Right before we left to go on a month long holiday in November, we had a bunch of bananas that had started to ripen up very fast. I had this grand delusion of making a big batch of banana bread muffins in the air fryer, but as we all know, Procrastination and I are old chums. So, 5 very ripe large bananas made their way into a ziplock bag and into the freezer. Fast forward a week later, and CTO has a half-kilo tub of plain yogurt which he hasn’t touched and doesn’t want to throw out whilst we are away. Where does it go? Straight into the freezer!
I got asked the other day if I was going to use that yogurt for anything, and I thought, well I do have bananas in there too, let’s stick them together!
This is very similar to the ‘nice cream’ recipes floating around, I just added calcium and made it family sized. I’m talking 5 frozen medium-large bananas, each about 90-100g unpeeled, and a 500g tub of frozen plain yogurt, and it makes approximately 1.2Lt of fro-yo.
This is also really purse-friendly recipe. You’re using up old bananas (always a win!), and this is a great way to use up the last half of the big 1kg tubs of yogurt before the use-by date hits. Or, if you’re a bargain shopper, another way to use clearance rack goods. Win-win!
Apart from a little caramel topping I drizzled on top of the fro-yo for serving, there is no added sugar inside it. Just bananas and yogurt. That being said, if you want to use flavoured yogurt, or add a bit of honey to the mix, go for it.
I’m not sure if you can see from the pics, but this scoops like banana snow. It’s icy, it’s crunchy, very delicate, but nice and sweet from the fruit and the tang from the yogurt accents it nicely. It’s not as smooth as ice cream, but it’s just as nice.
Banana Frozen Yogurt
Time: 10 min preparation time, plus freezing time
Yield: approximately 1.2lt
- 5 large ripe bananas, frozen and in chunks (450-500g peeled)
- 500g tub plain yogurt, frozen and slightly thawed
In a food processor with a blade attachment, place the banana chunks and scoop in the yogurt. Blend until combined and smooth.
Place in a freezer-proof container to harden up, or serve as soft-serve immediately.