Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Banana Soft Serve (It’s Homemade One Ingredient Ice Cream, SERIOUSLY!)

Posted by 7 years ago 71 Comments

Update: Click here to see how I make a single serving with my Bullet.

A few weeks ago Kim sent me this link from theKitchn, How To Make Creamy Ice Cream with Just One Ingredient! Being an ice cream fan I was immediately intrigued. So I did a little digging with google and discovered I was missing out on some crazy banana ice cream trend!

Who would have thunk it? a frozen banana run through the food processor would make the most amazing creamy dessert!

This doesn’t really warrant a recipe but I’ll right up my base and you can make it your own. Banana Soft Serve (It's Homemade One Ingredient Ice Cream, SERIOUSLY)

  • 2 ripe or overripe bananas
  • 2 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • Chocolate Syrup (optional – in picture)

Break or cut up the banana in about 1 inch chunks and freeze solid. At least 2-3 hours.

Puree frozen banana chunks in the food processor for about 5 minutes. You will have to stop it every minute or so to mix and squish the banana towards the blades.

About half way through add the vanilla.

Enjoy immediately or refreeze.

Once you refreeze the banana soft serve, you will have to let it sit for about 5 minutes before stirring.

Topping/addition ideas…

Mini chocolate chips, frozen wild blueberries, chocolate syrup, unsweetened cocoa powder, peanut butter, strawberries, any berries, granola for crunch, oh my the options are endless! Give it a try and post your variations in the comments!

Update: Click here to see how I make a single serving with my Bullet.

Update 2: We got the yonanas machine! Click here to see our review.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
2 1/2 the base recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
105 0 3g old: 1 new: 0
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
14g 0 27g 1g

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    March 27, 2011

    Looks delicious - like it´s made with cream or something. Will try out for sure!


      January 5, 2016

      Thanks Roni for this even though it is now 5 years ago. I already have the Yonannas machine so had no need to use the food processor method you promoted in this video clip. What really got me was your huge personality loaded with the excitement of presenting the banana miracle we all love so much.


    April 26, 2011

    Beautiful! Can't believe it took me so long to try it! I made a very decadent chocolate mousse and needed something to balance it out - this was perfect. Tempted? Have a lovely day on the other side of the world!


    May 10, 2011

    I love this recipe as is and with peanut butter mixed in. The other day I wanted to add some protein so I used 2 frozen bananas, 1 c greek nonfat yogurt, 1 c frozen strawberries, and 1 t vanilla. It tasted just like frozen yogurt - YUM! Thanks for sharing, Roni! :-)


    May 19, 2011

    I found the best way to make this. first of all it is an awesome idea.I used 2-3 frozen bananas cut up and then when I put them in the food processor I added 1 more unfrozen very ripe banana , it comes out perfect and ready to serve,instead of having to refreeze and wait.


    May 28, 2011

    I've been meaning to try this out forever and I finally got around to it tonight. Both my ds9 and I loved it! My dh thought it was to "banana-y", but that's his loss. Thanks for posting the video, because I think I would have been too impatient with waiting for the bananas to finally get that smooth consistency if I hadn't seen the video first.


    June 1, 2011

    Today I ate banana soft serve at breakfast. WOW! I'm skeptical of most healthy recipes, but something this easy was hard to resist. Sliced and froze 1 banana in a sandwich bag overnight; put frozen banana slices into my new magic bullet with 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract; pulsed several times, tapping container between pulses to move bananas back to blades, until creamy. Apparently freezing overripe bananas gives them a lighter, wonderfully sweet flavor. Tastes similar to ice cream and, I'm sure, would benefit from adding flavor extracts, pureed or chopped fruits, nuts, spices and herbs, chocolate and all ice cream/yogurt additives. Can't wait to try them. Thanks!

    Mary Jameus

    June 14, 2011

    Tried this out and it was great..... the next time I added half cup of frozen chocolate yogurt and half of a frozen weight watchers chocolate sponge cake, made it 3 pts and it was so worth it. Love your site Roni, have tried many recipes. They have all been wonderful.


    August 9, 2011

    I tried this recipe. It was so good and so easy to make !!!


    August 13, 2011

    Like someone mentioned above, I added Cool Whip and it was divine! I probably added too much vanilla, so the Cool Whip helped take it out of that too-sweet-to-eat zone.

    cheryl hayes

    August 14, 2011

    cannot wait to try this!! i love bananas, but they tend to get too ripe before i eat them all. this will solve that problem for me. i am on the WW program, and i was missing my ice cream. this will fill the bill i'm sure. thanks!!


    December 31, 2011

    This is so yummy! I finally got a food processor to make this. I made mine with PB and chocolate. Thanks Roni


    December 31, 2011

    Oh MY GOSH! Finally got around to making this! Didn't believe it would be so creamy and I was proven wrong - wow- that was heavenly!! I can't believe it tastes like banana soft serve ice cream - I used my vitamix blender and it was sooo fast!!!! Thanks for the recipe!!


    April 16, 2012

    I finally bought a Ninja about a month ago and this was the first thing I made. Love it! I buy bananas on the mark down rack and freeze them in packs of 1, 2, 3 or 4 so I can make a anything from a single serving to enough for the family. My last trip to the store's markdown rack resulted in over 30 lbs of bananas at 19 cents a pound. The cashier looked at me like I was crazy, so I told her I had a monkey at home. LOL!!!


    May 28, 2012

    tried it with some heated all fruit perserve...mmm strawberry banana icecream...


    May 28, 2012

    I felt inspired by your video. I made the blueberry and chocolate recipe you made. Wow! It was soooo good. My hubby was even into it. We've come up with all kinds of combinations for the next time. Thanks for the great idea and inspiration!


    June 14, 2013

    You called this One Ingredient but I see three lol. Looks yummy.


      June 14, 2013

      lol yea but the other two are optional! :)


    February 5, 2014

    I just tried this recipe with my Vitamix and followed the directions and it was more of a smoothie consistency. What did I do wrong?


      February 7, 2014

      I don't have a Vitamix so I can't be sure. How long did you freeze the bananas? Maybe a little longer next time?


    June 26, 2015

    Is there a way to do this without a food processor? I really want to try it but I don't have a food processor or blender =\