Skinny Strawberry Banana "Ice Cream"

After confessing to y'all about my ice cream addiction and how I could polish off a half gallon with no problem (I really should have entered an ice cream eating contest), I figured I'd share one of my favorite healthy recipes that cured by obsession with the addictive, creamy dessert. This Skinny Strawberry Banana "Ice Cream" gives you the same sweet, creamy, chilled satisfaction that full-fat ice cream does, but with a fraction of the fat and calories.


Not only is this "ice cream" super skinny compared to full-fat ice cream, but this recipe is a cinch to make. You literally throw all of the ingredients except the Cool Whip in a blender, puree, pour that mixture in with the Cool Whip, and freeze. The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the mixture to freeze, which took about 4-5 hours. It's painful, but I promise it's well worth the wait.


I also made an Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter "Ice Cream" a few weeks ago. While this strawberry banana recipe is healthier than the chocolate peanut butter "ice cream", it is just as satisfyingly rich and delicious. And just like the chocolate peanut butter version, this recipe is extremely versatile. Like chunks of fruit in your ice cream? Chop up a few extra strawberries and some banana and fold that into the mixture right before you pop it in the freezer. Or, better yet, add a few chocolate chips or white chocolate chips to the mixture. If you don't like the combination of strawberry and banana then something is wrong with you make this recipe with different fruits and yogurt. You really can't go wrong with this simple, skinny, scrumptious dessert!

{Pssssst...have you entered the St. Patrick's Day Giveaway? If not then that's something you can do while you wait for your "ice cream" to freeze!!}
 
Skinny Strawberry Banana "Ice Cream" (adapted from The Realistic Nutritionist)
(4-5 servings)

1 6-ounce container Strawberry or Strawberry Banana Chobani Greek Yogurt
1 large banana, cut into pieces
1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen), cut into pieces
1 8-ounce container Cool Whip Free, thawed

Add the yogurt, banana, and strawberries to a blender. Puree ingredients until smooth. Fold pureed mixture into thawed Cool Whip until ingredients are well mixed. Pour the mixture into a container, cover, and place in your freezer. Freeze for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally,  or until desired consistency is reached. (Note: Freezing the mixture for 4 hours will give you a consistency similar to frozen yogurt, while freezing it for 6 hours will resemble a consistency more like ice cream. Choose your favorite and freeze accordingly.)

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Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 5
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 133.7
Total Fat: 0.3 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 37.6 mg
Total Carbs: 26.8 g
Fiber: 1.4 g
Sugars: 13.5 g
Protein: 3.2 g

Pros:
-Quick and easy to prepare
-Simple list of ingredients
-A low cal, low fat, skinny dessert
-Great, healthy substitute for those late night ice cream cravings
-Versatile-add chunks of strawberries or banana to mixture and/or add chocolate chips or other candies to mixture

Cons:
-Need to wait at least 4 hours for mixture to freeze

Elaine

22 comments:

  1. I have made ice cream using frozen bananas before, but have never thought to incorporate Cool Whip and yogurt. Awesome idea! :)

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    1. I've made that too! Frozen bananas blended until creamy and fluffy and add a little cocoa powder? That recipe works great too, but this is another variation to try. :)

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  2. OMG!! Dying to try this. All these homemade ice cream recipes drive me crazy since I want to try them all but don't have an IC maker... cannooooot wait to give this one a whirl! DEELISH! So glad you found me on GYB, loving your amazing recipes!

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    1. I'm in the same boat. I've avoided buying an ice cream maker because I'm pretty sure I'd use it once maybe twice a year. This recipe is great because you don't need one! And I'm so glad you found me on GYB. Can't wait to check your blog out. :)

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  3. I love ice cream all year round and I love that you made this lowfat version-I might just have a new excuse to make even more ice cream now!

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    1. Leave it to me to find any excuse to make and eat ice cream year round! And with this recipe, you can eat lots and not feel as guilty haha.

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  4. I'm an ice cream FIEND. Come summertime, that's like, all I crave. Besides pizza, because it is on my mind 99% of the time. And as you know, most ice cream isn't waistline friendly which makes me and my poor jeans angry. I am LOOOVING this lightened-up version using Cool Whip Free and Chobani yogurt. So genius! Plus, strawberry banana sounds so dreamy!

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    1. I'm like that year round. It's bad. Sooo bad. Thank God for this recipe because my poor jeans would have walked out the door if I hadn't made it. And strawberry banana is one of my favorite flavor combinations (after pb and chocolate of course).

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  5. Elaine! I've done this before with frozen bananas and strawberries and yogurt. BUT I have never added cool whip to it! A must try!!! I know you love Chobani. :)

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    1. You and I are both Chobani queens. And you should try adding the Cool Whip. It gives it such a light and fluffy texture. I can so see a pb and chocolate version of this recipe in your future!

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    1. I think you are going to love it Jen! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Skinny Ice cream without an actual ice cream maker?! WHAT? This recipe is going on the top of my to make list. I dont care how cold it is outside, I am always warm enough for a scoop of ice cream.

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    1. Haha I'm right there with you, Nicole! It's never too cold for ice cream. And who needs a fancy ice cream maker when you can make this? Enjoy! :)

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  8. Okay, this recipe is GENIUS. I am so making it! And the different versions! OMG my brain is about to explode. Pinned!

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    1. The variations are endless! I'm currently dreaming of a chocolate peanut butter version. Enjoy experimenting! And thanks so much for pinning! :)

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  9. This looks fantastic. I love how easy and light it is (and I absolutely love Cool Whip)!!

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    1. I love easy and simple recipes. And there is no ice cream maker required! Win, win!

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  10. Strawberries are wonderful, ice cream is wonderful, and when they come together and meet it is just the perfect thing ever! Especially when it's made a litter lighter :)

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    1. Couldn't have said it better myself!

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  11. You've sold me. This looks and sounds delicious!

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that, Wendy! If you are anything close to as addicted to ice cream as I used to be, you will love this recipe--it is just as satisfying and delicious but virtually fat free! And you can make so many different variations depending on the fruit and yogurt flavors you use. The possibilities are endless. :)

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