One-Ingredient Ice Cream

Healthy Eating, Tips & Techniques

July is National Ice Cream Month! Since our love of ice cream is well documented at Williams-Sonoma, I want to share with you the easiest “ice cream” recipe you’ll ever find — no custard base or ice cream maker necessary.


This recipe is dairy-free, nut-free and completely vegan, so almost everyone can enjoy it. All you’ll need is one very ripe banana and a food processor or blender.


Peel the banana and chop it into slices about 1/2 inch wide. Place in a ziploc bag or container and stick it in the freezer for at least 1 hour (I usually leave mine in there overnight).


Once it’s frozen, remove the banana from the freezer and drop the pieces into a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth.


Enjoy! Frozen bananas have a natural creaminess that gives this snack or dessert a surprising richness.


Feel free to jazz up your banana ice cream with add-ins, such as the ones suggested here. Put the ingredients in the blender along with the bananas and then puree.

  • Chocolate-Hazelnut-Banana Ice Cream. Add a spoonful or two of Nutella (or another chocolate-hazelnut spread) to the food processor or blender before pureeing. If you’ve ever eaten a Nutella-banana crepe in Paris, you know this one’s a good combo.
  • Pina Colada Ice Cream. Grown-ups, add a splash of rum, pineapple juice and coconut milk for a tropical twist.
  • PB & J Ice Cream. Add a spoonful of peanut butter and another spoonful of your favorite jam. No wonder peanut butter-banana sandwiches are so delicious!


What are your ideas for great flavor combinations?

6 comments about “One-Ingredient Ice Cream

  1. Bryan

    My fiancee is on a strict CKD diet, which means even a banana is risky due to its high potassium content. Other ideas?

  2. KGIAI

    but what if you are lactose and banana intoleralant…another option, please?

  3. Lisa

    Olivia – Thanks for recommending my vegan ice cream recipe! It’s so hot today. I’m getting ready to make a variation of this recipe with some Kahlua. Stay cool! ; )

  4. Colleen

    You could blend that longer and it’ll get even creamier! At least that’s what happened to mine. I also used a food processor v. blender.


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