Thursday, June 9, 2016

Easy Summer Recipe Banana Ice Cream

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles

What do hot summer months bring? Cold summer treats, of course! We kicked off this week with some banana ice cream. It's an easy, homemade recipe that requires one main ingredient: a banana, what else? This is a recipe many of you may already know how to make, but I'm sharing it for those who haven't tried it.

Soft Ice Cream, Healthy Food, Dessert

I've loved banana ever since I was a small child. My mom would always talk about how I ate them daily. She said I would ask for them whenever I was hungry because I knew they would quickly satisfy my hunger. Or maybe because I probably just wanted something quick to eat and go back to playing!

Now, the love of banana has passed down to my kids. Banana is always one of the fruits they ask for when we're grocery shopping. They enjoy ice cream, as well, so when we heard about how to make a simple banana ice cream recipe a couple years ago, we had to try it.

Banana has the creamy texture that is soft, but firms well in the freezer. We like to wait until a banana is just a bit overripe, then, slice it up and put it in an air-tight container to freeze.Sometimes, my kids don't finish a whole banana, so we take the rest and slice it up to freeze.

It's perfect for a quick, healthy dessert or after-school snack. In this case, now that it's summer, it's perfect for a quick snack after splashing around at the pool or playing outside.

Are you ready for the recipe? Let's get to it...

How to Make Easy Homemade Banana Ice Cream

  • 2-3 bananas, sliced in circles and frozen in an air-tight container. (2-3 large bananas fills about two ice cream cups).
  • Sprinkles, optional
  • Whip cream, optional
  • Chocolate morsels, optional
  • Additional fruit topping, optional

  1. Let the banana thaw for a few minutes when you take it out of the freezer, but not too long so that it will still hold the ice cream texture.
  2. Place sliced bananas in a food processor or blender until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add cocoa baking powder for a chocolate flavor.
  4. Pour into bowls or cups and add additional toppings, if you desire.

Enjoy! The thick and creamy consistency of a banana does well with homemade ice cream and popsicle recipes. That's why my kids love it so much: they know it's just a banana, but still feels like they're eating store-bought ice cream.

Don't forget to see the other homemade flavors of ice cream and popsicles we made using bananas in the related posts below. Try them this summer!

Have you tried making this simple banana ice cream recipe? Any suggestions, tips, or toppings you like to add?

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