2-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

My 2-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream recipe is one of the boys’ favorites and they ask for this “instant soft serve” ice cream all summer long.

2-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream Recipe

I love that the boys are eating something so simple and healthy that’s purely fruit-sweetened. Have you seen the junk that teenagers eat? It’s appalling.

Vegan Ice Cream with Bananas

Now the boys are in their early twenties and they still hanker for this Banana Ice Cream recipe. You can make it vegan ice cream with bananas if you use coconut milk instead of heavy cream.

Strawberry Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Can You Make Ice Cream Without Ice Cream Maker?

Wondering how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker? This easy summer dessert recipe is for you!

I’ve been making 2-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream without an ice cream maker since the boys were wee little ones. It’s a great recipe for kids.

How to Make Ice Cream Without Ice Cream Maker

Sometimes I’m just too lazy to drag my ice cream maker out of the cabinet. Other times I’m too impatient to wait 40 minutes for the ice cream to churn.

This recipe solves both of those issues, so if you are wondering how to make banana ice cream read on!

Cuisinart Food Processor

Ice Cream Recipe Cuisinart

Making ice cream in the food processor is easy peasy! Especially since I keep this multi-tasking appliance out on the counter, ready to go at all times.

Homemade Soft Serve Ice Cream Recipe

For this recipe, I simply toss in both ingredients, press a button, and moments later have incredible soft serve ice cream.

Homemade Ice Cream Easy

I keep frozen bananas in my freezer for my family so that I can whip up this instant ice cream at a moment’s notice.

The boys love snacking on frozen bananas during the summer and also use them in smoothies. My younger son especially loves whipping up smoothies with the vanilla protein powder that Mark Sisson sent us!

2-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

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Servings 2



  • Place bananas and cream in food processor and pulse
  • Remove lid and break up mixture if necessary
  • Pulse until smooth
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
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Banana Ice Cream Chocolate

If you really want to go for a wild ride, sprinkle chocolate chips or sprinkles into this banana ice cream recipe.

Ice Cream Ingredients

My homemade ice cream ingredients are super healthy. I use natural, unrefined sweeteners, and other nutritious items.

Dairy Free Ice Cream

If you’re looking for dairy-free ice cream recipes, I love using a coconut milk base, cashews, or hemp, rather than the usual heavy cream.

Vegan Ice Cream

For those of you wondering, what is vegan ice cream, it is a frozen treat made without dairy or eggs. Vegan ice cream recipes typically use coconut milk or nut milk as a base.

All of my ice cream recipes have a vegan option because so many people I know are on a Dairy-Free Diet.

Is Ice Cream Gluten Free?

If you’re wondering “is ice cream gluten free”, the answer is yes, it often is. But if you’re buying ice cream be sure to read labels to check the ingredients.

Rest assured, all of my ice cream recipes are gluten-free. You’ve come to the right place because all of the recipes in my three cookbooks and on this website are 100% gluten free.

Ice Cream Maker

How to Make Ice Cream With an Ice Cream Maker

If you want to know how to make ice cream with an ice cream maker I’ve got you covered with the ice cream recipes below.

Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Here are some of my favorite homemade ice cream recipes.

Creamsicle Ice Cream

Low Carb Creamsicle Ice Cream

My Creamsicle Ice Cream is a spectacular combination of creamy and tart.

Made with a base of coconut milk plus orange and lemon juices, this ice cream has a secret phospholipid ingredient that supports brain function, which also makes the ice cream extra rich and creamy.

If you’re in a popsicle mood, try my Creamsicles.

vegan vanilla ice cream

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream Homemade

My Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream is homemade, so you don’t need to buy store-bought for the dairy-free or vegan folks in your life.

With a cashew base, it’s the perfect five-ingredient vanilla ice cream recipe. This is vegan ice cream that’s not only creamy and delicious but super easy to make.

If you’ve been wondering how to make vanilla ice cream, this is the perfect recipe for you.

mexican chocolate ice cream

Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream

My Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream is made with a coconut milk base spiked with coffee, vanilla, and cinnamon. If you want to go wild add cayenne to give it a spicy kick.

“Homemade ice cream that’s chocolate” is a frequent request in this house and I am more than happy to comply. My Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream is another vegan ice cream recipe that will knock your socks off.

cherry strawberry ice cream

Strawberry Ice Cream Homemade

If Strawberry Ice Cream that’s homemade is your thing this recipe is for you.

My Strawberry Cherry Ice Cream is another fabulous vegan ice cream recipe with a coconut milk base, strawberries, cherries, vanilla, and a touch of sweetener.

It’s summer in a bowl!

Dairy-Free Mint Chip Ice Cream

Vegan Mint Chip Ice Cream

My Mint Chip Ice Cream is made with a healthy base of hemp seeds and coconut to make it extra rich and creamy.

Studded with delicious dark chocolate chips, there’s nothing that beats the combo of mint and chocolate.

Paleo Cooking Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Ice Cream, Chocolate Sorbet, Cookie Dough Ice Cream

My latest book, Paleo Cooking (pictured below), contains three mind-blowing ice creams that taste delicious alone or together.

