Magic with Frozen Bananas

by Elissa

This probably belongs in the old news category, because this trick has been bouncing around the internet for a few years, but I finally tried making ice cream from frozen bananas and was amazed by how good the outcome was. I first read about this technique on The Kitchn a couple of years ago; this post describes how you can use a single ingredient to make delicious ice cream.

One of the most challenging parts for me was accumulating enough overripe bananas to conduct the experiment--we go through bananas very quickly and never make it to the end of the week with extra bananas. I finally decided to buy double the normal amount so that I could freeze a few fully ripened bananas. Once you have some nicely brown-speckled bananas, peel them and break them into chunks (or slice them), and freeze them in a ziplock bag. Let them freeze for a few hours (or a few days or weeks). When you're ready to make some ice cream, take the bananas out of the freezer and let them sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Put the frozen bananas in the bowl of a food processor (I bet a good blender might also work) 

Put the frozen bananas in the bowl of a food processor (I bet a good blender might also work) 

Process the bananas for a minute or two. They will initially end up in small chunks, like this. I like to stop and scrape down the bowl with a spatula once or twice. 

Process the bananas for a minute or two. They will initially end up in small chunks, like this. I like to stop and scrape down the bowl with a spatula once or twice. 

Keep running the processor, and you will eventually end up with this. 

Keep running the processor, and you will eventually end up with this. 

Scoop into a bowl, and wait for the rave reviews to come pouring in. 

Scoop into a bowl, and wait for the rave reviews to come pouring in. 

I didn't believe it until I tasted it myself, but this stuff really does taste like excellent ice cream. The texture blew me away, and it's got a delicious pure banana flavor. Best of all, I can feed my kids a banana for dessert and they think they are getting a very special treat.

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