Mystified. That was how I felt when I first learned of this recipe for ice cream that includes but only one ingredient, no ice cream machine, and is good for you. There is nothing more satisfying on a warming spring day then a spoonful of cool, creamy ice cream. I think it is even more satisfying if you know it took you just a few moments to make it from something that came from the earth.
So what is the one ingredient for this ice cream recipe? Bananas. I don’t know who discovered this but when you chop bananas up, freeze the pieces, then pulverize them with a food processor it results in the most creamy concoction ever, almost indistinguishable from real ice cream.
Now, don’t let your hopes fall if you think you don’t like the taste of bananas, because in all honesty the banana flavor isn’t that prominent. And, I’ve included with this post a list of add-ins, like at Cold Stone, that I think would enhance this ice cream further. Where you choose healthy add-ins, or indulgent ones is up to you, but they are all delicious.
Taste: The taste of the bananas is more subtle the colder the ice cream is. I love that this can be enhanced with nearly anything you can think to add in.
Texture: Identical to creamy ice cream.
Ease: Couldn’t be more easy.
Appearance: It looks like regular ice cream, you can’t even tell it was made from bananas.
Expense: Bananas are cheap.
Pros: Super easy, delicious, and healthy.
Cons: There was a faint aftertaste with mine. I think my bananas were a little too ripe, which is an easy fix.
Would I make this again? Yes, I will try a handful of different variations with the add-ins.
One Ingredient Ice Cream
Adapted from The Kitchnn
- ripe bananas
1. Peel and chop the bananas up into bite-sized pieces.
2. Freeze the banana pieces in a single layer for 1-2 hours (or up to overnight, just let them defrost in the fridge or on the counter to be soft enough to pulverize in the food processor).
4. Place banana pieces in a bowl of a food processor or blender and pulse until the texture is smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides if necessary. If using, pulse or mix by hand desired add-ins.
5. Serve using an ice cream scoop. If using, top with add-ins. Store remaining ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer.
- chocolate chips
- chocolate sauce
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- coconut flakes
- candied ginger
- macadamia nuts
- maple syrup
- peanut butter
- pecans (toasted, candied, salted)
- walnuts (toasted, candied, salted)
What other add-ins can you think of?