‘Free From’ One Ingredient Ice Cream

Did you know you could make ice cream with one ingredient only.... oh, and it's healthy too!

This has to be the easiest recipe I have ever shared. There is absolutely no risk of getting it wrong. It is healthy and it tastes great. What more could you wish for?

A couple of weeks ago at the Allergy Show, I had a chat with Maureen Jenkins, the Director of Clinical Services for Allergy UK. She told me I could make ice cream just by freezing ripe bananas and blending them. I have to admit I smiled and nodded but felt rather dubious about it. Surely it was too simple to work. How wrong was I!

We happened to have a couple of ripe bananas at home on that day. If fact, their skin was so black I did not fancy eating them at all, so I thought we could give it a go. As my soup blender is ancient and coming closer and closer to the end of its long and industrious life, I decided to slice the bananas before freezing them. Crevette did that for me with a butter knife and managed to fit all the slices in a small plastic container.

I forgot all about it until Sunday when the children were asking for a snack and we had ran out of pretty much everything, including bananas. That reminded me of the frozen pieces and I got them out. Fifteen minutes later, I got my soup blender out and gave the bananas a good whizz. They turned into smooth, delicious ice cream! I could not believe my eyes or my taste buds. The children were amazed as well and asked for more. Who knew something so simple could taste this delicious?

Did you know you could make ice cream with one ingredient only.... oh, and it's healthy too!


‘Free From’ One Ingredient Ice Cream

Dairy, Gluten, Egg Free Banana Ice Cream
Prep Time 3 minutes
Servings 3 scoops


  • 2 ripe bananas
  • optional:
  • - small fudge cubes or sprinkles
  • - ice cream cones


  1. Slice your bananas and freeze them.
  2. Take the banana slices out the freezer and leave at room temperature for fifteen minutes.
  3. Using a blender, mix the bananas until smooth and creamy.
  4. Enjoy straight away!

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  1. sarahhillwheeler
    22/07/2014 / 2:12 pm

    Just made some more banana bread with some very overripe bananas, and wishing I had read this first. Will have to give it a go!

    • 22/07/2014 / 3:08 pm

      Do try Sarah! It is a perfect healthy summer treat.

  2. 23/07/2014 / 8:00 am

    I have four very ripe bananas and the children are coming home from a sleepover later today (yes, I know…their very first sleepover!!) so I am going to try this and surprise them with it later. I’ll let you know how it goes!
    #loveyourideas xx

    • 23/07/2014 / 8:44 pm

      First sleepover… our ‘babies’ grow up so quickly, don’t they? Let me know what you think about the ‘ice cream’. xx

  3. 23/07/2014 / 8:32 pm

    I’ve heard about this but never tried it as I couldn’t quite believe it would work. I’ll definitely try it now.

    • 23/07/2014 / 8:34 pm

      I cannot believe I had not heard about this before. It is amazing!

  4. The Free From Fairy
    24/07/2014 / 12:48 pm

    Ha ha! I have made this before and got the thumbs firmly down in this house. So typical because it is such a simple pudding!

    • 24/07/2014 / 6:05 pm

      What a shame your little ones didn’t like it. It is so refreshing and quick to blend.

  5. 25/07/2014 / 1:56 pm

    How clever is that? Since trying out (and permanently adopting) your easy crusty bread you are now my official “go to” for easy food 🙂

    • 25/07/2014 / 7:58 pm

      I am glad you love the bread so much. I have to say it is my favourite recipe of all. That bread is a bit like another baby for me, hihi! Let me know what you think of the ice cream if you give it a go.

    • 26/07/2014 / 9:36 am

      Let me know what you think after you have tried it!

  6. Kizzy Bass
    27/07/2014 / 8:33 am

    What a super simply idea and looks very tasty

    • 27/07/2014 / 12:40 pm

      It is! Little man just took some banana slices out of the freezer; their dessert will take minutes to put together

    • 27/07/2014 / 12:40 pm

      It is! Little man just took some banana slices out of the freezer; their dessert will take minutes to put together!

