One Ingredient “Ice Cream”

So, I actually “stole” this recipe a while ago. I forget why I was even searching for something like this…knowing me it was probably originally an attempt to (a) discover how to make ice cream without an ice-cream maker or (b) discover some healthy desserts. Regardless, I was reminded of this recipe thanks to a friend who recently bravely underwent bariatric surgery. Consequently, there are some foods this friend now will have to avoid for the rest of her life…including things like traditional ice-cream. I immediately thought of this recipe again, and realized its versatility in the process. The below is:

  • Cheap to make
  • Has no dairy whatsoever, and so lactose intolerants can enjoy this
  • It also has no animal products, so vegetarians and in particular vegans can enjoy this
  • It’s healthy

So, then, what is this one ingredient? What food product, with minor manipulation, can by itself become “ice-cream”?


The riper the better. This fruit has the awesome quality of being naturally sweet, while being fibrous enough that upon freezing and blending it won’t turn into liquid mush.

*Final note before going to the “recipe”: you can certainly add other ingredients to change your ice-cream’s “flavor.” In the past, I have added:

  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Rum



  • Bananas


  1. Peel your bananas. Slice them and arrange them on a plate(s):
  2. Place the plates in the freezer for 1-2 hours minimum.
  3. When the banana slices are frozen, put them in a blender or food processor.
  4. Pulse until you have the consistency of ice-cream. This may take some patience–you will definitely need a spoon to keep mixing/pushing-down the mixture.

    This is about the consistency you want.
  5. If you want to add any other ingredients, fold them in at this point.
  6. Refreeze (optional), and serve!

    Plain old banana flavored, but still tasty!

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