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This ice cream recipe is almost too good to be believed - so rich, creamy and luscious, you'd never know it's fat-free, dairy-free, and with no added sugar or preservatives, is even good for you!

It only takes one ingredient to make this dreamy dessert - can you guess what it is?? (without looking at the next step)

You may argue that without dairy, this has no place being called "ice cream." But I challenge you to try this recipe, and tell me it doesn't taste EXACTLY like ice cream! Prepare to be amazed.

Thanks to everyone who pointed out the link to thekitchn's great post on this time-honored recipe!

Step 1: Ingredients

Picture of Ingredients
Did you guess our secret ingredient?


I find bananas that have turned brown work best for this. You may already peel and freeze your bananas for smoothies or breads or dipping in chocolate. Now you can use them to make this luscious ice cream in no time at all!
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kitchouha5 years ago
Hi! I tried  to add a little bit of cold water in the blender before blending the frozen bananas (To lower the viscosity) and it's a loooooooooot faster to turn the bananas into the creamy thing. Taste and consistency hadn't change.

Hope this will help!
Don't they use a bit of water in Dairy Queen too? Just wondering...

Short answer: No.

Long answer: It depends on what you are talking about. If you are referring to the Orange Julius fruit smoothies, they are typically made with simple syrup, which is sugar mixed with water. So yes, you could say they use a bit of water. They also use a whole lot of sugar and very little actual fruit, or yogurt, or anything else they might claim to be using (such as white tea or açai berries). So if you are looking for something healthy, go elsewhere.

scoochmaroo (author)  kitchouha5 years ago
Good tip!
eulaliaaaa!5 years ago
I made some of this and it is AMAZING! It tastes just like ice cream. I made a cup in under two minutes (I already had some frozen bananas.)!  If you add some chocolate syrup it tastes just like chocolate ice cream. It is also good for you!
WilliamM445 days ago

Chop the bananas into coin size pieces before freezing and they will blend better when you put them in the processor.

I'm smarter than you're

I was just at the grocery store, where I was planning to buy a litre of heavy cream to make some ice cream for Canada Day tomorrow....until I saw the price. So I left the cream on the shelf and decided to look for recipes that don't use cream. This is perfect. Unfortunately, I forgot to buy bananas.

phillipcd2 months ago

that's crazy. I'll try it...

aandre5 years ago
absolutely lovely, considering I'm allergic to bananas

i don't know why i found this comment funny

clevy25 months ago

We make this all the time -- super easy and really tastes/feels like ice cream! I use a food processor, though, since I hate my blender (it only blends the lowest 1-inch of anything in it, so it takes forever to push things down to the blades, and I don't like adding water to the bananas. Blenders suck).

clevy2 clevy25 months ago

Oh, and it is about 1 banana per person (I thought you'd need more since it was being pureed, but you really don't)

theegghead5 months ago

that is absolutely... GENIUS! I personally love frozen bananas and am excited to make this on my own!

june91906 years ago
it sounds different. I like banana's and in my house they do go brown.. ok so has anybody really tried it? and did they like it??? I hate to go and buy a blender and find out it's not very good.. What a dilemma!!!
Use your food processor!! Does the same job and in a little less time even :)
Buy a blender. Find one at a thrift store (plug it in first, of course, to test it). Blenders are, like... awesome.
blenders are, like, a pain in the arse to clean. i have one, but never want to use it b/c you have to fill the whole dish drain with all its parts laying out to dry. then you have to reassemble and find cabinet space for it a few days later after everything's shifted. maybe i need the blender you've got.
my blender only has 2 parts that need cleaning...lid and pitcher
sugarego Zem5 years ago
well, my lid has two parts (lid, centerpiece) and my pitcher has several parts (glass pitcher, blade assembly, gasket, and bottom plastic piece that these set into, which has a guideline for when you set it on the base, so you know you've twisted it on safely). and honestly, i'm not sure i'd want an upright blender without the ability to get the blades off to make sure they're clean underneath, or without a replaceable gasket for when the rubber gets brittle (i've already replaced it once). but the convenience of just two pieces does sound nice.
my lid has a centerpiece too, but you don't have to take it out, just put it in the dishwasher and it gets clean.
I always dont use the center piece and just cover the top hole with my hand then lick off any thing thats gets on. I recomend trying to prep clean as much of the pitcher as you can with your tounge ! yum!

the ice cream tasted like rotten bananas

Did you use rotten bananas? You should only use slightly over-ripe bananas for this. I've accidentally done this too with over-over-ripe bananas, and it did NOT turn out well.
 it was a perfectly ripe banana & it tasted rotten after freezing

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again! :)
I seem to have luck using bananas in any recipe. I stop the
oxidation process by adding a tablespoon or so of lemon juice which
stops it from turning brown. Peel frozen bananas at the last moment and
toss into blender so their exposed to very little oxygen turning them
brown. Quickly remove out, place in freezer to harden a bit. Fresh
bananas are better because they don't get soft like brown
bananas.Another way is to peel bananas and dip immediately in lemon
juice, wrap in saran wrap and freeze till ready to use. Farmers around
here passed on their bananas tricks. Children love bananas frozen on a
stick, of course dipped in lemon juice to not turn brown. My babies just
loved them frozen except I dipped in chocolate and fine nuts, then
froze. Good luck. from Domestic Engineer, Quebec
Or try something else...
Zem sugarego5 years ago
Wow. Mine only has two lid parts and the pitcher and everything at all assembled together.
Zem Zem5 years ago
Are all*
yo, u can put it in th dish warshur.....


I find it absolutely hilarious when people do this. It tickles me.
Quick, easy Blender cleaning: I add 2-3 drops of dish detergent, fill about 1/4 to 1/3 full with warm water. Blend on high for 30 seconds or so. Then rinse well. Done. Sparkling Clean!
  Oh, how much I learn just from reading comments. Awsome cleaning instructions. I'm not so afraid to get out of the blender now. :)
Solution: stick blender. I recieved one of these as a baby shower gift and wow! Soooooo easy to clean up and I've used mine for some pretty tough things. I made my own baby food for over a year and this thing never let me down.
you know, it had never occurred to me to get one of these, b/c it just doesn't look like they can do what a blender does. but per your suggestion, i'm going to research it b/c it does seem ultra convenient (and compact!) which would be a welcome change. i would say that i'll have to keep my upright blender for breaking ice to small bits, but my "ice crusher" blender does no such thing. it always leaves behind lots of large bits of ice, so making at-home frozen coffee drinks and the like isn't really feasible anyway. maybe i'll be so happy with the stick blender that i'll take my current blender to a thrift store. it takes up so much room in our small kitchen! :)
It does take some effort to get the stick to do a good job with ice, but it can be done. There's probably some out there that do a better job with ice than mine since I've had mine for almost two years and the specific brand I have has already come out with new ones. Happy researching :)
leave put together and fill with water and soap, give it a 30 second spin and presto clean. though you do need to take it apart for some things but for this i think it will do.
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