Rocket Fuel: Recovery Ice Cream

No ice cream maker required! Frozen banana sent for a whirl in the food processor produces deliciously silky ice cream–like results.


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Frozen banana sent for a whirl in the food processor (or a high-powered blender) produces deliciously silky ice cream–like results. No ice cream maker required! It’s a great way to cool down and reboot after a sticky workout. For added carbs and crunch, sprinkle on some granola.

To freeze bananas for ice cream or smoothies, peel and chop the ripe fruit into 1-inch chunks. Spread out on a baking sheet and place in the freezer until solid, 2 or more hours. Stick your serving bowl in the freezer before heading out for a workout to delay the time it takes the ice cream to melt after serving.

Recovery Ice Cream

  • Serves: 1
  • Prep time: 5 minutes

PB&J

  • 1 large or 2 small frozen bananas, cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 4–6 strawberries or ½ cup raspberries
  • ¼ cup plain or vanilla protein powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (omit if using vanilla protein)

Mint Chip

  • 1 large or 2 small frozen bananas, cut into chunks
  • ½ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt or nondairy yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract

Peach Cheesecake

  • 1 large or 2 small frozen bananas, cut into chunks
  • 1 peach, quartered
  • ½ cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Gotcha Matcha

  • 1 large or 2 small frozen bananas, cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon matcha tea powder
  • ¼ cup plain or vanilla protein powder
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Place banana in a food processor. Turn the machine on and let it run until banana is reduced to the size of small pebbles. At first, the bananas will just bounce around and make a lot of noise before beginning to take on a smooth consistency. Scrape down sides of bowl, add the rest of the ingredients, and continue blending until creamy. Be careful not to overblend to the point where the bananas begin to melt.

  2. Step 2

    Serve immediately like soft-serve ice cream or freeze for later use. If frozen (for up to 1 month), the mixture will need to sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften up, or blend again in a food processor until it once again takes on a creamy texture.



Adapted from Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Fuel for Sports and Adventure by Matthew Kadey, RD with permission of VeloPress.