The Cookie Dough Ice Cream is one of the best recipes I’ve ever created. It’s a smooth and creamy vanilla ice cream with crunchy chocolate chips enrobed in cookie dough.

The Peanut Butter Ice Cream is made without peanuts so that everyone can enjoy it even those with peanut allergies.

Finally, the fan-favorite Chocolate Sorbet contains only three ingredients and is melt in your mouth delicious!

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If you’re looking for more low-carb recipes, check out my Keto Diet Recipes page. Here are some fan favorites that get rave reviews::

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The Best Ice Cream Quotes

I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream is one of my favorite ice cream quotes. I love ice cream so much that I consider it my favorite food group.

Now you can have healthy dairy-free ice cream without all the additives and junk with my easy homemade ice cream recipes! What’s your favorite?

This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first shared this 2-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream in 2017.

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53 responses to “2-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream”

  1. For those who don’t eat dairy, just freeze ripe bananas, thaw slightly, blend in food processor until smooth, and it’s ready to serve! Delicious! Add a bit of cinnamon if you like, or some ripe mango! Be well, Elana!

  2. Thank you, Elana, for sharing your recipes. I have been a lacto/ovo/vegetarian since the late 1960s. Along the way, I’ve developed an autoimmune problem as well as fibromyalgia. I try to eat as much protein as I can (I start the day with 2 eggs). Cow’s milk-is inflammatory (they don’t sell A2 milk where I live) so I eat a bit of goat and sheep cheese and nuts. I rarely have anything with beans. I don’t eat any sugar with the exception of honey in my almond flour baked goods (made from your recipes) and I don’t eat treats that often anyway. The only grain I can handle is corn, but I avoid it as much as possible. I also stay away from nightshades because of the pain factor. So… that leaves me with vegetables except for nightshades, a bit of cheese, eggs and nuts. I do appreciate your recipes and your advice.

    • Hello Elana , have been following you for a long time but never left a comment just wanted to tell you a friend of mine knows a lady who has ms and takes compound projesterone cream it stops or coats the melon sheaths of the nerves , but will get the name of the naturopath from Vancouver B.C. it’s in here book , this lady is having no problems since taking it. Thank you so much for all you do and your wonderful recipes , so appreciated .

    • I made the mistake of freezing them in the peel. Once. After they are frozen it is very difficult to get the peels off, you basically have to let them thaw.

  3. I’ve been Paleo ‘ish for almost 3 years. Lost 13 pounds without effort and cleared up my digestive issues – turns out I’m lactose intolerant. I plan to try this recipe with coconut milk instead of cream

  4. Unrelated to this recipe, I just wondered what name/brand of body lotion you use, ie after showering etc ?

    The kokum butter body balm I use to buy by Better Botanicals is longer made.

    Thank you.

  5. Can this be made with any other type of fruit? Also, what about a chocolate version? I do the LFHC because it worked so well before when I was on it. Also, I love your cornbread recipe. Thanks so much.

  6. This comment isn’t about food, but about something you mentioned quite a while ago about what you do to combat altitude sickness. You said you’d write about it. I’d love to know, since we go to the mountains often, and both my husband and I have had issues.

    • Ginger. You can make up a bottle of tea made with ginger and sip it as you go. Worked when I went sailing and was the first time ever I didn’t get sick. And it was very windy. There is ginger chewing gum and ginger supplements and ginger chews. I live in the mountains.

  7. You suggest using “heavy whipping cream” in some of your dessert recipes – did you know that most “heavy whipping creams” contain carageenan, a red algae which is indigestible in the human body and therefore sets up a perfect inflammatory environment, especially for those of us with colitis, Crohn’s and other irritable bowel issues?

  8. There is a vegan version of this, it’s called ” nice cream ” it’s frozen bananas and what ever else you fancy. Frozen mango is delicious, cocoa or cacao powder is wonderful. My kids love the bananas with almond butter stirred through. Then it’s vegan, and paleo without the cream.

    As for lchf, we’ve been using coconut cream as a base and freezing pops out of it, coffee pops are especially delicious!

    But now it’s winter here in Australia, so all our bananas are going into banana breads!

    Diet wise, I was on lchf for a LONG time and my weight loss had stalled majorly, so I’ve had to drop my fat to a moderate level, still keeping the carbs low, also had to really watch the amount of protein I eat. My partner who would be a type two diabetic is dairy free, so tends to eat paleoish with higher fat. She struggles that coconut is the only fat available to her ( can’t eat any nuts as she has SIBO ) for snacking etc.

    • Can she have pumpkin seeds? I often use them on my salads and as a replacement for nuts in breads. The ice cream recipe was great though my bananas were a little overripe. also I didn’t have heavy cream but had half n half which needed to be used. So after mixing it together and adding a bit of vanilla, I put it in the freezer and it turned out perfect. I try to follow Elana’s recipes accurately the first time and they all turn out perfect. I have made the flax bread a dozen times. Thank you Elana. I just returned your paleo book to the library today.

      • Elle, thanks so much for your comment and for letting me know this, as well as my other recipes, turn out perfectly!

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