Banana Ice Cream

Tonight we made homemade ice cream. I love our little electric ice cream maker. We’re trying different things and like to keep it healthy (or at least healthier) than store bought. This one has banana, coconut milk and nuts. To keep the calories down, we substituted Ideal for regular sugar and we substituted coconut milk for the half & half (or even worse, whole cream).


  • 6 ripe small bananas, frozen
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (we used Ideal to keep the calories lower)
  • 1 cup of half & half (we used coconut milk to keep the calories down)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts to top the ice cream


Before you begin, peel the bananas and freeze them. Then you need to let them warm up for 30 minutes before you actually start making the ice cream. Once they have softened, mash them to a creamy consistency.

Ice Cream Maker
Here is the ice cream being made.

Now that your bananas are ready, we can get to the fun stuff. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and then add to your ice cream maker. We have a Cuisinart 1.5 quart electric ice cream maker and followed the instructions that came with it. Our instructions gave us a time of 25 minutes and said to add the nuts after 15 minutes. Each ice cream maker is different so you’ll need to check yours before you get started.

Chopped Walnuts
Chopped Walnuts

When it was finished and scooped up, we added a sprinkle of chopped walnuts to the top of our servings.

Banana Ice Cream
Here’s the banan ice cream with some walnuts on top

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