Bananas are pretty amazing. They not only make for an amazing snack on the go and are a crucial part of any epic smoothie but, once frozen, they can become the creamiest and most delicious soft-serve like ice cream. This recipe for Banana Ice Cream -3 Ways! Is one to cherish and turn to whenever those sweet cravings hit and you’d rather go for something wholesome.
It is super easy to make and only needs a couple of easy-to-find at-home ingredients. It will please both little ones and grown-ups and it can be very refreshing on hot days. If you’ve never tried it before, you might be shocked at how much like soft-serve it tastes. You might even not realize it is actually just blended bananas.
One of the best features of this Banana Ice Cream recipe is that you don’t need to use a fancy ice cream machine or expensive ingredients, all you need is a high-speed blender or food processor, some frozen bananas, and some liquid (be it plant milk, water or coconut water). That’s it. Amazing, right? You might not even need the liquid ingredient if your bananas have had a little time to soften up or if you have a really powerful blender.
Depending on how you freeze your bananas, you throw your banana slices (or chunks) into the machine you’ll be using for blending with the other ingredients (milk, vanilla, and agave) and blend or mix until smooth. You’ll be amazed at how creamy the end result is, so good! If you are adding any other ingredients then add them before mixing. Isn’t that a breeze? So easy and so rewarding and delicious.
If you’re wondering how to freeze bananas, then you’re not alone. It might seem like an obvious process but if you’ve never done it before it might be confusing. Do you freeze the bananas with the peel on? Do you slice them before or freeze them whole? So many valid questions to be answered. Let’s go to the basics:
Now, on to how to freeze them step by step:
Once you’ve mastered the seamless process of freezing your bananas, how long can you keep them in there before you’d need to toss them away? The answer is: if they are stored properly they should be good to go for at least 6 months. Make sure you keep an eye for when they start turning brown.
Not at all! A simple and classic food processor will do just fine. Just make sure you add a bit of plant milk if you realize it is struggling to blend it.
We love all different types of banana ice creams out there. This recipe covers a few of them. The classic banana flavored and vanilla-infused, the pink strawberry flavored, and our favorite, the indulgent and creamy Chocolate Banana PB. But the truth is, you can use anything you like to both flavors or color your basic Banana Ice Cream recipe. Let’s see some other fun variations:
The sky's the limit. There are endless possibilities of amazing toppings for a creamy soft serve like banana ice cream. From granola to fresh seasonal fruit, chopped nuts, and nut butter swirls. Get creative with what you have and keep in mind that crunch is always good.
In our experience, refreezing whatever was left from your banana blending experience is not the best way to go. Since you’d be refreezing the bananas and the consistency might be affected, it is best to enjoy it straight away. If you just want to firm it up a bit after blending, you can freeze for about 45 minutes and then eat immediately after.
If you’d like to add a nice plant protein punch to this delicious dessert, then feel free to add a tablespoon of your favorite plant-based protein powder. Chocolate, vanilla, or toffee flavors sound wonderful.
Absolutely! Don’t be fooled by the dessert-like appearance of this creamy Banana Ice Cream, it can be enjoyed as a sweet breakfast or a healthy afternoon snack. There’s no wrong time to enjoy this tasty treat!
We truly hope you enjoy the simplicity of this Banana Ice Cream recipe! Let us know in the comments which is your favorite way to eat it and, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram or Facebook if you decide to give it a try!
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Photos by Alfonso Revilla