Menu Plan Monday, Chocolate Banana Mortal Sin Edition

I’m linking up with Org Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

We’re now on our sixth week of following the Perfect Health Diet (PHD).  Pat is down about 10 pounds now, and that’s a lot of weight!  Hooray for him!

He’s lost this much weight!

. . . .

Okay, nothing more on that topic folks, moving on.

Last week I mentioned that bananas truly are the world’s perfect food.  Not only are they an essential part of  two-ingredient, paleo pancakes, they also are essential to today’s feature recipe:

CHOCOLATE BANANA MORTAL SIN “ICE CREAM”

So, back story on the name: before PHD, Pat’s and my preferred route of relaxing on the weekend was to split a pint of chocolate double-fudge brownie ice cream, or one of Ben & Jerry’s many variations on this theme.  Very bad for us, we knew, so Pat dubbed it “chocolate mortal sin.”

After I found this banana “ice cream” recipe on Pinterest, I really felt it was a sign from God that I could go ahead with the Perfect Health Diet.  I seriously didn’t know how I would do without ice cream.  (As it turns out, the PHD book gives a recipe for homemade ice cream made with lots of cream and egg yolks and chocolate but with minimal sugar.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ll post on it when I do.)

So here is our version of banana “ice cream”:

Take 2-3 well-frozen bananas broken into chunks and put them into a food processor.

Add about a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and a square of dark chocolate (unsweetened or barely sweetened).

Then blend, baby, blend.  It’s going to take a while.

You’ll have to break up the chunks a few times.

Now here’s where I go back and forth: you can add a splash of heavy cream at this stage, to help the blending process and make it a bit creamier.  I’ve tried it with and without the cream a few times now, and I think it’s slightly better without.  It makes the bananas melt a more quickly and, paradoxically, makes the end result more banana-y and less ice creamy.

So anyway, keep blending away for at least five minutes, and your end result will look like this (note the yummy little bits of chocolate):

and this:

You’re not gonna like this recipe if you absolutely hate bananas, but if they stay very cold and as frozen as possible (but still blended smooth) the end result tastes a lot less like bananas than you might think.Highly recommended.

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This week’s menu will be something along these lines:

Monday: Leftovers

Tuesday: Steak and rice

Wednesday: Baked chicken (either rotisserie style or with vegetables à la Jen)

Thursday: Thanksgiving!  Dinner with Pat’s family.  I’ll bring rice “stuffing,” (hope it’s good; haven’t made it before) paleo apple crisp, and broccoli with cheese.

Friday: Probably leftovers

Saturday: Salmon chowder (recipe in the works, stay tuned)

Sunday:  TBD

Have a delicious week and a happy Thanksgiving!

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3 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday, Chocolate Banana Mortal Sin Edition

  1. I don’t know if I could say goodbye to our shared pint of coffee Haagen Daz … does this banana mixture freeze well? Could you save it for a later time? Just curious you blogging fiend, you.

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