2-minute Banana Ice Cream

There’s this thing people at my fruit shop seem to do in abundance that I’ve never understood. Maybe they do it at yours too, or maybe you are even one of these people and can explain it to me? When buying a bunch of bananas, these people become dissatisfied with the number of bananas on the bunch. Maybe there’s 5, but they wanted 4. So instead of just buying the whole bunch of bananas and eating an extra banana, they’ll tear one or two off until it’s the number they want. Nobody else wants the solo rejected bananas, so they sit there, ripening until they’re too ripe to sell.

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Fortunately my fruit shop is one of those that has a whole section devoted to the less desirable fruit sold for a large discount, and here’s where these rejected bananas finally find a home. You can usually get a bag of a dozen assorted over-ripe bananas for $2. They’re perfect for baking banana cakes and bread, or for mashing up and adding to a pancake flour mixture for something a little different. If I’m not using them straight away, I’ll pop them in the freezer for when the opportunity to bake arises. But since we’re in the middle of such a hot summer, baking is a no go at the moment. But there was an idea I was introduced to by one of my deviantART watchers during the winter that I’ve been dying to try out: making ice cream using only frozen bananas.

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I had to admit some skepticism at the idea of doing nothing but blending up a banana and getting ice cream, but the results are truly surprising.

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Prepping the bananas is simple. If, like me, you’ve all ready got some bananas in the freezer, you can just pull them out and peel them, then cut them into chunks. If you haven’t frozen them yet you can either peel then freeze then cut up later, or peel them, cut them up and then freeze. It’s probably going to depend on what freezer space you have. You do want to make the chunks fairly even in size, and not too large so the blade cuts up everything properly.

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Then it’s simply a matter of throwing it in a food processor and pulsing it until you get a smooth, creamy ice cream. It will turn from tiny chunks to a smooth texture very quickly. You don’t want to blend it too much, as if you keep going the heat of the blades will start to melt it. Just look for the texture, taste a bit to make sure it’s not grainy and you’re done. You can eat it immediately, or put it in a container and keep in the freezer.

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Of course, there’s no need to stop there. Once you’ve turned a few bananas into ice cream, you can add whatever you want. No recipe, no measuring: throw whatever you like in the food processor until it tastes how you want it to.

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I blended the raspberries completely so they’d lend their colour to the ice cream, but if you want them chunky you can just quickly pulse it or even fold it through the ice cream.

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And with the last batch of bananas, I kept adding teaspoons of nutella until it was chocolatey enough.

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If you’re adding any unfrozen ingredients in, you may want to quickly refreeze the ice cream before serving. It probably owed a little to how warm room temperature was here, but it needed an hour back in the freezer before it was okay to serve.

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14 thoughts on “2-minute Banana Ice Cream

  1. Rhiannon! I’ve been a follower for a while…….LOVE your fabulous cakes!
    Last year a friend (I’m in SEQ) gave me a recipe for Lime icecream! So yummy and decadent….you wouldn’t believe!
    Anyway (hey it’s summer isn’t it) I bought an inexpensive Icecream maker!
    My friends love me lol
    I’ve done the banana iccream! I’ve made sorbets!
    Our summer is DIVINE for iced creams!
    I can even supply YUMMY vegan recipes………..I’ll blog/reblog the lime ice cream again (on my blog)
    It’s PERFECT for the Aussie summer!

    • Thanks so much, that’s quite lovely of you!

      I definitely think I’m going to crash your kitchen haha. I’m trying to resist getting an ice cream maker, but the thought of being able to make any kind of ice cream ever is just soooo tempting.

  2. I’m definitely going to try this out. Probably not when it’s sub zero temperature here in Erie, so it looks like I’ll be waiting for a month or so.

    As to your banana question: I know I’m one of the people that only like an even amount of bananas. If there’s 5, I’ll rip off one. Usually it’s because I’m making banana nut bread and I only need 2 bananas at a time (and this isn’t a recipe I could just half). I also am rarely in the mood for eating a banana. Granted, I could just stuff the extra banana in the freezer, but I have never liked frozen bananas. I feel like my breads or pancakes don’t turn out as well with them.
    Now that I have this lovely recipe, I might actually buy the whole bunch instead – just so I can stick some in the freezer to use for ice cream. Yum. :)

    • Y’know, on my deviantART a few people commented saying they don’t like eating bananas. I’m amazed! I thought it was the one fruit everyone loved. Even my fruit-hating sister will eat bananas haha.

  3. I am definitely trying this recipe soon. I even have frozen bananas waiting for me right now and you already know I have nutella too.

    Question, why is the tip of that banana red?

    • Add all the nutella! :la:

      It’s a wax tip that signifies where it came from. There’s a farm in QLD that make what they call ‘eco’ bananas. They’re really low on pesticides/agrichemicals and fertilisers etc so it’s better for the environment. They’re also a bit sweeter and denser than the regular bananas. Apparently they also have a longer shelf life but idk, I ignore bananas until they start to get freckles.

    • If it’s a decent blender it should be fine. I know my old one would struggle with anything other than milkshakes haha. But either way you can only find out by trying! And if it doesn’t work you can mash it up and use it in a banana cake instead.

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  5. Hey,
    first of all, thank you for all these amazing recipes ans inspirations. I love them all and I wish I could try them all at once, but since it’s a hot summer I thought about trying this first. But there is one problem that occurred to me.
    I have tried to freeze bananas before but until now it only worked without the peel for me.
    Otherwise they turned totally unhealthily brown and the insides became…I don’t know strange….
    Is there something I could have done wrong?
    Thx

    • How long are you storing them? I’d never had a problem before, but since my boyfriend got me an ice cream maker for my birthday I’ve had a few in the freezer since April. Time has not treated them so kindly.

      If you think the bananas are gonna be in there for quite some time, probably best to only freeze them with the skins off.

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