1 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream Recipe Without An Ice Cream Maker

Delicious homemade 1-ingredient vegan banana ice cream made without an ice cream maker.  The perfect homemade banana ice cream recipe!

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I’ve wanted to learn how to make ice cream with bananas forEVER, it seems.  I think I must’ve pinned like a gazillion banana ice cream recipes on Pinterest over the past couple years, yet I’ve never gotten around to trying it.

The idea of making creamy, delicious ice cream with a … banana … seems so unreal and impossible.

Like, huh?

Bunch of bananas – the 1 ingredient used to make homemade banana ice creamWhole banana chopped in slices to make banana ice cream without a blender

But, alas, it’s totally a real thing.  I’ve seen the light, folks, and this stuff is for realz.

It’s like stupid easy, too.

I used my food processor (which I totally love), but I’ve also heard it’s possible to use a powerful blender.

Either way, today’s recipe is gonna show you how to make banana ice cream without an ice cream maker. Bonus: all you need for this ice cream is 1 ingredient. How cool is that?

Get it…cool?  Haha.

Sliced bananas placed on a lined baking tray, to be frozen and used to make homemade banana ice cream Frozen banana slices placed on a lined baking tray to be used for banana ice cream recipe

How to Make Ice Cream Healthy

The short answer to that is: keep it simple!

I recently posted a Cantaloupe Sorbet recipe on the blog that only uses 4 ingredients and that recipe kinda blew my mind.

Ever since I have started eating clean, I have had to really open my mind to all the possibilities beyond what I was used to.

After your mind blows up at all the stuff that is loaded with granulated sugar, refined flour, and unnecessary chemicals, there becomes a kind of peace that you can figure out anything you need as long as you get creative.

Like this banana ice cream, for example. Instead of using all that heavy cream, dairy, sweeteners, and processed ingredients, why not make use of the natural creaminess of the bananas and whip them into rich and silky ice cream?

How to Make Banana Ice Cream In A Blender

Frozen banana slices in a blender, ready to be pulsed to make banana ice cream recipe Before and after photos of how to make banana ice cream in a blender using frozen banana slices. Shows the process of how to turn frozen bananas into banana ice cream using a food processor.

And the coolest part about getting all creative on this homemade banana “ice cream” is how darn simple it is.  One friggin’ ingredient ice cream, people!

Ok, Lacey, I think they get the point now.  Like, stop.

My bad.  I get really excited sometimes.

So, you’re probably asking yourself, “Is this really gonna taste like ice cream?”

Overhead photo of homemade banana ice cream served in a bowl and garnished with cinnamon Scoops of banana ice cream made without an ice cream maker served in a bowl, ready to be enjoyed

And the answer is yes…and no.

Yes, it tastes like a sweet, cool, creamy banana soft serve ice cream that’s kinda chewy and creamy.

No, because there’s no “cream” in this ice cream.  So, it’s not gonna have that luscious, thick, creamy *cough* high fat, over-processed *cough* stuff.

Not that we don’t love our regular ice cream every once in a while.  Because we so do.  Every once in a while…

Serving of banana ice cream garnished with fresh banana slices and ground cinnamon, ready to be served and enjoyed

Can You Freeze Bananas?

Bananas can be frozen for weeks and they won’t go bad. Peel and cut the bananas in smaller pieces before freezing and you won’t have to thaw them when you’re ready to make banana ice cream. Just make sure you place the bananas in an airtight bag or container.

As you can see in the pics, I added a sprinkling of ground cinnamon on my banana ice cream, but that was just for some contrast in the photos.  And, frankly, because I love cinnamon.  The cinnamon is totally optional, though, and isn’t even listed as an ingredient in the recipe.

That being said, all hail cinnamon 😉

And 1 ingredient banana ice cream without ice cream makers!

Because: yes.

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1 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream Recipe Without An Ice Cream Maker
Prep Time
10 mins
3 hrs 50 mins
Total Time
4 hrs

Delicious homemade 1-ingredient vegan banana ice cream made without an ice cream maker.  The perfect homemade banana ice cream recipe!

Categories: Clean, gluten free, Healthy, Low Carb
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: homemade banana ice cream, how to make banana ice cream in a blender, how to make banana ice cream without a blender
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 84 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
  • 2 large bananas
  1. Slice the bananas into approx. 1/4 inch slices (medallions).
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. Lay the banana slices on the parchment paper, allowing the slices space in between so as not to touch each other (if they touch, they become more difficult to puree).
  4. Place in the freezer and freeze overnight, or for at least 3-4 hours to allow to fully harden.
  5. Once frozen, place the banana slices into the bowl of a food processor.

  6. Pulse the banana in the food processor. At first, the the banana will look crumbly. Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a spatula.
  7. Continue blending and the banana will start to look mushy. Scrape down the sides of the food processor again.
  8. Continue blending until the last tiny pieces of banana smooth out. The consistency will turn from blended banana to a soft-serve ice cream texture.
  9. At this point, if you wanted to add in chocolate chips or cinnamon or another addition, do so.
  10. While you could eat the ice cream right now, it will be super soft, so I recommend transferring it to an airtight container and freezing until solid, approximately 1-2 hours.
  11. If. upon removing from the freezer, the ice cream is too solid to eat, allow to set for 10 minutes at room temperature before serving.

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Nutrition Facts
1 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream Recipe Without An Ice Cream Maker
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.3g0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Sodium 0.9mg0%
Carbohydrates 21.6g7%
Fiber 2.5g10%
Sugar 11.5g13%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey there! I’m Lacey Baier and I’d like to welcome you! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, as well as cleanish, my clean-eating supplement brand. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

18 thoughts on “1 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream Recipe Without An Ice Cream Maker

  1. I don’t have a high power blender or a food processor. Since I am just a kid (14) I can’t exactly go out to get one…. Is there a way to make it with my weak kitchen aid blender?
    Thanks (can’t wait to try it)

  2. Yay YOU!!!
    Made with bananas I had plus a couple over ripe bananas from the freezer.
    Holy Cow, some super GREAT
    Ice cream!
    Thank YOU, Jmarie

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  4. I LIVE for banana ice cream. I throw in some vanilla and a glug of soy or almond milk and I am in heaven. Even the kids love it. ♥️ 🍌 🍨

  5. Your nutritional analysis states that the amount per serving is 1 g. I suspect that this is an error as there are 21.6 g of carbohydrate. This is a small but pretty important detail…
    On the positive side, the same recipe but with added frozen blueberries is also very tasty, and some ground cacao nibs (I use a mortar and pestle) also add to the flavour experience.

    1. Hi Andy – yes, you’re correct. That amount should have said 1/2 cup, not 1 g. I’ve updated it to be more accurate. Thanks for the help!

  6. 4 stars
    Can this recipe apply to other fruits as well? As my family isn’t very big on bananas but are eager to try out this recipe. 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    I didn’t believe this, so when it turned into ice cream in the blender I was whooping and shouting. I made it for a small dinner party (picky eaters – gluten free, vegetarian, no sugar, etc.), so froze the banana slices from 6 bananas in layers with parchment paper in between. I passed organic cacoa nibs as a topping. Everyone was amazed. Thanks, Lacey!

  8. 5 stars
    I wonder if this would work with other fruits, like ripe peaches… Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    Omg! Banana Ice-cream. That is so exciting. Easy to make recipe. Everyone in the family would love to have this ice-cream 😀

  10. 4 stars
    This looks yummy but pretty simple to prepare. Will definitely try it. Thank you for sharing!

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