Strawberry Banana Sorbet


If you develop the habit of reading a lot of recipes at some point you cross over into a place where you start appreciating the creativeness of a recipe as an end to itself, as opposed to simply being a set of instructions that result in a hopefully delicious food. This is one aspect of cooking connoisseurship that I think sneaks up on most people. Maybe this is an unintended consequence of connoisseurship in general, the gradual appreciation of things that you had no idea were even there to be appreciated. I think this is mostly a good thing, life is as much process as it is destination and anything that helps you experience and appreciate that is good. On the other hand cooking is about creating food that is delicious or at least satisfying in some way and hopefully that doesn’t get lost.

When you read a lot a cooking blogs like I do, there is yet another layer of connoisseurship you end up developing and that is for the creativeness and attention to detail people pay to their food blog designs. Some people (unfortunately not me!) present their recipes in a way that, to be cliche, is a truly a feast for your eyes. The photography and general design almost compels you to drop everything and start cooking whatever is in the post.

Well that was a long introduction to this sublimely smart and simple recipe for strawberry sorbet with sweet mini-paratha rolls. The recipe uses frozen strawberries, frozen bananas, sugar and a little yogurt and the results are fantastic. The little parathas match the sorbet perfectly. There is no way whoever you make this for won’t be blown away. You couldn’t ask for simpler recipes and you don’t even need an ice cream maker for the sorbet. Last but not least I really love this website. Check out how beautifully this recipe post is laid out and how inviting the photography is. Hopefully you will be as inspired to try making some as I was.

Thank you Lakshmi!

Click here for the recipe details for Strawberry Sorbet & Sweet Paratha on Pure Vege

 

01/15/2013
Strawberry Banana Sorbet

Primary Ingredients/Quantity:
straberries, banana, yogurt / 1 quart

Mix Prep Time: 20 min
Freeze Time: 20 min
Total Time: 40 min

Frozen Banana Ice Cream with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


Angela on Oh She Glows describes this recipe as kind of her healthy homage to the Dairy Queen Blizzard. If I was Dairy Queen I would be worried. This has all the taste and gratification of it’s inspiration and then some! Plus it really is much healthier and very low fat. I have been on a bit of a frozen banana ice cream jag this week, but what can I say, it makes a great base for dairy-free, and all the way vegan ice creams; as this recipe is.

Angela’s inspired variation is a very nice, raw chocolate chip cookie dough, that she both blends into the base and forms into delicious little balls that get added to the finished ice cream when served. As you might expect, the ice cream itself has a soft serve consistency and probably should be made and served right away. I’m not sure how well it will hard freeze in your freezer.

Though there is no such thing as an ice cream kids don’t love, this strikes me as one that would go over big time and be healthy to boot.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ‘Blizzard’ Recipe on On She Glows

 

01/15/2013
Frozen Banana Ice Cream with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Primary Ingredients/Quantity:
frozen bananas, chocolate chip cookie dough / 1 quart

Mix Prep Time: 30 min
Freeze Time: 15 min
Total Time: 45 min

Nutella Banana Ice Cream for Kids of All Ages


I have to stop using the expression the simplest ice cream recipe in the world because inevitably the next day I find one even simpler. But this surprisingly tasty, non-dairy, egg-less, no ice cream maker required, two ingredient, banana ice cream has to be getting close to the edge of simplicity. Unless someone has a magic spell for conjuring up a hot fudge sundae out of thin air or for instantly freezing cream, I am going to say this the simplest ice cream recipe in the world! Oh wait you can instantly freezing cream using the liquid nitrogen method, doah! Well if you have a magic spell to share please post it in the comments below.

Bethany Taylor on From My Kitchen to Yours has a serious sweet tooth and you can read how to make this neat little recipe there.

 
Something Simply Sweet on From My Kitchen to Yours

One variation I would try, is to add a little cold heavy cream in the mixing process; not much, maybe a tablespoon or two, just to add some dairy flavor. Greek yogurt, sour cream or non-dairy milks would work also. If this appeals to you add it a little bit at a time so that you don’t end up with soup. If you do, no worries, add even more and its Nutella banana milkshake time!

A last thought, as I indicate in the title, I think kids would love to be involved in making this recipe. The magic of bananas turning into ice cream can’t help but be fun and surprising to them.

02/06/2013
Banana Nutella Ice Cream

Primary Ingredients/Quantity:
bananas, nutella / 1 cup

Mix Prep Time: 20 min
Freeze Time: 20 min
Total Time: 40 min

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Chunk Soy Ice Cream


Alice Currah at Savory Sweet Life has come up with a dairy free (soy milk based) recipe that is very simple to make, and great for people with food allergies. The peanut butter chunks are added during the churning so it is easy to leave those out for kids who have an allergy to peanuts. Chocolate and banana are one of those Olympian flavor combinations that you cant go wrong with. One fun variation to try might be to add chopped up Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups rather than just peanut butter chunks.

 
{Dairy-free} Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Chunk Soy Ice Cream Recipe at the Savory Sweet Life blog

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Chunk Soy Ice Cream

Primary Ingredients/Quantity:
Chocolate, Soy Milk, Banana, Peanut Butter / 1 pint

Mix Prep Time: 20 min
Freeze Time: 20 min
Total Time: 40 min