Monday, July 5, 2010

A Thirty-Second, Three Ingredient, Sugar-Free Dessert (For Real)

strawberry soft serve

It's getting hot in here. So take off all your clothes. But, you know, only if you're reading this in the comfort of your own home. Or the home of someone who doesn't mind if you walk around naked.

It's boiling here in Ottawa. And in many other cities, Twitter tells me. I spent most of Sunday in our backyard hammock in the shade, eating vegan ice cream, finishing Mary Tyler Moore's biography (mediocre), and starting The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (excellent). While lying there I was thinking about how finding a good non-dairy ice cream is kind of like being on one of those dating reality shows like The Bachelorette. All options seem very attractive initially. But with prolonged exposure, some of them turn out to just not be right for you. Some may even make you physically queasy (I'm sorry Organic Rice Divine, can we still be friends?) Eventually, you'll know which one is right for you. My two-hour long finale (set in Tahiti, please) would feature me making the agonizing decision between So Delicious Coconut Milk Vanilla Bean and this home-made banana-strawberry soft serve. It would be the classic battle between the well-turned-out, conventionally attractive, classy option, and the rough-around-the-edges, wholesome, sincere type. And, as we all know, wholesome and sincere usually wins. This case is no exception.

in season

Recipes for banana soft serve are a bit ubiquitous in the vegan blogging world. So much so that I wasn't initially even going to bother with this post (but then everyone would have missed that wonderful Bachelorette analogy!) However, I know that I have lots of readers who aren't vegan and probably don't spend their free time trolling vegan blogs. So, if you're tired of banana soft serve recipes you can just skip to the end of this post for more potentially off-topic rambling.

Still with me? Good. Because this is a ridiculously easy dessert that doesn't need any sugar added and doesn't require a fancy ice cream maker, just a basic food processor. It is remarkably versatile. And, as my post title suggests, it takes approximately 30 seconds to make.

Strawberry Banana Soft Serve

2 large, ripe (but not brown), frozen bananas
1/2 cup strawberries
3 tbsp almond milk or soy milk

Place frozen bananas in food processor and process until they are smooth.

Add strawberries and pulse until they are combined with the bananas.

Add the milk one tablespoon at a time, processing while you add. You may need slightly more or slightly less than the 3 tablespoons. It depends on how frozen your other ingredients are and just how soft you'd like your soft serve to be.

When the mixture is your desired consistency, spoon it into a bowl, top with coconut (if you are so inclined) and eat it up.

Makes two servings.

strawberry soft serve

Some Notes:

-Some people make this without the strawberries and almond milk, which seems to work just as well. Me, I don't like the overly banana-y taste of it without the extras. Any flavourings would work just as well, I imagine. Like raspberries, or blueberries. Or chocolate.

-Speaking of reality television, does anyone have anything to say about Top Chef yet? I liked the school lunch episode best so far, but otherwise I'm finding it too early to love or hate anyone or anything in particular.

-I'm reading this Wednesday at Irene's Pub as part of an event called Blog Out Loud. Lots of local bloggers will be on hand to read short posts from their blogs. If you are a local reader and are able to make it, please come and introduce yourself. Just a word of warning, though, I am a bit awkward and spazzy in read life. Not that you could tell that from my writings here or anything...


p.s. Happy Fourth of July, lovely Americans.

This Time Last Year: Birthday Burritos for The Man of Science (surprisingly the same dinner he requested THIS YEAR for his birthday.)


T said...

Sounds perfect for the boiling temps in Berlin as well.

I just finished Oscar Wao and thought it was great- reminded me a bit of Sandra Cisneros. Another quick summer read that I liked was Dark Matter by Julie Zeh- a "psychological thriller" (kind of?) with a physics twist, translated from German.

Kiersten said...

That looks pretty! I love making ice cream out of frozen bananas. It's so easy, but so yummy!

Jessica @ Lima's Vegan Kitchen said...

This looks so dee-lish. Its boiling over here too in Montreal, so by the looks of it I need to run out and get some frozen bananas asap!

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

I hate the "Alpha Male" guy on Top Chef already. It's done. He can never redeem himself now- unless he goes veg.

I've been eating the hell out of banana soft serve lately. But I haven't added strawberries yet.

Keri - I Eat Trees said...

I've made quite a bit of banana soft serve lately, but adding the strawberries sounds divine and I haven't really played with flavors so... those frozen bananas in my freezer right now are going to have strawberries all over them in about 30 seconds!

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

T: I'm really loving Oscar Wao, I understand what all the hype was about. It's so engaging and fun without being fluffy.

Kiersten:I fancied it up for the blog. If I weren't photographing it, I probably would have just eaten it out of the food processor with a spoon!

Jessica: The news keeps saying that it's all of Ontario and Quebec that are stuck in the heat wave. Keep cool!

Trinity: I know! Why does there always have to be that one snotty, macho guy? I prefer the ones who are quiet and focused and not cocky all the time.

Keri: I hope it worked out! Yum!

Chantal said...

Looking forward to seeing you at BOLO :)

XUP said...

I'm not a big fan of banana stuff except for actual bananas all on their own. But you can make the same sort of ice creamy stuff by freezing soy milk or almond milk in ice cube trays and pulsing them up with some fruit or other flavourings - it's not exactly like soft ice-cream, more like a gelato, but tasty. See you tonight!

The Voracious Vegan said...

I love frozen banana soft serve. This is a genius spin on it, thank for the great idea. I can't think of a better dessert for these sweltering summer days.

Skinny Legs said...

That looks delicious *drools* not a fan of coconut myself (I know, I must be crazy) but a sprinkling of little wild blueberries on top...

I have to say, though, "Sugar-free" is a painfully inaccurate descriptor for a dish like this. "No added sugar" sure, but to say that bananas, strawberries, and most soy milks are sugar free is outrageous.

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Pauline said...

It was great to meet you at Blog out Loud the other night!! Your reading was great! (as was your attire of course!;))

Nat said...

Terrific job at BOLO, I did love the fried rice story so.

Question... I take it the banana gives it texture. So say one didn't want the banana flavour what would you use instead?

(P.S. you went to a 'zine convention with my good friend Adam, I'm editing his novel now.)

Finola said...

I loved your reading at BOLO! I will always remember the boyfriend being "benign" line. You were just great :)

Heather Moore said...

The Angelo/Tunesha (however you spell her name) "flirtation" is just creepy. He's just creepy. Creepy.

Otherwise I'm enjoying it. I've only watched the first 5 minutes of this week (hence the creepy comment) but will watch more! ;)