Fro-Ba (frozen banana “ice cream”) with peanut butter sauce 

If you like the texture of soft-serve or fro-yo (probably safe to assume this is 99.9 percent of readers), then you will be happy to learn that you can make that deliciousness at home using a handful of ingredients that you probably already have. But unlike traditional ice cream, soft-serve, and fro-yo, this doesn’t have any added sugar, is packed with vitamins, and even has protein and fiber for good measure. All we really needed to say was “peanut butter and banana,” though right? Elvis will be smiling down from heaven when you make this recipe. 

Makes 4 servings / Prep time: 7 minutes + overnight / Total time: 7 minutes


  • 3 large very ripe bananas, cut into ¼-inch slices and frozen at least 4 hours (or overnight)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted natural peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat milk or unsweetened dairy-free alternative
  • 2 tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts


  1. Add the frozen bananas to a blender or food processor and pulse until they begin to crumble. If you’re using a blender, you may need to use a spatula to push the bananas down in between pulses. 
  2. Continue to pulse until the bananas start to look gooey, then turn the blender on and run until the mixture resembles soft-serve ice cream, about 3 minutes total.
  3. Spoon the bananas into a freezer container and transfer to the freezer while you make the peanut sauce, or for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Place the peanut butter and milk in a microwave-safe container and microwave on high for 20 seconds.
  5. Stir the mixture and microwave in 10-second increments, stirring in between, until the mixture is completely smooth, 30 to 40 seconds total. 
  6. Scoop the banana ice cream into 4 bowls, and top each with one-quarter of the peanut butter sauce and ½ tablespoon of the roasted peanuts. 

Per serving: 164 calories, 4 g protein, 26 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 14 g total sugar, 6 g fat, 1.0 g saturated fat, 4 mg sodium, 451 mg potassium (13% DV), 17 mg calcium (2% DV), 48 mg magnesium (12% DV), 0.017 mcg B12 (0% DV), 0.43 mg B6 (22% DV), 0.5 mg iron (3% DV)

About the book:

Healthy, Happy Pregnancy Cookbook is the perfect guide for pregnant women. Full of humor, heart, and wisdom, it promotes clean eating and the idea that using food as medicine is the best remedy for dealing with the symptoms that occur most during pregnancy—such as swollen ankles, bloating, and more.

From HEALTHY, HAPPY PREGNANCY COOKBOOK. Copyright © 2016 by Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh. Reprinted with permission of Atria Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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