Magic One-Ingredient Ice Cream 5 Ways — Peanut Butter, Nutella, and More

updated Jun 8, 2019
Peanut Butter & Honey Banana Ice Cream
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Several years ago, tipped off by my sister, I tried a magical little kitchen trick for the first time. I froze chunks of raw banana, then buzzed them in my food processor. Suddenly, out of nowhere, these gritty frozen pieces of fruit turned into ice cream. One-ingredient banana ice cream — it’s kind of magic, isn’t it? Have you ever tried it?

If you haven’t — well, it’s a holiday weekend, and what better time to try something new? If you have already tried banana ice cream, and would like to switch it up a bit, then here are five twists on the classic — just to sweeten the deal.

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Banana ice cream with peanut butter and honey (Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Peanut Butter & Honey Banana Ice Cream

Serves 2

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2

    peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid

  • 3 tablespoons

    peanut butter

  • 2 teaspoons

    honey

Instructions

  1. Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in peanut butter and honey, and transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Nutella Banana Ice Cream

Serves 2

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2

    peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons

    Nutella or other hazelnut-chocolate spread

Instructions

  1. Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in Nutella, and transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Dark Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Serves 2

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2

    peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid

  • 3 tablespoons

    unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoons

    cream

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in cocoa powder, cream, and vanilla. Transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Cinnamon Dulce Banana Ice Cream

Serves 2

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2

    peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid

  • 3 tablespoons

    sweetened condensed milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    freshly-ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon. Transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Strawberries & Cream Banana Ice Cream

Serves 2

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2

    peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid

  • 1/3 cup

    roughly chopped frozen strawberries

  • 2 tablespoons

    cream

Instructions

  1. Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in strawberries and cream until smooth, and transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Do you adapt the banana ice cream recipe? What’s your favorite variation?

(Image credit: Faith Durand)

(Images: Faith Durand)