For some time now, I’ve seen a recipe for a simple one-ingredient banana ice cream circulating on the internet. The other day I had some really ripe bananas sitting on the counter and I decided to give it a try instead of making the usual smoothie or banana bread. Now that I've tried it, I want to spread the word!
It's hard to believe, but when you blend chopped up frozen bananas in a food processor, in just a couple of minutes, it turns into a delicious, rich and creamy treat that tastes like soft serve ice cream. It can be eaten immediately (this is what happened in my house since it was so hard not to dive in right away!) or if you prefer a firmer texture, let it harden in the freezer for a little while. When you take it out it will be frozen solid so it’s a good idea to let it soften for about 10 minutes before digging in.
This banana ice cream is perfect for the summer- it’s quick, easy and you don’t even need an ice cream maker. It’s also low-calorie, gluten-free, dairy-free, cholesterol-free and vegan! And it’s packed with a variety of important nutrients like Vitamin B6, fiber, Vitamin C, potassium and manganese. It’s a perfect treat for your kids and they can even help you make it. My 14-month-old adored it!
Once you get the basic technique down, you can experiment with some different flavor combinations. My favorites were Banana Peanut Butter and Banana Nutella. My husband loved the Chunky Monkey and my baby devoured the Strawberry Banana. The best part is that I didn't feel bad giving her this ice cream because it's just fresh fruit. Try this recipe- you won't regret it!
One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream
Makes 4 servings
4 medium ripe bananas, peeled
Cut the bananas into 1-inch pieces. Put them on a plate in a single layer and freeze until solid, at least 1-2 hours or overnight.
Place the frozen banana pieces in a food processor.
Puree until creamy, 2-3 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed.
The ice cream can be served at this point and will have a texture similar to soft serve ice cream. For a firmer texture, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place it in the freezer for at least an hour. Let the ice cream soften about 10 minutes before serving.
Banana Peanut Butter- add 2 Tablespoons peanut butter to the ice cream and blend.
Chunky Monkey- stir 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts into the ice cream.
Banana Nutella- add 1/4 cup Nutella to the ice cream and blend
Banana Berry- freeze 2 cups chopped strawberries with the bananas. Puree together in a food processor with 1/3 cup low fat milk.
One serving (plain): Calories 105; Fat 0.3g (Sat 3.4g); Protein 1.3g; Carb 27g; Fiber 3.1g; Sodium 1mg