Truth is, much like a green monster smoothie, you can't even taste the spinach.
This isn't true ice cream. Which is what makes it so healthy. But it's incredibly delicious and a fantastic substitute for ice cream. And it's so close to ice cream, your kids may not even notice the difference.
We even did an experiment where we gave Logan a little bit of real chocolate ice cream, followed by this. And he didn't even notice the difference.
Maybe I shouldn't be so excited about that??? This may indicate there will be no Nobel-prize winning going on in this household...
Now, I have to share the history of this ice cream in our house.
It seems that in my excitement to use my ice cream maker (see my recent posts here and here), I may have inadvertently sent an unintended message to Logan. A message that ice cream is a breakfast food. Since we went through a phase where he was waking up every morning, screeeeeeeaming for ice cream.
A message that ice cream can be eaten 3 times a day. Since he was asking for it at every meal. Every.single.meal.
Wait - I think it may have actually been a message that ice cream can be eaten 5 times a day, since he was also asking for it at each snack too.
The other night after dinner... scratch that... before he'd even eaten dinner, he started screaming "biiiiiiiiig ice cream". When dinner was finally over and I got him out a little homemade popsicle, he kept loudly insisting "nooooo BIG ice cream".
Now let's not get all crazy here. He's not actually getting ice cream 5 times a day. Nor is he getting the BIG ice cream he demands. I've been saying an awful lot of no's to him lately.
But when I read recently on Oh She Glows about this banana soft serve ice cream (made only with bananas and milk), I knew I had to start making this for Logan instead. However, I didn't get around to making it until Angela posted her recipe for her peanut butter, jam and banana popsicles made with banana soft serve.
I'm not exaggerating when I say that I pretty much dropped everything, ran to the kitchen and whipped up a batch. And then ate almost half of it.
What??? I'm breastfeeding ;)
So since I already had everything out to make Angela's version of this ice cream (which was delicious beyond words!!), I figured I'd also whip up a batch of something similar, that my sister recommended to me way back when. This also combines Angela's banana soft serve with her green monster smoothies.
And this invention is this chocolate banana spinach soft serve ice cream right here.
Perfect for my little Logan who screams his head off all day long that he wants ice cream. Here ya go little guy. Eat your heart out :) He can now enjoy ice cream whenever he wants. Even for breakfast.
He loves putting tons of "sprinkles" on his. Which are really chia seeds. He's so gonna hate me when he gets older!
Check out this video here to see his excitement over his chia sprinkles.
And yes - he does insist on eating his ice cream with the ice cream scoop.
As for the recipe, it's super simple. All you need is:
2 cubes of frozen spinach, defrosted (mine didn't blend well when I didn't defrost them first)
4-5 frozen bananas
1-2 tbsp. cocoa powder
a couple of tablespoons of milk (I used coconut milk, since we're now dairy-free)
And then you just blend all of it in your food processor until smooth, adding more milk as necessary.
This makes a delicious soft-serve "ice cream" that you can serve immediately. Or pop it in the freezer for a harder consistency. You'll just need to take it out a few minutes before serving to let it soften enough to scoop out.
Or you can just eat it out of the mixing bowl.
Just don't forget to add your chia sprinkles for all of these health benefits.
Difficulty level: easy