Wednesday, January 22, 2014

5 Minute Strawberry Banana Ice Cream - Only 3 Ingredients



Strawberry Banana Ice Cream with 3 ingredients and only 5 minutes!

As we are already reaching warm temps here in the southwest, we are enjoying a VERY Simple Strawberry Banana Ice Cream today.  I truly enjoy making healthier treats for my Munchkin.  That does not generally include store bought ice cream as she is sometimes sensitive to sugar.  If you have kids, you will understand that some days I just do not have the energy to deal with a sugar buzz.  LOL


So, I decided to whip up a fabulously flavorful, creamy sweet dessert for her.  I used frozen fruit and a tiny bit of sugar.  It is AMAZING!!!  It took less than 5 minutes, I used my blender AND it is only 3 ingredients!

I have even made this recipe using honey, agave, stevia and maple syrup.  The stevia powder or real sugar came out the best, but try it with your favorite sweetener and see what you think.

With love from our kitchen table to yours!  XO

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Simple Strawberry Banana Ice Cream - serves 8 (makes approximately 64 ounces)
4 large bananas, frozen
4 cups strawberries, frozen
2 tablespoons sugar (or powdered stevia)

Place strawberries in a bowl or measuring cup, sprinkle with sugar and toss to combine.  Place bowl in microwave at 30 second intervals until the strawberries soften slightly and the sugar dissolves in the juice.


Add bananas and strawberry mixture to the blender and blend until they reach the perfect consistency.


When your ice cream stops moving in the blender, you will want to stop and scrape down the pitcher of the blender and stir a few times.  About 2-3 minutes total blending time.


Your frozen fruit may separate into tiny frozen chunks before it becomes a fabulous creamy consistency, so be patient.


Serve and enjoy! You can also transfer to a freezer safe container and allow ice cream to firm up in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours.

*NOTE:  There are no preservatives in your ice cream, so it will freeze solid.  Simply remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving to allow to soften slightly.  If freezes and keeps beautifully!




Originally Published 3/13/12

35 comments:

  1. I like the blog. This ice cream looks so delicious.

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  2. This looks amazing! Brilliant too! Thank you so much for this beautiful recipe!!!! Can't wait to give it a try.

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  3. Great combination. Seems like I've been freezing just about everything this way lately. The kids are always giddy to have "smoothie ice cream" and it is so much healthier! Nice job.

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  4. Now this is an ice cream recipe I wouldn't feel guilty about serving to my family. I especially love that you can whip it up in your blender! Thanks for sharing and enjoy the beautiful weather :)

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  5. Wow this looks delicious, I just started making banana ice cream, so this is a great add in too!! love this.

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  6. I just made this and it turned out more like a smoothie than ice cream. Did I do something wrong? Were my bananas too ripe maybe (they were super mushy before I froze them). I put it in the freezer to firm up so I can eat it later but just was wondering if I did something wrong.

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    1. It could be that your bananas were more ripe, did you also freeze your strawberries? They should still be pretty frozen when you blend them, just starting to defrost.

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    2. I think my bananas were too ripe. The strawberries were frozen. Its still delicious but even after freezing for an hour its still more icy than creamy.

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    3. I'm confused, so there is no half and half in this? No cream or milk whatsoever?? If so then how does it become creamy? And if so why then is it called ice CREAM since it's just fruit???

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    4. The bananas make the creamy consistency.
      Hope that helps! XOXO

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  7. Do you think if I add some yogurt to this recipe it'll help with the creaminess/consistancy?

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    1. It would help make them creamy in the blender. However once you put it in the freezer, it would freeze solid. If you remove from freezer and allow to thaw for 15-20 minutes on the counter it would be wonderful.

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  8. Yes this is the kind of ice cream I like to make for my daughters too, when I made the cocoa and bananas one, she(2 y old) looked and me and said.. "Are these fruits?" Noooo.. no fruits.. ice cream ..:) Hmmm.. she wasn't too sure about it.. but she ate it all:)

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  9. Love this! I do a banana (and sometimes peanut butter) version and we all love it! I like the idea of adding strawberry too. Don't you just love fooling the little ones? :)

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  10. Would it work just as well if I were to halve the whole recipe?

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  11. Hi, I want to try this out but can I skip the microwaving step or replace it by heating in other ways since I do not own a microwave?

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    1. Absolutely. Just toss frozen strawberries with sugar and sit on the counter top until slightly softened (about 30 minutes).

      Hope that helps! Enjoy.

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  12. I made this Saturday and served it between lunch and dinner as a cool treat between meals. We were all three working in the yard/garden and it was beyond GOOD! My husband is a diabetic, and my mother-in-law has to watch her dairy, so the idea seemed great but I would make this for anyone, any time. We eat a lot of bananas and strawberries and this is the PERFECT recipe!

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  13. I just made this and it's incredible! I love love the simplicity and the wholesomeness! THANKS!

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  14. Love it! Just remember to peel the bananas before you freeze them (I forgot this crucial step the first time around)to make this great ice cream.

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  15. Love it! Just remember to peel the bananas prior to freezing to make this great ice cream.

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  16. What blender are you using.....? Is it a Vitamix?

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    1. This was actually made in a Ninja blender. We have also made this in a Vitamix and it is awesome! Hope that helps. If you are worried, you can use a food processor too.

      Enjoy!

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  17. I make a banana/cocoa/PB version of this, and I LOVE it! Going to make strawberry banana for my family tomorrow! You can't beat tasty and healthy!

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  18. Yum! This looks absolutely delicious! I love ice-cream but it's not always such a healthy option... so I'll definitely be making this instead! :-) Lucy from Bake Play Smile

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  19. I love ice-cream, but always feel guilty with the calories. Especially since I like to buy the organic and real cream is used. My theory is that real stuff is better than chemicals. That's why this recipe is so perfect. All natural AND no cream. I guess I better get myself a blender so I can try this. Ha

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  20. I love that I know
    exactly what's in what I'm eating, and I can add what I want.

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  21. I love knowing that there aren't all the additives in what we are eating, just what I want in it.

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  22. I love that I know
    exactly what's in what I'm eating, and I can add what I want.

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  23. Can this be done with an immersion blender since I don't have a blender?

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    1. You could try it, but the mixture is really so thick you would need a high powered blender or a food processor. What you could so is use fresh fruit, make the mixture and freeze it and stir the mixture every hour until it is frozen. Let us know how it goes! Enjoy.

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  24. Wow awesome! Would love to try it, however can't find bananas anywhere, any recommended replacement?
    Thanks

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    1. Honestly the bananas give it the creamy texture. You could try substituting frozen mango for a scrumptious strawberry mango 'ice cream'. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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