Banana “Soft-Serve” Ice Cream

Ok, it’s not really soft-serve, neither is it ice cream… but it might as well be…

As someone who loves ice cream, and would eat it by the tubful no matter the season (if it weren’t for healthy eating goals), this is a great substitute.  It’s cold, creamy, and even gets you a serving of fruit!  (And I won’t tell if you have it for breakfast… maybe with some toasted walnuts?)

I also don’t have an ice cream maker, but with this recipe, all you need is a food processor.  It doesn’t sound like it should work, but trust me, it’s magic.

The only catch, is that you have to pre-freeze your fruit ahead of time.  I find that I always have extra bananas, so I peel them, and pop them into a freezer bag.  That way, the bananas don’t brown in the freezer, and I always have them available for smoothies and this ice-creamy goodness recipe!

Banana Soft-Serve Ice Cream

Recipe via the fabulous Ashley, from Choosing Raw.

  • 1 frozen banana, broken into thirds
  • up to 1/4 c. milk (I keep skim on hand, feel free to use rice, soy, or almond milk here)
  • 1 dash of coconut extract

Place frozen banana, a dash of milk, and the coconut extract into a food processor.  Blitz until the banana turns to soft-serve ice-cream texture (about 15 seconds).  You may need to add a little extra skim milk if the banana still appears ‘chunky’.  Eat quickly, because it will melt quickly!

You can also try this out with other frozen fruits!  Louise’s Kiwi Sorbet looks just divine. Let the experimenting begin!  I’m thinking raspberry/pomegranate… or blueberry/banana… or mango… or ginger/peach… mmmmm.

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Categories: Breakfast & Brunch, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian


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9 Comments on “Banana “Soft-Serve” Ice Cream”

  1. January 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    So good!! I should say that the original source was Gena’s Choosing Raw blog – which is amazing!! So many great, simple recipes that are delicious

  2. January 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    Oh yum, thanks for the further inspiration!!!! Love it!

  3. January 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    Oooh, found the original recipe post:

  4. January 7, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    I am so delighted you liked it! And thrilled to have found your blog 🙂

    • January 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

      Ahhh, thanks, Gena! What a quick reply!!

      I’m the one who’s thrilled to have found your blog! Hmmm, happy to have a mutual-adoration-society going here.

      But seriously, like your blog post said – this “ice cream” changed my life!!!

  5. Kristen
    January 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Finally got to try this tonight! I topped it with a little baking coconut because we don’t have any flavoring right now, but banana-coconut has always been one of my favorites!

    However, I injured myself on the frozen bananas!! Bent my nail backward trying to pry them apart and it’s bleeding, and finger/toe nail injuries gross me out so much I can’t look 😛 But at least I have the best dessert ever!!

  6. January 16, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    Yay, glad you liked it — baking coconut may be even better!

    But DON’T HURT YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh dear… banana injuries…


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