Make Ice Cream From Bananas

This recipe will show you how to make “ice cream” from bananas, a cool and cheap summer treat. The milk is optional. Repeat: optional. [Cooklikeyourgrandmother]

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  1. Alvis says:

    I don’t think you can call a frozen treat without milk in it “ice cream”.

  2. c!tizen says:

    ummm… that is neither ice nor cream, it’s mushy bananas. Between this and Meg’s story about a force field that turned out to be a plastic lid I think I’ve got a good case for bait and switch here.

    • Limewater says:

      I’ve done it before. They aren’t mushy. It really does come out creamy. If the page won’t load, just google “frozen banana ice cream” and it will come up.

    • The Marionette says:

      that’s why there’s quotes around “ice cream” because it’s not really ice cream but a knock-off for it. not really sure how you didn’t realize that at first. but i guess obvious troll is obvious.

      • Anathema777 says:

        I think this comment is what they call “sarcastic”. Not sure how you didn’t realize that at first, but obvious moron is obvious.

        Also, to nit pick, there are no quotes around ice cream in the title.

  3. Harrkev says:

    This post appears to have triggered a flood of traffic that killed the server.

    The server appears to be just as bananas as the recipe!

  4. smo0 says:

    Anarchist’s Cook Book taught me something else you can make with bananas, *wink.*

    My childhood best friend’s grandma used to take condensed milk, mangos… and something else I dunno- she’d put them in ice cube trays and stick them with tooth picks. Nice popsicles. NOMNOMNOM.

  5. El_Fez says:

    Is there a recipe where bananas are optional? Seriously, bananas are the Devil’s Fruit and should be shunned! If I had a time machine I could use only once, I would do is go back in time to prehistoric age and exterminate the very first banana. I hate, I LOATH them that much.

    BAH!

  6. Nick1693 says:

    I just made ice cream with half and half, sugar, vanilla extract.

    Put enough half and half to make as much ice cream as you want.
    Add 1/2-1 cup of sugar.
    Add flavoring (I used vanilla extract.)
    Take the air out of the bag, put it in a small coffee container with about 2″ of ice at the bottom.
    Put in the sealed bag of ingredients.
    Add more ice to fill the container.
    Add about a cup of salt (table salt worked for me, YMMV.)
    Put the cover on the container and shake a lot for about 10 minutes straight. (Like a Shake Weight.)
    Eat and enjoy.

  7. salviati says:

    I have tried this, and was very happy with the result (on the second try). It worked great in a blender, and in a large food processor. I tried to make a smaller batch in a small food processor, but the bananas stuck to the sides, and the blade just spun freely. Interestingly, it doesn’t taste too much like bananas. The flavor is subtle, with more of a banana aftertaste. I haven’t tried mixing it with anything else, but I’m guessing another fruit would determine the flavor. For now, I always keep a couple frozen bananas in the freezer.

    FYI- Peel the bananas BEFORE you freeze them. I thought I could freeze the whole thing once, and ended up having to toss the whole thing.

    • azsumrg1rl says:

      I also suggest cutting the bananas into slices before you freeze them as they’ll be easier to mush up in the blender/food processor. Another suggestion? Chocolate syrup. If you get the calcium enriched chocolate syrup, you can argue that it’s still healthy. :-D

      • missdona says:

        or with maple syrup and walnuts

        or mini chocolate chips

        or peanut butter (or PB2, if you have it)

    • Brunette Bookworm says:

      You can freeze the whole thing, the peel just gets icky. The inside should be fine. I freeze ones I won’t eat before they get too brown for my taste and pull them out for banana bread.

      • It'sRexManningDay! says:

        Same here. The peels turn black, but the insides are fine, if a bit mushy when they thaw. But that would happen regardless.

  8. Thyme for an edit button says:

    Sounds yummy… I am going to have to try it.

  9. TBGBoodler says:

    This works! You will be AMAZED. I know I was. Whoever says it doesn’t have the consistency of ice cream didn’t do it right.

    There’s a moment in the food processor when the swirl of chips of banana suddenly clump together and it’s “ice cream”! (note the quotes).

    And it’s delicious and filling.

    • ludwigk says:

      It doesn’t have the texture of ice cream. Some of us can taste and appreciate the milkfat content of foods. I don’t doubt that it’s a tasty treat, but the only thing with the texture of ice cream is actual ice cream.

  10. Green Mountain Boy says:

    Eating real ice cream would have fewer calories and carbs.

    • bendee says:

      Come again? Most commercial ice cream has about 200 calories per half cup (Ben and Jerrys around 300); banana whip has about 100 calories per half cup, plus a good heaping of potassium, magnesium, vitamins B & C, and fiber.

      My favorite is to add in a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolate-banana flavored creation

    • erinpac says:

      How so? A banana is about 100 calories in a mashed 1/2 cup. The ice cream variations I found on google look to be from 110-350ish calories for a 1/2 cup.

