For some funny reason my freezer now has a big freezer bag full of ripe, frozen bananas. I love bananas, especially when they are a little green for some reason. The flavor is amazing to me. I love it! However, sometimes when they get riper, I do want to use them in a recipe but sometimes I get busy with other cooking projects and it's a while before I have a chance to make some banana bread or muffins.
That is why I began putting the super ripe bananas into the freezer and started to think of delicious and healthy ways to use them for recipes. I had seen a lot of fun pictures on Instagram of "Nice Cream" or non-dairy ice cream made with frozen bananas so I decided to come up with my own spin on that using ingredients that I had. Of course it was a great way to use up some of the frozen bananas but also I have a couple of bags of amazingly delicious frozen blackberries from my parent's place in the country that we picked last year. They are so sweet and so amazing in a frozen dessert.
I also love the combination of blackberries and ginger, just like some pies I used to make. Then, it came to me: "blackberry ginger nice cream!" Not only is it delicious, the color is stunning and it makes a great quick dessert on a weeknight, as well as a showstopper for a weekend get together or a holiday party. I garnished this one in the photo with some fresh mint from the garden and a slice of crystallized ginger. I hope you enjoy some of this today!
Blackberry Ginger Nice Cream:
2 frozen bananas, peeled (since I froze my bananas with the skin on, I was able to peel most of the peel off, however, I needed to use a paring knife to cut off the rest of the banana peel.)
1 cup frozen blackberries
1-2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
Optional: 1 tablespoon finely chopped candied ginger
1. Place all ingredients into the bowl of a large food processor. Process until smooth. You may add the optional chopped candied ginger too if you wish.
2. You may eat the nice cream immediately if you like softer ice cream, or you may spoon it into a container and freeze it for at least an hour so that it comes out in nice, round scoops.
Enjoy! I will be sharing more fun "nice cream" ideas very soon! I am thinking about cherry-chocolate next!