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Frozen Banana Ice Cream

Frozen Banana Ice Cream is a sweet, easy and healthy way to make ice cream at home: no ice cream machine needed!

The weather in Ohio is a fickle thing. We had record temperatures and snow falls this Winter (as did the entire country) and in the span of 24 hours it can go from 45 degrees to 85 degrees. Needless to say, getting the kids dressed inthe morning is a complete guessing game. Short sleeves, long sleeves, parka, spring jacket – I’ve given up trying to figure it out. I just throw some bizarre grouping of layers on the kids, send them on their way and hope for the best.

Banana Ice CreamWith these new random heat waves has come the ever increasing desire for ice cream. My six-year-old is a self proclaimed ice cream connoisseur and we have gotten in the habit of keeping 3-4 types of ice cream in the freezer at a time. Yes, I’m fully aware that seems like overkill, but we tend to eat it slowly and just like a variety. At least I tell myself that we eat it slowly so I don’t feel so guilty.

In an effort to feel even less guilty about eating ice cream and also feeding it to my kiddos several nights a week, I wanted to try my hand at making banana ice cream. It’s really only one ingredient: bananas. Processed frozen bananas take have an uncanny similarity to ice cream. It’s pretty darn awesome. All you have to do is cut up a banana and freeze it for a few hours, then pop it into your food processor and bam – ice cream.

Frozen Banana Ice CreamYou won’t believe it until you try it, so you better go give it a try. This banana ice cream was fabulous on it’s own but I couldn’t leave well enough aloneso I threw a little leftover Easter candy in there. These white chocolate eggs are delectable and paired wonderfully with this frozen banana treat. I love the idea of making this sweet treat for my kiddos knowing it’s all fruit – with maybe just a touch of candy. It is dessert, after all.

Frozen Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients:

4 ripe bananas, cut into pieces and frozen for about 2 hours
1/2 cup of mix-ins such as candy, nuts, Nutella or chocolate chips (I used leftover white chocolate Easter egg candy that I crushed)

Directions:

1. Place frozen banana pieces into food processor. Blend until bananas are smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.

2. Add 1 tablespoon of water if mixture is a little too thick. Stir in your mix-ins and spoon ice cream into a freezer safe container. Ice cream can be eaten immediately or stored in the freezer for later.

Enjoy!

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Renee Gorby

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

I hear that kiwis work also. Has anyone tried this using kiwis instead of or in addition to banans?

Michal

Wednesday 16th of July 2014

Wow! sounds great, and only banana, that's aweosome! Too bad i can't find any bananas in my area lol

MAYRA

Friday 4th of July 2014

When do you add the mix-ins (candy, nutella, etc) or is this only for the top decoration?

Thanks, looks delicious!

Cathy

Wednesday 21st of May 2014

i use my vitamix! works like a gem!

Jamie

Wednesday 21st of May 2014

Great idea, Cathy! -Jamie

Laura

Sunday 18th of May 2014

I love banana ice cream! After having teeth removed (including a wisdom tooth-ouch) I ate a lot of banana ice cream with peanut butter and chocolate because I wanted something a bit more substantial than broth or jello.

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