Everywhere I look, people seem to be shifting gears. They’re stocking up on cardigans, planning their Christmas getaway, toting a Pumpkin Spice Latte… taking assured steps towards the approaching winter. But if you’re in Mumbai, you’re probably bracing yourself for a ‘second summer’s’ worth of October heat, and praying that we have at least a few days of sub-20 degrees (Celsius) weather in December! And this is why I have an absolutely low maintenance (is that a first for describing a recipe?), 3-ingredient, ‘cheat’s ice cream’ recipe for you. This recipe requires you to spend minimal time in the kitchen and is devoid of the guilty calories of regular ice cream! Double ‘yay’?
Get yourself some bananas and let them get a few more spots than the ones in this picture. Remember, we need them to be ripe and not bad. Just chop them up and seal them in an air-tight container and chuck it in your freezer and forget about them for the next 2 hours. Two hours later, blitz the frozen bananas with some honey and vanilla extract in a food processor, blender or even an immersion blender will do. This is all low maintenance, remember? Don’t keep your blender running for too long though, you don’t want it to get watery. Just get the entire frozen banana blended and we’re nearly done!
Turn the “ice-cream” mixture (shhh… only we know we’re cheating) into a clean and dry air-tight container and off it goes into the freezer for another couple of hours until it’s frozen! Now we just need to scoop it up and DIG IN!
Just remember that ripe bananas are a must for this recipe, raw bananas don’t end up tasting well once frozen and blended. A dash of honey adds to the natural sweetness of the bananas as we’re making the ice cream. You’re absolutely free to play this by taste. Vanilla extract acts as a great neutralizer, a balancer of tastes as it were. But don’t let that trick you; this is in taste, very much a banana ice cream. While a lot of other such fruit-based “cheat” ice creams tend to have a more sorbet-like texture, this one will leave you surprised on how close it can actually feel like real ice cream!