It was a sad, sad day when I realized that dairy and sugar were my migraine triggers. No dairy? No sugar? No ice cream?!?!?! Well, I’m not a quitter. Life without ice cream just seemed to grim. However, eating ice cream was not worth having a migraine which knocks me out for a couple days. What was a girl to do?
Well, I found a creamy, smooth and perfect solution! Almond milk, frozen bananas, and frozen fresh pineapple did the trick. No dairy. No sugar. No migraines.
I know I’m not the first to use a frozen banana in blender ice cream, and I definitely don’t want to be the last! I want you to have success each and every time. You know I have to say it… you HAVE to purchase a quality blender! I’m a Vitamix girl. Others have had success with BlendTec and Ninjas, but here’s a post why I chose Vitamix.
Okay, back to the bananas. I’m frequently asked how I freeze my bananas. First, you want to wait until they’re completely yellow and before they’re too ripe (no brown on the inside). In a gallon-size freezer lock Ziplock bag, place 6 peeled bananas inside, whole or cut in halves or quarters, and seal the bag. Place in the freezer for at least 5 hours before using. SUPER easy.
Fresh pineapple is a frequent visitor in our home. It doesn’t stay long… or should I say doesn’t last long. So… as soon as I chopped up fresh pineapple chunks, I have about 2 cups join the bananas in the freezer. Same thing, just thrown them in a Ziplock bag and toss them in the freezer for at least 5 hours. You’ll never know when a craving for this quick, easy blender ice cream may arise. Once you have my Ooey Gooey Brownies and Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches, I think it’s going to be pretty often.
Another reason I love my Vitamix is because of the tamper. Since blender ice cream gets pretty thick and creamy (oooh yummy!), you need the super duper tamper to keep pushing the frozen banana and pineapple down until smooth. It’s a nice 45 second forearm workout. So… double to benefit. Defined forearms and deliciously creamy ice cream. You’re welcome.
Okay, go get some bananas and pineapple frozen so you can fall in love with blender ice cream just like I have. Happy blending!
- 1/2 cup almond milk (I use sweetened vanilla)
- 3 bananas, peeled and frozen for at least 5 hours
- 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks, frozen
In a quality blender, add ingredients according to order listed. Blend on high for 45 seconds to 1 minutes until ice cream smooth and creamy.