Recipe: Banana Ice Cream

I’ve mentioned banana ice cream in a post before, but just in case someone missed it I thought it was important enough to dedicate an entire post to it today. This recipe somehow magically turns regular old bananas into delicious, creamy, cold, banana flavored ice cream without using any cream or an ice cream maker. I love it because it is good, good for you, incredibly simple to make, and (my new favorite reason) cheap!! I would venture to say that bananas are the cheapest fruit available in any grocery store…so bring it on!

There are also many different variations to this recipe. Feel free to play around and try adding in peanut butter, homemade chocolate sauce, a shot of chilled espresso, or even another type of frozen fruit. You can also top the ice cream with some granola sprinkles from the same yummy granola recipe that I made on the Charlotte Today Show this morning! No matter what extras you add in though, if you like bananas I guarantee you will be happy with the outcome of this recipe. So have fun with it and enjoy!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Banana Ice Cream
Serves: 4-6
  • 4 – 5 bananas (frozen – see below)
  • Less than ½ cup milk
  • Variations if desired: peanut butter, chocolate sauce, chilled espresso, or other frozen fruit…get creative!
  1. Peel the bananas, break them into thirds, enclose them into a Tupperwear container, and stick them in the freezer overnight (or longer). I usually throw bananas in the freezer whenever they are about to go bad, and I’ve left them in there for weeks before so there is no rush.
  2. When you are ready for the ice cream just put the bananas in a blender with ¼ cup or ⅓ cup milk. I don’t have a fancy, expensive VitaMix so I have to shake my little cheapo Target blender around a bit to get it all to blend properly. Just keep adding small amounts of milk until the consistency resembles ice cream.
    It is that easy.
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  • Comments

    1. Dawn |

      We were skeptical, but, WOW! Tried this last night and it was a big hit! We mixed it with peanut butter and topped it with the two-ingredient chocolate sauce…yum! Can’t wait to try other variations.

    2. roberta |

      I add some coffee ice cubes,a tbl spoon of raw fusion vanilla protein and a little raw organic cacao powder too!

    3. Robin Niewenhuis |

      Omg! Delish.

    4. Alisa |

      This is actually a comment for your mint chocolate chip recipe that is in your wonderful cook book~ Have you ever been introduced to doTerra’s brand of essential oils? The peppermint oil can be used to replace the extract and is SOOOO amazingly yummy and gives it an even better flavor, I feel like anyway. Plus then you are getting all the health benefits of using peppermint essential oil while eating your ice cream which is fun. Just thought I would mention it if you ever want to try it. Just as there are different levels of purity in our food, there are different levels with extracts and essential oils and I love doTerra’s because they are Certified pure theraputic grade essential oils and you can cook with them and really taste the difference! If you have been introduced to them- awesome! If not, I think you could really appreciate the level of ”whole-ness” and quality of them. I’d be flattered to send you a sample of the peppermint or you can purchase some here: Of course you don’t have to do it through me, the most important thing is that you try it, it will not disappoint :) You can always go to doTerra’s website, or even to to learn more.
      I’m not trying to be a crazy follower pushing you into something super out there, I just think you could enjoy cooking with eo’s AND they are fascinating to learn about health wise, just like nutrition. They are beginning to do quite a bit more research with their oils so anyway, just wanted to mention them. We love your recipes!!!

    5. Cheyenne |

      I have to say, I was skeptical also. I froze bananas many weeks ago to do this…finally got around to it last night. OMGOODNESS!!! it was incredible! I couldn’t believe it was exactly like ice cream!!! I added peanut butter to mine. So tasty! I can’t wait to try other variations. Kid and Husband approved also!!!

      P.S. I used my Cuisinart Food Processor and it made the “ice cream” very smooth!

    6. lisa |

      If you don’t use all the ice cream, cam you put it back into the freezer for later?

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hello. You can, though it does freeze pretty solid.

    7. chris |

      I love the mug/bowl in the banana ice cream recipe. Ordering info?

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hello Chris. Pier 1 and World Market have very similar styles.

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