Recipe: Banana Ice Cream

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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
 
Ingredients
  • 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!
Instructions
  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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61 comments to Recipe: Banana Ice Cream

  • Casey

    Okay – I’m off to put some bananas into the freezer. Cherio…

  • Cheryl

    Thank you again for yet another great recipe! My kids loved it. We used bananas with a little bit of almond milk and vanilla. YUM!

  • Tina

    Here’s my favorite version: for each serving blend one frozen banana, 4 or 5 frozen strawberries and about 3/4 cup of orange juice. Fabulous!

  • Veronica B.

    Amazing!!! Too easy and only two ingredients! I am amazed with the consistency and texture! I would have liked PB or cocoa, but, to my amazement, my 4-year-old loved it just like that, so I am going to leave it as is! It made so much from four bananas that I put the leftovers in the Ice Cream Cool Cones and refroze them for later… they are almost better like that! Both my 4-year-old and I had some in the Cool Cones just now… to die for! A treat I really, really feel good about giving my girl and I can also enjoy while losing the weight from Baby #2! Thanks for yet another wonderful recipe, this will be another to add to our rapidly growing list of favorites-to-make-again-soon! (So far our faves are Whole Wheat Honey Sandwich Bread, Banana Pancakes, Whole Wheat Biscuits, Pumpkin Bread, Banana Bread, Whole Wheat Brownies… and my ultimate favorite GRANOLA!!!!)

  • I make this all time using only sliced frozen bananas and pineapple juice blended in my magic bullet. The magic bullet does a great job pulvertizing it into a thick, creamy treat! Super yummy and great for someone who can’t/doesn’t eat dairy :)

  • Jaci

    ok so my question is can I blend then freeze?? My blender has had a very hard life and I would hate for it to die, even though it sounds like this banana ice cream would be a worthy cause. Also if I add the PB and cocoa powder do I need honey or some sweetener? We use the made in store PB so its not really sweet, and I remember as a kid getting cocoa powder from the cabinet and nestle chocolate milk mix confused…it didn’t end well.

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      You can add extras like cocoa and PB, but freezing it after you blend will change the consistency quite a bit (in a bad way).

  • Janice

    Ben and Jerry’s make an ice cream called chunky monkey. I copy it with banana ice cream and peanuts and chocolate chips. I have kept it in the freezer for a few days. It does the same thing as an open container of ice cream would, ice crystals, etc.
    We’ve done banana milkshakes forever as well- just add more milk, and a dash of cinnamon. Really good after yard work or football practice on a 100 degree Alabama day!

    PS If you can’t have chocolate, a book called Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon has an awesome carob chip recipe.

  • Sherry

    Hey- I just discovered your site a few weeks ago and have tried about 5 or 6 recipes and have absolutely LOVED every single one! I just bought an ice cream maker yesterday since I love ice cream but would love to make a more healthy version at home. I was wondering if you know of any good recipes for chocolate ice cream or frozen yogurt?

  • Aimee

    Hi Lisa,
    This recipe reminds me of what I make in my Yonanas machine. Have you seen them? They are the ultimate whole foods “ice cream” maker. You just put frozen bananas in with whatever other fruit you would like and it churns out really creamy “ice cream”. I gave some to a friend who isn’t into whole foods at all, and he couldn’t believe there was nothing in it except for fruit. I put your chocolate sauce on it which put it over the top. Thank you for all of your awesome recipes!!

  • Stephanie

    This was amazing…. me and my boyfriend loved it. And we haven’t even started the 100 days yet, But we are trying some recipes already. Thank you

  • Melissa

    Haha!! I totally LOL’d. I love how “down to earth” you are! Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  • Cindy

    We just eat the bananas straight. I slice them up, bag them up, and eat a few here and there. The dogs love them too! If I know I’m going to make banana bread, I squish them up in the bag before freezing, but we buy bananas like crazy and always have some in the freezer.

  • Selah

    I have read about this banana magic before and I have always been skeptical. So I saw this post a couple days ago and I had one browning banana so I decided to give it a try. One thing to note– don’t throw in the freezer before peeling. Maybe this is obvious to other people, but not to me! I could not peel it when I went to use it!
    Anyway, last night I cut the peel off and made one small bowl– and it was amazing. I can’t wait to freeze more bananas and try it with peanut butter. It’s so darned good! Thanks!

  • Virginia Kahn

    you are lucky with your budget i have a $200 budget MONTHLY for 3 people – here is a tip; I buy the speckled bananas in the local market they are cheaper – I use them in smoothies- Orange Juice frozen fruit or OJ and banana – :-) I found whole wheat flour that was discontinued in my local store I got 4 bags – I have been making my own bread. I live in NC discovered that cantaloupe and butternut squash and zucchini, Roma lettuce grow well in my back yard tip: warm fresh cut from the garden is better than chilled cantaloupe :-)

  • JMSH

    I am still amazed that this turned out exactly like ice cream! We made some last night along with the chocolate sauce. It rocked and completely satisfied my ice cream craving.FYI we made ours in the food processor and it turned out fabulously.

  • Nikki

    Any suggestions for making vanilla ice cream?

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  • Heather Bee

    almond or peanut butter and cocoa powder…. My favorite additions :):)

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  • Sara

    There’s a Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episode where they make this and call it Banana Swirl. My 2-year-old loves it… but calls it Banana Squirrel. I add a spoonful of yogurt also.

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  • Christine

    I recommend cutting the banana pieces smaller…. Just ruined my blender

  • Megan

    I don’t have a blender, so I mashed my bananas in a plastic baggie, then slopped it into a bowl, mixed in one-ingredient chunky peanut butter, wrapped some saran wrap around the top and tossed it in the freezer…Once it was frozen, about 5 hours later, I had a frozen block of banana mush. I started scraping the top, alternately putting splashes of vanilla coconut milk on the top to help soften it. In the end I had a very nice ice cream consistency, scooped it into bowls, and topped with sliced strawberries. My fiance absolutely loved it! He kept asking what I used to make it! (Hot chocolate powder? Butter? Sugar?) When I informed him that it was only 4 bananas and a scoop of peanut butter (and the splash of milk), he begged me to make it every single day, but with 12 bananas instead.
    Wonderful recipe, thank you for the share. I will be making it multiple times a week, I am sure! Next time, with some more healthy mix-ins! I’m thinking some of your homemade granola!

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