Banana Bread Ice Cream Recipe


Serve this ice cream atop slices of banana bread for a double-dose banana-rama, or spoon it up with a puddle of hot fudge sauce. It's ridiculously good as soft serve, but takes a more cakey, banana bread-like texture when fully frozen.

Recipe Details

Banana Bread Ice Cream Recipe

Active 45 mins
Total 6 hrs
Serves 8 servings
Makes 1 quart


  • 1 pound (peeled) very ripe bananas (about 4), sliced into coins

  • 1/2 cup raw (turbinado) sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 2 cups half-and-half

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon clove

  • 1 tablespoon dark rum

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3/4 to 1 cup toasted pecans, walnuts, or a combination


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Toss banana slices with salt and sugar in a baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until sugar bubbles in a thick syrup and bananas are very aromatic.

  2. Transfer bananas to food processor or blender and purée with lemon juice. When no chunks remain, add half and half, cinnamon, clove, rum, and vanilla—blend till smooth. If necessary, adjust seasonings to taste, and transfer to an airtight container to chill for several hours until base is very cold.

  3. Churn banana mixture in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions. About five minutes before ice cream is ready, add nuts. Serve immediately as soft serve or transfer to freezer to chill for several hours until firm.

Special equipment

Ice cream maker, food processor or blender

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
185 Calories
7g Fat
27g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 185
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 80mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 250mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)