Instant Banana Ice Cream

This is a firm favourite in our house as it is so simple to make and, as far as ice cream goes, actually pretty healthy. And the best part about it is it only uses 2, yes 2, ingredients, and you don’t even need an ice cream maker to make it as all you will use is your freezer and a food processor! You can also alter the proportions depending how how runny you want your finished ice cream to be. If you want it to be a firmer mix just add less liquid, and vice versa. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?!

“So what are the only 2 ingredients I need?” I hear you cry. Easy:

  • 1 banana per person (more if you want to of course!)
  • something liquid to help it blend, for example: cream, custard or milk (all either dairy or non-dairy, works well with both!)

To make the ice cream you need to first cover a baking tray with cling film and make sure you’ll have space to lay it flat in your freezer. Then skin the bananas and cut into thin slices. If you are doing this well in advance of when you want to eat it then the thickness of the slices doesn’t matter. If, like me, you decide to make it at the last minute you’ll need to slice thinly or it won’t freeze properly in time. Once sliced pop the tray in the freezer and leave it until you’re ready to serve as this is made at the last minute.

When you’re ready, set up your food processor and tip in the frozen slices of banana straight from the freezer. Because they’re so hard we need to add the liquid otherwise the machine would just bounce them around. There aren’t set proportions of the liquid as it will depend on the size of your bananas, how well frozen they are and how soft you want your ice cream. Using cream or custard will make a richer ice cream (ie fattier and more unhealthy!) than using milk, but the amount you need is relatively small so I say go for it! 😉 Start by adding about a tablespoon of liquid per banana then go from there. I always find it best to add a little, then more if it’s needed rather than over doing it!

Start by pulsing the mixture so that you don’t overwork your machine, stopping to add more liquid if needed. Once it starts to look more like lumpy ice cream than just frozen banana pieces you can turn the food processor on fully and keep blending until it’s completely smooth.

Serve immediately and enjoy, remembering that with all that banana it’s pretty much a health food… He he!