Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

I consider myself pretty healthy, but my husband takes it to an even higher level. He's more of a au natural guy where I've still got a healthy amount (pun intended) of "if it comes from a box or can it's all right with me" in me. Yes, I'm all about making things homemade as often as possible, but with so much keeping me busy, it's not always a realistic goal. For example, as much fun as it is to make homemade ice cream, more times than not I throw my arms up and grab the Stonyfield from the freezer for me and the kids.

I don't know if there's something in the water or if a witch cast a spell on him, but my hubby has been diving in the kitchen more and more lately, coming up with a list of recipes that are actually really yummy! He's been making this version of homemade ice cream that tastes unbelievably delicious, even to someone like me who wants the real deal. The kids certainly can't tell the difference and hubby says if he didn't know better, he wouldn't be able to either -- and this man knows his ice cream. But the best part is that instead of needing an ice cream maker or having to wait hours for the ice cream to freeze, his version is ready in less
than a minute, is totally healthy and the kids love helping him make it!

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Chocolate Banana Ice Cream (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 1 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Cups Frozen Sliced Bananas*
  • 1/4 Cup frozen strawberries

Preparation

1. Place the yogurt, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla extract in a blender and quickly combine the ingredients for a few seconds, using the lowest setting to puree.
2. Add the frozen banana and strawberries to the mixture. Puree on the lowest setting for 20 seconds.
3. Scrape down the sides and puree again. Repeat the process until the mixture is smooth.**
4. Serve.
* Hubby’s Tip - Bananas can take a day up to 4 hours to freeze well, so take three or four bananas,
slice them about 1/2″ thick, freeze them in a Ziploc bag (make sure to lay the slices out flat in the bag when you freeze so they don¹t stick together) and leave them in the freezer so you can always make this treat on a moment’s notice.
** Use the lowest setting to puree to avoid the ice cream from getting too loose and so it has more of a true ice cream texture.
*** Hubby likes using strawberries but you can use whatever frozen fruit you like in addition to the bananas.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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56 comments

  • Susan

    Hey, it's a recipe that I look for. I love ice cream but I don't have an ice cream maker. Hopefully your husband will find another no machine needed ice cream recipe

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  • Jessica

    Easy, simple - can't wait to try it out! Any idea of the release date for your cookbook yet???

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    • Catherine

      Late summer 2012 (feels so far away)!

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  • Katie Newell

    What a great idea to thicken up a smoothie and turn it into ice cream! I am definately going to be playing around with this recipe idea! As always, tks for sharing!!!

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  • Eden

    Hi! This sounds SO insanely delicious, but I don't have a blender! Is there any way that this could possibly be made using a food processor?

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    • Catherine

      I think it would work in a mini food processor, but a big one would probably liquify it too much.

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  • Lisa

    Eden, We use our food processor all the time to make frozen banana/berry ice cream. Just frozen bananas and frozen berries and puree. It does take a couple of minutes to turn into ice cream, but, it does eventually. Good Luck!

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  • Jolene

    YUM! I use a food processor to do mine and I only use bananas, a bit of rice milk and cocoa powder (but sometimes I keep it simple with bananas and rice milk). That's it! Less is best.

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  • Mila

    Yum! I have a vitamix so I will try to adapt this recipe for that. Thx for the idea!

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  • Mollie D

    can you freeze the leftovers to have 'ice cream' later? Or will it turn into a rock?

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    • Catherine

      Hubby tried freezing his leftovers. He wound up with a rock. Now he sits in the kitchen with the blender container and eats until there's none left!

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  • Michelle

    After you freeze the leftovers they will be a rock unless you blend them again but still quick and easy!

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    • Catherine

      great idea! i'm going to try that!

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  • Amanda

    My blender bit the dust, but going to try this in the Magic Bullet and see if I can get it to come out. I LOVE chocolate and banana :) The kids may enjoy it, too. :)

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  • Alison

    Yum! I just got into the banana ice cream and made some with just banana and peanut butter (yum) - its nice to see a new recipe ingredients.

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  • Carolyn

    Amanda, I use my Magic Bullet to make smoothies using all kinds of frozen fruit, including those yummy frozen bananas. Bananas are great with milk and then I add vanilla flavoring. Super thick and yummy. Best part is, my two teenage daughters make smoothies all the time with it, using juice, yogurt, whatever. One has recently discovered frozen watermelon with frozen strawberries - nothing else added, tastes like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. I like the idea of making the mixture thick enough to scoop. Mmmm, excuse me, I have to go freeze some bananas now.

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    • Catherine

      The Magic Bullet is a great idea!

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  • Traci

    Purée frozen bananas with some cinnamon and a bit if honey. Super low fat, healthy treat! My son thinks I'm letting him eat junk food fr breakfast on especially hot days!

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  • Michelle

    perfect! I've been addicted to just plain frozen bananas turned into \"ice cream\" lately and this is a welcome chocolaty change. More bananas being sent to the freezer now.

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  • Molly

    just made made this and i love it. i might have to make more because i don't want to share with my husband or kids it's so good!!!!!

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  • Amber

    Is there anything I could use to \"thicken\" it instead of Bananas? Unfortunately, my kiddoes (and hubby) won't eat anything with bananas in it.

