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DIY Banana Ice Cream

Updated on September 9, 2016
4.6 stars from 8 ratings of Banana Ice Cream

My husband raises bananas, and they tend to ripen all at once. We hustle to give away the quickly ripening bananas before they go black. My daughter shared with us a one-ingredient ice cream that requires only bananas. At first I was skeptical, but after the first try, I was convinced that we had found a delicious remedy for our prolific banana plantation.

A banana bunch from our plantation
A banana bunch from our plantation | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 3 hours
Ready in: 3 hours
Yields: 4 servings


  • 3 peeled medium bananas
  1. Cut peeled bananas into coin-sized slices and place in pie or round cake pan.
  2. Freeze for 1-2 hours
  3. Place in blender or food processor and whiz until they become the same consistency as soft-serve ice cream. May take up to 5 minutes.
  4. Scrape down as needed to incorporate all of the banana.
  5. Transfer to a container that can be frozen. Place in freezer for 30 minutes to an hour.
  6. Enjoy!!
Banana slices
Banana slices
Banana ice cream
Banana ice cream | Source

One-ingredient banana ice cream is a satisfying no-guilt treat made without sweeteners, dairy or fat.

This recipe is great for fitness buffs, vegans, and health nuts. You may be wondering if you must add sugar or dairy. The sugar in the bananas is enough to sweeten it. If you have difficulty blending the bananas, you may add 2 tablespoons of milk or soymilk.

There are several other ingredients you can add if you desire:

  • Nutella - 3 to 6 tablespoons (my favorite)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder - 3 to 6 tablespoons
  • Cream - 2 to 4 tablespoons
  • Vanilla - 1 teaspoon
  • Peanut butter - 3 to 6 Tablespoons
  • Honey - 2 to 4 teaspoons
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon
  • Strawberries - 2 to 4 tablespoons
  • Strawberry or chocolate syrup - 2 to 4 tablespoons
  • Agave nectar - 2 tablespoons
  • Frozen berries - 1/3 to 1/2 cup
  • Chocolate chips

Add your additional ingredients after you have processed the bananas, but before freezing. Get creative and experiment to find which ingredients you prefer.

We had some guests last night and served them our one-ingredient banana ice cream. They were so surprised when we told it them it was made from only bananas. We had them try it with peanut butter mixed in and one with strawberry syrup. Now they want to try it too. One of the guests remarked that it melts just like regular ice cream.

Try it - it just may also make a believer out of you!


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  • World Inquirer profile image

    Tony A. 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    Delicious recipe, thank you for posting!

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    PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida


    I am making this today---and I thank you for sharing---it looks delicious.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    The flavor of banana in ice cream is so different and is such a lovely blend. You have put together an interesting taste in ice cream.

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    torrilynn 5 years ago

    very useful information and detailed as well. i love how healthy the banana ice cream is and how simple it is to make. thank you. voted up.

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    Elayne 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thank you Rosemay50. We definitely are enjoying our banana ice cream with no guilt. Hope you do too. Aloha!

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    Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

    What could be easier, definitely a keeper. Can't wait to try this with the Nutella and then the honey.

    You won my thumbs up with this

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    You've convinced me to try this. I can practically taste the peanut butter and banana melting on my tongue right now. Voted up and shared!

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    drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

    What a great and healthful suggestion, Elayne. I'm going to try your banana 'ice cream.' With chocolate syrup, of course.

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    Elayne 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Mahalo manatita44. I loved your banana song!

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    Elayne 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thank you dinkan53! I appreciate your vote and comments. Hope you enjoy the banana ice cream!

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    dinkan53 5 years ago from India

    Sounds and looks great, would love to try. Thanks for posting the recipe.

    Voted up and interesting.

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    manatita44 5 years ago from london

    Thanks for your banana ice-cream special. Hope I have some some day. Anyway, I come from the banana shores.

    I am a devotional poet but occasionally I do simple things to cheer me up and also my friends. This one is quite similar to your Hub in some ways:

    A Song to an Ice Cream Delicacy

    Artic Roll, Artic Roll,

    You are so tasty and cold!

    Vanilla ice cream embellishing my bowl,

    Supremely sweet nectar in my Soul

    Fulfilling my tummy's goal.

    For my insatiate desire, the Artic Roll tolls.

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    Elayne 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Me too carozy. There are many of us banana lovers, and they do make a great creamy treat. Thanks for your comments.

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    carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

    I've had banana-cream before and it's delicious. I've had chocolate and want to try it with a little vanilla extract. Thanks for sharing, it's a great recipe to know about to replace regular ice-cream with.

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    Elayne 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thank you KaurSimran7. I really appreciate your comment. Best wishes!

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    KaurSimran7 5 years ago from India

    That's so yummy and easy to make!

    Thanks for sharing :)

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    lezsaysit 5 years ago from New York, NY

    Sounds delicious! I will have to add this to my menu for healthy frozen treats. Thanks!

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    Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

    What a great idea! I hope you rewarded your daughter for her brilliant idea!!

    It couldn't be easier and I'm sure its great because its pure, its banana, and its ice cream.

    Voted up, useful, and interesting as well as five stars.

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    Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

    Banana ice cream... I love banana to eat... and Ice cream too... Soo both.... Hahahaha... going to blast....

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    Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

    Wow! This sounds delicious. I love bananas. I´ll try this when I´m in my home country. Thumbs up and SHARED. BTW, thanks for your follow.

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    Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

    This recipe sounds delicious and will be trying it hopefully soon. Voted up and useful.

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    the-artist 5 years ago from Iloilo City, 5000 Philippines

    Cool! You know I really like bananas. We also do have some banana plantation but we don't sell it or make any products from it. My family just consume it and give some to our neighbors! But, cool hub, will try to make banana ice cream some times. :)

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    Elayne 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    We love bananas, too Mama Kim 8. I'll definitely have to check out your banana cheesecake!

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    Elayne 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Let us know which optional ingredients are your favorites daisyjae.

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    Elayne 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Let us know how it works out for you Glenn Stok. Thanks also for the tip. Thanks for dropping by! Aloha!

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    Elayne 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks for your vote and comments hi friend! We're all going bananas!

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    Elayne 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you liked it LetitiaFT! So true, One ingredient is the minimum - it's like magic!

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    Sasha Kim 5 years ago

    I'm going to have to make this! I just love bananas ^_^ I have a couple of banana cheesecake recipe in my 6 in 1 cheesecake hub if your interested. voted up!

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    daisyjae 5 years ago from Canada

    I have tried this and it is awesome! I will definitely try some of your variations too.

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    Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

    Gee, that sounds pretty easy to do. And healthy too since it's 100% banana. Interesting that the consistency becomes that of ice cream when done right, as you explained.

    I found a great way to make bananas last longer is to place them in a airtight plastic bag. You don't need those special bags that claim to do the same thing. Just thought I'd add that piece of info on the topic of bananas.

    My next step is to try your recipe with my blender. I'll start with just the bananas, but then later I'll do it again and try some experiments with adding things as you suggested as options. At the top of my list is to add frozen berries. I think that would go well together. I wouldn't add sugar for the same reason that you mentioned, banana are sweet enough as is.

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    hi friend 5 years ago from India

    very useful and informative hub. Vote up with thanks.

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    LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

    This is terrific! I love recipes with just a few choice ingredients, but this tops them all. Definitely a keeper. Voted everything.