Sure, bananas are pretty great as is, but sometimes it’s nice to change things up and transform them from snackable fruit to scrumptious dessert. And, you guessed it, this recipe is all about doing exactly that!
To create this bananalicious treat, we’ll first walk you through whipping up homemade caramel sauce before transforming a regular smoothie into a delicious frozen one using the Slush & Shake Maker. Not only is this Frozen Caramel Banana Smoothie recipe perfect for cooling off on a hot day, but it’s also a great way to ensure extra bananas you might have at home don’t go to waste. Plus, if you still have leftover bananas after trying this recipe, you can peel and freeze them in freezer safe containers for use at a later date.
FROZEN CARAMEL BANANA SMOOTHIE
SERVING SIZE: Makes 2 frozen smoothies
¾ cup half and half
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 large bananas (peeled)
Pinch of salt (optional)
Banana slices or crumbled waffle cones (optional for garnish)
1. Heat the half and half in a small saucepan or in the microwave, then set aside.
2. Place the sugar in a medium saucepan over high heat. The sugar will melt along the edges first. Use a heat resistant spatula to stir and dissolve the sugar evenly.
3. When the sugar’s color has turned slightly darker than honey, carefully add in the warm half and half; the mixture will immediately bubble up. Once it settles, stir to combine.
4. Transfer the caramel sauce you just created to a blender and puree it with the bananas and optional salt.
5. Pour the blended mixture into a medium bowl and place it in the refrigerator until cold (about 1 hour).
6. Pour into the Slush & Shake Maker; stir until thick.
7. Top with optional banana slices or crumbled waffle cones if desired. You can also make extra caramel sauce and drizzle it on your Caramel Banana Smoothie after it has frozen.
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