5 Frozen Banana Ice Cream Recipe. How to make healthy homemade ice cream?

Updated: Jun 25, 2021

Creamy vegan banana ice cream recipes that you can make at home, with just a few ingredients and a blender!


Frozen bananas when blended gives the exact texture of soft serve ice cream. Add a little fat such as coconut milk or cashew cream/milk- it tastes pretty similar to ice cream.


Add chocolate chips, cocoa powder, berries, pistachios etc. the list is endless depending on what are your favorite flavors. I am sharing my top 4 favorite flavors. But here are the steps you need to do in advance.


P.S. The pdfs of all the recipes are saved at the end of the blogpost.


Step 1: Make sure your bananas are ripe enough. If they’re green or yellow to start with, leave them out until the bananas at least begin to turn brown. Not-overripe bananas will have something of an earthy taste, as opposed to the more sweet, caramelized flavor they develop as they turn brown.


Step 2: Chop the perfectly ripened bananas and freeze them at least for 8- 10 hours or overnight if possible.





Simple Cinnamon Banana Ice Cream


Ingredients


  • 3 overripe frozen bananas

  • optional milk of choice either cashew milk or coconut milk around 1/4 cup

  • pinch salt

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste

  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey (Check notes)

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts for topping




Instructions


  • To make the ice cream, throw frozen bananas into a blender, food processor, or Vitamix—adding a pinch of salt.

  • Add vanilla bean paste.

  • Add 1/4 cup of milk of choice for smoother blending if desired—and blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture.

  • You can serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30-45 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.

  • Garnish with some chopped walnuts.


Note:


  • Start with adding 1-2 tbsp of milk and increase the quantity if needed.

  • Alternatively you can also use coconut cream- although it will make it more creamier if that's the texture you like.

  • Most often, you do not need any sweetener here as ripened bananas are sweeter by themselves, still you can add your choice of sweetener. Be careful not to overdo with sugar. You can always add sweetener once the ice cream is blended and then freeze the ice cream.

  • The riper the banana, the sweeter the ice cream will be as well so make sure to use ripe bananas. If you can’t find super ripe bananas, you’ll likely need to add a bit more pure maple syrup to compensate.


Chocolate Banana Ice Cream


Ingredients

  • 3 bananas

  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • pinch salt

  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder

  • 2 tsbp maple syrup or honey

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk



Instructions

  • Place frozen bananas into a blender—adding a pinch of salt.

  • Add cocoa powder and vanilla extract.

  • Add 1/4 cup of milk (Coconut or Cashew) of choice for smoother blending if desired—and blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture.

  • You can serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30-45 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.

Note: Be careful with cocoa powder as too much can spoil the taste. I used organic Ghirardelli Dutch process cocoa powder. You can use any store bought cocoa powder.


Bonus Recipe:


Add some chopped chocolate chips once the ice cream is done and then freeze the ice cream to make chocolate chip ice cream.


After blending, add in a crushed cookie sandwich or Oreos to make Cookies and Cream ice cream.



Avocado Banana Ice Cream


Can I Freeze Avocado?


If you are thinking if avocados can really be frozen, the answer is YES! Frozen avocados work perfectly in smoothies and ice creams when frozen. However, frozen avocados won't work well with your salads or toast.


The best way to freeze an avocado is to remove the skin, dice it into pieces or mash it, and then store it in an air-tight container in freezer. Frozen avocados will last up to 3-4 months in the freezer.



Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup hardened coconut cream (from 1 14-oz can full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight — only the cream)

  • 2 frozen ripe avocados, halved, pitted and peeled (you can definitely use fresh avocado here)

  • 2 very ripe bananas, sliced and frozen

  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup, plus more, to taste

Instructions

  1. Add frozen avocado to a food processor or high-speed blender, and blend until smooth.

  2. Add coconut cream from canned coconut milk, along with sliced frozen bananas, pure maple syrup, and blend until smooth and creamy.

  3. Taste, and add any more pure maple syrup, as needed, to reach the desired sweetness.

  4. Transfer the mixture into a freezer-safe container, and place in freezer for at least 3-4 hours or overnight.

  5. When ready to serve, let soften for 10-15 minutes at room temperature before scooping.


Thandai Flavored Banana Ice Cream


This is my absolute favorite flavor off late. If you don't know how to make thandai powder for this recipe, check out my blog post on thandai.


Ingredients

  • 3 bananas

  • 3 tbsp thandai powder

  • 2 tsbp maple syrup or honey

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk



Instructions

  • Place frozen bananas into a blender.

  • Add thandai powder.

  • Add 1/4 cup of milk (Coconut or Cashew) of choice for smoother blending if desired—and blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture.

  • You can serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30-45 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.


Berry Banana Ice Cream


Ingredients

  • 3 overripe frozen bananas

  • optional milk of choice either cashew milk or coconut milk around 1/4 cup

  • pinch salt

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey (Check notes)

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts for topping

  • 1 cup frozen berries of choice



Instructions

  • To make the ice cream, throw frozen bananas into a blender, food processor, or Vitamix—adding a pinch of salt.

  • Add any berries of your choice- I used frozen raspberries (you can use fresh berries).

  • Add vanilla bean paste.

  • Add 1/4 cup of milk of choice (Cashew or Coconut) for smoother blending if desired—and blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture.

  • You can serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30-45 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.

  • Garnish with some fresh raspberries.



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