Soft Strawberry Banana Ice Cream + Video

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Strawberry Banana Ice Cream is made with only 2 ingredients, and it takes just 5 minutes! I scream, you scream, we all scream for easy homemade, soft serve ice cream!!

Because this recipe is made from frozen fruit, it’s also known as nice cream. Before it became crazy popular and loads of other flavors were created, the original nice cream was made nothing but a frozen banana – talk about easy!! I’m telling you, this frozen dessert is so flipping creamy and delicious, you won’t even realize that it’s a healthy treat.

In addition to being healthy, it also just happens to be dairy free, and the best part is, you control the sweetness.

titled: strawberry banana ice cream (3 scoops in white bowl)

If you’re looking for a few new dairy free nice cream recipes to make, be sure to check out my easy recipes for 3-ingredient chocolate peanut butter ice cream, chocolate banana ice cream, and frozen banana ice cream with pecans.

They’re all a snap to make, and each one is completely dairy free.

bunch of ripe bananas next to bowl of fresh strawberries

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

If you want soft serve ice cream, you can eat it right out of the blender. It will be soft and creamy at that point. However, if you want ice cream that is a bit more frozen, you can place it back in the freezer after processing the ingredients. It takes a couple of hours to freeze up.

Keep in mind, there are no preservatives in the ice cream, so it freezes rock hard. It’s simple to soften, though – just remove it from the freezer 10 minutes before you want to serve it.

blending strawberries into frozen banana ice cream

Why We Love Frozen Banana Ice Cream

Unlike traditional ice cream that contains a lot of sugar and heavy cream, this healthy banana ice cream is a naturally sweetened frozen treat. The sugar in this recipe is completely optional.

You can leave it out entirely if you prefer. Or, you can use a liquid sweetener like stevia or honey instead.

It’s a much better choice for anyone that is watching their calories or is lactose intolerant. Just keep in mind that bananas are high in sugar on their own.

How to Make Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

To make the strawberry and banana ice cream, simply slice up the frozen fruit and add it to a high power blender or a food processor.

Be sure the lid is on tight, then blend until the frozen strawberries and bananas become creamy and smooth. That’s all there is to it! Easy, right?

Recipe Video – Watch Us Make Soft Serve!

To see us make this recipe from start to finish, watch the video in this post!

spoonful of strawberry soft serve coming out of blender

Tips for Perfect Strawberry Soft Serve

This is a very simple recipe and it always turns out absolutely delicious every time I make it. But, here are a few tips you can follow to ensure your ice cream has the best possible flavor.

  • Changing the consistency 
    If you want soft serve ice cream, you can eat it right out of the blender. It will be soft and creamy at that point. However, if you want ice cream that is a bit more frozen, you can place it back in the freezer after processing the ingredients. It takes a couple of hours to freeze up.

    Keep in mind though, there are no preservatives in the ice cream, so it will freeze up rock hard. It’s simple to soften – just remove it from the freezer 10 minutes before you want to serve it.
  • Always use ripe bananas when you make this treat. If your bananas aren’t fully ripe, the ice cream won’t be sweet enough.
  • Using a regular blender
    If you don’t own a high powered blender or a food processor, you can use a traditional blender. But, the consistency will be better if you cut your bananas into slices before you freeze them.
creamy strawberry banana ice cream in freezer-safe glass dish

Tip for Slowing Down Ripening Bananas

If you have bananas that are ripening too fast for you to enjoy them before they rot, just peel them and put them in the freezer to use in the future.
The bonus is, when you start craving strawberry banana ice cream, your bananas will already be frozen and ready to use!

Frozen banana ice cream is a wonderful way to use up fruit that is too ripe to eat as-is.
If your berries are starting to look old, just put them in a freezer bag in the freezer to use in your next ice cream recipe. No one will be able to tell when the ice cream is finished.

