Single Serve Pumpkin Chip Nicecream
October 3, 2017 by Nicole Collins
We're celebrating all things October today!
What's funny is that most things that are associated with October are not my favorite.
Halloween...could take it or leave it.
The only thing that makes October acceptable is my birthday. If not for that, October would be a total throw away month for me. #sorrynotsorry
October has some saving graces besides my bday, though. Not many, but a couple.
Breast Cancer awareness...someone needs to beat that mo fo, cancer.
Birthday month...I'm not a celebrate all day kind of girl. I celebrate all month. And, I've already started, of course!
That's right, pumpkin. So, that's what we're focusing on today. Actually, that's what we're focusing on this week.
Now, I know pumpkin is orange, and that goes against everything I believe in. Don't go thinking that I'm this crazy pumpkin fool. I can appreciate some cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg seasoned pumpkin. Who doesn't like pumpkin spiced sweetness? But, only in October.
Only in October.
And maybe a bite of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. But, that's it!
In true Libra fashion, we're going to explore both sides of the scale this week. And we're going to use pumpkin in our balancing act. We're going to have both the angel and the devil sitting on our shoulder. We're making pumpkin icecream 2 ways!
I know, I'm treating you like it's your birthday month too. You're welcome.
We're going to start the week with the angel side of our pumpkin treat. Our angel is sweet. Our angel is healthy. And, our angel is single serve (so we stay out of trouble).
But, our angel is also generous, because she rewards our good behavior with pumpkin spice and chocolate chips. I love the angel sitting on our shoulder!
Today, we're making Single Serve Pumpkin Chip Nicecream.
Nicecream is really just extra ripe, very sweet, frozen bananas tossed around in a food processor until they're a creamy ice cream like texture. Like a fake out ice cream, if you will. So quick. So easy. And, so yummy!
To make this nicecream extra special and extra Octobery, we're adding a little pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice to the party. And, to make it extra decadent, we're throwing in some mini chocolate chips.
Because I like you.
And, because, why not really? When is chocolate not invited to the party?
This comes together in a matter of minutes. It's as simple as toss bananas, pumpkin, and spices in the food processor, and hit the button. Stir in the chocolate chips when the mix is smooth, and you're done. That's it! A sweet, healthy pumpkin spice treat that you don't have to feel bad about.
This is a one and done kind of treat. It gets kinda hard when it's in the freezer for too long, so it's best to eat it right away. That's part of the reason we're keeping this treat as a single serving. But, it's easily doubled or tripled if you're going to share with friends or family. Which you should totally do...btw!
So, enjoy our sweet angel today; because on Saturday, that little devil is coming out to play. And, it is going to be fun!
Single Serve Pumpkin Chip Nicecream Serves: 1 Print
1 very ripe banana, quartered and frozen
2 tbsp pumpkin puree
¼ tsp + 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
½ tbsp mini chocolate chips
Place frozen banana chunks, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice in a blender or small food processor. Process until it looks like the banana has turned to rice. Scrape down the sides. Process again until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Stir in chocolate chips. Serve immediately, or place in the freezer for up to a half hour before serving.
*I keep a bag of frozen bananas in my freezer at all times for smoothies or nicecream! When the bananas are very ripe (more black on the skin than yellow), peel and chop them in to quarters. Space them out individually on a plate or or tray, and place them in the freezer. After a few hours when they're completely frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag until ready to use. Freezing them separately keeps them from clumping together in the bag and being frozen with an undetachable buddy.
*Make sure you get pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin and NOT pumpkin pie filling.
*This recipe is easily doubled for as many people as you need to serve. But, it gets really solid in the freezer, so you can't really make it in advance.