The last couple of weeks had been a change between winter and spring but it looks like the good warmer weather is going to stay. I hope so, I am so ready for nicer weather.
Spring is usually the shortest season in the midwest but beside autumn my favorite time of the year. Why I prefer autumn? Because of the other face of spring the thunderstorms that can lead into a tornado warning until a tornado watching is announced and you better hide in your basement if something like that comes up.
I have learned a lot about the local weather since I moved to Kansas City, things like checking the weather news daily, have an emergency kit in your car during winter months and how to be prepared for tornados.
Like so often the theory looks different from my reality I have one flashlight somewhere, wine and beer but not much bottled water (we use Brita water filters) and my emergency food is chocolate and potato chips. What else would I need? I am thinking about stocking up with some ice cream, in case we would have a black out, I could celebrate with as much ice cream I am able to eat. It is an emergency and totally guilt free.
Talking about guilt free this banana ice cream is creamy, fruity and is made with just one ingredient, you said it: bananas. Ice cream can’t be healthier as this one! I adapted it from the kitchn and couldn’t stop to mess around so I topped it with caramelized walnuts and now it isn’t that healthy any more but creamy, fruity and crunchy.
banana ice cream with caramelized walnuts
for the ice cream:
You might need 2 ripe bananas per serving
Peel your bananas, cut them into small pieces and lay them on a plate. Freeze for at least 2 hours, overnight is ok.
Put the frozen bananas into the food processor or blender and puree until you got a creamy texture. If it sticks to the wall add a splash of milk and scrap it down.
This needs to be consumed immediately since it is a soft texture. Don’t forget to top it with fun things like chocolate, fruit and nuts.
Here are some suggestions:
add peanut butter
honey (I tried ginger honey mmmmh)
instant coffee (dissolved)
for the caramelized walnuts:
This one is also a keeper, you can eat them right away, or top pancakes, waffles, muffins, rice pudding… you get the idea.
1 tablespoon butter (optional but very yummy)
65 g / 1/3 cup sugar
30 ml / 1/8 cup water
40 g / 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
baking sheet lined with parchment paper
Caution! Sugar can get very very hot, resist to eat it right of the saucepan and don’t lick the spoon. Be careful!
Melt the butter in a midsize saucepan over medium heat, add the sugar and the water and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stop stirring and let the sugar get golden brown then remove from the heat and stir in the walnuts. Put the caramelized walnuts on the baking sheet and allow to cool. Break into small pieces.