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A Whole Fruit Non-Dairy "Ice Cream"
4 cups Bananas, sliced,
(To enlarge the photo of the banana cream, click on the photo or link)
We usually decide to have banana cream when we have bananas that are very ripe and covered with brown spots, but not mushy. Markets often offer these ripe bananas at a reduced price.
The fresh banana slices must be placed in the freezer for at least eight hours prior to preparing banana cream. Begin by peeling and slicing the bananas, and placing on a metal baking sheet. Freeze as in the photo to the right. (We suggest eight hours in the freezer.) After removing from the metal baking sheet, and if they are not to be used right away, the frozen banana slices can also be stored in a tightly sealed plastic container in the freezer for about a month. (To enlarge the photo of the banana slices, click on the photo or link)
Place four cups of the frozen banana slices in the container of a high speed blender, such as a Vita Mix, cover, and run at high speed until the bananas are creamy smooth. Use the tamper to work all the bananas into the blades. (Do not use the tamper without the cover being firmly in place.) This should take about one minute.
Immediately, spoon out the banana cream into dessert bowls, as shown above. There should be enough for two servings. If you want to make more than two servings, we suggest that you place the banana cream in the bowl in the freezer while you prepare other batches. Banana cream can be served alone or with your favorite topping, such as peanut butter carob fudge, as shown in the photo to the right. (To enlarge the photo of the banana cream, click on the photo or link)
If we want to have our favorite topping, the peanut butter carob fudge, on our banana cream, and we don't have any stored in the refrigerator, we prepare the peanut butter carob fudge before we make the banana cream. In this case, we don't clean the Vita Mix container before creaming the bananas, but simply place the frozen banana pieces in the container with the fudge we could not remove with a spoon. This results in a very nice variation: a peanut butter carob fudge-flavored banana cream, with topping added, as shown in the photo to the left. (To enlarge the photo of the banana cream, click on the photo or link)
The above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31): 'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV) Let no animal suffer or die that we may live! (d-20)
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