The Kitchn's One-Ingredient Ice Cream

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Author Notes: Making one-ingredient ice cream couldn't be simpler. It comes out like the frozen bananas you ate at the boardwalk as a kid, except (thanks to the high pectin content) it whips up like Marshmallow Fluff. Vegan and raw foodists have long known this trick, but a few years ago, The Kitchn published a photo tutorial and one-ingredient ice cream went mainstream. Bloggers spread the gospel and suddenly it wasn't just a workaround for ice cream, but an exciting dessert in its own right, regardless of its pure reputation.Genius Recipes

Serves 4-6

  • 1 bunch bananas
  1. Peel your bananas.
  2. Cut them into small pieces.
  3. Freeze for just 1-2 hours on a plate or tray. (Or leave them in the freezer indefinitely -- just let them thaw a little before making the ice cream.)
  4. Blend, blend, blend in the food processor -- scraping down the bowl when they stick.
  5. Enjoy the magic moment when they turn into ice cream! Try mixing in other fruits, nut butters, or chocolate.
  6. Freeze any leftovers and process again when ready to serve.

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17 days ago Giustina

Oh my goodness, this is so wonderful! I froze my chopped banana for 1.5 hours and put it right in my ninja blender. (Too excited to wait for defrosting!) It has the texture of a soft ice cream but it's filling like a banana. I ate It right out of the blender. :) Can't wait to try variations.


28 days ago Bubbawubba Gump

I just don't understand how anyone can call frozen bananas "ice cream"? It doesn't remotely taste like ice cream. It is akin to calling sliced zucchini "steak".


about 1 month ago Gal

I made this yesterday and couldn't believe how good it was!
I added some toasted walnuts on top for some crunch and it was perfect!!
If you’ve never toasted nuts before, toasting nuts releases their essential oils. This causes the nuts to become more fragrant and flavorful than in their raw state. To toast the walnuts heat a frying pan on the stove top and turn on medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add a single layer of the nuts. You do not need to add any oil or cooking spray - the nuts have enough oils on their own to cook. Stir frequently with a spatula until the nuts turn golden brown and smell amazing (about 10-15 minutes) then remove from heat, and if necessary, from pan, as they will continue to cook after being removed from the heat.


about 1 month ago Kate

This with cardamom is to-die-for. You could probably add some cinnamon and ginger to make it more chai-ey. Or some mint to make it brighter.


3 months ago Diana Wilks

1 frozen bananna + 1 cup milk + 1 tbsp honey = awesome kid-aproved smoothie...


4 months ago Mari G

I read about this through Pinterest a few days ago.
Today I had a ripe banana that got warm in the car while I was shopping a flea market. When I got home I put the banana in the freezer (still in it's peel) to cool it down. I forgot about it and 30 minutes later pulled it out.
It didn't look that great to eat as is.
I remembered this recipe. I peeled the banana and put it in my Magic Bullet. Seconds later I had ice cream!!
Next time I'm going to try this and add some chocolate! =)
Thanks for this recipe!! =)


6 months ago booglix

I had heard about this, but didn't try it until tonight. It was delicious. Observations: banana chunks needed to thaw a while after being frozen for 2-3 hours (and they still caused my food processor quite a workout - maybe a Vitamix would be better?), it went very well with the "magic shell" recipe on this site (only three ingredients in the final dish!), and next time I plan to try this with cardamom.


about 1 year ago pfarra

I'm happy for the comment from MrsBeeton. I don't really like ripe banana taste, so have unripe banana slices freezing now. Hopefully, it will turn out well. Plan to make the chocolate peanut butter version, but with crunchy peanut butter, not smooth.


about 1 year ago Monaeats

This is a staple of the raw food community, but ripe bananas are KEY.


about 1 year ago RoseTex10

Can't beat this! Sooooo good. Thanks


over 1 year ago tulip549

Oh my goodness, you guys are SO innovative. I am never going back to regular ice cream again- this is DELICIOUS! And so healthy!


over 1 year ago sevenfaces

This + salted macadamias = simple dessert heaven!!


over 1 year ago Scribbles

Thanks for the reminder about this super simple and so delicious dessert!


over 1 year ago Rosa

Oh, I do this all the time with bananas! The ice cream gets even deeper (sweeter) in taste when you use overripe bananas (I only freeze them once speckled). It doesn't sound appealing, but it's worth it.
I've always been a banana lover, but ever since I discovered this recipe I've only eaten them in the form of ice cream, ha!

I use my blender as well, but first I definitely have to let my frozen bananas thaw for 20 to 30 minutes. Otherwise it's so hard that the blender gets stuck.


over 1 year ago joannajw

I was given some fudge which I don't really like (too sweet) so I put a chunk of it in here. Very yummy but I've got a lot more fudge to go through!


over 1 year ago MaureenOnTheCape

Outrageously easy and so delicious. Thank you!


over 1 year ago Eydie Desser

Love that ice cream spoon. Where did you get it?


over 1 year ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

It's from Amanda's vintage spoon collection -- the shape is similar to this (sadly currently out of stock) vintage butter spade in our online shop:


over 2 years ago Jesse Raben

This works- wife said to me- ok promise there is nothing else in here?


over 2 years ago Aliwaks

Read this made it 5 min later (had some frozen bananas) added dash of salt & some vanilla, the salt kind of have it some more dimension, stirred in a few dark chocolate chips for good measure. Yum! May heat some peanut butter later to make it over the top. Also thinking it would be amazing with a drizzle of maple syrup & a few toasted walnuts


over 2 years ago Nanny R Molina

Can I just use a blender? I also have a NutraBullet.. this smaller blender is very powerful and fast..