Jan 24

Banana Ice Cream

By tarakemp

January 24, 2018

Banana ice cream is the PERFECT dessert. It tastes dreamily decadent, but it's 100% healthy.

Check out the suggested variations listed in the notes below, or get creative with your own spin on it! There are so many options!

(Photo by Nina Gelbke of Naturally Nina)

  • Yields: 1-2 servings

Ingredients

3-6 ripe, spotted bananas

Directions

1Peel bananas

2Cut into small chunks, about 2 inches long. Place into freezer bag or container, and freeze for at least 6 hours.

3Remove from freezer, and place frozen banana chunks into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, ice-cream consistency.

*Variations:

There are many ways to create various flavors with banana ice cream. Here are some recommendations:

• Strawberry banana ice cream: add fresh or frozen strawberries as a blended ingredient 

• Blueberry banana ice cream: add fresh or frozen blueberries as a blended ingredient

• Mango banana ice cream: add fresh or frozen mango as a blended ingredient

• Chocolate banana ice cream: add a tablespoon of cacao powder as a blended ingredient

• Cinnamon vanilla bean ice cream: add vanilla bean powder, cinnamon, and 2-3 medjool dates as blended ingredients

• Chocolate cherry banana ice cream: add a tablespoon of cacao powder + fresh or frozen cherries as blended ingredients


*Toppings:

If you would like to add toppings, we recommend the following:

• Fresh berries

• Chopped dates

• Dried mulberries

• Cinnamon

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1.5 cups (3 bananas)
Calories315
Protein3.9 grams
Total Fat1.2 grams
Total Carbohydrates80.9 grams
Dietary Fiber9.2 grams

About the Author

Tara Kemp is the Director of Nutrition Education at Mastering Diabetes. She has been active in the field of health and nutrition for many years, including working with Forks Over Knives, Engine 2, and Dr. Neal Barnard and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Tara has a bachelor's degree in Education from Bucknell University, a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell, and is a Certified Food For Life Instructor through the Physicians Committee.