Healthy Banana Nut Chip Ice Cream & Giveaway

Thanks to the sponsorship of Albion Fit, I was inspired to make a healthy treat for you! This Banana Nut Chip Ice Cream is Healthy! Only a few ingredients, and it comes together without an ice cream machine.

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I only have one session left with my trainer. As much as I have loved the great workouts, I’m kind of glad. I’m tired of being asked “how’s your eating?”

Well, let’s see. I’m a dessert blogger, who bakes constantly and has no willpower. How do you THINK my eating is going?

I’m writing down all the workouts he’s created for me and I plan to keep on doing them. Plus, it’s almost summer so…

(1) I can do classes at the gym because Jordan will be with me and I’ll want to be alone a lot every day so I’ll workout double so I can use the child care.

and…

(2) I won’t be able to scarf 26 cookies at noon because she’ll be right there staring at me and then want some of my stash and I’m not sharing.

After a particularly brutal session last week when he asked about my eating and I told him I was headed home to make walnut butter and ice cream, I decided that maybe I should make something healthy. You know…try and be good, for a day at least.

Then I remembered that banana “ice cream” I read about last summer, over at Alli-n-Son. An ice cream made with only bananas and add-ins. No cream or milk or anything else. Sally made a milkshake using this method last week, which reminded me I wanted to try it.

Surely, that would be okay with my trainer, right?

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While we’re on the subject of the gym, let’s talk workout clothing for a minute, mmkay? Recently I was contacted by Albion Fit to review some of their women’s fitness and swimwear. When I checked out their site to see what sorts of clothing they have, I was instantly drawn to their Go Long Crews. They came with thumb holes!

Can we talk about thumb holes for a second? There are two very different camps of people: pro thumb holes and anti thumb holes. I fit firmly in the pro category. My previous workout layering shirts are actually sleep tops I got years ago. They didn’t come with thumb holes, but by pressing so much on the inner wrist area, they now have them.

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The material on this top is thin and perfect for workout layering. I always wear a light long-sleeved shirt when I run, even if it’s warm. Unless it’s super hot out, my hands and feet don’t regulate temperature right, and they turn purple, go numb, and hurt, which makes being outdoors not pleasant. (Really, it’s a thing. It’s called Raynaud’s.) Having thumb holes keeps my hands just a little warm (when it’s not cold enough for gloves) and I can run with full feeling in my hands.

With summer coming up, I needed a new bathing suit and some of the ones at Albion are super pretty. I was crushing on the Blousy Suit and the Criss Cross Suit, but I finally decided on the Gown Suit. It’s gorgeous!

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The material is a good bathing suit thick, and the ruching in the waist totally slims my food baby. Mel told me it looks really good on me, and honestly, I kind of liked myself in it (so NOT normal when I wear a bathing suit).

{We all know I’m not posting a picture of myself in a bathing suit online. It’s not happening, so don’t hold your breath. The model is much prettier.}

Do you love the swimsuits from Albion? Well, you’re in luck! One Crazy for Crust reader will win the swimsuit of their choice from Albion Fit! Scroll down for all the details!

For $15 off any $50 or more AlbionFit.com purchase, use the code crazyforcrust15 upon checkout. The code is valid through 5/28/2013 so don’t wait!

Now..back to the fabulous HEALTHY ice cream!

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This ice cream comes together in a flash. Seriously, all you do is freeze some banana slices, then pulse them in a food processor until they’re smooth. It looks like and has the consistency of soft serve ice cream once it’s done. You can totally eat it just like that – pure frozen bananas.

But I’m me. I need to add mix-ins!

I love banana and walnuts together. I also love banana and chocolate. So I added both: some chopped walnuts and some mini chocolate chips. Feel free to substitute a vegan variety if you wish!

I also added a tablespoon of maple syrup to sweeten it. You can substitute honey or agave, or leave it out completely!

This ice cream is going into my go-to rotation. Depending on your add-ins it’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan. And healthy!

Unless you eat the entire bowl…which is something I would totally do.

