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This version of the sugar-free frozen banana ice cream that I’ve been toying with all summer (see Experiments 1, 2 and 3) is the best yet. Seriously, it will change your life. Or at least the mid-afternoon snack portion of your life.

I found the recipe while browsing Pinterest, a “virtual pinboard” that lets you post photos of awesome stuff you find on the web. Better yet, Pinterest lets you see things that other folks have found, leading you into a scavenger hunt of awesomeness that is reminiscent of the Internet circa 1996.

Anyway, I traced the original recipe back to here, although it seems to have originated from a Tumbler blog that’s no longer in existence. Sorry, rouxeats.

Cut up a ripe banana, freeze the slices, dump them in a food processor with 2 tbsp. cocoa powder and you have a delicious, if weird, rendition of chocolate-banana ice cream. Those beige pieces you see in the photograph above are bits of peanuts; because I famously cannot leave well enough alone, I threw in probably 3 tbsp. of peanuts. DO THIS.

It was so delicious that the husband ate the two bites I offered him and noted that, perhaps, his earlier derision of the mixture as “frozen banana mush” was a bit shortsighted. He wants back in on the banana ice cream experiment.

Next up: Nutella banana ice cream.

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After the grand pineapple-rum-banana ice cream failure, I was hesitant to add anything new to my frozen banana ice cream, but curiosity won.

After returning from a long weekend drive, I wanted peanut butter. I also wanted banana ice cream.

I was afraid the addition of peanut butter (not even an entire tablespoon) would make the bananas mushy, but instead, the frozen banana slices seemed to freeze the peanut butter during the processing. The bananas and peanut butter ended up with the same texture.

I will be making this again.

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I finally had time for my first experimental batch of the easy-to-make frozen banana ice cream that’s gone viral. I added about a tablespoon of cold coffee (I had refrigerated the dregs from the coffee pot) before I whirled the frozen banana slices around in the food processor. It was absolutely delicious.

I used the food processor attachment that came with my immersion blender this time. It’s got a very small bowl, so it hasn’t been very useful in the past, but it was just the right size for this job. Especially given that the husband doesn’t want any part of this dessert.

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I was slightly skeptical that a frozen pureed banana would emerge from the food processor and actually resemble ice cream, but I couldn’t ignore the numerous posts that have been making the Internet rounds. When a friend posted this one on my Facebook page a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to run my own experiment.

It totally worked. After whirling frozen banana slices for about one minute in the food processor, I took off the lid to reveal a clumpy-looking concoction that really did have the consistency of ice cream when I tasted it.

Totally worth it, especially given my revulsion for bananas that have slightly exceeded their perfect level of ripeness.

Now I’m contemplating additions, like a hint of cinnamon and maybe a spoonful or two of walnuts. And chocolate. Definitely something chocolate.

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