  7. I have an identical post lined up 🙂 we make this every year, by mistake the first time. I’ve gone on to add allsorts to it, it’s a big hit here and good for you too 🙂

    • 27/07/2014 / 3:11 pm

      Looking forward to reading yours!

  8. 27/07/2014 / 7:54 pm

    Hope your little ones are enjoying their ice cream lovely… add a bit of cocoa powder and you’ve got chocolate flavour 🙂 #recipeoftheweek

    • 27/07/2014 / 8:17 pm

      Brilliant, we will try that with the batch that is in the freezer! Thanks for the tip lovely!

  9. 28/07/2014 / 12:52 pm

    Simple and tasty! Will have to make this! LOVE IT! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    • 28/07/2014 / 10:45 pm

      Do try; it changed our life! Easy, healthy, yummy!

  10. 30/07/2014 / 12:00 pm

    Wow so simple! And easy, and I bet it’s tasty! #recipeoftheweek

    • 30/07/2014 / 1:03 pm

      Is it incredible! I cannot believe I did not know about that before. Just like ice cream but so good for you…

  11. 02/08/2014 / 11:09 am

    I keep reading that you can do this and have still yet to try ti. Yours looks lush. Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek – sorry I’m a bit late over! Have Pinned this post and scheduled in a tweet. New linky live at 6 🙂 x

    • 02/08/2014 / 12:41 pm

      Do try, it really is surprisingly creamy!

  12. 02/09/2014 / 2:25 pm

    This is a big favourite in our house too! And I sometimes add frozen raspberries or blackberries etc to the mix as well. Just freeze and blend! Works a charm! 🙂 xx

    • 02/09/2014 / 4:56 pm

      Great advice! I was going to try making smoothies with frozen bananas and fresh raspberries from the garden.

  13. Kim W
    28/10/2014 / 4:08 pm

    I always used to cut bananas into half and push a lolly stick into them (care if young child) and then freeze. instant cold lolly when take out. can cover in chocolate or carob if wish before freezing. Great in summer.

    • 28/10/2014 / 8:27 pm

      That is a great idea! I will definitely do that next summer.

  14. 13/01/2017 / 7:08 pm

    Such a clever idea to use up ripe bananas, they ripen so quickly at home I often find myself making too many banana muffins, from now on I’ll make banana ice cream too:)

    • 14/01/2017 / 12:46 am

      I was the same: I needed another way to use up mushy bananas. It’s ideal, really as it’s so simple. We also use them frozen to thicken up smoothies and give them a lovely creamy consistency and a much welcome coolness in summer.

  15. 13/01/2017 / 9:17 pm

    Hi, this is a great way to use up my old bananas. I shall be trying this as a quick healthy dessert. Thanks for sharing, Chloe https://pinkiebag.com/ #Freefromfridays

    • 14/01/2017 / 12:45 am

      Let me know what you think! x

  16. 14/01/2017 / 12:14 am

    This is bonkers! It sounds impossibly easy, I’m with you pre-development and will have to see this for myself….I’ll be back with an update! ….

    • 14/01/2017 / 12:43 am

      I can’t wait to hear what you think! When you’ve done it, check my chocolate ice cream: as easy, and even more delicious!

  17. 14/01/2017 / 3:04 pm

    I just love the simplicity of this recipe. I’ve always got a few bananas that are bit past their best and this is a great way to use them up.

    • 20/01/2017 / 8:15 pm

      Get freezing!

  18. 15/01/2017 / 4:37 pm

    Nice! Love how simple it is! My little man loves bananas, so will definitely have to try this! #FreeFromFridays

    • 15/01/2017 / 10:15 pm

      Simple recipes are often the best, aren’t they? No silly ingredients, no preservatives and it tastes yummy! What more could you ask for?

  19. 16/01/2017 / 11:02 am

    I love the idea of putting fudge sprinkles in here! Yummy!

    • 16/01/2017 / 2:29 pm

      The fudge just adds another dimension. Love the chewiness on top of ice cream 🙂

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