Healthy Banana Nut Chip Ice Cream

Healthy Banana Nut Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. If you haven’t already, slice your banana into chunks and freeze in a sandwich bag. Once the bananas are frozen, you’re ready to make your ice cream.
  2. Add frozen bananas to a food processor. Process for a few minutes. I had to stop occasionally and smoosh up some large frozen chunks that didn’t want to break up right away. Keep processing and you will eventually get what looks like soft serve ice cream. Add maple syrup and cinnamon and pulse until combined.
  3. Transfer mixture to a tupperware bowl and stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Freeze until firm, at least 2-3 hours. Enjoy guilt-free!
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Comments

  1. I can’t wait to try this “ice cream” over the summer! This will be a healthy alternative for my banana lovin’ boys, too!
    keri @ shaken together recently posted..8 recipes to make in a muffin tin ~ features from the {what’s shakin’} link partyMy Profile

  2. Banana nut!! Yum :) sounds lovely I keep seeing this kind of ‘ice cream’ and need to make it :)
    Miss Messy recently posted..Vanilla Chai Tea CakeMy Profile

  3. Great giveaway and love that you made the ice cream without an ice cream maker!

  4. Love banana whipped ice cream. :)
    sally @ sallys baking addiction recently posted..Memorial Day + Birthday Weekend Recipes.My Profile

  5. Time to rust off my old ice cream. This is a definitely make this summer!

  6. Lisa G. says:

    Definately going to try this!

  7. Love banana ice cream!
    Tieghan recently posted..Hot Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookie Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwich.My Profile

  8. Healthy ice cream…I’m in!
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted..Asparagus and…a Random Cat StoryMy Profile

  9. I love the frozen banana trick! It really does resemble soft serve!! This maple, walnut version sounds so good. Thanks for reminding me of this trick right in time for Memorial Day. Can’t wait to enjoy some healthy “fro-yo” this weekend. :)
    Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection recently posted..Southern Banana PuddingMy Profile

  10. Wow great idea on just using the bananas. Need to try this!
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet recently posted..Chicken in a HurryMy Profile

  11. Healthy ice creams means I can eat more of it, right?!
    Kathy recently posted..Strawberry Ice CreamMy Profile

  12. I’ve heard of making ice cream with frozen bananas, but I’ve never tried it myself. This looks totally delicious!
    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma’s Cookie recently posted..Nutella Pomegranate CrepesMy Profile

  13. That long sleeve shirt looks so comfy! I wouldn’t share my stash with a kid either. It’ll be different having her around all day, right?? :)

  14. That swimsuit is so cute! Modest, fashionable, and lovely styling. You’ve hot good taste:). And I always enjoy seeing new ideas for banana ice cream. If I was your trainer, I would make you share with me?
    Mary Frances @ The Sweet Tooth Life recently posted..Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Granola BarsMy Profile

  15. I’ve been thinking about Sally’s shake all week! This ice cream looks So good:) LOVE that it;s totally healthy
    Heather @ French Press recently posted..Strawberry and Cream Cheese Coffee CakeMy Profile

  16. Love trying different banana “ice creams”! This variation is great! Maple and walnut is a great combo!
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction recently posted..Chocolate Frosted Peanut Butter Oat BarsMy Profile

  17. I’m totally PRO thumb holes. My crew is on it’s way to review. Can’t wait! Now to think up of something healthy to accompany that review…not my best gig :)
    Julie @ Julie’s Eats & Treats recently posted..Cheesy Garlic CrescentsMy Profile

  18. Ha ha, I love this Dorothy! I would have the urge to say “None of your business!” if someone asked what i’d been eating ;) I got to try this ice cream. I have a serious love relationship with all things frozen and sugary…
    Summer @ Mallow and Co recently posted..Creamsicle Rice Krispy TreatsMy Profile

  19. I too have no self control to not eat the things I make. I’ve been wanting to try that ice cream with bananas! A nice healthy option :) I love your add in choices – yum! And that swim suit is so pretty, love it!
    Lindsay@Life, Live and Sugar recently posted..Orange Creamsicle Puppy ChowMy Profile

  20. I have ALWAYS wanted to make banana based ice cream but yet to do it! NEed to do this ASAP! Yours looks great and a trainer is defo a love/hate relationship, but great idea writing down all the workouts :)
    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen recently posted..Apple Muffins w/ Maple GlazeMy Profile

  21. I love your choice of add-ins!
    I’m also pro thumb hole. They make long sleeves more comfortable in my opinion.
    Karissa K. @ Sweet As A Cookie recently posted..Oatmeal Cream PiesMy Profile

  22. Such a great giveaway and a scrumptious looking ice cream! I’ve made a few banana ice creams in the last few days and am loving all the possibilities… nutella, berry, salted caramel, etc. There’s SO many options. Thanks for sharing, Dorothy!