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    • Catherine

      I don't know what can replicate the creamy consistency of bananas for this recipe. Try this as a test: make some and just tell everyone it's chocolate ice cream. See if anyone can tell there's bananas in it. Then tell them afterwards.

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    • Tamara Ewashen

      You can try a similar idea using frozen coconut milk. Good luck!

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    • Pris

      what about avocado??

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  • Kylie

    Will have to wait til the price of bananas come down here in Australia ...... we are still at $20 per kilo where I live :( but frozen mixed berries will be nice as well .. thanks for a great recipe

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    • Catherine

      $20 a kilo!!!! My goodness. I'm sorry! This may be the time to just be like me and buy some ice cream!

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  • Lindsay

    I made this tonight and it was delicious! I added raspberries instead of strawberries and it was yummy but I think I liquified it too much-it felt more like pudding than ice cream. What's the secret to thickening it and making it look just like the picture--real ice cream????

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    • Catherine

      My husband said it took him one or two tries before he got a feel for how to thicken without pureeing. He said it's important to pulse briefly, scrape down the sides and then pulse again, etc. so the consistency stays thick. You also may want to add a little extra banana. I'm going to revise the steps of the recipe. Thanks for the feedback.

      P.S. If this doesn't work, I'm totally blaming my husband. :)

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  • Inga

    Can't wait to try it on my toddler. The only dairy she will eat is chocolate ice cream I've been trying to find a way to get her to eat yogurt. For this one I think I'll have to make it ahead and let her try it before she finds out there is yogurt in it. Thanks!

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  • Vanessa

    yummm!!!! maybe adding some avocado will make it creamier :)
    can't wait to try, can I use agave instead of the honey??

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    • Lady

      Avocado does work well to make it creamy, especially if you can't eat bananas. just freeze into pops.

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  • M

    This recipes is PERFECT for us since we are a dairy-free household. I simply substituted strained soy yogurt for the greek yogurt and used a bit more bananas and it came out perfect! My son and I were fighting over the bowl. I did a little stint a while ago with raw foods, and this is almost exactly how raw ice creams are made, using frozen bananas as a base. I'm definitely going to be experimenting with this one! Right now I'm thinking peanut butter and banana, or avocado....yummm! Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes and ideas! Can't wait for the book!!

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    • Ashley

      Hi M, My daughter is allergic to dairy and I've been looking for an alternative to the yogurt that my other daughter eats. Can you please share with me the name of the soy yogurt. I haven't been able to find anything of the sort. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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  • Anna

    I made this tonight and it is soooo good. Instead of the yogurt (I'm vegetarian) I used almond milk. Great recipe!

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  • Tania

    Pure awesome-wee-ness. My blender couldn't take the frozen bananas/strawberries but the mini-processor worked perfectly!

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  • Melenie

    I love this! I've never heard of this before. I tried it out today and it was a hit with the whole family. My blender also had a little difficulty with the frozen fruit but after scraping down a few times, it still worked out well. Thanks for all your great ideas.

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  • Tracy

    I have unsweetened cocoa powder. Is that what I should use here? Thanks!

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    • Jessica

      Yes :)

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  • Lu

    My son is super picky and won't even touch fruit. I made this last night and he loved it. It's super healthy too with the greek yogurt and I used pure raw honey for extra benefits.

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  • Laura T.

    Well, my kids weren't a big fan of this. I thought it was delicious. I guess they were expecting more of an ice cream flavor rather than a smoothie flavor. Oh well, more for me!!

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  • Sabrina

    this is such a great idea! so creative, it turned into like a soft serve ice cream, i absolutely loved it, and my wee one did too! Thanks for the awesome recipes :)

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  • Rohde

    this sounded so good and I wanted to believe it would work, but with hardly any liquid in it, things don't really get to moving around much in a blender and was forced to blend on high for a few seconds to get the strawberries incorporated...ended up with a smoothie . Still good flavors though.

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  • Lizy

    My daughter loves it!!!

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  • Laura

    Yum! Just made this (in the middle of December no less) and it's so good and easy! I had to add some milk to get it to blend, but that was the only tweak. Well, that and I left out the strawberries since I didn't have any. Will try them next time.

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  • AlisonInSydney

    Its blazing hot here in Sydney, and we made this yummy treat today and was a hit with young and old alike!!! We are definitely going to do it again and also do a fruit version too! Thanks so much Catherine

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  • Tia

    I made this and it was wonderful, I just started following your blog and I love it! Can this be frozen after it is made?

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    • Catherine

      Yes you can freeze it! I think it's really best right after you make it, but you can freeze it. If it is too hard after freezing just slowly blend prior to serving!

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  • AA

    Wow, this is absolutely delicious. I also added a dollop of peanut butter which really brought it to the next level. I will definitely be experimenting with different flavor combos.

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  • Juliana

    I just made this and it is sooooo good!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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  • Isabella

    Can't wait to try this! I wonder how it will taste...

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    • Yuli

      I don't really have any sipicfec recipes, but I add them to almost any winter salad. Fruit salads, green salads (except the ones that have veggies like carrots or tomatoes in them...they go well with cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, celery, etc.), sweet green salads (I often mix them with other fruits in a green salad and use an orange juice based dressing). I just love them too! But only fresh. My husband also floated them in champagne one year on Valentine's Day! That was amazingly good. Yum!Liz

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  • Stephanie

    Both kids asked for seconds and I didn't mind giving it to them! Awesome treat!

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