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One-Ingredient Banana "Ice Cream"


We’re in a real celebratory mood here in the Circle B Kitchen… we just found out over the weekend that grandbaby #5 will be joining our family early next spring!  Weehoo!!  This one will belong to our son and daughter-in-law and is their first.  So they’re really excited, mainly because they have no idea what’s about to happen to them.  Just kidding you guys.  We couldn’t be more happy and excited so we thought we'd serve up some ice cream!

OK, so it’s not really ice cream.  But maybe if you’re pregnant and craving all kinds of strange things, it could be a perfect little indulgence.

This is a recipe that’s been doing the rounds of food blogs out there.  Perhaps you’ve come across it already, but in case you haven’t, you’re in for a treat.

Here, people, is a “recipe” for ice cream that contains no cream, no dairy, no sugar and no artificial ingredients.  In fact, all you need are a few bananas, preferably just past their prime, a freezer and a blender.  You can add a few other things, but we’ll get to that later.

There really is no recipe involved here.  Just slice up your bananas and stick them in a Ziploc bag and stash em in the freezer until they’re good and frozen. 


When you’re ready for some "ice cream", just thrown them in your blender and process them until they’re smooth and creamy, scoop into a bowl and enjoy.

And then I found out it’s really not quite as simple as that.  First of all, I have a pretty sturdy, powerful Waring blender and it wasn’t at all happy about trying to puree these frozen banana chunks.  I had to stop a few times while the motor cooled off, but eventually we got there.  The last couple of times I’ve made this, I placed my bag of frozen banana chunks on my cutting board and pounded them with a meat tenderizer until they were broken up and just starting to look a little smashy.  Then I let them sit on the sink for about 3 minutes or so and they were ever so much easier and quicker to process.

Some people did not have great results with this and have complained about an “off” or bitter flavor, but I think you might get that if your bananas are not quite ripe enough when you freeze them.  We didn’t experience that, and in fact, we really like the flavor.  And the texture is amazingly creamy.

So you can just eat this as is and smugly enjoy your fat-free, sugar-free, dairy-free “ice cream”, or you can do as I do and add some fat and calories to it…


My favorite way to eat my banana ice cream these days is to add a teaspoon or two of vanilla to the bananas in the blender and after it’s all blended, I stick it in the freezer for a few minutes until it's firmed up just a little.  Then I serve it topped with a drizzle of warmed nutella and toasted walnuts.  This is just ever so good whether you’re pregnant or not.  Here’s the recipe…

One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

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Makes about 2 cups of ice cream

You will need 4 or 5 ripe bananas.  Just slice them up and stick them in a ziploc bag and freeze overnight.  Remove from the freezer and bash them with a meat tenderizer for a minute until they're just starting to break down.  Place them in your blender with a teaspoon or two of good vanilla and process until they're the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.

You can eat this immediately or place in a container and freeze until firm.  At this point you can add your favorite toppings.  I like to top mine with some slightly warmed Nutella and toasted chopped nuts.

Reader Comments (17)

this is a cheap and easy to prepare ice cream. Good taste, too light for me though,I need to double the recipe or even triple it because I want my friends to taste and also try this recipe. I'm 100% sure that they will love this. Seriously,this is my latest food addiction!

July 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDigital Printing

Congratulations on upcoming #5!! How exciting for all of you, there's nothing better than a new baby in the family. This recipe is right up my alley since I don't have an icecream maker this could easily take its place!

July 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermarie

The first time I heard of this recipe is called for freezing just one banana and then throwing it in a food processor with some dates, optional vanilla extract and lucuma powder (!). It was pretty tasty, I think the addition of dates made it so I didn't need topping, but still very delish.

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMadCalicoJess

I totally love the idea of adding dates! I will try that next time. Thanks!

July 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Just curious..
Where do you get ripe bananas that are sugar free? All the bananas I find in my market have a lot of natural sugars in them.
Just Asking

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Bailey

OK, John. To be technically correct, I should have specified that there is no ADDED sugar. No processed or refined sugars. And yes, there ARE natural sugars from the bananas. :) Just saying...

July 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I've made this, and it was nothing like any ice cream I've ever had. It tasted like I blended frozen bananas in a blender, very misleading.

July 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNilla

Well, Nilla, did you add vanilla? So sorry you didn't like this. We really love it and the vanilla does change the flavor somewhat.

July 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Yesterday I prepared this recipe and my daughter and I enjoyed ... it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

July 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonia - L'Exquisit

Have you tried making this with PB2 or regular peanut butter for a peanut butter and banana combo? Just wondering if you had, how it turned out!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacey Redmon

I have tried it with peanut butter and it's really good. My daughter really likes the peanut butter version... I like it both ways. Try it and see what you think!

August 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I had a banana in my lunchbag next to a pint of ice cream so the banana got really chilled so i just cut it up, mashed it with a spoon until it got creamy and i added some maple syrup and it tasted great!!!! :) I think I just found my snack for the rest of university life :D

August 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkrissy

I already had this recipe only it is for banana cream pie.....you do the bananas the same way you make the ice cream.....then you add it to a pie shell with crushed almonds and a dab of maple syrup to make the almonds stick like a pie shell....I made the bananas without making the pie shell....I think it is a very healthy alternative to ice cream....the reason it doesnt taste like the ice cream some are used to, is because this doesnt have all of the sugars, gum ect....this is nothing but pure & natural! It makes a lovely healthy dessert! :)

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjody

Thanks, Jody! What a great idea for the banana pie. I will try that.

August 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I made it last night but added chocolate whey protein powder while blending! It was sooo good and filling!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Is there any such recipé for my fav guavas?
I am fasting, I am trying this banana after I get to eat the normal food

July 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIkramUddin

I don't think you could substitute guavas here, Ikram. It's the texture of the bananas that makes this recipe work. Hope you enjoy it!

July 23, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

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