Is anyone really surprised that despite all of my pep on Friday, I did not end up eating pancakes? In fact, I hardly ate anything all weekend. Turns out, even when norovirus passes through you, eating, drinking and doing much of anything is about as appealing as a root canal for a few days afterward. I managed to have one meal yesterday, but other than that, it’s been a series of small, sweet and cold snacks.
Bananas, though, bananas are like a gentle, loving hug from nature. And banana soft serve? Oh my.
Banana soft serve is not a new concept, nor am I claiming to have invented banana soft serve. But I’m still amazed at the number of people — usually non-vegans — who aren’t aware of it. The best thing about banana soft serve is that it honestly doesn’t need a flavour. You can just do pure bananas and it’s still amazing! But now that I’m no stranger to the banana soft serve life, I like to experiment with flavours, and I wanted to share with you this concoction I whipped up on the weekend.
Cinnamon mocha swirl banana soft serve, serves 2
- 4 bananas, chopped and frozen for 1-2 hrs beforehand
- 1 tbsp nut butter
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener, but maple gives it a really distinct flavour)
- 3/4 tsp espresso powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pinch fine grain sea salt
- Water, as needed
- Nuts, cacao nips, chocolate chips or any other toppings you desire
- Peel, chop and freeze bananas for about 1-2 hours
- In a large food processor, begin processing the bananas, nut butter, cinnamon, espresso, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt until the chunks begin to disappear. You’ll probably have to scrape off the sides quite a bit, especially at first.
- Gradually add water 1 tbsp at a time until you’ve reached the consistency you desire. Just under 2 tbsp got me a consistency that was like soft serve without being too liquid.
- Divide into two bowls and add your toppings.
- Embrace your inner child!!
What’s your favourite food when you’re sick? When I was a kid, it was banana popsicles.