All of the sudden, a loud noise was heard, not unlike the cry of an angry bear. Instantaneously, 64 eyes were ripped from the pages of Lord of the Flies and came to rest on my face. My eyes were fairly popping out of my head due to the loud explosion. The silence had been shattered. Learning had been aborted, and decorum, dignity, and respect had been lost. Slowly, I turned my eyes from the smirking faces all around me and twisted my skinny little neck around to see if the boy behind me had noticed–the boy I had had a crush on all semester–the boy who for the very first time had sat behind me that day–the boy I hoped beyond hope had gone deaf the night before.
“Hungry?” he asked, flashing me a huge, adorable smile.
I just turned around, bent myself in half, and stared at my desk.
I only had one small consolation that day. A boy on the other side of the room had gone to sleep and drooled on his desk. When he heard my stomach growl, it startled him, and he smeared his face in his drool.
Bananas are well-known for having high potassium levels. Potassium reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and the formation of kidney stones. Bananas are also high in fiber, which aids in promoting regularity, treating diarrhea, and reducing the risk of colorectal cancer. The tryptophan in bananas also can play a role in preserving memory and elevating your mood. A London study found that children who ate one banana a day were 34% less likely to develop asthma. (See Bananas: Health Benefits, Risks and Nutritional Facts).
I recommend the Cuisinart 1.5-qt. Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker.
I you love Banana Cream Pie as much as I do (or want to try a novel way to quell persistent stomach growling) you must try this ice cream!
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 cups cream
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup instant banana cream pudding mix (half of a 5.1 oz. box)
- 1-2 bananas cut in very small chunks
- 1 baked pie crust, broken in pieces
- Mix the whole milk and sugar together until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the 1/2 cup instant banana cream pudding mix and begin stirring.
- Add the 2 cups of cream and continue stirring until everything is well-blended
- Pour into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions.
- A couple of minutes before turning off the machine, add your small banana pieces. Let the ice cream continue to churn until the bananas have been well distributed throughout the ice cream.
- Transfer to an airtight container in layers, dropping the pie crust pieces on each layer. (You may only use about half of the pie crust).
- Freeze for several hours or overnight.
- Serve with a large dollop of whipped cream.
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