How to make Banana Ice Cream

“Can we have banana ice cream for dessert?”

This is a common question in our house. I don’t like giving my kids ice cream. It’s very high in carbohydrates and throws Jordan’s blood sugar off. Honestly, even if he didn’t have diabetes, my kids act like complete wild children after having ice cream.

I saw a post about this dessert on my facebook page one day and I had to try it. It can be made with just one ingredient (bananas), or you can add other flavors to switch it up a little.

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First, thinly slice 3-4 bananas and throw them in the freezer (in a freezer safe container). I like to do this when I’m putting away groceries, that way they’re ready whenever I need them (which will be soon knowing my kids!)

Freeze them at least overnight. They can last quite a few days like that in the freezer. I’m not sure the exact amount of time, I’ve done up to a week.

*Tip: The thinner you slice them, the easier the next step will be. Also try not to freeze them together (like in photo) as they are more difficult to separate once frozen.

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Once the bananas are frozen, you are going to throw them in the food processor. I do not recommend using a blender (I tried once, it did not end well for the blender!!) It will start to look something like this.

*Tip: Let the bananas sit on the counter for a few minutes before blending. It makes them easier to separate and blend quicker.

Now, you can continue without adding any extra ingredients. Or you can add different flavors, frozen berries for instance:

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(See more flavor ideas at the bottom of the post)

Keep blending. For a while it looks like nothing much is happening:

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*Tip: If you stop it about every 60 seconds and use a spatula to scrape the sides and get the bigger chunks closer to the blade, it goes a lot faster.

The bottom keeps blending and the top doesn’t. Then all of a sudden it starts to rotate and then you have this:

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My kids like eating it just like this. It’s basically a soft ice cream or smoothie consistency at this point.

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If you prefer hard ice cream consistency, or there is some leftover, throw it back in the freezer. I didn’t have leftover of this batch to take a picture of (we ate it too fast!) but this chocolate one is what it looks like:

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That’s it! It’s a fantastic alternative to ice cream. No gluten, no lactose, low sugar and carbs, nut-free and fits into vegan and paleo diets.

Recipes:

  1. Banana triple berry: 3-4 regular size bananas, 1 cup frozen berries (fresh would work too).
  2. Banana chocolate peanut butter: 3-4 bananas, 2 Tbsp cocoa powder and 1/3 cup peanut butter.
  3. Banana freckled pink lemonade: 3-4 bananas, 1/4 can of frozen pink lemonade concentrate, 1/2 cup strawberries.

You can add as much or as little as you want. The above are amounts that our family enjoys. Like more chocolate? How about chocolate chips or chocolate syrup? Try adding a bit of vanilla or almond milk for flavor. Add chunks of fresh fruit or candy (gummies, caramel, smarties). There are endless possibilities.

I want to try a piña colada next. What flavor will you try?

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