3-Ingredient Homemade Banana Ice Cream

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Homemade Banana Ice Cream is an easy, healthy treat perfect for summer. Are you craving a creamy, cold dessert that’s still light and nutritious? Look no further than this delicious and oh-so-easy 3-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream recipe!

banana ice cream in a bowl topped with strawberries.

The texture of the ice cream is like soft serve. You can freeze it to firm it up to a more scoopable consistency, if you like, or serve right away.

Made with just frozen bananas, milk, and a splash of vanilla extract, this creamy treat is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Why You’ll Love this Healthy Homemade Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Gosh you’re going to love this amazing 3-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream! Here are just a few reasons why you’re going to swoon:

  • Healthy and light: Unlike traditional ice cream, which is delicious but also higher with sugar and fat, this recipe is made with just three simple and wholesome ingredients. It offers protein and is sweetened only with bananas.
  • Easy and quick to make: With just a blender and a few basic ingredients, you can whip up a batch of this delicious ice cream in no time at all.
  • Creamy and delicious: Even though it’s made without any cream or eggs, this ice cream is incredibly rich and creamy. The frozen bananas give it a smooth and silky texture, while the vanilla extract adds a warm and inviting flavor.

Gather Your Ingredients for Homemade Banana Ice Cream

Before you start making your 3-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream, make sure you have all of the necessary ingredients on hand:

  • Milk or milk substitute: This will be the base for your ice cream and will help to blend the other ingredients together smoothly. You can use any type of milk you like. I use cow’s milk, but you can make it dairy-free and vegan by using almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk.
  • Frozen banana slices: You’ll need three large bananas, chopped and frozen, to give your ice cream its creamy texture and sweet flavor.
  • Pure vanilla extract: A small amount of vanilla extract adds a warm, fragrant flavor to your ice cream without overpowering the banana flavor.

Grab these Tools

  • Blender or Food Processor – No ice cream maker required.
  • Baking Sheet and Parchment Paper
  • Freezer-Safe Container

How to make Healthy Homemade Banana Ice Cream: Step-by-Step Directions

Just a few easy steps to make 3-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream at home:

bowls of banana ice cream with strawberries and a jug of milk
  1. Chop and freeze bananas: Peel three large bananas, chop them into small pieces, and place them in a container or plastic bag in the freezer until they are completely frozen. This will take several hours or overnight.
  2. Blend ingredients: Combine milk or milk substitute, frozen banana chunks, and pure vanilla extract in a blender or food processor. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy, adding more milk as needed to help everything blend together.
  3. Serve immediately or freeze for later: You can serve the ice cream immediately, while it’s still soft and creamy, or transfer the ice cream mixture to a shallow dish and freeze for about 30 minutes to firm it up. In a deep container, it will take longer.
  4. Store leftovers in an airtight container: If you have any leftover ice cream, transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the freezer for later. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, let it soften at room temperature for 15 minutes or so before breaking up ice crystals with a fork, stirring well, and then scooping.

How to Serve Your Healthy Homemade Banana Ice Cream

Now that you’ve made your 3-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream, it’s time to enjoy it in all its delicious glory! I topped it off with a dollop of whipped cream. Here are a few fun and creative ways to serve it up:

  • Topped with fresh fruit: Top scoops ice cream with some fresh fruit, such as sliced bananas, strawberries, or blueberries.
  • Drizzled with chocolate sauce: Here’s my favorite easy hot fudge sauce, made with cocoa powder in the microwave. Warm caramel sauce would also be incredible.
  • Sprinkled with nuts or granola: To add some crunch and texture to your ice cream, sprinkle some chopped nuts or granola on top.
  • Chunky Monkey: Boy, do I ever love the peanut butter and banana combo. I like to melt some peanut butter in the microwave until pourable and drizzle it over banana ice cream. Top with chopped, salted and roasted peanuts.
banana ice cream with a carton of milk in the background

Storage Tips

The shelf life of banana ice cream, like any homemade ice cream, depends on several factors, including the ingredients used and the storage conditions. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Freshly made banana ice cream: Freshly made ice cream tends to have the best taste and consistency.
  2. Stored in the freezer: If you have leftover banana ice cream or you’re planning to store it for later use, transfer it to an airtight container and place it in the freezer. When stored properly, banana ice cream can typically last for about 1 to 2 months.

Notes on Freezer Storage

  • Over time, ice crystals may start to form in the ice cream, resulting in a less creamy texture. Additionally, the flavor of the banana ice cream may begin to deteriorate after a few weeks in the freezer.
  • While it may still be safe to consume beyond the recommended time frame, the quality may not be as desirable.
  • Homemade ice cream tends to have a shorter shelf life compared to commercial ice cream, which often contains stabilizers and preservatives to prolong its freshness.

