Would you believe it is possible to create a healthy and nutritious "ice cream" with only one simple ingredient? It's true—and you have to look no further than your fruit bowl.
The reason frozen bananas can be transformed into ice cream in this way is because of the high pectin content and a small amount of fat found in the fruit. This allows for a frozen banana to create a rich, creamy ice cream texture rather than becoming flaky or icy like other frozen fruit.
The result is a treat that's vegan, gluten-free, non-dairy, and with no-added-sugar. Plus, there is no special equipment needed. You sure can't beat that!
Gather the ingredients. (In this case, just one ingredient!)
Peel and slice the bananas and place them in an airtight freezer-safe container. Freeze until solid, at least overnight.
Place the frozen bananas in the base of a food processor fitted with the S-shaped blade.
Pulse the bananas. At first, the banana pieces will just start to break up. After a few more pulses, they will start looking crumbly. (You can scrape down the sides of the food processor along the way as necessary.) Right when you think there is no way this technique will work, pulse a few more times and suddenly the bananas will have transformed into the consistency of a beautiful soft serve ice cream. At this point, scoop the banana ice cream from the food processor and serve immediately.
Try some of the variations below and have fun experimenting with your favorite flavors and mix-ins to create your own unique and delicious versions of this easy treat.
Serve and enjoy immediately!
- As bananas ripen, an enzyme called amylase breaks down the starch in the fruit transforming them into sugars, making the bananas sweet. Another enzyme called pectinase breaks down the cell walls in the fruit to make it soft. Therefore, when making banana ice cream, riper bananas will result in a sweeter frozen treat!
- You can keep a container of frozen bananas in your freezer to use for making banana ice cream anytime a craving hits!
Now it's time to get creative! This one ingredient recipe can be jazzed up into a wide array of flavor variations.
- Try making Tropical Banana Ice Cream by adding frozen mango into the food processor. Pulse in the same manner until the desired consistency is achieved. To serve, top with toasted coconut for texture and tropical flair.
- You can also make Chocolate Banana Ice Cream. Simply add a spoonful of cocoa powder into the base of the food processor along with the bananas. To serve, top with mini chocolate chips.
- Powdered peanut butter can be added to the food processor to create Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream. Serve with a sprinkling of chopped nuts on top.