Frozen banana “ice cream”

23 Apr

Frozen banana

Frozen banana “ice cream” is a little bit of culinary magic – just sixty seconds in a food processor to transform frozen slices of banana into a smooth, silky dessert.

I first discovered it in David Cohlmeyer’s The Vegetarian Chef in my student days, and have been happily whipping up batches of the stuff ever since. 

I’ve experimented with adding cocoa powder, vanilla, ginger, cardamom, but usually stick to the basic mixture then top it with maple syrup, chopped nuts or a splash of rum.

The ice cream can be eaten straight away or packed into a container and frozen until needed.

Frozen banana “ice cream”
(serves 4)

  • 5-6 medium bananas
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • a pinch of salt
  • maple syrup, chopped walnuts and rum to serve
  1. Peel the bananas, slice them into 1 cm thick pieces and freeze until solid.
  2. In a food processor, purée the banana, lemon juice and salt until smooth.
  3. Serve topped with walnuts, a drizzle of maple syrup (and a splash of rum for the grown-ups).

3 Responses to “Frozen banana “ice cream””

  1. Margo April 23, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

    I have some frozen mango I think I will try this method with. Love the easiness.

    • Andrea April 24, 2015 at 7:20 am #

      Let me know how you get on – I’ve never tried it with anything other than bananas. I think maybe the starchiness or high pectin content of bananas are responsible for the resulting texture, but curious to see how mangos turn out!

  2. Yana May 1, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    Love it! 🙂

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