How to Make Banana Ice Cream

With lactose intolerance affecting millions worldwide and consumer awareness of dairy practices rising, the non-dairy product market is expanding. From alternative milks to cheese, consumers today have plenty to choose from to satiate dairy cravings without eating dairy. However, many of these products cost much more than their dairy counterparts, and often contain unwanted ingredients. This is especially the case with frozen desserts.

Enter, “nice cream”: a banana ice cream recipe made without an ice cream maker.

Believe it or not, we can show you how to make ice cream using bananas and nothing else. This one-ingredient, non-dairy dessert remarkably resembles the original. Below you can find our delicious and easy homemade banana ice cream recipe. To whip a batch up yourself, all you need is a frozen banana to puree in a blender or food processor. Just follow the six simple steps to learn how to make banana ice cream at home and start on your way to enjoying a bowl of sweet, creamy goodness as soon as possible. When you make homemade banana ice cream without eggs, vegan eaters can indulge as well!

Banana ice cream in a glass serving dish.

Servings: 1

Prep Time: 10 mins.

Freeze Time: 1 day (unless using pre-frozen banana slices)

Step #1. Prepare Ingredients

Bananas on a cutting board.

In this tutorial, we will teach you how to make a vegan banana ice cream aka. 'nice cream', with only one ingredient! Make sure you have the following on hand:

  • Fresh bananas (you can skip to step #4 with pre-frozen banana chunks)
  • Optional: dark vegan chocolate to garnish.
  • Food processor

Step #2. Cut Banana into Chunks

Slicing bananas on a cutting board.

Cut the banana into big chunks.

Step #3. Freeze Banana

Adding sliced bananas to ziplock bag.

Place the banana pieces into a plastic bag and freeze for 1 day.

Step #4. Process Frozen Banana

Adding banana slices to food processor.

Process the frozen banana until smooth and very creamy.

Closing lid on processor with banana chunks in it.
Blending frozen banana chunks in a food processor.
Blending frozen banana chunks in a food processor.
Blending frozen banana chunks in a food processor.

Step #5. Scoop Out Banana Ice Cream

Scooping banana ice cream out of food processor.

Scoop out the banana ice cream into a dessert dish.

Step #6. Serve & Enjoy

Banana ice cream in a glass serving dish.

OPTIONAL: Garnish with shaved vegan chocolate.

Banana ice cream in a glass serving dish with chocolate on top.
Banana ice cream in a glass serving dish with chocolate on top.

Nice cream is delicious plain, but you can also take it to another level with one of these fun banana ice cream flavor ideas:

Banana Ice Cream Flavor Ideas: 1. Blueberry 2. Butter Pecan 3. Chocolate Peanut Butter 4. Mint Chocolate Chip 5. Strawberry Shortcake
  • 1
    Blueberry: This one is easy! Just blend ¼ cup of fresh or frozen blueberries with the banana.
  • 2
    Butter pecan: Blend 2 tablespoons of chopped roasted pecans, ½ of teaspoon vanilla extract, 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup, and ½ teaspoon of non-dairy butter spread with the bananas.
  • 3
    Chocolate peanut butter: Blend 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder with the bananas.
  • 4
    Mint chocolate chip: Blend a couple of drops of peppermint extract with the bananas. Fold in a tablespoon or two of non-dairy chocolate chips.
  • 5
    Strawberry shortcake: Blend the bananas. Once smooth, add ½ tablespoon of vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of coconut cream. Fold in ¼ cup of strawberries and small handful of vegan biscuits.

If it doesn’t seem that the bananas are blending into a smooth mixture, don’t panic! They’ll look like rough crumbles at first. Just wait a few minutes for the magic to happen. For some flavors, like peanut butter, you might need to add a splash or two of almond or coconut milk to help the blending process.

For soft-serve, enjoy your healthy creation as soon as it finishes blending. If you like harder treats, freeze the mixture in a covered container until firm.

What do you think: How does this easy, moo-free recipe compare to store-bought options?

Banana ice cream in a glass serving dish.
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How to Make Banana Ice Cream

Believe it or not, we can show you how to make ice cream using bananas and nothing else. This one-ingredient, non-dairy dessert remarkably resembles the original.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 105kcal
Author Joss D

Ingredients

  • 1-2 bananas (if using frozen, skip to step #3)
  • Dark vegan chocolate, optional garnish

Tools

  • Food processor or blender

Instructions

  • Cut the banana in big chunks. (or use a pre-frozen banana and skip to step #3)
    Slicing bananas on a cutting board.
  • Place the banana pieces in a plastic bag and freeze for 1 day.
    Adding sliced bananas to ziplock bag.
  • Process the frozen banana until smooth and very creamy.
    Blending frozen banana chunks in a food processor.
  • Scoop out the banana ice cream into a dessert dish.
    Scooping banana ice cream out of food processor.
  • Optional: Grate the vegan chocolate on top of the ice cream. 
    Serve and enjoy!
    Banana ice cream in a glass serving dish with chocolate on top.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Banana Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 422mg12%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 10.2mg12%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or dipping sauce.

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