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One-Ingredient, Allergy-Friendly, Healthy Ice Cream Treat for Kids

It's National Nutrition Month!  When you think of "healthy", you don't normally think of ice cream. This one-ingredient recipe is free of all allergens (except banana) and is free of added sugar and fat. This recipe is great for children with multiple food allergies and/or eosinophilic disorders (if bananas are safe for your child).  We've asked Meg Falciani to make the recipe and photograph it for you:

Frozen treats are always a challenge for food-allergy families. For many of us, commercial ice creams are not safe, and we often make our own treats. However, the hard part is most ice cream freezers need either significant freezer real estate and lead time, or specialty ingredients and equipment. This recipe needs neither!  One ingredient, four steps, and a 4"x 4" space in the freezer.  Loving it already!  It's also a very kid-friendly recipe - even a preschooler can help prepare it!  It's also a great alternative to banana bread for those lone extra-ripe bananas on the counter.


knife/cutting board
small container
small food processor (or blender)

We started with two ripe bananas. 
Each banana makes just about 1/3 cup of "ice cream."

Peel your bananas.  Here's a trick I recently learned -- trim the BOTTOM of the banana, and peel UP towards the stem.  By doing it this way, all the "stringy bits" come off with the peel, and aren't left behind in the banana.

Cut the banana into 1/2" slices.  Place them in a shallow container...


and pop into the freezer!
Allow the bananas to remain in the freezer until frozen solid - 1 to 2 hours. 
You can manipulate the time a little bit based on how thinly you slice your bananas. Make sure to  keep them in a single layer (you may need a larger container or plate). 


Place the banana chunks in a food processor. (You can also use a blender.)


Start by pulsing the processor, until the bananas are small lumps. 
You may need to scrape down the sides with a spoon.


Continue to puree the bananas until they form a smooth paste.


When the mixture is smooth, spoon it into a bowl.  You can see how thick it is!


Ready to enjoy.  This dessert is very good by itself -- it's very creamy, but not too sweet. For an extra-decadent treat, add a little bit of safe chocolate syrup or a few safe chocolate chips.
Meg Falciani has been a member and community volunteer for Kids With Food Allergies Foundation for seven years. She is the mother of five children and manages various food allergies and related conditions. 


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