Looking for an activity with the kids? How about making this healthy banana ice cream. It’s super easy and all you need is a bunch of ripe Dole Bobby Bananas. Simply freeze them and blitz in a food processor/blender with the option to add additional ingredients depending on your desired flavour. This creates a creamy ice cream without the dairy, fat or extra sugar.
I used Bobby Bananas because they grow at the lower end of the stem and are specifically selected for their size and sweetness.
They are also now packaged in a new, smaller tape that will reduce approximately 16 tonnes of plastic from entering landfill in NZ each year. The Bobby Banana tapes can be recycled at Love NZ Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme drop off points (lots of major supermarket locations), where they are collected and made into useful items such as fence posts and parking bumpers. The packaging update is one of the first steps in Dole’s journey towards achieving zero fossil-based plastics by 2025 as part of the global Dole Promise initiative.
Bobby Bananas are available at New World, PAK’NSAVE, Fresh Choice and Super Value and independent grocers.
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1 bunch of ripe Dole Bobby Bananas (7-8 fingers)
2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
2 tbsp liquid honey
1 tbsp cardamom powder
2 tbsp hazelnut spread
Remove skin and tape from banana fingers. Remember to recycle your Bobby Bananas tape via Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme drop off points!
Cut each banana into 5-6 pieces.
Place the cut banana pieces into the freezer for a minimum of 2 hours, best to leave overnight.
Place your frozen banana pieces into a food processor or blender and blitz on high for 3 seconds until it turns into fine crumbs.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl and process on high speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down the side of the bowl. The mixture should be slightly thick now.
Add your choice of flavours. Cacao or cocoa powder for chocolate, honey and cardamom powder, or hazelnut spread are all delightful.
Process on high two more times for 30 seconds. The mixture should now be very creamy.
(If you want plain banana ice cream, just omit the additional ingredients for flavours and serve straight away).
Place in tubs and freeze for a few hours before serving for firmer ice cream, or serve straight away as gelato.