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Impossibly Easy {And Delicious} Banana “Ice Cream”

Banana Ice Cream

Banana ice cream without the guilt!?! Tell me more Ms. Kaitlyn! :-) Kaitlyn writes……   I’m not really a big ice cream eater – I have what my mom calls a “delicate constitution,” and ice cream has always given me tummy troubles. I usually opt for sorbet when I want frosty treat, but when I found out about banana “ice cream” I knew I needed to give it a try. It’s super simple to turn frozen bananas into a ice cream like dessert with just a blender or a food processor. And you get the satisfaction of ice cream without the guilt – or in my case, the stomach ache. That’s a win, win in my book!

Banana Ice Cream

Banana “Ice Cream”

I almost feel silly even typing out instructions for this because it’s so easy.

Start with frozen bananas. I like to slice mine up and freeze them on a cookie sheet before throwing them in a plastic bag. This ensures that they don’t stick together in the bag. I almost always have a big bag of frozen bananas in my freezer to use in smoothies and now they’ll do double duty for this sweet treat!

Bonus Tip: The riper the bananas the sweeter your ice cream will be. I used about 1 1/2 bananas to make a single serving of ice cream.

Banana Ice Cream

Just put your bananas in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. You’ll probably need to scrap the sides of your blender or food processor a few times before you get the right consistency.

Scoop out the banana and place in a bowl in the freezer for a couple of hours. If you’re a big banana fan you’ll probably like just plain banana ice cream but the sky is really the limit with the flavors you can make!

I decided to try two different kinds – dark chocolate and mint chocolate chip.

Banana Ice Cream

I found the dark chocolate recipe over on The Kitchn:

  • 1 1/2 frozen bananas
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Process the bananas on their own until you get the ice cream consistency. I made the mistake of putting all the ingredients in at once and it was kind of a pain to get everything mixed together.

Banana Ice Cream

Add the cocoa powder, cream and vanilla extract. You could also add a couple of tablespoons of sugar if you have an especially sweet tooth. And if you’re avoiding dairy just leave out the cream. Blend until everything it’s well incorporated.

Put the mixture in a bowl in the freezer for a couple of hours.

Banana Ice Cream

For the mint chocolate chip you’ll need:

Banana Ice Cream

Follow the same process as you did with the dark chocolate. Blend the bananas on their own and then add the chocolate chips and peppermint EO. Put the mixture in a bowl in the freezer for a couple of hours. Enjoy!

Next time I’m going to try an almond butter and honey mixture and maybe some fresh strawberries or raspberries. Yum! The perfect frozen, guilt-free treat!

Banana Ice Cream

What is your favorite healthy treat?

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  • Omg I’m so excited to try this! I love bananas anyway, and I love ice cream, but also get tummy troubles from dairy so I’m trying to avoid it!

  • I make popsicles for myself and my husband. We are dairy free so I mix them with rice milk. I make all of my mixes in a blender. I mix rice milk with Nystle Chocolate syrup, a little sugar, a tiny bit of soy powder and a drizzle of marshino cherry juice and a dash of salt for my hubby’s favorite Chocolate pops.

    Try rice milk, crushed pineapple, coconut, a bit of sugar and a dash of salt and a bit of soy powder and you have pina colada pops.

    Rice milk, a dash of salt and soy powder with some crushed pineapple and frozen blueberries ( liquefy the blueberries and then strain the mixture before mixing in the other ingredients or you will end up with chunks of skin and seeds on your teeth.) A bit of sugar and soy powder and you get a tasty Blue Pineapple pop.

    I love experimenting with things I have on hand in the fridge or freezer or the garden. They take so little time and you can tweak the taste for the eater’s palate. Since popsicle molds are in so many different sizes and configurations giving precise measurements makes no sense. Just have fun. I can’t wait to try carmel apple pops and dreamscicle pops or s’more pops. Peach pie pops sound good,too.

  • Delicious and very healthy. Texture is very creamy, and depending on the add-ins, you can’t taste the bananas. Had to use a good processor as the Blendtec blender was too large and unable to work with only 1 1/2 bananas. This will be one of our “dessert staples”. Has anyone doubled or tripled this without any problems?

  • I make this in my Vitamix for my kids. We add a little bit of honey if it’s not sweet enough and sometimes a little ice. Fake ice cream that even kids love!

  • yes I got three sends of the post as well but it was good, it ensured that I didn’t miss them among the other emails as I sometimes do with my emails!

  • So glad someone mentioned 3 sends of your post! (But I did think I was really special, too, Susan, getting it 3 times!)
    We made the Banana/Peanut Butter version when I was visiting some of our “grands” (and their parents!) in Colo. Springs ~ it was yummy, and disappeared quickly! So easy, and quite fast … esp. when you rush it/don’t care if it freezes really hard!

  • Hi! I love banana ice cream but I found that my blender can’t handle the frozen bananas all that well. So I picked up a gizmo called “Yonanas”, it’s made to process bananas and frozen fruits, super easy and quick (easy to clean too). The only downside: one more kitchen appliance, but oh well, I actually use this one quite a bit!

  • We have an auger style juicer so when we want banana ice cream, we put in the “blank” (so it doesn’t try to strain any seeds from the banana), add frozen bananas in the top and start “juicing”. It is our own version of banana ice cream!

  • Fabulous recipe!! Another yummy treat to make use my frozen bananas! P.S. Did you send out this post 3 times or am I just special to get it in my email 3 times?

  • I love making this. I use skim milk instead of cream but everything else is the same. We like this as a milkshake on occasion and if I add a tablespoon of Nutella? Holy YUM!

  • Yum! These suggestions look great. I’m definitely going to try them.

    One of my favorite healthy frozen treats is just popping frozen blueberries. They achieve a sorbet-like consistency. I love them.

  • Try it with peanut butter! We don’t freeze it after we puree the frozen bananas the first time because we like the soft serve consistency. So delicious!

  • This looks yummy. I love that it doesn’t have a lot of milk in it. I really have to watch it with milk products, due to lactose intolerance.

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