    • I wumbo. You wumbo. He- she- me... wumbo. Wumbo; Wumboing; We'll have thee wumbo; Wumborama; Wumbology; the study of Wumbo. says:

      Even if this were true, why does it matter? I hate when people throw the word “Calorie” and “calorie” around, not knowing the purpose. It’s better to get Calories from carbs than from saturated fat (from cream). Banana is one of the sweeter fruits, so that’s where most of the carbs come from. It also has fiber, protein, vitamin C, and potassium. There’s almost a little good and bad in everything, even water. If you’re gonna eat a sweet dessert, at least have an ounce of nutrition with it.

    • Brunette Bookworm says:

      But not possible for some people with allergies. It’s a good recipe for them and if you want something like ice cream but don’t want to make a custard, cool it, churn it, freeze it…

  11. xredgambit says:

    My papaw used to make something like this but we’d freeze the banana slices and then empty into a blender then add milk to make a banana milk shake thing.
    Man that was good,

  12. chiieddy says:

    Got this a few weeks ago from SparkPeople.com’s Chef Meg. No milk and it was delicious with a bit of chocolate syrup.

    It takes a long time for them to cream up in the food processor but it’s worth it.

  13. Pax says:

    …. that sounds pretty darned yummy.

    Maybe toss in some peanut butter for the last couple seconds of blending, to get a “banana-peanut-butter-swirl” effect. Or some still-cold Hot Fudge topping, for a fudge swirl, if you prefer. Mixing in the chocolate chips sounds tasty.

    This, as a base layer, underneath some chocolate pudding / “pie filling”, in a nice graham-cracker crust? Yum!

    This is definitely something I must try this summer.

    I just need to go and buy an actual Blender, first. ^_^

  14. Fantoche_de_Chaussette says:

    Not enough gratuitous fat. Too healthy. A recipe clearly unsuited to modern American tastes.

  15. shepd says:

    As a lactose intolerant banana hating person, I think I might have to learn to like bananas.

  16. Sarcastico says:

    Slice the bananas onto a paper plate and place in the freezer for 3 or 4 hours. Toss frozen banana slices into the blender. Add liquid and ice. Blend. Great with pineapple or orange juice and rum. Just about any fruit works well with the banana especially if the other fruit is tart. The banana adds a bit of sweetness.

  17. I wumbo. You wumbo. He- she- me... wumbo. Wumbo; Wumboing; We'll have thee wumbo; Wumborama; Wumbology; the study of Wumbo. says:

    I’m certain this qualifies as a smoothie.

    • Big Mama Pain says:

      Yep, I was going to say the same thing; a thick smoothie. Still is yummie, though!! Add some vanilla extract and yogurt-soooo good.

  18. Brent says:

    As someone mentioned in another thread, bananas are to be opened not by pulling the stem, but by pinching the bottom end. The peel splits easily and naturally this way. It’s how monkeys peel bananas. Of course Dole, Del Monte and others that makeup Big Banana put their stickers on upside down so as to make consumers think the stem is the top. It’s a pity bananas aren’t more closely regulated, but Congress has long been in the pocket of Big Banana. Please remember all of this when you make your banana ice cream.

    • Big Mama Pain says:

      Shhh!!! You’ll also remember that someone got very upset and angry when this was mentioned in the last post because they didn’t understand what everyone was talking about!!

      • Brent says:

        Oh, yes… I assumed they were Big Banana agents sent to confuse us. They often appear when discussing the right and natural way to eat bananas.

  19. mommiest says:

    You can also do this with frozen pineapple, and my kids love it. Use fresh, not canned. I had a friend whose food processor is superior to mine, and she even uses the core, although I don’t.

    It comes out like a frozen ice or sherbet.

  20. Kibit says:

    I really like the frozen banana treat. So simple to make and yummy. I like to add a pinch of Ceylon Cinnamon to it. I purchase mine at Savory Spice Shop. So Good!

    This recipe/idea has been all over healthy eating food blogs for months if not over a year.

    I also like to put frozen fruit in my food processor, berries are so good. I add a little sugar, honey or sweet fruit juice like unfiltered apple juice because the berries can be a little tart.

  21. yevarechecha says:

    My uncle does this, only he uses rotting bananas and adds actual ice cream. Also spinach and hot sauce.

    What, no takers?

  22. nygenxer says:

    I make this with vanilla yogurt in lieu of milk.

  23. DevilishlyNAngel says:

    Bashful Banana on the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk does “Banana Whips” They have a machine that they press whole frozen bananas through and it comes out like soft serve. You can top it with granola, other fresh fruit, chocolate chips etc…It is one of my all-time favorite treats!

  24. TheMonkeyKing says:

    I got your bananas and cream right here!

  25. Dallas_shopper says:

    Sweet! I’ll have to try this…looks like a nice healthy alternative to regular ice cream.

  26. It'sRexManningDay! says:

    OMG, I have five overripe bananas waiting for me in the freezer right now! I can’t wait to go home and have frozen banana puree for dinner!

  27. Galium says:

    Neat, now can you make banana’s from ice cream?