Here's a frozen dessert that's fresher, more sophisticated, and healthier than any store-bought ice cream.

4 medium bananas, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
6 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4 cup hazelnuts
1 cup ice cubes
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup dark rum or hazelnut liqueur
2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts, for garnish (optional)

1. Place the sliced bananas in a sealed plastic bag and put them in the freezer for 1 hour.

2. Place the brown sugar and 1/4 cup hazelnuts in a blender and grind together until fine.

3. Place the frozen bananas, ice cubes, milk, and rum in the blender with the sugar and nut mixture. Blend until smooth. Pour the smoothies into 4 goblets or tall glasses. Garnish with chopped nuts, if desired. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings

Recipe from:
Cool Kitchen
by Lauren Chattman
William Morrow & Company, Inc.
1998, Hardcover, US $22.00
Recipe reprinted by permission


Cool Kitchen



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