Saturday, May 29, 2010

just banana & peanut butter ice cream

Am I the only one who didn't know that you can make ice cream out of bananas?
I mean, JUST bananas? Forgive me if I'm the only one completely amazed by this food miracle. No sugar, no heavy cream, no high-dollar and totally un-functional ice cream maker. Just. Bananas.

Okay, moment of enthusiasm over. I found this recipe from The Kitchn through a series of tumblr rebloggings. Though I was a little skeptical of fruit turning into something truly ice-cream-like, I gave it a spin.

And let me tell you. The Kitchn doesn't lie. And not in an, "Oh hey, I could kind of settle for this as ice cream" kind of way. The frozen bananas, when blended, turn into this light, lovely treat with the consistency of soft serve--but better. And, being a peanut butter junkie, I loved that flavor with the banana as well. But it would also be great with chocolate chips or coconut.

More added pluses! It's completely vegan and gluten-free, and way healthier than cream-based ice cream. I certainly have no guilt about snacking on a mug of this on another sweltering afternoon.


3 bananas, peeled
2 tbs peanut butter (or almond butter)

Cut the bananas into thin slices and arrange them on a plate. Freeze for about 1-2 hours. Remove the bananas from the plate with a spatula and blend in a blender or food processor. (I used an immersion blender in a bowl because it's all I have handy.) The bananas will resist you a bit at first but keep persevering. Soon, you will have a smooth, creamy mixture. Blend in the peanut butter. Et voila!

Ice cream!!!


  1. Yum! I just made this and you're right delicious! I'm gluten/dairy intolerant and recently vegan so I'm always on the lookout for yummy allergy free recipes. Your site is fun :)

    <3 Ashley

  2. Thanks for the reads and comments! Yes, this recipe is super easy and definitely easy on the allergies!

  3. So, I saw this a while ago and my boyfriend and I decided to try this today. The blender did not take too kindly to the frozen bananas but all in all it turned out quite good! I want to experiment with chocolate or nutella or something and see how it works out.

  4. Yes, sometimes you have to negotiate between the bananas and the blender a little bit! Nutella sounds heavenly in this. Nutella pretty much sounds heavenly in everything. But I'm glad you liked it!