Frozen Banana Ice Cream (Ice Cream that’s good for you!)

Homemade Banana Ice Cream, the healthiest ice cream recipe ever!

Homemade Banana Ice Cream, the healthiest ice cream recipe ever!

If you haven’t yet heard of frozen banana ice cream, you are going to be so stoked.  This is a recipe that can change your life.  The only sugar is the natural sugar in the bananas.  It’s simply bananas and milk, that’s right, the healthiest ice cream recipe in the world! It can even be made without milk if you want vegan ice cream. When I was taking care of my brother last week, he would get “fun time” with me if he finished his chores and responsibilities with a good attitude.  I’d offer all sorts of things like seeing a movie, going to the park, playing a sport, but he always chose to cook or bake with me in the kitchen.

Chop bananas and freeze them to make the ice cream

Chop bananas and freeze them to make the ice cream

We made all sorts of treats like pie, pumpkin bars and this ice cream.  He was astonished that we could make ice cream without the ice cream maker and without heavy cream.  We have to watch Jason’s diet very carefully.  I guess because of his autism, he really lacks impulse control.  So when he’s hungry, he will often eat a carton of ice cream rather than an apple or sandwich.

Add the frozen bananas and milk to a food processor to make your healthy ice cream.

Add the frozen bananas and milk to a food processor to make your healthy ice cream.

Our first day with him I went to the grocery store and Eric was downstairs doing some freelance work on the computer.  The house got really quiet and Eric felt like he should go check on Jason.  As he looked into the kitchen, Jason threw something in the garbage can.  Eric looked inside and saw an empty ice cream container covered in cocoa powder.  Jason confessed to eating a half full carton of ice cream with a cup of cocoa powder dumped into it.  By the time I got back from the store, he was in a full on sugar crash and feeling terribly sick.

Amazing that just bananas and milk make such a frosty treat!

Amazing that just bananas and milk make such a frosty treat!

No matter how many times he’s done this, he doesn’t learn.  But this ice cream is one that Jason can eat a whole container of because, like I said, it’s a healthy ice cream recipe.  So if you have an ice cream piggie in your family, or if you love ice cream like I do, make your own ice cream from fresh fruit.  Have fun!

A homemade healthy treat

A homemade healthy treat

Frozen Banana Ice Cream

makes 8-10 scoops


3 bananas peeled
1/4 – 1/2 milk


Slice bananas into chunks and freeze overnight.  Place banana chunks into a food processor and begin to process.  Add 1/4 cup of milk and continue processing.  You can add more milk if needed for the texture.

I like to eat immediately while it’s a soft serve consistancy, but for scoops like in my picture above, place in a sealed container and freeze for 30 minutes to an hour.

Approximate cost/serving: Bananas are cheap, and milk is cheaper than cream, so this is even more affordable than regular ice cream.  It came out to only 8 cents a scoop!

Vegetarian/Gluten Free: Yes and Yes!  For vegan, just skip the milk.

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14 Responses to “Frozen Banana Ice Cream (Ice Cream that’s good for you!)”

  1. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction
    October 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    Wow – sounds like fantastic ice cream. I love that there’s no added sugar or heavy cream! As soon as I make enough room in my freezer to make it!

  2. Chou
    October 20, 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    Lucky brother to have a sister like you! The fiber from the bananas must help make the mouthfeel creamier. Yum. He’s pretty brilliant to mix in cocoa.

  3. Andrea Shef
    October 21, 2009 at 1:51 am #

    This is AWESOME! I always want to make ice cream, but I don’t have an ice cream maker (they don’t sell them here :( ) – so this is awesome!!

  4. Mansi
    October 22, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    pretty neat! I’m trying this tonight!!

    I’m hosting a sweet celebration contest on my blog, and it would be great if you could send in an entry!

  5. Bryce Publow
    October 24, 2009 at 10:52 am #

    Even I can make this!!!! I’m gonna show it to my mom so we can make it sometime!

  6. diana
    October 24, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    You can definitely make this Bryce! You’ll have to let Eric and I know how it turns out :)

  7. Patrick Ng
    December 26, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    a homemade healthy with a budget! this is fantastic!.. I am glad I found your blog . thanks for sharing

  8. Buffy
    March 28, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Do you think this would work with other fruits. Say, strawberries? Or is it the consistency of the bananas that make it?

  9. Denice
    August 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    I made this banana ice cream for the first time earlier this week and it turned out great. Today, I decided to try to make this recipe vegan by using coconut milk instead of regular milk (I’m not vegan, but love coconut milk ice cream!). It was really good. I even added mango puree that I already had and unsweetened coconut that I toasted and it turned out to be an amazing healthy tropical treat!

  10. Leah
    September 24, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Oh yum! Going to go freeze the bananas now so I can have ice cream for breakfast!! :)

    • diana
      September 29, 2011 at 7:35 am #

      Oooh, that’s an ice cream you can have for breakfast guilt free!

  11. gillian fraser
    February 26, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    my daughter made this ice cream and my parents was doubted her telling her she bought it at the ice cream parlor. thanks for sharing this treat it looks nice on the pic but taste better
    when she made it. tell jason to get better soon and stop putting coca powder in the ice cream ok.:)

    • Diana
      February 27, 2014 at 10:00 am #

      Haha, thanks Gillian!


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