Summer time brings sweltering temperatures, long days and lots of ripe fruit perfect for whipping up refreshing frozen treats. There are plenty of ways to snack without wrecking your diet, even for dessert, and this frozen banana homemade ice cream may be your new favorite indulgence.

 

Natural banana ice cream is always a treat, but did you know that there’s a way to make rich, silky ice cream using nothing but bananas? While it may seem like magic, bananas actually contain a small amount of natural fat that helps them maintain a creamy texture when frozen and blended up. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making delicious, deceptively-simple and natural banana ice cream.

 

Banana Homemade Ice Cream Recipe
 

1. Peel five or six very ripe bananas
2. Chop up the bananas into very small chunks
3. Freeze overnight in a freezer bag
4. Blend them until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides and blades of the blender if they get stuck.


One serving of healthy banana ice cream is the equivalent of about one medium banana.

 

It contains:

 

- 110 calories
- 30 grams of carbohydrates
- 1 gram of protein


The best part about this recipe is, it’s so simple, yet still adheres to many popular dietary restrictions. It’s raw, vegan, dairy-free, fat-free, gluten-free and packed with vitamins and minerals. It’s also the perfect way to use up those overripe bananas sitting on the counter.

 

If you want to add a little kick to your ice cream, create new flavors by adding one or two more ingredients to the blender. Here are a few twists on the healthy banana ice cream recipe to get your taste buds excited:

 

Peanut Butter – simply add two or three tablespoons of creamy peanut butter to your frozen banana chunks and blend until smooth
Chocolate Mint – throw in some dark chocolate chunks and a few drops of peppermint extract for a healthy version of the full-fat favorite
Creamy Chocolate – a tablespoon of cocoa powder will create a smooth, chocolate treat with the consistency of soft-serve ice cream