How To Make Banana Ice Cream

How To Make Banana Ice Cream {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

I almost always have a freezer full of bananas for smoothies, but in the summer I tend to use them more for making ice cream than anything else. My kids love banana ice cream and I have no problem with them eating as much of it as they want. Besides the fact that banana ice cream is actually a nutritious treat,  I can make it from start to finish faster than I can make a smoothie. Banana ice cream for breakfast anybody?

How To Make Banana Ice Cream {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

To make basic banana ice cream you only need 1 ingredient…frozen bananas. Making flavored banana ice cream isn’t much harder either! You simply make the banana ice cream base and add whatever flavorings you like. It’s simple, no ice cream machine needed, no crazy additives, and its healthy. Winning!

Get your food processor ready, it’s going to get a whole lot of use this summer. 

Step 1: Peel, slice, and freeze the bananas.

How To Make Banana Ice Cream {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

Although you can slice bananas that have been frozen whole I find that having a tray of sliced ones ensures that I keep all of my fingers on my hand. Seriously, slicing frozen bananas is scary for accident prone people like myself. 

Step 2: Process the bananas into soft serve.

How To Make Banana Ice Cream {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

This can take a minute or so, but I promise it works. Simply place the frozen banana slices in the food processor and start processing. 

How To Make Banana Ice Cream {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

You will need to stop the processor a few times and scrape the sides, then continue to process.

How To Make Banana Ice Cream {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

The bananas go from slices, to Dippin’ Dots sized bits, to sometimes a mass of bananas rolling around like a rock, to all of the sudden soft serve. It’s crazy and cool all at the same time!

How To Make Banana Ice Cream {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

See how easy that was?! Now, of course you can eat this as it is and enjoy some seriously tasty banana soft serve or you can use this as a base and add flavorings. I tend to like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry so I am sharing my go-to recipes for those below as well. 

How To Make Banana Ice Cream {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

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How To Make Banana Ice Cream (Gluten Free, Vegan)

  • Author: Beard And Bonnet
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x

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Ingredients

  • 2 sliced, frozen bananas

Instructions

  1. Place the frozen banana slices in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the “S” blade. Process until the bananas turn into smooth soft serve. Serve immediately or transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze until ready to serve.

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Vanilla, Chocolate, & Strawberry Banana Ice Cream (Gluten Free, Vegan)

  • Author: Beard And Bonnet
  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 8 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x

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Ingredients

For vanilla banana ice cream

  • 1 batch of banana ice cream base
  • 1/2 of 1 vanilla bean, scraped and pod reserved for another use or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the chocolate banana ice cream

For the strawberry banana ice cream


Instructions

For all 3 flavors

  1. Make the banana ice cream base according to the directions. Once the bananas are the consistency of soft serve ice cream add the additional ingredients for whichever flavor you choose and blend until combined.

25 Comments

  1. Nanda June 23, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    would this work in a full-size food processor? i don’t have a small mini-prep type like yours.

    Reply
    1. Meg June 23, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Nanda, mine is a full size food processor I think the pictures just make it look smaller. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Gaby June 24, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Looks delicious!! Wish I could share a bowl with you!

    Reply
    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks Gaby! I will make a big bowl for you whenever you want.

      Reply
  3. Vanesa June 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Amazing recipies! thank you so much!!!
    I made the chocolate today and although it was amazingly delicious the final consistency was not hard a all… i wonder if i processed it too long after i added the milk and cacao because previous to that it was quite hard…
    do you have any recomendations?
    thank you for you time

    Reply
    1. Meg June 26, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Hey Vanesa, sometimes if I process them too long and they have passed the frozen yogurt stage I put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes. That should help the ice cream set up and you should be able to scoop it with an ice cream scoop.

      Reply
      1. Vanesa July 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm

        THANK YOU! 🙂

        Reply
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  5. Nanda July 15, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    oh how i wish i had your phone number now! i’m trying to process the bananas and they just keep getting stuck over the blade, and the blade is just spinning without touching anything. I’ve scraped and scraped but it never engages anymore. all it ever did was get it to the dipping dots stage, and now that’s what i have. 🙁

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    1. Meg July 15, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      I am so sorry you are having a problem Nanda! Hmmm…you should just be able to let it run a bit longer and it will eventually transform into soft serve. Sometimes the bananas need to melt a bit for the magic to happen. Also, if you are using a blender or a large processor you may need to add more banana to get those blades turning and free everything up a bit. If all else fails add a tablespoon or two of non-dairy milk or regular milk and try it again.

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    1. Meg July 21, 2014 at 7:36 am

      Seriously, you must try this! Soooo good.

      Reply
      1. Caitlin February 6, 2015 at 12:49 pm

        Does the chocolate recipe still have a strong banana taste?

        Reply
        1. Meg February 6, 2015 at 1:19 pm

          It actually doesn’t have a strong banana flavor. The cocoa takes over and it tastes super chocolaty.

          Reply
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  7. tina July 29, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Made the chocolate tonight- so yummy and satisfying!

    Reply
    1. Meg July 29, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Yay Tina!! So glad you liked it:)

      Reply
  8. leon taylor August 5, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    take 2 large bananas , cut one in half, freeze one and half banana. couple hrs later throw in blender . unfrozen half banana helps the process. stop to scrape down sides several times.

    Reply
    1. Meg August 6, 2014 at 7:43 am

      That is a great tip Leon!

      Reply
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