Over the years I have tucked into many an unorthodox breakfast. Cold pizza, obviously – a classic and I expect everyone has enjoyed this questionable delight – always better in theory than practice I find. Leftover curry, now I can remember particularly enjoying this on occasion and it strikes a chord as I hate waste. I believe there was a breakfast beer once as well but, to mitigate, the breakfast was a midday one and the sun was already high and hot.
Following these culinary surprises then, ice cream seems modest, benign even. And here’s the thing, some speckled bananas and soft strawberries which were otherwise destined for the compost and hens respectively, became a treaty breakfast. A highlight was that rare double glow of not wasting food and praise from one of my children for a delicious and to be repeated breakfast.
The truth, as you can plainly see, is that it’s not much of a recipe. I feel no shame however, at presenting it here because it is delicious, healthy and just what we need during this hot weather – fruit for breakfast that cools you down and also feels like a Mr Whippy.
I used bananas and strawberries here but raspberries add a fabulous fruity brightness if you have some. A mix of mango and passion fruit would bring a touch of the exotic to my west Dorset kitchen that would be most welcome. The only constant is some Greek yogurt which adds creamy smoothness and brings the gravelly frozen fruit together.
When you see some bananas getting too brown and soft or the berries have become a touch squishy get them in the freezer. Even if you don’t want to eat this ice cream in the immediate future the slow demise of the fruit won’t wait and better they go into the frosty hinterland than the bin.
Strawberry and Banana ice cream
I can’t be prescriptive here, the whole point is to use what you have. What you see here was the result of two soft bananas and half a punnet of strawberries. I added two tablespoons of Greek yogurt and then another once it had been whizzed initially. Here is a sort of recipe, not that you probably need it.
Two soft bananas, sliced
Two good handfuls of strawberries, hulled and chopped
Greek yogurt, two or three tablespoons
Freeze the bananas and strawberries for a couple of hours. When they are frozen put them into a food processor with two tablespoons of yogurt and whizz until smooth. You may need another tablespoon of yogurt. This amount served three for breakfast.
* I like the taste as is, bright and a touch sharp from the yogurt but tempered by the sweetness of the fruit. You can always add a touch of honey if you prefer it sweeter.