How to Make Luscious Ice Cream with Just One Ingredient

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The following post is from Jules Clancy of Stonesoup:


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Have you ever seen a gorgeous ice cream recipe in a book or magazine that you’ve been dying to make? Ever had that heart-sinking feeling that comes with the instructions at the end of said recipe, ‘freeze in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturers instructions’?

I have.

So one day I decided to fork out a large amount of cash for an appliance that could barely fit in my tiny kitchen. But an ice cream machine I wanted, and an ice cream machine I would have. And a proper one, with an internal compressor so I could happily make batch after batch of cool creamy goodness.

The thing is, apart from the expense and the space, making ice cream the traditional way is hard work. And it takes time. First you have to make an egg based custard, making sure you don’t let it curdle. Then there’s the chilling of the custard and freezing in your ice cream machine. And then you need to let it harden up in your freezer for a while.

Not exactly an instant fix.

But there is a solution. A one ingredient ice cream that couldn’t be more simple. Just take some frozen bananas and whizz them in your food processor until they’re super creamy and lovely.

We’re talking every thing you love about ice cream. All in a few minutes. And it’s super healthy too. No cream or eggs. What are you waiting for?

Banana Ice Cream

Feel free to play around with the flavorings. You could pretty much add anything that takes your fancy. The riper your bananas are, the more intense the flavour will be. Other frozen fruit can be used but may need a little sugar added. I always have a packet of frozen raspberries on hand for when I need a quick & simple dessert.

2 bananas

1. Either freeze the bananas whole or peel and chop and freeze in freezer bags.

2. Remove bananas from the freezer about 10 minutes before you’re ready to eat.

3. Peel the whole bananas and pop them in your food processor, or put them in a small dish and use your immersion blender.

4. Whizz until you have smooth creamy texture. It may take a little while if your bananas are too frozen so be patient!

Serves 2.

Jules Clancy is a qualified Food Scientist, the creator of The Stonesoup Virtual Cookery School. She blogs about her commitment to only cooking recipes with no more than 5 ingredients over at Stonesoup.