Simple Banana Ice Cream

banana ice cream

I keep going back to this post on the kitchn....ONE INGREDIENT ICE CREAM. It's absolutely bananas! That's it!  I started to preheat the oven today for banana bread and said SCREW IT. I couldn't be bothered, so made ice cream instead! It's the simplest little recipe. There's no ice cream maker required. You just need a device that can puree almost frozen bananas and then you have banana ice cream! No wonder everyone's been raving about it!  It's CRAZY DELICIOUS.

You'll find that it's pretty adaptable. A scoop of peanut butter mixed in would be good...cocoa powder would be dandy! Some cocoa nibs or some chocolate chips? Heaven! I put a scoop of unsweetened coconut flakes in ours tonight! It added a nice little crunchy texture. I topped it with a little chunk of pizelle my grandma made. Hummina Hummina!

The directions go something like this:

Take your bananas!  Peel them! (2 bananas makes 1 big scoop)


Cut them up into little pieces and freeze for about 2 hours on a plate.

into the freezer!

Whip out your puree tool. I used my small Cuisinart.

food processor!

Here's the part where I added a scoop of coconut in!

i added coconut

And now you puree! It goes pretty fast!


Voila! Ice cream! Make sure you freeze the banana pieces for close to 2 hours before you puree. I cheated and did only 1 hour for my first round and it wasn't as solid!

I gave Coop a little taste....

coop digs in!

And after licking it off the cookie....

let me sample this little cookie here



Now for another frozen treat, check out my friend Jenny's Peanut Butter 'Nana Milk!

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  • July 27, 2010

    This will be made in my house tomorrow! Can't wait!

  • July 27, 2010

    girrrrrrrrrl, you KNOW we are so totally making this TOMORROW.
    got a fresh bag of shredded coconut right here, and until this very second, it was destined to sit all lonely like in the cabinet. no direction, not wanted.
    you saved our shredded coconut from a sad, dark future. :)

    • July 28, 2010

      phew! I'm so glad it's destined for greatness! Please let me know how it goes! xo

  • July 27, 2010

    Oh my gosh, how funny, I've been staring at this recipe for AGES and I finally made it two nights ago! Twins!! Yes, it is amazingly good and super easy. It's surprising that we hadn't, as humans, discovered this amazingness sooner. What a shame. Healthier, cheaper, and more delicious! I added peanut butter, granola, chopped dates, and cinnamon sugar to mine, plus a few carob chips to top at the end. I can't wait to add coconut now!

    • July 28, 2010

      Samies, yet again! I like your additions! CINNAMON SUGAR!! OMG

  • July 28, 2010

    I couldn't believe this worked either! I'm going to try the coconut next time. yay!

    • July 28, 2010

      I know!! Did Alden love it?

      • July 28, 2010

        Oh yes, he ate his portion AND MINE. Sigh. Boys.

  • July 28, 2010

    I wonder if he's willing to share! :D

    I love the idea of adding coconut - it goes so well with bananas, Tracy!

    • July 28, 2010

      He gave me a few bites...I am a lucky mom! I LOVE bananas & coconut!

  • July 28, 2010

    I have seen this before, but not with coconut. Brilliant. I love it!

  • July 28, 2010

    Freak'n Brilliant!! I'm thinking that would be deeelish on top of some peanut butter bars. Thanks for another great recipe!

    • July 28, 2010

      oooh yes! or sandwiched in between some peanut butter cookies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • July 28, 2010

    Adding coconut is such a good idea! I just told a friend about it and she is excited! Sending her this link now. :)

  • Marci
    July 30, 2010

    my black Lab loves bananas, so I'm gonna make this for him (sans coconut) - might add some pb - his other favorite food! :-) what a great treat for the canine kiddies this time of year! ;-) thanks Tracy!

  • kelly
    August 27, 2010

    omg, i am so a.d.d. i read this and thought what an awesome idea and walked away with "freeze bananas, add coconut, blend." now i am looking at my two whole, unpeeled bananas sitting sadly on the counter and wondering how long it will take them to thaw to get the peels off. pretty funny, at least i can laugh at myself.

  • lauren
    October 15, 2011

    definitely going to try this. maybe add some honey and cinnamon! mmm. thanks tracy!

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