2 Ingredient Banana "Ice Cream"
4-6 over-ripe bananas
1 tsp. vanilla extract (or to taste)
Peel the bananas and slice into 1/2-inch pieces. Put the
bananas in an airtight container such as a freezer-safe glass
bowl with a lid or a freezer bag. Freeze for at least 2 hours,
but ideally overnight.
Blend the frozen banana pieces in a food processor with vanilla
extract, pulsing a few times to start, for several minutes,
until smooth and whipped. It takes approximately 3-5 minutes.
This will produce vanilla "soft serve." Formula: frozen bananas
+ flavor mix-ins (other frozen fruit, spices, flavoring, etc.) =
Make other flavors by adding any mix-ins as the bananas turn
creamy. Blend to incorporate the added flavor and aerate the ice
cream. The frozen bananas must be used to give the creamy
texture and any frozen fruit combinations can be used for
flavor. The bananas do not give a strong banana flavor.
Serve immediately as "soft serve." For firmer ice cream, place
in an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 1
Makes 2 (1/2 cup) servings for every two frozen bananas plus
mix-ins. Recipe quantity depends on size of food processor.
Flavor examples are given below.
Flavor Mix-ins: (For every two bananas use the
following for flavor.)
Apple Pie = 1/2 cup frozen apple slices + 1 tsp. cinnamon
+ 1/2 tsp. allspice + 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Blueberry = 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
Caramel Apple = 6 pitted medjool dates, chopped + 1 cup frozen
Chocolate = 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
Chocolate Cherry = 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder +
1 1/2 cups frozen dark sweet cherries cut into halves
to be sure the pits are out
Cinnamon Cocoa = 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder + 1/2 tsp. ground
Mango Peach = 1 cup frozen mango chunks + 1 cup frozen peach slices
Pumpkin Spice = 3/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
frozen in ice cube tray (6 cubes) + 1 tsp. cinnamon +
1/8 tsp. ground ginger + 1/8 tsp. nutmeg + Dash of
allspice + Dash of ground cloves + 2 pitted medjool
Strawberry = 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
Strawberry Date = 3/4 cup frozen strawberries + 3 pitted medjool
NOTE: This recipe can be made in a Yonanas machine
(fruit soft serve machine) rather than a food processor or
high-speed blender. Yonanas machines are sold on Amazon or
yonanas.com. When using a Yonanas machine, the bananas can be
frozen whole and broken in half to insert into the Yonanas
machine. Keep frozen bananas in the freezer to have "ice cream"
at any time!