Learn How To Make “Ice Cream” From 1 Ingredient At Home

As a nutritionist for children with special needs, one of my job responsibilities is to come up with new food varieties and recipes that will be appealing to our children. Sometimes it can be quite difficult but the nutrition team which I belong to, tries its best. Some times last year we decided to give a new look to the mid-day food of our children at the centre. Then, we decided to make Ice cream.

Banana Ice Cream Recipe
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As at that time we had no Ice cream equipment and other important ingredients necessary for the making of Ice cream. As we pondered, one of us sighted at a food item and he said we could make a healthy nutritious Ice cream from it. If your guess is as good as mine…….then by now you should know the food item – Banana. Yes, you can make Ice cream from start to finish using BANANA only. Although, the procedure is simple and a bit different but the output is as creamy as your ice cream made from milk and other ingredients.

How Is Iced Banana Cream Made? – Ingredients and Method

Ingredients, Equipments and Method of Preparation!


Medium sized ripe banana (Two fingers)


A powerful blender or a food processor. I usually use Kenwood Food processor.


Wash your hand clean and keep them dry before handling the food item to avoid contamination.

  • Ensure that the blender or food processor is clean.
  • Peel the 2 banana fingers and slice each to six or seven pieces. A straight horizontal cutting will do.
  • Pour the sliced banana into a small glass container that has a lid. Cover it up.
  • Place in a freezer for about three hours if you are using a blender but over night if using a food processor.
  • When ready collect the already frozen banana and pour inside your food processor.

Turn on at high speed for about 30 seconds. Stop, scrape the banana to fall into place and start the engine again. Do this continuously until the banana turns completely creamy just like your ice cream. This process could take up to five minutes, less or more depending on your processing device. The colour of the cream may appear brownish depending on you banana.

Your Banana Ice Cream or better still, Iced Banana Cream is Ready.

One good and healthy thing about this recipe is that banana contains most of the other ingredients that regular ice cream contains. Banana contains sugar and pectin that keep it creamy and fibre to aid in proper digestion. You can also decide to add other ingredients to it if you so wish.

Milk, Peanut butter or Nutella chocolates will not be bad. Just add at moderate quantity. I do not advise adding sugar because Banana is already high in sugar.

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Oladipupo Abioye
Oladipupo is a Pediatric Nutritionist with Lagos State Ministry of Health. He is an adventurous foodie and loves to teach and render presentations on foods and nutritional topics at different symposia. He loves Messi but Chelsea FC is his baby.


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    1. Please, can you further describe what you mean? I seem not to understand your questions. However, the banana to use must be ripe but not in deteriorating state. Unripe banana cannot be used.

  1. I rlly loves dis,bt hw long will it kip(shelf life) compare 2 d normal ice cream or is it jst an instant banana ice cream.
    can water b added if d banana slury is 2 thick…

  2. Woooowww! I’m loving this. But Guess what? Just a friend fell in love wit me after partaking of my banana ice-cream. Said I’m her kinda man. Tnks so much

  3. Wow, I have been following u up for quite sometym now, I love to learn and so far you are good in teaching. Thanks!

  4. I wud luv if yhu wud teach us some new recipe, banana ice cream has bin an old recipe discovered long long time ago…. I would love yhu teach us somefin new, I trust yhu can do dat!

  5. Nice recipe. I have once tried this, but the brownish put my children off. What if I removed the brownish black thread(fibre) in d centre of d Banana? Hope that doesn’t affect the nutritional value? Thanks

    1. It is always better to enjoy every part of the banana. However, if your children find it better to consume by removing a certain part of it, you could add other ingredients that will make it more appealing to them.

  6. Nice recipe. I have once tried this, but the brownish colour put my children off. What if I removed the brownish black thread(fibre) in d centre of d Banana? Hope that doesn’t affect the nutritional value? Thanks

    1. Use the metallic blade that can be easily attached to the rotor. You could also check the manual of the processor to ascertain which of the blades will produce a creamier consistency for banana smoothie.

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