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Banana Ice Cream (1 Ingredient!)

You only need one ingredient to make this cold and creamy banana ice cream. It’s a great dairy-free alternative to regular ice cream and is so easy to make!

photo of banana ice cream in a waffle bowl

If you want to make dairy-free ice cream with just one ingredient you don’t need to look any further than the bananas sitting on your counter! I was doubtful at first, too, but after I read about one-ingredient ice cream on Serious Eats I had to try it out.

The banana ice cream recipe is so easy I immediately bought some bananas, stuck them in the freezer, and then this past weekend, popped them into my food processor.  I was amazed.  It did taste like ice cream!

Once blended, the bananas take on a creamy texture, so the taste is like a banana ice cream.  Very rich in banana flavor.  And so healthy!

Easy Ice Cream Recipe with Bananas

I’ve made ice cream using my ice cream maker like Nutella Ice Cream and I’ve also made lots of no-churn ice cream recipes like my Whole Lemon Ice Cream, but I’ve never made one as easy as this banana ice cream. If you have a food processor and bananas you can make this easy ice cream.

How to Make Banana Ice Cream

  • Peel ripe bananas and slice them into chunks.
  • Place the banana chunks in an airtight container and place them in the freezer.
  • You want the bananas to be completely frozen, which will take at least two hours.
  • Place the frozen bananas in a food processor and process them until they are blended.
  • At this point, the banana ice cream will be similar to soft-serve ice cream. I prefer my ice cream a little firmer, so I put my blended bananas in the freezer for an hour to firm up.
  • Scoop and serve!

Do I have to freeze the bananas first?

Yes, in order to get the right ice cream-like consistency the bananas should be frozen first before you blend them.

Can I freeze the bananas in their peels?

Yes, you can freeze bananas in their peels, but they can be a little messy to peel after they’ve been frozen. I like to peel the bananas first and either freeze them whole or cut them into chunks before freezing them.

How long will bananas keep in the freezer?

Bananas will keep two to three months in the freezer as long as they are properly stored in an airtight container.

Can I use a blender to make banana ice cream?

You can use a blender to make banana ice cream, but I prefer the food processor. I noticed my banana ice cream was more liquidy when I used my blender versus my food processor.

Can I add other ingredients to banana ice cream?

Yes, you can add other ingredients to change up the flavor of your ice cream. Peanut butter, honey, chocolate, and other frozen fruit are great additions. Just be aware that the amount of the other ingredients you add can change the consistency of your ice cream.

close-up photo of scoops of banana ice cream in a waffle bowl

I know I’ll be making this banana ice cream all summer! It’s so easy to make and perfect on a hot summer day.

1-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

Servings: 2
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
You only need one ingredient and a food processor to make creamy ice cream. No ice cream maker required, plus it's dairy-free.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized frozen bananas

Instructions

  • Place the frozen bananas in a food processor and process them until smooth.
  • You can serve the ice cream right away or, if you want it firmer, store it in an airtight container and freeze it for a couple of hours.

Notes

I find it's easiest to peel the bananas, cut them into chunks and then freeze them before making the ice cream.
I tested this recipe using a blender, too, but the consistency of the ice cream was a little runnier, so I prefer to use a food processor.
Recipe source: Serious Eats

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5of recipe, Calories: 105kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 422mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 76IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 1mg, Net Carbs: 24g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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8 comments on “Banana Ice Cream (1 Ingredient!)”

  1. That is so interesting!!!! I have to try this. Do you think it would still work if I added another fruit to it or even dark chocolate shavings or something?

  2. I honestly have no idea. I would think chocolate should be fine. I’m not sure if enough fruit would make the mixture too liquidy? Let me know if you have any success! I might try adding some variations next time too.

  3. really?? huh! I guess I do like frozen bananas on a stick, so making it as “ice cream” should be good too.

  4. What an ingenious idea! I need to set a few bananas aside and make this ASAP. Thanks for sharing it on FaveDiets.

  5. You’re welcome. I wonder what other frozen fruits I can turn into ice cream. =)

  6. It is a delicious snack, rich in vitamins, low in calories and low in salt. The only requirement is to eat that is mature, and be careful not to mix with certain drugs.

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