Sunday, November 21, 2010

Soft Serve Surprise

The picture below features my breakfast from this morning. What does it look like to you?

Soft serve chocolate ice cream with a little dollop of peanut butter? Or perhaps chocolate pudding with nut butter garnish? A chocolate smoothie in a bowl?


Would you believe that little glass dish contains only three ingredients: Banana, unsweetened cocoa powder, and all-natural roasted peanut butter (only one ingredient in the peanut butter: roasted peanuts!).

I know. It's amazing, isn't it? I first read about "Banana Soft Serve" in the blog world this summer. Everyone raved about the wondrous mystery of placing frozen banana chunks in a food processor, whirring for a minute or two, and opening the lid to find what appeared to be soft serve ice cream.

I was skeptical at first. I mean, come on: Don't frozen bananas thrown into a food processor simply bananas?

A few weeks ago I put my curiosities to rest and set out to experiment with this recipe. One frozen banana and 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder went into the processor and, lo and behold! Banana soft serve came out. Garnish with a dollop of roasted nut butter and we're in business.

This delicious dish has served as my dessert many evenings since I discovered it, but, as evidenced this morning, it makes a great breakfast treat, or after-work snack as well. If you're feeling especially decadent, throw in your favorite DQ Blizzard mix-ins--chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, etc. (although, if I'm in the mood for those types of treats, I'd rather just bake a real dessert, you know?)

At any rate, I'm now a Banana Soft Serve Believer. I'm on the bandwagon. It's never felt so good to follow the crowd.

Banana Soft Serve
(recipe from food bloggers everywhere)

This treat is wonderful as a snack, breakfast side, or for dessert when you need a break from all the holiday treats that will soon surround you.

  • 1 banana, cut into chunks and frozen solid
  • 1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Optional: a little nut butter for garnish
Place frozen banana chunks in a food processor. Process for at least a minute, whirring until it appears whipped and takes on the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. Add in cocoa powder and process until just combined. Enjoy with a dollop of nut butter if you so choose :)


  1. yuuum! I definitely thought it was soft serve- makes breakfast look even more appealing!

  2. Right? I remember raising both eyebrows at the situation until I tried it like a month ago. Holy wow!

    I haven't tried it with cocoa powder though - next banana!

  3. Holy wow this is a cool recipe. I love chocolate in the morning!

  4. I made banana soft serve the other night for dessert! LOVE.

  5. Isn't it amazing?? I was skeptical at first but the consistency it amazing!

  6. I love making choco-banana soft serve! It's a bit of a struggle with only a magic bullet...sometimes I do have to add a tablespoon of milk to make it happen.....but when it happens, it's delicious!

  7. I was really skeptical about trying this too..I actually forgot about it, so thanks for the reminder--I'll have to give it a shot! :-)

  8. haha I'm on the bandwagon too, it's totally fine. It's so good though! We make strawberry banana soft serve all the time :)

  9. It is getting a little cold for banana soft serve but it's flipping delicious!

  10. Awesome!! I'd been wanting to try it with PB, but with that and cocoa powder must be delicious! Ever since I made it, my browning bananas get sentenced to the freezer. :)

  11. i totally made this all the time this summer! once, i even had frozen a banana in a tupperware (i usually freeze them in foil) and sent it to work with my husband for his lunch, thinking it was a corn soup. he called and was like, uhhh this is NOT corn soup. :)