Get Baked: Ice Cream for Breakfast

Inspired by Carolyn’s 3 ingredient recipe for peanut butter cookies (Which, by the way, are delicious! Especially the day after.), I decided to finally give The Kitchn‘s much-touted 1 ingredient ice cream a shot. Can you guess what the ingredient is?

It’s a banana! Skeptics can skept on, but the ice cream was delicious and surprisingly smooth and creamy. I’m starting to think that maybe you vegans really are onto something after all. We ate it for breakfast, but there’s nothing stopping you from eating the ice cream as dessert, lunch, second lunch, or a midnight snack. What do the Taco Bell commercials say? “Fourth meal?” Yes. That.

To make it, all you have to do is slice a banana and freeze the pieces for a few hours. Pop them into a bowl, food processer, or blender and mix them until they morph into ice cream. You can add peanut butter, chocolate chips, peaches, or whatever for extra fun.

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  1. the BEST vegan “milkshake” ever is made with a frozen banana, some almond milk, and a splash of vanilla. it is super.

  2. This is awesome. But now I’m wondering, is this possible with another frozen fruit, like strawberries? I don’t do bananas.

    • It is possible, but it doesn’t turn out creamy. More like ice less like cream. Bananas are the best for this:)

      • def strawberries! i had this mcdonald’s toy when i was little that turned frozen strawberries into pureed frozen strawberries and it was my favorite treat. unfortunately it was also really messy and leaked everywhere so we didn’t get to use it very often.

  3. I’ve made this before, and it’s delicious! I recommend not doing it in a blender, as it has failed me. But maybe you have a cool blender…

  4. Ok..My Mom is a kitchen gadget freak..Which means she is complled to buy me any gadget she can’t justify owning herself..Enter the “Yonanas Frozen Treat Machine” which is basically a machine that turns any frozen fruit into a frozen “ice cream like” dessert! Is it a necessary item?..No..Do I use it and love it?..Yes! Plus..I really like saying “Yonanas”!

  5. Yes! Banana ice cream is the world’s best-kept secret! I like to make mine into milkshakes with soy-milk and agave, occasionally with avocado, chocolate syrup, or peanut butter.

  6. 1) I love this vegan love here. I was all like “Aw crap, I don’t eat that.” Then I was all <3<3<3.

    2) This works with frozen raspberries as wel, you just need to add a little (cold!) orange juice and smooth it together in the kitchen aid. :)

  7. When I make this for a girl some day, she’s going to ask me what it is, and I’m going to say:

    This shit is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

    Who am I kidding, she doesn’t even have to ask. I’ll say it anyway. Even if I’m eating it alone in my house. (Which I probably will be forever because of this reference to Hollaback Girl.)

    • Any reference that involves Gwen Stefani is good..Very good..Beyond good..And any girl that doesn’t understand how incredibly good it is..Isn’t worth your time!


    but also, if you add vanilla extract, will that make it less banana-y and more vanilla-y? (my significant other HATES bananas and i want to make this part of a date because it’s so kawaii.)

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