Desserts are fun! Ice cream is fun! And banana-sweetened ice cream is really fun! It uses the natural sweetness of bananas for a sugar-free treat that is healthy and delicious.
Fun Fruit Flavours
The banana in this ice cream is mostly to provide a natural sweetness. The recipe includes 1 cup of chopped fresh fruit to provide the flavor. It’s perfect for all sorts of different fruit flavors. Here are a few of my favorite combinations.
- Simply banana: Don’t add any extra fruit for a straight up banana ice cream. Banana ice cream is delicious, vanilla-like option. We use it as a base for other toppings. Looking for a healthy sundae option? Try banana ice cream with peanuts and date-sweetened caramel sauce.
- Orange vanilla: Use the zest and juice from 1 orange for an orange creamsicle flavour.
- Strawberry cream: Add 1 cup of fresh ripe strawberries. (In the photo above).
- Peaches and cream: Add 1 cup of ripe, juicy peaches.
- Blueberry pie: Add 1 cup of blueberries. (In the photo below).
A Probiotic Treat!
Why not turn your banana-sweetened ice cream into a probiotic treat? It’s so easy to culture whipping cream that this recipe is a perfect way to get a dose of probiotics. The tartness of cultured dairy is balanced by the natural sweetness of fruit, and freezing won’t harm the probiotic culture. The easiest way to culture whipping cream is with a room temperature culture. Simply add the culture to your whipping cream, and leave it for 6-24 hours, depending on how sour you want it.
Here are a few room temperature (mesophilic) dairy cultures that you could use to make probiotic whipping cream:Print
Banana-Sweetened Ice Cream
Ice cream doesn’t have to be an unhealthy indulgence. This recipe for banana-sweetened ice cream is refined sugar-free and delicious! Flavor it with blueberry, strawberry, orange, or peach for a healthy summer treat.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 3 cups 1x
- Category: Desserts
- Cuisine: healthy
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 cup of chopped fresh fruit (see section above for suggestions)
- 2 cups of whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 pinch of salt
- The bananas provide all the sweetness in this ice cream, so be sure to use really ripe ones. Place all the fruit in a blender and pulse until it is chopped. Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. (The whipping cream will start to whip, but that’s fine.)
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes so the ingredients are cold.
- Follow the instructions on your ice cream maker to churn your ice cream.
- Transfer to an air-tight container and freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.
- This recipe is for a 1.4L ice cream machine. I own this ice cream maker (affiliate link) and I love it.
- Sugar plays a pretty important role in making ice cream soft enough to serve. Allow this ice cream to thaw for 20 minutes before scooping. You can also turn it into ice cream sandwiches, creamsicles, or individual frozen treats. Check out my vegan banana-sweetened ice cream post for more details.