make creamy again.