Ice Cream for Breakfast

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Despite the fact that the weather isn’t complying, my heart, body, and soul are already well into summer mode.  Hence, ice cream for breakfast.


Not just any old ice cream – the very healthy Banana Soft Serve.  If you have not discovered BSS yet, let me show you the light.


You can make creamy, dreamy ‘ice cream’ by food processing several frozen bananas (it’s better to make it in large batches; it’s hard to process just one banana).  I added a bunch of chia seeds to my BSS because chia seeds are not only a good source of Omega 3’s, but they also help jell the BSS together (they aren’t required thought – really you only need 1 ingredient for BSS!).


I’ve discovered that processing non-frozen bananas, freezing the soupy mix, and then re-processing in the morning also works really well.  SUPER creamy!


Over cereal, with almonds and tart cranberries (my fav):






  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 24, 2011, 9:14 am

    I do like BSS but I’ve never tried it with chia seeds. I don’t have a food proc so I use my Magic Bullet and it takes forever 🙁

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething February 24, 2011, 9:27 am

    i still cannot believe i have not tried that soft serve yet! i must be the only one……..

  • Ashley (The Vegetable Life) February 24, 2011, 9:28 am

    I love BSS!

  • Kristy @ February 24, 2011, 9:29 am

    Whoa there! How have I not made this??? Can’t wait to add this goodness to my morning oats!

  • Courtney February 24, 2011, 9:30 am

    wow, i’ve never tried it…. but i LOVE ice cream and could use a healthy substitute, thanks!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans February 24, 2011, 9:30 am

    This is brilliant!

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) February 24, 2011, 9:32 am

    YES! This is one of my favorite weekend breakfasts. I love adding a little peanut flour and/or cocoa powder. So good.

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe February 24, 2011, 9:35 am

    I can’t believe I haven’t made BSS yet. It’s getting hot here in Georgia, might be time for an ice cream breakfast!

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty February 24, 2011, 9:37 am

    I wish I had bananas so I could make this!!! Thanks for the idea of using chia seeds! I use chia seeds in everything else but haven’t thought of using it in BSS! Have a great day!

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews February 24, 2011, 9:37 am

    That looks delicious!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) February 24, 2011, 9:38 am

    Delicious! I love BSS but never thought of it for breakfast. Hey, why not?

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin February 24, 2011, 9:39 am

    I loooove banana soft serve. Also, love that you’re calling it BSS.

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good February 24, 2011, 9:39 am

    I will have to try this. Just when I thought I couldn’t love bananas more… 🙂

  • Blog is the New Black February 24, 2011, 9:40 am

    LOVE ice cream for bfast! I just made a healthy “creamsicle” smoothie!

    • CaitlinHTP February 24, 2011, 12:05 pm

      Ooooo! Link?

  • VeggieGirl February 24, 2011, 9:40 am

    OOOH pretty breakfast 🙂

  • Natalie @ Will Jog For Food February 24, 2011, 9:43 am

    I need to make this ASAP! I’ve seen it I think about 3 times this week… YUM!

  • Ash February 24, 2011, 9:44 am

    Mmm looks tasty. I can’t wait for summer!!!

  • Fit Chick Britt February 24, 2011, 9:45 am

    Sounds soo good with the cranberries! I tried the whole one banana thing, you’re right, didn’t work out so well.

  • Margo February 24, 2011, 9:51 am

    I just made BSS for the first time over the weekend. Just did one serving though. Next time I’m definitely going to have to do several batches at once! Thanks for the advice 🙂

  • E (from One Twenty Five) February 24, 2011, 9:52 am

    That looks AH-MAZING! I want (nay, NEED) to try this!

  • Kelly February 24, 2011, 9:58 am

    Okay so if you make it with more than one banana at a time… do you just put it in the freezer if you want to eat it later? Then do you have to process it again?

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 24, 2011, 9:58 am

    OMG this looks gorgeous Caitlin!! Totally going to try it! 🙂 Ice cream for breakfast sounds like something i should be doing regularly!

  • melissa February 24, 2011, 10:00 am

    looks great!

  • Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run February 24, 2011, 10:01 am

    My mom used to put ice cream in her rice krispies and milk in the morning. Yum!

  • jen @ taste life February 24, 2011, 10:01 am

    Oh my, I love banana soft serve!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef February 24, 2011, 10:08 am

    mmmm i love BSS! once i made a large batch and re-froze part of it in tupperware…then forgot and sent it with my husband to work as his lunch. he texted me and was like, “honey, i think you sent me banana soup for lunch.” lol!

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day February 24, 2011, 10:11 am

    Oooh, that BSS looks like my all time favorite ice cream: Grape Nut. Have to try it!

  • Kara February 24, 2011, 10:13 am

    Adding chia seeds actually makes it look more like real ice cream 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 24, 2011, 10:14 am

    I love ice cream for breakfast! This looks perfect! I started doing waffles a la mode for the boys this summer and they thought they were getting away with a no no. I make oatmeal ice cream, so they are getting oats in lots of fiber and good stuff in the mix. I love making unhealthy treats healthy…it’s like you are bucking the system! Have a great day Caitlin!

  • alli February 24, 2011, 10:16 am

    i love BSS! i add in some unsweetened cocoa powder for “chocolate ice cream” SO GOOD!!! tastes even better with a spoonful of peanut buttahhhhh!

  • Jazz February 24, 2011, 10:17 am

    Ugh, it’s -44 here today and I am not going anywhere near ice cream! although I am having your skillet banana’s in breakfast!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman February 24, 2011, 10:25 am

    I can tell you’re from Florida! Ha ha. Don’t worry, winter will get easier. 🙂

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing February 24, 2011, 10:25 am

    I’ve only ever tried making this in a blender and it did NOT go well. Maybe with a few more bananas, a proper food processor and some chias I will have better luck next time :). Yours looks gorgeous!

  • Little Bookworm February 24, 2011, 10:29 am

    Love Banana Softserve! Haven’t had it in ages – thanks for the reminder! 🙂

  • Camille February 24, 2011, 10:32 am

    Ice cream for breakfast!? Yes, please! 🙂

  • Clarissa @ SoberandtheCity February 24, 2011, 10:34 am

    Ice Cream for breakfast? I’m in!

  • Amber K February 24, 2011, 10:35 am

    BSS is one of my favorites! My fave spin off is to add a little cocoa powder and a little milk to make chocolate “ice cream.” I love that it tastes like a melted fudgsicle.

  • Jenny February 24, 2011, 10:35 am

    OMG that Banana Softserve looks amazing!! Looks like the bananas currently on my counter are going to go to good use! 🙂

  • Kathie February 24, 2011, 10:37 am

    that looks soo good..and i LOVE bananas!!

  • Coco February 24, 2011, 10:42 am

    Call me a copycat, but I made pancakes after I saw yours yesterday…and now I’m about to go freeze some bananas so I can have some of this later!

    Imitation is the best form of flattery, though, right?

    • Caitlin February 24, 2011, 8:10 pm

      Heheh Pancakes and BSS are worth copying!

  • Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty February 24, 2011, 11:03 am

    Now THAT’S a great breakfast!!!

  • Alyssa February 24, 2011, 11:06 am

    I love banana soft serve in the morning! I like to add protein powder to mine and it tastes like cake batter 🙂

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) February 24, 2011, 11:08 am

    Yum, I can’t wait to WANT banana soft serve again! 🙂 It’s supposed to snow up to 5 inches in Chicago tonight…I’m so over winter!

  • sarah (sarah learns) February 24, 2011, 11:11 am

    i haven’t tried bss yet – i really want to though! all i have is a magic bullet and you’re not supposed to let the motor run for more than a minute at a time. i should probably wait until i get a food processor, huh?

    • Caitlin February 24, 2011, 8:10 pm

      Yea – I’m not sure it would work very well with a magic bullet. you’ve really got to cream it!

  • annette @ enjoyyourhealthylife February 24, 2011, 11:17 am

    I don’t like bananas. BOO 🙁 But that looks fun. I wonder if another fruit wold work??

  • Kaci February 24, 2011, 11:33 am

    Yum! That looks divine! Where do you buy Chia seeds?

