1-ingredient Ice Cream





Introduction: 1-ingredient Ice Cream

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

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!

Step 2: Blend to Perfection

At first, the bananas resist the blending.

Don't panic.

Chop them up a few at a time, adding more bit by bit. They'll reach that nice chunky stage that you can use in smoothies. But you're not done yet! Keep that blender running for another 3-4 minutes, and watch in amazement as what you once saw as frozen bananas turn into a rich, creamy, silky blend.


Step 3: Enjoy!

For the first go-round, try this recipe as-is.

Thereafter, feel free to consider this a blank canvas for all of your ice cream dreams.

Try adding honey, chocolate syrup, maple syrup, peanut butter, flavored extracts, or additional frozen fruits! Go to town, and make sure you share your favorite remixes in the comments!



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    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.

    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!

    :( I let my blender run for 4-6minutes but it heated the banana to where steam was coming off it. Is this right? Is it supposed to heat up before it will turn to resemble soft serve?

    Bern2- this doesn't sound right...some find it more efficient to use their food processors to get a nice consistency in a little less time. Also, it sounds like maybe your blender is over heating. Consider slicing your bananas into coins before popping them into the freezer. This provides less resistance and your appliance won't have to work so hard!

    To everyone- one of the recipes that I use for the banana ice cream calls for the smaller bananas- the 3.5"-5" ones. They tend to be much sweeter and are even easier to work with. Also, you will get ripe bananas within a day or two of purchase, as they tend to over-ripen at twice the rate of the typical sized ones.


    Do you have to freeze the bananas beforehand?

    yes you really need to.