I couldn’t resist. I had to see what the buzz over the infamous 1-ingredient banana ice cream was about. I’ve seen it all over the internet: frozen bananas that magically morph into creamy ice cream in the blender. It seemed impossible to me that plain old bananas, and nothing else, could result in smooth frozen ice cream. I had to see it with my own eyes.
Alas, it worked! I couldn’t believe it. I merely piled frozen banana slices into the blender, pureed away, and before my very eyes, the bananas turned into smooth ice cream. At first, I didn’t think it was going to work. I was pulsing and pulsing, having to stop every few seconds to push the bananas down into the blades, and it seemed as if nothing would become of it. But after a few minutes of elbow grease, the bananas turned creamy and velvety like magic.
Of course, I’m never satisfied with the basics, so I added some cocoa powder to really take this ice cream to the next level. Once it was done, I dunked a spoon straight into the blender so I could give it a try, and I was astounded at how much it tasted like ice cream. The texture was identical, and the cocoa powder made it really authentic. It was just like having chocolate ice cream with a touch of bananas.
Besides being stupidly easy to make, can we talk about why this ice cream is really awesome? It’s pure bananas, which means it’s purely nutritious. You’re gaining tons of vitamins and potassium from those ‘nanas, and you’re losing that disgusting amount of fat and calories in regular ice cream. It’s truly amazing. Plus, you don’t need as much of it as you do regular ice cream to fill yourself up, and you have those bananas to thank!
If you’ve got yourself some ripe bananas, I implore you to give this chilly chocolatey treat a try. You’re going to be pleasantly surprised!
A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:
- Instead of cocoa powder, try swirling in a bit of peanut butter.
- Top with fat-free Cool Whip for added indulgence minus the guilt.
- Strawberries would be delicious in here.
- You can add a splash of almond milk to make this even creamier without adding calories.
- I used a blender since my food processor is too small, but I recommend a food processor. Less work!
2-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
By The Smart Cookie Cook
- 6 ripe bananas
- 2 tsp. cocoa powder
- Peel and slice the bananas into coins. Arrange slices in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper and freeze until completely frozen, about 4 hours.
- Pour frozen bananas into a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth and pureed. You will need to pause and scrape the bananas down into the blades as you go. Right before the mixture is smooth to your liking, add the cocoa powder and blend until incorporated. Serve immediately for soft serve or pour into an air-tight container and freeze until firm, about 3 hours.