July 29, 2020

by Alyssa Rimmer

How to Make Banana Ice Cream: 4 Ways

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Here's how to make banana ice cream 4 delicious ways! This healthy nice cream is great for a vegan dessert with just a few simple ingredients like frozen bananas. Plus we're sharing our favorite flavor ideas: chocolate, mint chip, vanilla and strawberry!

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Ice cream is just the best. Whether it's a hot summer day or a cold winter night, I could eat ice cream all year round!

Well, today I'm going to show you how to make the easiest ice cream of all time. No churning, no waiting, no dairy, no added sugar.

Sounds too good to be true? It's not! We're talking about how to make banana ice cream folks and if you haven't tried it yet, your about to fall in love. This simple, one-ingredient dessert will satisfy those ice cream cravings but still leave you feeling nice and light afterward!

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What is Banana Nice Cream?

Simply put, banana ice cream is “ice cream” made out of frozen bananas! I call it “ice cream” because while it isn't technically ice cream, it still has that same creamy texture and delicious banana flavor! It's called “nice cream” because it's a much healthier version and is made with “naners” as some people refer to bananas.

Can You Really Make Ice Cream with Bananas?

You can make ice cream with bananas, but again, it's not technically ice cream. Traditional ice cream is made with sugar, cream, and sometimes even eggs. Banana ice cream? Just bananas!

But if you are a banana lover, then this will absolutely satisfy your ice cream craving. Banana ice cream is creamy, silky smooth, delicious and absolutely a cinch to make!

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How to Make Banana Ice Cream

You only need two things to make banana ice cream: frozen bananas and a food processor/high-powered blender. And it takes about 5 minutes to make!

STEP ONE

Freeze your bananas. Make sure to peel and slice them before you freeze them so they are easier to blend!

STEP TWO

Add them to your food processor. I like using a food processor because I don't need to add any liquid to make it blend, so it stays creamier. But you can also do it in a blender – just make sure you have one that has a tamper type thing so you can move the ice cream around.

One Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

A simple, one ingredient recipe for a silky smooth banana ice cream. This recipe can be modified with all sorts of flavors, but this is the classic recipe!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 105kcal
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Ingredients

  • 2 frozen sliced bananas

topping ideas:

Instructions

  • Add the bananas to a food processor fit with the steel blade and process until the bananas have started to blend together and form an ice cream. Scrape down the sides as needed and continue to process until the bananas turn into a creamy, ice cream consistency.
  • Top with you desired toppings and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | 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

Banana Ice Cream Flavor Ideas

I truly believe there is no end to the possibilities with flavoring you banana nice cream, but today we're focusing on just four. Four of the classics are remade with their own healthy twist.

Here are the flavors we're making today:

  • Vanilla
  • Strawberry
  • Chocolate (with cherries!)
  • Mint Chip

All four are absolutely delicious and super easy to make! And yes, have fun with other flavors too – if you end up trying some new ones, let us know in the comments.

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Vanilla Banana Ice Cream

The classic spin on vanilla ice cream. This recipe uses just a three ingredients and while it does have the banana flavor undertones, it will definitely remind you of classic vanilla! Top with chocolate chips and a bit of whipped coconut cream for the ultimate sundae.

How to make Vanilla Banana Ice Cream:

  • 4 frozen bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons liquid of choice

Add the bananas into your food processor and process until they start to get creamy. Add the rest of your ingredients and process again until smooth. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Next on our list is strawberry. This one uses a blend of bananas and frozen strawberries to create the healthiest strawberry ice cream you'll ever taste! It's creamy, sweet and so delicious.

How to make Strawberry Banana Ice Cream:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons liquid of choice

Add the bananas and strawberries into your food processor and process until they start to get creamy. Add the liquid and continue to process until smooth. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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Chocolate Cherry Banana Ice Cream

We can't have a post about ice cream and not include chocolate! Chocolate is my favorite flavor of all ice creams and this one is seriously good. It's not only a base of banana, but also cherries which adds a really nice complexity to the flavor. Of course, we're also adding in some cacao powder to make it nice and chocolatey!

How to make Chocolate Cherry Banana Ice Cream:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • a whole avocado
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons cacao powder

Add the bananas and cherries into your food processor and process until they start to get creamy. Add the avocado and cacao powder and continue to process until smooth. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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Mint Chip Banana Ice Cream

And lastly… mint chip! Mint was never something I used to like, but in the last few years, it has become an obsession. Anything mint chocolate flavored I am HERE for! This is my healthy version of mint chip ice cream – you're going to love it!

How to make Mint Chip Banana Ice Cream:

  • 4 frozen bananas cut into chunks
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons cacao nibs or chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon spirulina or matcha optional (for color)

Add all the ingredients to a food processor and process on high until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides as needed. Serve with cacao nibs or chocolate chips on top!

What Kind of Ice Cream is Your Favorite?

We'd love to know what kind of ice cream you like best! Drop your favorite flavor below and maybe we'll try to turn it into a banana ice cream flavor!

 

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  1. We have tried all but the mint. They are our favorite summertime treat, so easy to make and delicious! We add a few favorite toppings and we are good to go. I freeze leftovers and it is delicious as well. Thank you so much for creating a recipe that is so healthy, tasty, and easy to prepare!

  2. The mint Chocolate chip is our favorite. So good the second time I made it I double the recipe so we could have it a second night. Going to try the Strawberry today. Can your blend everything before you freeze the bananas and then freeze it in a container? Chocolate dipped banana Popsicle are great. Heat wave here in NJ buying large bunches of bananas. Not buying ice cream any more.

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