Banana Ice Cream (Dairy and Sugar Free)

banana ice cream

I wish that I had discovered this recipe earlier in my life. It’s creamy, smooth and delicious – just like ice cream! Banana ice cream.

While it’s vegan and sugar-free, the best thing about this recipe (besides the taste) is that it only includes 1 or 2 ingredients. How great is that!

The secret is very ripe bananas. Buy them when you see them in the store. Slice and freeze them. Then you’re ready to make ice cream anytime you wish.

Blending the bananas does take a little while. At first they will break into a chunky slurry and you will likely think that this “ice cream” idea doesn’t work. Be patient. Next it will form one big ball. Then, suddenly, it will become a beautiful, smooth, whipped texture – just like ice cream. If you haven’t added any strongly coloured flavourings, the colour of your bananas will also suddenly lighten considerably to a creamy off-white. That’s what you’re looking for – your “ice cream” is ready!

There are likely hundreds of flavor combinations. I’m sharing the plain version (so you know the base recipe) along with 3 flavour ideas. My favourite is the cinnamon.

 

Banana Ice Cream Directions

  1. Peel and slice bananas. Freeze.
  2. Place frozen sliced bananas in a blender. Add flavouring ingredients. Blend until smooth.

 

Banana Ice Cream Ingredients

Plain

1 cup              sliced bananas

 

Cinnamon

1 cup              sliced bananas

¼ tsp              cinnamon

 

Chocolate

1 cup              sliced bananas

½ – 1 tsp        cocoa

Half a teaspoon of cocoa results in a banana ice cream with just a hint of chocolate. One teaspoon gives a full chocolate flavour. Choose a level that you enjoy.

 

Strawberry

2/3 cup          sliced bananas

1/3 cup          strawberries

This combination works best if you partially blend the bananas first until they are just about to start creaming. Then add the strawberries. The result will be a creamy ice cream with strawberry flavour. Adding the strawberries at the same time as the bananas results in a more icy rather than creamy texture (more sorbet-like rather than ice cream-like).

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2 comments on “Banana Ice Cream (Dairy and Sugar Free)
  1. Ryan says:

    Banana Whips are delicious, but be careful about saying they are “sugar free”. Bananas have the highest concentration of sugar among most fruits, and while this treat may be free of added sugar it’s still not the best idea for, say, a diabetic person.

    • Kristen Yarker says:

      Ryan,
      You are very accurate. This cool treat is free of added sugars. Bananas do naturally have sugar. Freezing bananas does not change their natural sugar content. People with diabetes can enjoy bananas when eaten in balance with other foods.
      Kristen

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