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1-ingredient Ice Cream

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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!
 
 
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Step 2: Blend to Perfection

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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.

AMAZED!!!

Step 3: Enjoy!

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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!
kitchouha4 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...
scoochmaroo (author)  kitchouha4 years ago
Good tip!
eulaliaaaa!4 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!

Just made it in ninja. Feel processor would be better. I would call it soft serve ice cream. I used chocolate topping (3 pumps) and could still taste the banana so I would suggest using double the quantity of topping. Texture is soft and silky with about 2 mins blending and about 1/2 c cold water to 2-3 large ripe frozen bananas pre cut. This quantity made 2 large serves in our sundae glasses. Will market this to our customers as homemade soft serve, non dairy, non lactose but will experiment with flavour portions to eliminate the banana flavour coming thru.

NOODLE!12 months ago
I made this yesterday with still-sorta-greenish bananas, and it was soooooooo good. thanks a million Scoocchmaroo!
boom man561 year ago
my sister and I made this a long time ago. ITS GOOD
SupraHD1 year ago
Well, I'll try this later and add some honey. Let see what it tastes like.
lambsb1 year ago
Finally tried this, almost forgot about it. It is good and creamy, and I love banana ice cream anyway. What a nice cheap snack you don't have to feel guilty about. Share with the kids too! They don't have to know its healthy. This could be a replacement for frozen vanilla pudding cups.....Thanks scoochmaroo!
hlfwy.thr1 year ago
I added about 1/2 tsp cocoa powder (to one banana) for a no-sugar added chocolate version. The banana was plenty sweet so there was no need for anything else. Yum!
landongaga1 year ago
i am soooooo amazed
That is a good idea.
dvivster1 year ago
I make this several times a week and it is always fantastic. I used to use my food processor, but now i use my stick blender for easier clean-up. I keep a bag of frozen banana in my freezer at all times.
june91904 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!!!
smart thinking june9190.  i *finally* tried this recipe.  in order to facilitate easier blending, i smooshed the bananas up a bit before freezing.  this made it easy to put in small pieces that weren't like giant ice cubes.  and if you think where i'm going with this is that it worked fabulously, i'm afraid that's not so.

the frozen bananas were, of course, darkened, because that's what you do, you use bananas ready for banana bread, right?  well, the color of them when they were frozen and smooshed in the bag simply darkened as they began to melt.  never got white and frothy.  i ran the blender some more, wondering if magic might start to happen a bit later.  worried b/c the bottom of the mixture was getting stirred, but the top was sitting there in a sort-of gelatinous mass.  i tilted the blender to encourage the stuff on top to get mixed in, and even stopped to stir.

what came off of the spoon wasn't even cold: the blades had generated enough heat to completely melt any trace of freeziness.  i ended up with slightly-more-blended, smooshed banana.  basically what i put into the freezer in the first place.

my wife was there with me, b/c we were planning to eat a yummy freezy banana treat, and she just kept laughing and insisting the whole thing was a big elaborate hoax.  that no one could possibly have ended up with something that resembles ice cream, and that everyone else who left comments was in on the hoax.  so, my point is: don't get a blender just for this treat.  you may feel that you, too, have become the brunt of a giant hoax.

anyone else have this experience when attempting to make this?
Unfortunately I'm leaning towards the hoax side as well. I was excited to try this but ended up with some gloopy mush. I read other comments about it being better with a food processor but I thought my Ninja brand blender could accomplish the task of turning a banana into an ice cream like substance. I'm not completely abandoning this awesome idea but until I get a food processor or can convince someone with one to try this, I'm going to have to remain skeptical.
I also used a ninja blender, but mine was perfect!
Mine was delicious, but it wasn't working right away. When I made mine, I was a bit impatient so I just took the bananas I had even though they weren't brown. I froze them, and I stuck them in my magic bullet blender but nothing happened. So I added some milk in it and squished it with a spoon. When it had a creamy texture, I ate it. It tasted like ice cream, but at the same time, it still tasted like bananas. Of course it would taste like bananas, but it really just tasted like a regular banana with an ice creamy texture, which is what it is. Either way, I enjoyed making and eating it.
Mine was great. Fun to make. Great because it is dairy-free. And it was DELICIOUS. Need new snacks that are healthy and lactose-free? THIS ONE IS FANTASTIC!
I got fantastic results, largely meeting the expectations.
My tips:
  1. Cut the banana in slices before freezing; the smaller the better
  2. Freeze
  3. Blend using a cutting blade
  4. Progressively add some water (as kitchouha suggested) while blending, if it does not turn creamy
  5. Freeze again
  6. Serve with grilled sliced almonds
vCloud sugarego2 years ago
well i heard many roumors about this recipe, i am currently trying this today, i heard blenders don't work and you must use a food processor for the best results.
I'm right there with ya. I tried the brown bananas, cut in half, frozen solid in a sub-zero freezer, and blended with a Vita-Mix (same blender Bobby Flay uses.) What I got was a cold cream with a nice texture that tasted exactly like rotten bananas.

I figured maybe I had let the bananas go too long, so tried a second batch. This time I froze the peeled bananas when the skins were slightly brown, but the bananas were still white. EXACT same result. The banana "cream" tasted just as rotten as the first batch.

My guess is, unless you like the taste of way over-ripened bananas, you'll have to freeze the bananas when they are still fresh. I'm going to try that next. (Though I don't know if the freezing process itself is actually producing that "over-ripe banana" flavor.)

On another note, I find that if you add enough chocolate, caramel, nuts, and fruits to the "ice cream" it's almost edible, but that probably rather defeats the purpose.

I find it interesting that you used the word "hoax" as this is exactly the word my own girlfriend used when we tried it the first time. She refused to even taste it the second time around. Hopefully third time's the charm!
leagle sugarego3 years ago
I tried it when on vacation with my daughter so needed to buy a food processor when I got home. You need to have the bananas in pieces and really frozen so freeze them not touching if you can. I added a bit of cream to get them started and it is crucial that you don't have too much to process and push down any part processed banana into the mix. That way you can beat it until it changes to a pale colour due to the air you're pumping in. It can be refrozen but is best straight from the mixer. Do put the mixer to soak because dried banana sticks like glue and is a devil to shift :)
I just made this and am eating it as I'm typing. My boyfriend is also helping me eat it (voluntarily i might add!) so it must taste pretty good.  I used VERY brown bananas, which I think is making it taste extra banana-y, so I think if you want less banana taste, use banana's which haven't gone completely brown like mine were. However, I love banana's, so I don't mind the taste, and the texture is amazing.

I think the point of this recipe is that the banana's need to be frozen whole, or at least in large chunks, and not 'smooshed', because smooshing them before frozen actually speeds up the browning process (oxidation) and releases a lot of the water content. When done as the instructable says, the frozen banana's first blend into an almost bread crumb like consistency, before taking on the smooth and silky texture described.

I do have to mention that I intially had some trouble getting it beyond the crumbly mixture, but that's mainly because I was using my stick blender with the little bowl attachement, and in the end just transferred it to the mixing cup and using the stick attachment, and it worked beautifully.

Don't be scared to try this again =P freeze the banana's whole!
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.
yo, u can put it in th dish warshur.....

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I find it absolutely hilarious when people do this. It tickles me.
my blender only has 2 parts that need cleaning...lid and pitcher
Same
sugarego Zem4 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! :)
Or try something else...
Zem sugarego4 years ago
Wow. Mine only has two lid parts and the pitcher and everything at all assembled together.
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