One of my favorite blogs, Oh She Glows, features variations on a delicious banana soft serve. (I'm going home for the wedding in two weeks, and I can't wait to make this for my mom. It may wind up being her favorite dessert ever.)
As much as my mom loves bananas, though, I love mangoes. I fell in love with these fabulous fruits when I was living in Israel; I'd never had fresh mango before, but once I did, I was an immediate convert.
You had me at hello, mangoes. You had me at hello.
I decided to combine the banana soft serve with some fresh mango and a bit of Coconut Bliss for a tropical dessert -- which seemed fitting, since the heat index here was about 103. It was light and fluffy, although since I used fresh mango instead of frozen, it wasn't as cold as it could've been. You might want to try a mix of fresh and frozen (if you do, let me know how it turns out!). After a long, swampy day, it was just what the doctor ordered.
Tropical Banana Soft Serve
1 fresh mango (or 1/2 fresh mango and 1/2 cup frozen mango)
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup Coconut Bliss
Core and scoop out the mango. The best way to do this is with what I think might be the greatest invention ever (my apologies to Thomas Edison, the Wright brothers, and Alexander Graham Bell, whose inventions all pale in comparison): the mango pitter. Mangoes can be squirrely little bastards -- it's hard to work around the core and still get a lot of the fruit. The mango pitter, however, makes it absurdly easy.
|Directions: place the pitter over the mango and press down. No joke. Mango pitter, I <3 you.|
|Happy happy mango!|
Put all the ingredients into a food processor.
Blend until smooth (it takes between 1- 2 minutes). Serve and enjoy!