One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream (With 7 Variations)

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Banana ice cream is a healthy frozen treat that is almost too good to be true. Why eat a plain banana when you can make it into ice cream?

banana ice cream with berries

Banana Ice Cream

I have recently discovered banana ice cream and it is my new favorite treat. And the best part? My kids LOVE it too! It is the perfect guilt-free, low-sugar summer snack. My kids could eat this all day and never even know it’s not “real” ice cream. I’m not even a big fan of bananas and I love it. The banana flavor isn’t overpowering at all (especially when you add some mix-ins). It turns out smooth, creamy, and delicious every time. JUST like ice cream!

Is Banana Ice Cream Healthy?

Yes! This is considered a healthy snack because you are literally just eating a banana. It is a vegan, dairy-free, low calorie, high potassium snack. Plus, there are no added sugars!

plain banana ice cream

Is Banana Ice Cream Keto?

Although this is a very healthy treat, it is not considered “Keto”. This is because bananas are naturally higher in carbohydrates and has a good amount of natural sugars.

Banana Ice Cream Ingredients

Banana ice cream is just one easy ingredient: bananas. Some like to add a little splash of vanilla or a splash of coconut milk (which is delicious), but honestly just one ingredient is all you need!

Banana ice cream being scooped from a blender

How to Make Banana Ice Cream

  1. Peel and slice bananas
  2. Put bananas in freezer until completely frozen (6-8 hours)
  3. Using a food processor, pulse until smooth like ice cream
  4. Serve as soft-serve or freeze until hard enough to scoop

Mix-In Ideas (7 variations)

There are so many way to take this easy ice cream up a notch. Eat it plain or try on of these variations (add as much as you would like, to taste):

  • Frozen mango and pineapple
  • Nutella
  • Peanut butter and cocoa powder
  • Frozen raspberries and cocoa powder
  • Mixed berries or strawberries
  • Pineapple and coconut milk (Pina colada)
  • Vanilla and Oreo cookies (Cookies and cream)
Banana ice cream with berries blended in a blender

Tips On Making Banana Ice Cream

  • Freeze your bananas sliced. You can use whole frozen bananas but I have found it is hard on my food processor. It is much easier to blend up slices. Find more great tips on freezing bananas HERE.
  • Use a food processor. I have a Blendtec blender and it works pretty well, but if you have a low-powered blender I wouldn’t recommend it. Even though I have a high-powered blender, I still like the food processor better.
  • If it seems crumbly and isn’t smoothing out… keep blending! It will get smooth eventually, promise.
  • Re-freeze after blending to make “scoop-able” ice cream

More Easy Frozen Summer Treat Ideas

banana ice cream with berries

One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

5 from 3 votes
Banana ice cream is a healthy frozen treat that is almost too good to be true. Why eat a plain banana when you can make it into ice cream?
Prep Time 10 mins
Freezing time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Peel and slice bananas into 1"-2" slices.
  • Place banana slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 6-8 hours. You can prepare ice cream immediately or place bananas in a Ziplock freezer bag until ready to use.
  • When ready to prepare ice cream, place frozen banana slices in a food processor (or high-power blender) and pulse until smooth and creamy. If it seems crumbly and not smoothing out, just keep blending. It will get there!
  • Serve as soft-serve immediately or place in a freezer safe container and freeze for another 2-3 hours to scoop and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 158kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 634mgFiber: 5gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 113IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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