Banana + Vanilla = Banilla
And, oh baby, is it awesome!
I never cease to be amazed by the sweetness one can get from the natural goodness of a banana! In fact, that’s all that is used to sweeten this cool, creamy treat.
So, not only will your taste buds thank you — but your body will, too!
Believe it or not, just one banana contains a whopping 467 mg of potassium! This richness in potassium has shown bananas to help prevent high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, as well as promote bone and kidney health. Plus, they also soothe and protect against stomach ulcers. In addition to all that healthy potassium, bananas are also a great source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, dietary fiber, and manganese.
Oh, and did I mention that they make things deliciously sweet??
As for walnuts, they are little nutritional powerhouses in and of themselves. Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and vitamin E. Walnuts are also packed with antioxidants, minerals, phytonutrients, and anti-inflammatory compounds. It comes as no surprise, then, that they’ve been shown to have cardiovascular benefits, help reduce problems in Metabolic Syndrome, decrease abdominal adiposity (aka belly fat!), prevent cancer, and help treat type 2 diabetes.
And, then of course, you also get all the healthy probiotics, protein, and calcium that Greek yogurt has to offer! In fact, the live bacterial cultures in yogurt have even been shown to fortify your immune system, help lead to a longer life, prevent and heal arthritis, protect against ulcers, and help prevent many types of cancer.
Not to mention, yogurt is good for your mouth, too! And no, not just because it tastes yummy. Yogurt actually lowers levels of hydrogen sulfide and other volatile sulfide compounds responsible for bad breath and eliminates tongue-coating bacteria. It also reduces dental plaque formation, cavities, and risk for gingivitis. Just be sure you are choosing pure, plain yogurt with live and active cultures! (I actually make my own yogurt from farm-fresh milk in my crockpot!)
In other words, this is definitely a treat worth nomming!
Banilla Walnut Frozen Yogurt
- 2 ripe bananas, sliced and frozen
- 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (Make your own!)
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt, if desired
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, plus extra for sprinkling
- Spoonful or two of Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell (optional)
Combine the bananas, yogurt, vanilla, and sea salt in a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth.
Place the mixture in your ice cream maker (here’s mine) and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Add the walnuts in the last five minutes of churning. Allow to churn until desired consistency is met.
Divide the frozen yogurt into two dishes and garnish with extra walnuts, if desired.
If you are feeling extra decadent, you may even want to top each serving with a spoonful or two of Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell.