roasted banana soft serve or roasted banana custard?

The recipe is called soft serve. However, I think it more of a custard. Only because when I think of soft serve, I imagine a thick and luscious consistency not unlike a vanilla cone from the Mister Softee truck or Carvel. And this erred more to a slightly thinner texture, but still very velvety and a tad…gloppy. That’s not to say it wasn’t delightful (and it was!). The fragrance of the roasted bananas alone was enough for me to just abandon the whole thing and eat it right there and then. But in the interest of full disclosure, I was expecting something that would make me say, “Ice cream? Never again!”.  And instead, it was more, “It tastes wonderful…but I now that I’ve got my mind on ice cream, I need to get my hands on a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough”.  Oh well, I guess I’m just hard to please that way.

Roasted Banana Soft Serve (adapted from Healthy Food for Living,)
1-2 servings

2-3  ripe bananas 
1 tablespoon milk (optional)
A bit of maple syrup
A dash of cinnamon (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Peel the bananas and cut into 1-inch pieces. Arrange banana pieces on baking sheet.
Lightly glaze with maple syrup.
Roast for about 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Place cooled banana pieces on a parchment paper-lined plate or in a plastic bag and freeze until solid.
Remove the bananas from the freezer and place in a food processor or high-speed blender and a tablespoon of milk. 
Process or blend until smooth and creamy.
Serve with a dash of cinnamon (or more, as in my case).

 I’m starting to notice this affinity I have for fruity dishes that can be consumed for breakfast or dessert (here, here and here). What can I say? Summer is the best time to play with fruits. And I’m taking advantage of it.

-jillian m.

16 responses to “roasted banana soft serve or roasted banana custard?”

  1. colleen says:

    go to the blog "life of a wife"…she JUST posted this week how to make a frozen banana into ice cream. i haven't tried it yet but i'm dying to – it might be more what you're going for. those roasted bananas look delicious!

  2. Peiyinn says:

    That seem yummy! 😀
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. jillian m. says:

    Just went to Sherri Lynn's page and you're right! I'm thinking next time, I might leave it in the processor/blender for longer and see what happens. Either way, it taste amazing. Thanks for pointing that out, Colleen!

  4. Eleanor at Mirror Of My World says:

    wow this looks deliciously wonderful.. x

  5. sherri lynn says:

    Jillian we were totally on the same wavelength this week! And I really like how we both referenced Ben & Jerry's. I guess no matter how "healthy" we try to make our ice cream we will always want the real deal! :)

  6. Monica {bohemian twilight} says:

    yum! i love banana desserts. i think freezing them is unnecessary? what do you think? i'm just impatient. :)

  7. jillian m. says:

    Monica, I agree! You definitely don't need to freeze them, but I guess if you're looking for some kind of ice cream/soft serve substitute than freezing would be ideal. I actually did enjoy it chilled, but I would try it room temp as well.

  8. Katie says:

    This looks so delicious, I really want to try this! xo

  9. la petite coquine says:

    You're killing me with the Carvel talk. But try the banana whip at the Bent Spoon in Princeton if you can find the time, and you might change your tune about banana soft serve!

  10. Melissa:: Strong Sense of Style says:

    Yum yum yum. Not even a huge banana fan but those look delish!

  11. Natalie Suarez says:

    OMG YUM! looks absolutely delicious! :)


  12. (tend)Erness. says:

    Looks so yummy, definitely gonna try it !!

  13. Marie says:

    Oh my goodness, this looks satisfying!:D

    Thanks for the recipe.:D

    ***** Marie *****

  14. Erin Lian says:

    Mmm it looks delicious :) I know what you mean about the pudding/breakfast thing :) I do it with granola and yogurt. You sure are making the most of summer :)

  15. Aquí says:

    Oh my goodness! Thats all I have to say! This looks heavenly!

  16. dummy says:

    this suks dont mak it

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