One Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

by Kelli H. on April 28, 2013

This recipe is ridiculously easy. You only need one ingredient! If you’ve been on Pinterest at all, then I’m sure you’ve seen this famous recipe. I’ve been eying it for about a year, but never got myself to make it. This morning when I noticed the three totally overripe bananas on my counter, I decided I should probably give it a try. With our wedding coming up in less than three months, I’ve been avoiding baking (sadly), so this was the perfect treat to make.

The only prep work is to freeze your bananas a few hours before you want to make it. Around 11 a.m. I sliced up three bananas and laid them on this sheet pan. I then threw it in the freezer for about 3 hours. After lunch I was ready for my sweet treat, so I pulled them out, along with my food processor and got started.

All I did was pulse the banana slices for about 30 seconds to maybe a minute. I wasn’t really timing it. It started to look like the picture above. Once it started to puree a bit more I let it rip until it started to look like the picture below.

This step is where I read you could add in a tablespoon or two of peanut butter (YUM! but I hate peanut butter & banana combo…) or nutella (never keep it on hand…). I’m sure the nutella would have been delicious, or if you’re a fan of peanut butter banana, but I skipped that step.

I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome this recipe is. It was so simple! The banana get soooo smooth and fluffy that it almost reminded me of mousse.  It has a wonderful texture, and while it’s not technically ice cream, it’s a great substitute. I mean, I definitely don’t feel bad eating a banana, and if it can satisfy my sweet tooth then that’s even better! I have a feeling I know what I’ll be doing with my overripe banana this summer over and over again. Seriously, try this recipe! It’s freaking awesome.

One Ingredient Banana Ice Cream
Idea from That’s So Michelle

3-5 bananas, sliced

Optional: 1-2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter or nutella

1. Slice bananas and lay on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Freeze banana slices for 3 hours.

2. In a food processor; pulse banana slices until they look like little pebbles. Stop pulsing and turn the food processor to on. Let her rip until bananas become smooth and fluffy. Add optional add ins once smooth. Serve. 

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie @ Blonde Ambition April 29, 2013 at 12:37 am

The first time I tried (what I like to call) Banana Froyo, I added Nutella. Amaaazing. I don’t even love the taste of bananas, and I love this stuff!


Alysia @ Slim Sanity April 29, 2013 at 6:11 pm

This is why I need a food processor!


amy @ fearless homemaker May 1, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Only one ingredient? My mind is blown by this! I would definitely try it with peanut butter or nutella, since I love those with bananas. YUM!


Michelle O May 4, 2013 at 12:53 am

Using the slipat was brilliant! Mine always stick! Yum now I want some again đŸ™‚


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