One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream
Yield: about 1 cup
Prep time: 2 hours
1 large ripe banana
Airtight, freezer-safe container
Small food processor
Start with a ripe banana.
Peel the banana and chop. It doesn't matter what shape or size the pieces are in, as long as they are evenly sized.
Put the bananas in an airtight container. Place in a freezer-safe glass bowl or freezer bag.
Freeze the banana pieces for at least 2 hours.
Pulse the frozen banana pieces in a small food processor or powerful blender. Transfer the frozen banana pieces into a small food processor or high-speed blender. (A small food processor or chopper works best.) Pulse to break up.
Keep pulsing — the banana will look crumbly. Keep pulsing. At first the banana pieces will look crumbled or smashed. Scrape down the food processor.
Keep blending — the banana will look gooey. Switch to blending. It will look gooey, like banana mush. Scrape down the food processor.
Watch the magic happen! Suddenly, as the last bits of banana smooth out, you'll see the mixture shift from blended banana to creamy, soft-serve ice cream texture. Blend for a few more seconds. If adding any mix-ins, like peanut butter or chocolate chips, this is the moment to do it.
Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until solid. You can eat the ice cream immediately, but it will be quite soft. You can also transfer it back into the airtight container and freeze it until solid, like traditional ice cream.
Food processor vs. blender: A food processor works best for this, with enough room for the banana to get fully creamy and a little bit aerated. Some people do make it in a blender, but be careful; make sure your blender is powerful enough to process the frozen bananas. Making a bigger batch: Yes, you can make a bigger batch with more than one banana! Just make sure your food processor is big enough (and powerful enough). Mix-in Ideas Here are a few favorite mix-ins to make it even more awesome.
Spoonful of peanut butter
Drizzle of honey
A few almonds
Tablespoon of cocoa powder
Half a teaspoon of cinnamon, cardamom, or ginger
Here's a video of how to make it!