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Re: Cocoa Banana IceCream

This is in response to those who have asked for the Chocolate-banana "ice
cream" recipe.  This was submitted by Tony Doman:

Chocolate-banana "ice cream"

This recipe is very simple, surprisingly realistic chocolate ice cream
substitute for anyone who loves chocolate but hates the calories/fat/dairy
product part.

Ingredients: (for one serving, but you can scale this up to make as much as
you want)

1 very ripe banana
1 tsp. Dutch-processed cocoa.  (this make is quite chocolately; you may adjust
to taste)

It is all in the technique:

Peel the banana and cut it into 1/4 inch slices.  Put the slices into a
plastic bag or other container and freeze until rock hard.

Place the banana into a room-termperature bowl, preferably the one you want to
serve it in/eat it from.  Wait a minute, then with a fork or potato masher,
mash the banana into a smooth texture.  The cold banana will chill the bowl
(which will help keep the dessert cool while you eat it) while softening
slightly, making it easier to mash.  I have tried using a food processor, but
it does not seem to work as well.

Once a smooth consistency is reached, add the cocoa and continue to mash until
the cocoa is thoroughly mixed.

Serve immediately.

This dessert does not keep particularly well, so it is best prepared just
before you want to eat it.  However, since the banana(s) is/are frozen ahead
of time (overnight is fine), it only takes a couple of minutes to prepare, so
is great at parties.