Introduction: 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!

Step 1: Ingredients

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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

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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.


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!


kitchouha (author)2009-10-18

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)kitchouha2009-11-09

Good tip!

eulaliaaaa! (author)2010-01-08

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!

Bern2 (author)2015-03-17

:( 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?

vhardesty (author)Bern22017-06-09

no it's not.

karimcdonald5097 (author)Bern22015-03-22

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.


HelenH51 (author)2016-08-12

Do you have to freeze the bananas beforehand?

vhardesty (author)HelenH512017-06-09

yes you really need to.

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cupcakepopcorn234 (author)2016-08-01

OMJ soo good i might tell my brother to eat this "ice cream" because i know he loves ice cream and he rarely eats fruit. (I'm 9.) i like bananas P.S. if u add vanilla will it taste like vanilla?

OMG you spelled OMG wrong

JustiK (author)2016-01-09

OMG! This is so perfect and yummy! As you can see, i want to gain weight. How can I gain it the healthy way but still using this recipe? Should i put a little some full cream milk?

CynthiaM43 (author)2015-12-26

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WilliamM44 (author)2015-08-24

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

Nightwolf789 (author)2015-08-10

I'm smarter than you're

ThisIsMyNameOK (author)2015-06-30

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.

phillipcd (author)2015-06-06

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

aandre (author)2009-11-12

absolutely lovely, considering I'm allergic to bananas

i don't know why i found this comment funny

clevy2 (author)2015-04-01

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 (author)clevy22015-04-01

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)

theegghead (author)2015-03-29

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

june9190 (author)2009-08-31

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 :)

caityjay (author)june91902009-09-03

Buy a blender. Find one at a thrift store (plug it in first, of course, to test it). Blenders are, like... awesome.

sugarego (author)caityjay2009-09-08

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.

bobwantzanapple (author)sugarego2009-09-14

my blender only has 2 parts that need cleaning...lid and pitcher

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sugarego (author)Zem2009-09-23

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.

bobwantzanapple (author)sugarego2009-10-11

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 (author)sugarego2009-09-23

Wow. Mine only has two lid parts and the pitcher and everything at all assembled together.

Zem (author)Zem2009-09-23

Are all*

redsoxdrummer (author)sugarego2009-09-14

yo, u can put it in th dish warshur.....

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Micizzle (author)firefliie2011-06-23

I find it absolutely hilarious when people do this. It tickles me.

4eversixteen (author)sugarego2009-09-23

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!

komecake (author)4eversixteen2009-12-28

  Oh, how much I learn just from reading comments. Awsome cleaning instructions. I'm not so afraid to get out of the blender now. :)

vililyia (author)sugarego2009-09-20

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.

sugarego (author)vililyia2009-09-23

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! :)

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