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

Yield: 2 servings


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)


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.


by Emily

Emily is the cook, baker, photographer and rambler behind the blog, Jelly Toast. Aside from taking photos of everything she eats, her days are spent being a short order cook, story teller, tea party guest and giver-of-snuggles to her two kiddos. She has not yet mastered the clean-as-you-go cooking style, but has high hopes for the future.

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14 Responses to “Frozen Banana Ice Cream”

  1. Jessica @ Sweet Menu — May 15, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Good golly! Only two ingredients? That stuff looks like pure gold!


  2. cheri — May 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I have not had banana ice cream since I was little girl, sounds delicious!


  3. Diana — May 15, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I love making this, I like to throw in frozen strawberries or blueberries, tried it with frozen mango as well. SO yummy!


  4. Cara — May 15, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Oh sweet crumbs that looks perfect right about now! Forget Ohio, come move to Los Angeles where today it is forecasted to be 100 degrees. In fact, I don’t remember having a Fall, Winter, or Spring in the past year. It’s been summer all year long (and not in a good way) so I could use a few scoops of this deliciousness and it’s only 8:30am. Beautiful recipe!


  5. KIRBY — May 15, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    This is so yum. My friend makes it in her juicer with frozen bananas, I tried with my Jack lalane and it did not work so only certain juicers. My kids love it too! Totally going to try it with nutella mixed in!


  6. Stef — May 15, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Have you tried using a blender?


  7. elva — May 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I love this ice cream, when my banana is too ripe I freeze them. I had so many that was frozen in the freezer that I was just throw them away, and when I saw this recipes I had to make it, even my grand-kids love it. Whick is just pure banana.


  8. Gayatri — May 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Hi Emily,

    Thanks you for sharing this great recipe. One question – Will a blender work here, instead of a food processor? Will that affect texture?

    Thanks in Advance


  9. Laura — May 18, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    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.


  10. Cathy — May 21, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    i use my vitamix! works like a gem!


    • Jamie — May 21, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Great idea, Cathy!

  11. MAYRA — July 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm

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

    Thanks, looks delicious!


  12. Michal — July 16, 2014 at 2:45 pm

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



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