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Dreamy Creamy Banana Ice Cream

Banana ice cream, two ingredients, no ice cream maker needed!

Banana ice cream, two ingredients, no ice cream maker needed!

Continuing on with the wonderful super fruit banana, I thought it would be fun to show another way to enjoy this amazing fruit by making banana ice cream using only two ingredients and no ice cream maker. I wouldn’t even call this a recipe at all as I didn’t measure out the bananas or bit of heavy cream I used. Now you can omit the cream all together, or use skim, low-fat, 2% milk, soy, coconut or almond milk if you prefer. As I stated already you do not need an ice cream maker but you do need to use one of these; food processor, hand blender, blender, stand or hand mixer, preferably the first two would be ideal.

Instead of an ordinary milk shake, use banana ice cream.

Instead of an ordinary milk shake, use banana ice cream.

Now I’ve seen some crazy cooky and creative ideas from Pinterest on various uses for the banana from s’mores, freezing an over ripe banana and eating it like a soft serve ice cream. I’ve seen it stuffed with marshmallows, chocolate chips baked into a ooey gooey mess one would truly appreciate. The banana ice cream I made needs no ingredient list or directions, just use my photo’s as a guide, and you will never throw away another over ripe banana away.

Ready? Get your bananas and let’s go…..

I used a food processor and tossed in about 4 or 5 bananas, then ran it for about a min or so.

Unless you like it chunky pulse or run food processor till you get a smooth consistency. Use rubber spatula to scrap down the sides.

Unless you like it chunky pulse or run food processor till you get a smooth consistency. Use rubber spatula to scrape down the sides.

Now here is where you can continue to pulse a few more times, and then freeze and eat later, or add one more ingredient. 

At this stage I added about 1/2 cup of heavy cream and ran again for a couple of minutes.

At this stage I added about 1/2 cup of heavy cream and ran again for a couple of minutes.

Pour ice cream into a freezer safe container and freeze until you are ready to dive in.

Pour ice cream into a freezer safe container and freeze until you are ready to dive in.

Since this was the first time I made ice cream EVER, i put it in the freezer and let it set overnight. Next morning I had my daughter try it, she loved it but wanted a creamier texture and suggested that i re blend the ice cream in the food processor, and then fold in fresh made whipping cream. So that is what we did next. We did not buy ready-made whipped topping, or canned. I simply made plain whipping cream with a hand blender. No vanilla extract or sugar used as the bananas have three types of sugar and needs no more.

Re blended the ice cream, and folded in fresh whipped cream.

Re blended the ice cream, and folded in 1 cup of fresh whipped cream.

Remember you do not have to do this extra step, or use heavy cream. In fact if anyone makes this and uses a different milk, please share with photo’s in the comment section, I’d love to hear how other variations come out. 

The end result was banana ice cream with the creaminess and sweetness of ice cream, but without added sugar, flavors or ingredients most people cannot pronounce.

The result was banana ice cream with the creaminess and sweetness of ice cream, but without added sugar, flavors or ingredients most people cannot pronounce.

Add a little milk and have a banana shake, old fashion ice cream parlor style!!

Add a little milk and have a banana shake, old fashion ice cream parlor style!!

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Clarissa Cordero grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

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  1. Ooh! It almost makes me wish I liked bananas… The only way I tend to be able to eat bananas are when they’re combined with chocolate ice cream. ;-) (Ate way too many of the small sweet ones as a child)

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  2. I love any dessert that uses real bananas. Great recipe :D Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I like sweet banana cream pie, so I bet I would like this creamy dreamy ice cream, too! I have never eaten this flavor of ice cream! Thanks!

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  4. Did I mention that some one told me that some folks who eat banana’s attract mosquitoes.
    I must be one of them. So I’m waiting for winter to enjoy them.

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    • No way, you kidding me Ms Jules????
      I got to say i love your humor, you crack me up!!!

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      • Nope – not kidding. The ‘experts’ in the vitamin and mineral section of the local discount drug store. I was looking to find something internally to shake the little buggers, like ‘B12′ not sure if that works though. Anyway the recommendation was to stick dryer sheets in my pockets – because what ever is in them the mosquitoes don’t like. Now a good acidic tomato might also help, (like Jersey Beefsteak) which used to pull the acid out of the New Jersey soil…that extra acidity used to work anyway for some folks – It did for my father-in-law when he was a young man ;)

        You do know that laughter is supposed to help you live longer and that laughter is good for your health?! :)

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