Banana Anise Ice Cream

This is as simple as it gets! I know this because I love ice cream so much that you can probably find me eating a bowl in front of the fireplace in the dead of winter. I've been doing this recipe all summer for two main reasons - I can make a variety of small batches with different flavors, some dog friendly, some just for us humans and I avoid that dreaded freezer burn that ruins the texture and flavor of store bought ice cream. 

It's only 36 calories per serving and very low in saturated fat and sodium while high in dietary fiber, manganese, potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.  It is, however, very high in sugar with 4.8 grams in each serving so even though you may eat a bowl every night, your dog shouldn't.

Don't know what anise is? It's an herb that has a licorice taste most dogs go crazy for earning it the name "catnip for dogs".  This seasoning is rich in B complex vitamins, vitamin A and C (anti-oxidants) and important minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium, manganese zinc and potassium.  Its sold as whole star anise, anise seed, or anise oil.

I've done this frozen banana base successfully with carob powder, peanut butter, frozen blueberries or strawberries, and fresh mint. The combination possibilities are only as endless as your imagination.

 Banana Anise Ice Cream

Banana Anise Ice Cream

Easy 2 Ingredient Ice Cream

Yields: 6 - 1/2 cup servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: None

36 calories, 2 from fat

Ingredients

  • 3 frozen bananas
  • ¼ teaspoon ground star anise

Directions:

  1. Peel, slice and freeze the bananas. I usually catch them on sale and freeze several bags of 2 to 3 sliced bananas in each bag
  2. Place the frozen banana in a food processor or blender. Blend until the bananas reach a creamy consistency like a soft serve ice cream.
  3. Sprinkle in the ground anise and blend to incorporate.

This can be frozen for a month. Simply re-blend.