    • Caitlin February 24, 2011, 8:11 pm!

  • Joanna@ Drizzle of Sunshine February 24, 2011, 11:39 am

    I forgot about banana soft serve!! As the weather gets warmer, I will definitely start making this for breakfast. I think that’ll just make a person happy!

  • Katherine: Unemployed February 24, 2011, 11:42 am

    this is always my race day breakfast

  • Charlie February 24, 2011, 11:47 am

    I am definitely jealous of your breakfast :P.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 24, 2011, 12:00 pm

    I still haven’t tried BSS! I’ve been meaning to try it since last summer. 😛

  • Teresa (Teresa Tastes & Travels) February 24, 2011, 12:10 pm

    It’s really just banana and chia seeds? That’s so easy! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic February 24, 2011, 12:12 pm

    mmm – those cranberries look DELISH!

  • Jolene ( February 24, 2011, 12:16 pm

    I make banana soft serve all the time, but I never thought to put chia seeds in it – genius idea!!!!!!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In February 24, 2011, 12:21 pm

    When you make it in large batches can you save part of it? I’m always only making it for me and I don’t know what to do with the extras!

    • Caitlin February 24, 2011, 8:11 pm

      Yes! If too much time goes between servings, just re-process it.

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In February 24, 2011, 12:27 pm

    What do you do with leftovers when you make a large batch? I always only need it for me, and don’t know what to do with the rest!

    • Caitlin February 24, 2011, 8:11 pm

      Save in a tupperware in the freezer!

  • Natalia - a side of simple February 24, 2011, 12:29 pm

    I can practically taste summer with this post 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 24, 2011, 12:55 pm

    I love banana soft serve – it is the best treat!!!

  • Sheryl February 24, 2011, 12:58 pm

    Just made some BSS for dessert last night! (I threw in some chocolate chips and vanilla extract for good measure – yum!)

  • monicanelsonfitness February 24, 2011, 1:02 pm

    gotta have it!

  • Jessica February 24, 2011, 1:16 pm

    mmm that sounds great! I wonder…can you make ice cream with any other fruit? Or does it just work with bananas because of the consistancy? Have you ever tried anything else?

    • Caitlin February 24, 2011, 8:12 pm

      I think its the banana consistency. MAYBE with frozen peaches?

  • Chloe@321delish February 24, 2011, 1:24 pm

    I could eat ice cream or better yet, frozen yogurt for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I never use cranberries except around Thanksgiving…but I should! those look delish!

  • Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul February 24, 2011, 1:34 pm

    Looks delicious! Are you able to keep the leftovers in the freezer?

  • Kacy February 24, 2011, 1:56 pm

    Agreed. I’m over winter and refusing to acknowledge it’s presence any longer.

  • Sarah February 24, 2011, 2:05 pm

    When it gets warmer again, “ice cream” for breakfast sounds like a great way to celebrate.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 24, 2011, 2:09 pm

    Definitely the breakfast of champions!!

  • Carlee February 24, 2011, 2:53 pm

    mMmM! How many bananas did you make for your bowl?

    • Caitlin February 24, 2011, 8:12 pm

      I processed five and prob ate 1.5

  • Kira February 24, 2011, 3:01 pm

    That looks so delicious!!

  • Tara February 24, 2011, 11:41 pm

    I love banana soft serve!! I never thought to put chia seeds in it, that will definitely be an add in for my next batch.

    When you make it ahead of time and freeze it, is it rock hard when you go to eat it, or soft like ice cream? I normally just make mine with a frozen banana right when I want to eat it, but I love the idea of making a big batch and freezing it 🙂

    • Caitlin February 25, 2011, 9:47 am

      You might have to reprocess it before eating!

  • Anne Marie February 25, 2011, 7:30 am

    We definitely make sure we have back up meals. Since we hate eating boxed/frozen foods, we tend to call those nights “Walmart Dinners.” Yum…

  • Kate February 26, 2011, 3:49 pm

    Nom, nom nom! I have lots of frozen nanners in the freezer…I save them for banana bread but this sounds good too!

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