Monday, March 12, 2012

one ingredient (banana) ice cream

Yummy note: Ice cream, without the cream, and it could be classified as dairy-free, vegan, and an allergen friendly ice cream? Seriously?? Yeah, no brainer... this one ingredient ice cream recipe from La Phemme Phoodie was it...I HAD to try it. Just like Wendy mentioned in her original post, I was also a bit doubtful this was going to work, until I got done with it. Since Wendy from La Phemme Phoodie also guest blogged about this recipe at All I Eat Food! -I knew it must be awesome. So without further intro, this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal is the one ingredient banana ice cream! Can I just state I was so excited about this recipe, especially since it was the first ice cream recipe I've ever posted on my blog too! I can't wait to start sharing it with my friends and hope that they get it enjoy it and have fun with this recipe as my family and I did. Really, you can go as basic as you want with this dessert (treat, breakfast, really, whatever you'd like to call it! haha) or jazz it up a bit with some mix-ins. Check out our variations below.. banana split ice cream, chocolate chip cookie sandwiches, strawberry banana, etc.etc. you can see how it rolls..

One Ingredient Ice Cream (Banana Ice Cream)

Ingredients:
Bananas (use atleast 2 or 3 for a small batch, if you are making a family-sized portion, I'd maybe freeze about 6 bananas)
*If you wish to jazz it up, have a few additional mix-ins such as vanilla extract, strawberries, chocolate, granola, etc. on hand.

I've got the bananas, mommy, let's make me some ice cream!! 

Directions:
Get a big bunch of bananas, make sure you have atleast 2-3 of them if making a small batch of the ice cream. If you have the freezer space, go ahead, peel, and cut up your bananas and place them on a baking pan as directed. Once they are completely frozen, pulse the chunks in a food processor for a bit until you get your soft serve looking ice cream treat!


Yummy note: If you don't have the room or space in your freezer, don't worry, freezing the bananas whole works well, too! 

I'll admit, I often have hiccups in the kitchen.. I'm mean cooking and baking is like one big experiment half the time, right? Well, my first pass at this recipe wasn't as successful, however it still tasted great, just not the texture I was looking for...So lesson learned-- be patient :)  I realized after I started pulsing the bananas that they were not as frozen as I had thought, so the kids and I got more of a banana pudding, than an ice cream.. haha. so I tossed the puree back into the freezer in a bowl and we got a hard set ice cream eventually.

So, yes, if you make a big batch of ice cream, you can refreeze it and save it for later and it still works fine.


I'm so excited I experimented with this ice cream recipe as my little guy can now enjoy a dairy-free ice cream treat! There's sure a lot of possibilities.. so try it out and you'll have to let me know what is your favorite way to make this banana ice cream treat.


I hope you enjoyed my Secret Recipe Club reveal this month and get a chance to explore all of the other great bloggers that join in the fun!

18 comments:

  1. I do this for the kids and sometimes add cocoa! My kids are famous for eating about 3/4 of a banana and then leaving the rest on the counter so I keep a ziplock bag inthe freezer for all of my over due and un eaten "banana ends" :)

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  2. I love that you experimented with various twists on this recipe. I have yet to try it in a cookie sandwich. Great idea!

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    1. such a wonderful "starter" for any fun creation!

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  3. So yummy! I love the idea of using a vegetable peeler to remove the peels!

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    1. It came to me while I as freezing my fingers off! I as like this has got to be easier... :D

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  4. I've made this before and it's GOOD! Love your pictures!

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  5. I've heard of this before but never tried it. I'll need to rescue some bananas for the next banana bread batch to try this.

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  6. Will have to try. I make a sort of sorbet with bananas and strawberries that comes out kind of like this. I really like the idea of just bananas though so it can be served with cookies or cake or whatever.

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  7. Pure genious. Going to try this ASAP! Great SRC post!

    Jenny @ SavourtheSensesblog.com

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  8. So easy and I love the versatility. Great choice.

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  9. I've seen this on a few other blogs - isn't it just weird how it turns into "ice cream"?! This is great for little ones!

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  10. Mmm Love banana icecream! Great with strawberries blended in too!

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  11. I freeze all my old bananas for protein shakes. I love them frozen. Never thought about making them into a creamy treat for the gkids. I will try it. How do you keep them from turning brown?

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  12. I always have frozen bananas in my freezer, can't wait to give this recipe a try for me and my daughter.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A' SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  13. Healthy ice cream, it doesn't get better than this, does it? I'm gonna try this now that warmer days are here!

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  14. This is a favorite of mine as well. Seems too good to be true, but it's not!

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  15. I don't like bananas so I won't be trying this, but I still find it so interesting that this really makes "ice cream" I'll definitely pass the recipe on to my banana loving friends! Yay SRC! I hope you'll stop by Seasonalpotluck.com this month. Its artichoke month, and I'd love if you'd link up your artichoke recipes! http://bit.ly/zRfNjo

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