One-Ingredient Ice Cream

Did that title pique your interest?

It did mine when I first saw it on the internet. In fact, this little phenomenon has been popping up on food blogs all over the place lately. If you’re like me you’re probably wondering what could possibly possess all of the properties necessary so that just the item itself could be enough to magically transform into ice cream. Right? Apparently bananas.

I’ll admit I was very skeptical. When I think of banana ice cream, I think of something more like THIS. And obviously a frozen banana isn’t going to compare. But I have to say I was very surprised and very pleased with the results. Somehow whipping up frozen banana chunks creates some magical reaction and really does turn it into a creamy-smooth ice cream-like substance. Wanna see how?


One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

Bananas can tend to get a bitter taste to them after freezing and it’s intensified if they’re under-ripe So definitely use very ripe bananas for this. They shouldn’t be brown-mushy-banana-bread-ripe, but ripe. I found the best ones to be like the ones below, where the outsides were spotty but the insides weren’t brown yet at all. They were super sweet.

Try it with about 3 medium bananas. Slice or dice into small pieces (to make the blending part easier) and place in the freezer. Place frozen banana chunks into a food processor.

Can you guess the next step? Ya, blend those babies up. Depending on the size of your food processor, the amount of bananas, and how frozen they are, you may have to stop it a few times and scrape and mush the mixture around. I’ve had to do that every time.

The first time I tried this I was concerned when my mixture never turned into anything resembling ice cream. It just looked like tiny little grains, much like couscous!

But all I had to do was grab a spatula and when I stirred them even the tiniest bit, ta-da!

Sure enough it was smooth, creamy, and looked just like ice cream!

Now looking like ice cream is one thing, but what about the taste and texture? I was very surprised to find that this stuff actually feels like ice cream in my mouth. It tastes like- let’s be real here, bananas. But it’s still quite delish. One of the great things you can do is add some mix-ins to the food processor along with bananas. Sure it won’t make it “one” ingredient ice cream anymore, but it’s sure yummy. I tried one batch with some cinnamon-sugar, one with a spoonful of peanut butter, and our personal favorite: a scoop of heaven. Er…I mean,

It’s really amazing how much frozen bananas can resemble ice cream.

The true test? This one:

Not only was this 4 year-old super happy to be eating a treat, he had noooo idea it was just bananas. Muah ha ha ha ha. Total victory moment for Mommy. Plus I won super-mega-cool-Mom-points by saying, “Why yes son. Yes, you can have ice cream for breakfast today.”

Try it out and let me know what you think! If you’re trying to eat healthier this new year, this might be just the sweet treat to get you through those tough times when you really want this, this, this, or this!

If you are looking for some healthier frozen treat options, try these Frozen Pudding Pops (in 6 different flavors!) or go for a Sweet Fruit Sorbet

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Easy, One-Ingredient Ice Cream

One-Ingredient Ice Cream

  • Author: Our Best Bites
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Freezer time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes


This ice cream is bananas– literally! Frozen bananas make the perfect base for a sweet, frozen treat. Add cinnamon-sugar, peanut butter, or Nutella for a fun twist.


3 medium ripe bananas (just beginning to show brown spots on the peel but the insides have not yet begun to brown– not underripe but also not as ripe as you would use for banana bread)

peanut butter


Slice or dice bananas into small pieces (to make the blending part easier) and place in freezer until frozen through, at least a few hours.

Place frozen banana chunks into a food processor and blend.  Depending on the size of your food processor, the amount of bananas, and how frozen they are, you may have to stop it a few times and scrape and mush the mixture around. I’ve had to do that every time.

The mixture may look crumbly and resemble cous cous. Just grab a spatula, stir it, and watch as it transforms into perfect soft serve banana ice cream.

If using, blend in your desired add ins to taste and serve.

Keywords: banana, ice cream, frozen treats, dessert, fruit



  1. We have been making Banana Ice cream in my omega juicer for about 8 years. I think it would work in a pasta extruder too. Frozen bananas in one side, soft serve banana ice cream cone out the other side. This is the only kind of ice cream my children had for years.

    Extra bonus, an NONE fruit eating, I hate bananas preteen started eating bananas every day in this form. So, not only for the banana lover!

  2. What a great idea!! I'm always craving something sweet after dinner, but don't want unhealthy ice cream. I will CERTAINLY be giving this a try.

  3. We have a gelato store in Princeton that sells "banana whip" which is exactly what you posted – frozen bananas. They use a machine from Italy to whip the bananas in a gelato form, but now I'm going to try your food processor method.

  4. Oh what a wonderful idea! I always crave ice cream so this frozen bananas would be excellent for me whenever I crave ice cream. 🙂

  5. This is totally MY post:) First, I LOOOVE bananas. I usually eat one every morning. Second, I'm getting my tonsils out in 2 wks and guess what…I think this will be my "ice cream" of choice. Yipee…a lot less calories. And third, my husband just bought me a food processor for my anniversary and it's dying to be used. I have no excuses now.

  6. What a great idea. Love it. I am a banana holic LOL

    Heads up about our $50 give away. Nothing to do but comment.

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