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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about 1 month 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.

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about 1 month ago Monaeats

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

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3 months ago RoseTex10

Can't beat this! Sooooo good. Thanks

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4 months 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!

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4 months ago sevenfaces

This + salted macadamias = simple dessert heaven!!

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4 months ago Scribbles

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

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4 months 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.

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4 months 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!

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5 months ago MaureenOnTheCape

Outrageously easy and so delicious. Thank you!

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6 months ago Eydie Desser

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

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6 months ago Kristen Miglore

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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: http://food52.com/provisions...

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over 1 year ago Jesse Raben

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

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over 1 year 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

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over 1 year ago Nanny R Molina

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

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over 1 year ago Rachel McGuire

This sounds soo good. I'm going to try it when I get home tonight!

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almost 2 years ago Laura Abbasi

Made it. Loved it. Can't wait to make it again!

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about 2 years ago dbrowning

sooo good. no need to add anything although melted peanut butter on top and/or drizzle of honey - very good!

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about 2 years ago Gill Watson

Tried it and blogged it with pictures. Truly a miracle but as Alain B commented, it goes through a very scary grainy stage. http://gillwatsonlifebites...

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about 2 years ago mlledaffodil

thanks to mrs. beeton for her experience with ripe vs. superripe bananas. to gustus who doesn't want to reprocess leftover "ice cream" -- what if you tried adding a dash of alcohol? because alcohol doesn't freeze, this is a common solution for keeping philadelphia-style (eggless) ice cream soft -- it works. Maybe banana rum?


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about 2 years ago AlainB

Great ice cream! My daughter loves banana ice cream, so she was begging me to make this all week-end. I finally threw some cut-up bananas in the freezer, waited a few hours, then threw them in my food processor. Well, it was chunking around and didn't look right, so I ran to the iPad to check the recipe, I thought I did something wrong. Looked simple enough, so I went back to the food processor (which I left running) and voila! Ice cream! I missed the turning point, but I have more bananas in the freezer already!

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about 2 years ago MrsBeeton

I've discovered that you can really vary this terrific treat with the ripeness of the bananas. A ripe banana will be unmistakably banana-ish. Which is fine, if you really love banana. But a not-so-ripe banana is a great launching ground for other flavors, as the banana flavor is quite a bit less apparent, and the other ingredients can shine: chocolate (we melted down some great chocolate and added it when it had come to room temp), or fruit, or . . . anything. YUM--different every time.

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about 2 years ago gustus

Is there something you can add to eliminate the need to process the leftovers again?

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about 2 years ago mlledaffodil

I keep blackened bananas in the freezer to add to my dad's ice cream protein shakes (how to hide the nasty liquid supplement? ice cream + frozen banana + protein drink + cocoa powder + emulsion blender = super thick shake). But your photos here show yellow bananas -- preferable? has anyone experimented with degrees of ripeness? I am curious if 1) the pectin breaks down with age; 2) the extra sugar freezes less; 3) the color of the overripe is too unappealing?

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about 2 years ago Sara from Brooklyn

I made this last night, using a blender. It was as creamy as ice cream and loved by my whole family, even the non-vegans.

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about 2 years ago bjcohan

My mom used to make this for me when I was a kid. (A very long time ago!)
Try adding a bit of cinnamon.
Or rum.
Frozen pineapple (preferably fresh, but even from a can if packed in juice not syrup) also makes up nicely, though I don't know if it does the pectin thing. It surely is delicious. (Yes, with cinnamon and rum too!)

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about 2 years ago Yogicfioodie

I would love to try!

Can I use a blender instead of food processor?

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about 2 years ago PamCorbett

I added a little bit of Trader Joe's frozen yogurt that I had in my freezer. It was delicious.

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about 2 years ago ChefJune

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Ooooh, yummy! wil be making this VERY soon (like tonight?). It makes my Quick Strawberry Sherbet http://www.food52.com/recipes... look difficult!

(How do they do that?)

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about 2 years ago Kristen Miglore

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That sherbet is brilliant!

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about 2 years ago stephanieRD

Wondering if it would work to add a little bit of avocado to this to amp up the creamy texture?

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about 2 years ago Kristen Miglore

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It would! And the great thing is you can just keep tweaking to taste. Honey is good with the avocado and banana too.

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about 2 years ago annaclarice

When freezing leftovers do you you break it down into smaller amounts for easier processing later?

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about 2 years ago Kristen Miglore

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That's a great idea, but it also doesn't take long for it to melt enough to break up with a spatula or spoon before processing either.

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about 2 years ago sboulton

did you use a food processor to blend them or an ice cream maker?

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about 2 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Food processor!

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about 2 years ago Ray Cooper

How cool is this! I need to try the banana/pectin hint for strawberry jam too. Right now I use Pomona's Universal Pectin, which allows me to make really low sugar jams. Try peach/strawberry or cherry/strawberry. Use 1 cup of sugar to 4 cups of fruit. Plenty sweet and only 1/4 the normal amount of sugar. I wonder how adding other fruits to bananas in this recipe would work?

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about 2 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

It works well! The Kitchn published some variations earlier this summer: http://www.thekitchn.com...

And Gena Hamshaw will share hers -- which sound delicious! -- in her New Veganism column on FOOD52 tomorrow.

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about 2 years ago NunnGirl

Can you over blend?

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about 2 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

NunnGirl, you can't really overblend, although you can keep going until it melts and isn't ice cream-like anymore (then you should just refreeze and blend again, or turn it into a smoothie).