Banana Ice Dream

Last updated on December 9th, 2021

We love baking gluten-free banana bread, but as the weather warms we’re looking for other creative ways to work with ripe bananas. This recipe transforms two simple ingredients into nice cream that has the flavor and texture of actual ice cream! Use this as a base to have some fun mixing in other ingredients to come up with new flavors.

Bananas

The best bananas for making this frozen treat are ripe, rather than overripe. Remove any black or brown spots before freezing.

The first time we made this we cut then bananas into 1-inch chunks and froze them overnight. They turned out so hard they broke the food processor’s built-in bowl scraper! I recommend freezing bananas in strips for about 1 to 2 hours, until frozen solid.

Serve immediately and the texture will be similar to soft-serve ice cream. For the consistency of hard-pack ice cream, refreeze the mixture after processing and serve later. If it is too hard to scoop, let it sit on the counter for a few minutes before serving.

Banana Ice Dream Soft-Serve
Soft-serve banana ice dream
Banana Ice Cream Hard-Pack
Hard-pack banana ice dream

Ingredients

  • 4 to 5 ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Peel bananas, remove any bruises, and break in half or into thirds. Pull apart these pieces lengthwise into strips. Arrange banana strips on a baking pan in a single layer; freeze for 1 to 2 hours, until frozen solid.

Place frozen bananas in a food processor prepared with an S-blade. Purée, scraping down sides periodically with a spatula. When frozen puree becomes smooth, add vanilla and pulse to combine.

Serve immediately or transfer to a container and return to the freezer to serve later.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

Ice dream food processor stage 1
Keep going…
Ice dream food processor stage 2
Almost there…

Ice dream food processor stage 3
Magic!

Let’s get creative!

Now that we have the basic recipe down, we’re thinking up new flavors. So far the kiddos have come up with:

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Banana Ice Dream

Vegan two-ingredient treat with the texture of real ice cream!
Prep Time5 mins
Processing Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 124kcal
Author: Liz • Grateful GF

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients

  • 4 to 5 ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Peel bananas, remove any bruises, and break in half or into thirds. Pull apart these pieces lengthwise into strips. Arrange banana strips on a baking pan in a single layer; freeze for 1 to 2 hours, until frozen solid.
  • Place frozen bananas in a food processor prepared with an S-blade. Purée, scraping down sides periodically with a spatula. When frozen puree becomes smooth, add vanilla and pulse to combine.
  • Serve immediately or transfer to a container and return to the freezer to serve later.

Notes

The best bananas for making this frozen treat are ripe, rather than overripe. Remove any black or brown spots before freezing.
Serve immediately and the texture will be similar to soft-serve ice cream. For the consistency of hard-pack ice cream, refreeze the mixture after processing and serve later. If it is too hard to scoop, let it sit on the counter for a few minutes before serving.

2 thoughts on “Banana Ice Dream

  1. Seeing lots of variations on your Twitter account. Can’t wait to try them. Have to make room in my freezer first, though!

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