    FAQs

    Is banana ice cream healthier than regular ice cream?

    Banana ice cream, also known as “nice cream,” is generally considered a healthier alternative to regular ice cream. Here’s why:
    Nutritional content: Bananas are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. They contain potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and magnesium. When frozen and blended, bananas create a creamy texture similar to ice cream, providing a naturally sweet flavor without the need for additional sugars or artificial additives.

    Lower in calories and fat: Traditional ice cream is typically high in calories and saturated fat. Banana ice cream is generally lower in calories and contains minimal to no fat, depending on the milk.

    Optionally Dairy-free and vegan-friendly: Many banana ice cream recipes are dairy-free and suitable for those who follow a vegan or dairy-free diet.

    Why does frozen banana taste like ice cream?

    Frozen bananas can taste like ice cream for a few reasons:

    Natural sugars: Bananas contain natural sugars, particularly fructose, which contributes to their inherent sweetness. When frozen, the natural sugars become concentrated, intensifying the sweetness.

    Texture: Freezing bananas alters their texture and makes them firmer. When blended or pureed, the frozen bananas turn creamy and smooth, similar to the texture of ice cream. The high water content in bananas also contributes to the desirable texture when frozen.

    Starch content: Bananas contain starch, which gets converted into sugars as they ripen. Overripe bananas, with more developed starches, tend to have a sweeter taste. When frozen and blended, the starches break down further, resulting in a smoother consistency and enhanced sweetness.

    Mouthfeel: The combination of the natural sugars, texture, and cold temperature creates a creamy, pleasant mouthfeel that is reminiscent of ice cream.

    What is the best way to freeze bananas?

    To freeze bananas properly, follow these steps:

    Choose ripe bananas: Select bananas that are fully ripe but not overly soft or mushy. The peels should be yellow with some brown spots, indicating optimal ripeness.

    Peel the bananas: Remove the peels from the bananas. If you find it difficult to peel them, you can cut off the ends and make a lengthwise slit along the peel to facilitate easier removal.

    Slice or leave whole: Decide whether you want to freeze the bananas in slices or leave them whole. Sliced bananas are easier to use in recipes or for blending, but whole bananas can be useful if you plan to eat them as a frozen snack.

    Prepare a tray or baking sheet: Line a tray or baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. This will prevent the bananas from sticking to the surface and make them easier to remove later.

    Arrange the bananas: Place the peeled bananas on the tray or baking sheet, ensuring they are not touching each other. This will prevent them from freezing together in clumps.

    Freeze: Put the tray with the bananas in the freezer and allow them to freeze completely. It usually takes about 2-3 hours for sliced bananas and 4-6 hours for whole bananas to freeze solid.

    Transfer to a storage container: Once the bananas are frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or a zip-top bag. Label the container with the date for reference.

    Store in the freezer: Return the container to the freezer and store the bananas for up to 3-4 months.

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    Healthy 3-Ingredient Homemade Banana Ice Cream

    Learn how to make the BEST creamy homemade healthy banana ice cream in 5 minutes with this easy 3 ingredient banana ice cream recipe.
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Servings: 4

    Ingredients  

    For Banana Ice Cream

    • 1 to 1 ¼ cups milk or milk substutute
    • 3 large chopped bananas frozen
    • ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
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    Instructions 

    • Combine 1 cup milk, bananas, and vanilla extract in a blender or food processor. Blend until very smooth and creamy, about 60 seconds on a blender’s full speed. If the blades are catching, add more milk, just a splash at a time, to get the ingredients moving. Serve immediately, or transfer to a shallow dish and freeze for 30 minutes to firm it up and make it more scoopable (in a deep container it will take longer).
    • Transfer to an airtight container to freeze any leftovers, then let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes or so to soften before breaking up ice crystals with a fork, stirring well, and then scooping.

    Notes

    Make-Ahead Reminder
    Don’t forget you have to Pre-Freeze Banana Slices to ensure you have ripe bananas on hand for whenever your ice cream cravings strike.
    Storage
    Banana ice cream can typically be stored in the freezer for 1 to 2 months while maintaining decent quality. However, it’s best to consume it within a few hours of making for optimal flavor and texture.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 0.2mg

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    4 Comments

    1. Amanda says:

      5 stars
      My whole family loves this banana ice cream so much that the kids have learned to make it themselves.

    2. Ann says:

      It’s easy and costs less. Mmmh😘

    3. Doreen says:

      Can I use an icecream maker instead of freezing the bananas?

      1. Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD says:

        Sure!