5-Minute Maple Almond Gelato

What is the difference between gelato and ice cream?

I wondered this for a bit before finally delving into cyberspace to discover the answer. To sum up my findings, gelato is an Italian ice cream that is typically lower in fat than ice cream (yay!). It also contains less air, making it denser, and it is usually served at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cream, making it softer in consistency. Does this sound a bit like banana soft serve to anyone? I thought it did!

Before anyone gets sassy in the comments, I know frozen bananas do not a gelato make, but I DO think the descriptions above aptly portray this creamy dessert we’re all enchanted with (and it beats the heck out of calling it ‘Processed Frozen Bananas’….

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Whoever out there discovered that bananas could be frozen is a person worthy of some serious accolades, but the genius that somehow whirred them into this delicious treat should be given preferential treatment for life! Hugs and kisses to you both.

5-Minute Maple Almond Gelato
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 3 T. raw almond butter
  • 1 t. maple syrup
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • ¼ t. almond extract
  • ¼ c. light coconut milk
  • generous pinch (or two if you are a salt fiend like myself) sea salt
Instructions
  1. Throw everything into your food processor.
  2. Process until well-combined and creamy.
  3. Freeze for a bit if you like your ice treats a bit harder, but it's delicious as is!
Notes
Weight Watchers points: 10
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 355 Fat: 21.7 g Saturated fat: 7.8 g Unsaturated fat: 13.9 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 36.8 g Sugar: 18.3 g Sodium: 157 mg Fiber: 4.6 g Protein: 5.6 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

Inspired by this recipe

I love the additions of the almond butter as well as the extracts. I’ve had plain banana soft serve, and it was a nice and healthy treat, but the almond butter brings a richness that can’t be duplicated, and vanilla and almond extracts add loads of flavor without extra calories!

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I typically eat this right away, but I’ve also frozen it for a bit, and it’s delicious that way as well!

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What are your favorite add-ins when making banana soft serve?

Aside from the above, I often add in greek yogurt for a good dose of protein. :-) Dee-licious.

Shared with: Make Your Own Monday, Natural Living Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Allergy-Free Wednesday, Gluten-Free Friday, Raw Foods Thursday

Comments

    • Lauren says

      Can….I never use the stuff from a carton. I like the Trader Joe’s brand because it doesn’t have any additives! :-)

  1. sherry says

    Thanks! My son loves my homemade “ice cream” made from frozen bananas. My freezer is stocked with them. Now I have to find a recipe to match the Coconut Bliss flavors ….

  2. says

    When you can make this in 5 minutes there is no excuse not to have dessert! :) Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Can’t wait to see what you are bringing to the party this week! We have another GREAT giveaway!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com
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  3. Rebecca says

    I love frozen banana ice cream! It is amazing! This sounds like a delicious combo. One thing I love to do is drizzle melted coconut oil on the ice cream once it is done, but before I remove it from my processor. Then I let it harden from the cold for a few minutes and give it one more whirl. It adds crispy chunks to the ice cream. I also almost always add cocoa powder to mine and it makes me think I have chocolate chip chunks, even though it’s just crunchy frozen coconut oil! A bit healthier, less sugar and I get another dose of coconut oil down me! Yum:)

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