  23. Kind of wanting to drown this skinny ice cream in some hot caramel sauce, you know, because I can.

    Also, I am so skeeeeered of the Crunch trainers. They’re intense folks!

  24. This looks and sounds delicious! My oldest daughter Ellia is obsessed with ice cream and all things sweet….I am so making this for her. We’ll see if she notices. Oh – and I think you totally could have/should have convinced us those pictures ARE you!! :)
    Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling recently posted..Loaded Egg & Cheese SandwichMy Profile

  25. I’m all over this! Lick. The. Bowl. Clean. Yum!
    Tahnycooks recently posted..Strawberry Rhubarb Hand PiesMy Profile

  26. Lol! I love your reasoning for why summer is going to be better. This sounds so much like me. Except the trainer is in my head (cheaper but more annoying). This ice cream seems like a great option, Dorothy! And thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    Lisa @ Wine & Glue recently posted..Very Vanilla Cookie BarsMy Profile

  27. I love everything about this ice cream. I’ve been working with a trainer, too. It’s hard work! I partnered up with Albion, too. I can’t wait to get my new bathing suit in the mail.

  28. We love “banana” ice cream and I just love the nuts and chips and the add in’s. That’s what makes an already delicious ice cream, extra special. Perfect! Bring on summer!
    Nicole recently posted..Baked Strawberry Rose Cream Donuts with Strawberry IcingMy Profile

  29. What a delicious recipe! And those swimsuits are adorable!
    Tonia@thegunnysack recently posted..How To Make A ReflectorMy Profile

  30. Gotta love healthy ice cream! Frozen banana bites dipped into chocolate are also very tasty!

  31. I tried making banana ice cream last summer, but I didn’t realize you actually had to take the peel off the banana before freezing it, so it didn’t really turn out. But I definitely need to try it this summer!
    Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen recently posted..Saturday SprinklesMy Profile

  32. This is such a fun idea – can’t wait to try it and see what the boys think. That swimsuit is FAB-U-LOUS! So pretty!
    Trish – Mom On Timeout recently posted..Cherry Cheesecake “Magic” Ice CreamMy Profile

  33. I have to have mix-ins in my ice-cream. It’s too boring otherwise. This looks really good!

  34. I LOVE what you did with the banana “ice cream”!

  35. This is genius, genius, genius! I almost want a trainer to push me through all that–but you’re totally right, the oven at home keeps me cringing at their nosy questions (although I suppose that’s their job! …right?). I will only eat my bananas frozen-ish, so this sounds delicious!
    Ala recently posted..Vanishing Granola (or the BEST Granola You Will Ever Make–Honey Bunches CopyBETTER Recipe)My Profile

  36. Being the ice cream addict that I am, I don’t know why I haven’t tried the frozen banana trick yet. Probably because I can’t keep a banana in the house for the life of me…

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I’m crossing my fingers for a new suit!
    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen recently posted..Blueberry Frozen YogurtMy Profile

  37. I’ve been meaning to try frozen banana ice cream for ever! Maybe today will be the day. I love the idea of adding mini chocolate chips & that swimsuit is SO CUTE.
    Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate recently posted..Coconut SyrupMy Profile

  38. This looks amazing!!! We would love it if you would link up at our We Scream For Ice Cream linky party/giveaway:
    http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/we-scream-for-ice-cream-linky-party/
    Live the whole month of July.

  39. Finally got around to trying this, since it’s over 100 degrees outside
    ! My 6 year old gives it a two thumbs up! Yeah, love the healthy option.
    Thanks Dorothy!

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