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Kitchen Tools and Supplies You’ll Need

  • Mixing Bowl – I like a variety of mixing bowls and prep bowls and this set has them all.
  • Blender – You
    can use any blender, but I absolutely love this one! I use it for ice cream, smoothies, soups, my tomato sauce, and naturally this recipe.
fresh strawberries and banana slices on top of strawberry banana ice cream

Nice Cream Recipe Variations

The bananas are key to the creamy ice-cream-like texture of this frozen dessert. There isn’t a good substitute for them that I know of.
There are many different flavor variations you can make though!! Here are a few suggestions you can try next time you make nice cream.

  • Blueberry and banana 
  • Peach and banana
  • Coconut milk with pineapple and banana
  • Nutella and banana

You can see how this frozen banana ice cream has a world of possibilities.

Enjoy!

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

3 scoops of strawberry homemade soft serve ice cream in white dish

Other easy ice cream recipes

If you’ve enjoyed this frozen banana ice cream recipe, here are a few more ice cream desserts you might want to try.

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3 scoops strawberry banana ice cream in white bowl

Soft Strawberry Banana Ice Cream + Video

Donna Elick
Strawberry Banana Ice Cream is made with 2 ingredients and it takes just 5 minutes – so easy! You'll love this soft serve ice cream recipe!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Blender, Microwave
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
 

  • 4 large bananas, frozen
  • 4 cups strawberries, frozen
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, optional

Instructions
 

  • Place strawberries in a bowl or measuring cup. If your strawberries are not very sweet, sprinkle with sugar and toss to combine. Place the bowl in the microwave at 30-second intervals until the strawberries soften slightly and the sugar dissolves in the juice (if used).
  • 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 of 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.

Video

Donna’s Notes

  1. If you do not have a high powdered blender you may want to cut your bananas into slices and freeze them.
  2. There are no preservatives in your ice cream, so it will freeze solid. Simply remove from the freezer 10 minutes before serving to allow to soften slightly. It freezes and keeps beautifully!

Nutrition

Serving: 3scoops | Calories: 87cal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 14g | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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titled pinterest collage of strawberry banana ice cream

Originally published March 2012, updated and republished May 2022

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68 Comments

  1. Tastes great! But I had to substitute raspberries for strawberries because thats what I had. I also added just a splash of cream. Delicious!

  2. This is not ice cream. it is frozen fruit sorbet. Ice cream has to have cream in it. If you are going to pull out the ice cream maker, and are going to spend money for quality ingredients, then take the extra 5 minutes and make a custard based ice cream. I one cup half and half, and 3 cups milk, 1 cup of sugar, and 5 egg yolks. Then I add my flavorings to the cooled custard mixture. You have to have some cream in it to call it ice cream. You can use milk, but you have to use whole milk, because the mixture has to have some butterfat to freeze properly. Then, I heated the fresh strawberries on the stove with 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 TBLS of lemon juice. Reduce it then cool it. You can find the custard recipe on the internet. My ice cream took longer, but is delicious. Have a great day!

  3. Wow. For all the anal readers/correctors out there, type in " " around ice cream: "ice cream", or write faux ice cream, frozen dessert…geez. Sounds yummers, and with Spring and ripening strawberries… Thanks.

  4. Thanks for the recipe. Good and healthy! Just a warning to readers to make sure they chop off the green leaves of the strawberries before freezing them. I wasn't thinking that through when I stuck them in the freezer after washing and drying them off. Very hard to cut the leaves off when frozen! "Duhh!"

  5. Your recipes are always pictured so beautifully. I want to make them all! Keep those super recipes coming

  6. I made this as the recipe recommends. It was delicious! I think next time I may try adding a little bit of chocolate chips in it. I would then taste something like a chocolate covered strawberry. Yum!

  7. I made this and put resulting "ice cream" into some pudding pop molds I have and then put those in the freezer. An hour later the kids had banana-strawberry "ice cream" popsicles. (I had one too ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

  8. This is delicious, and I call it ice cream for my addiction, what matters if there is cream in it? I used 1 sliced frozen banana, about 2/3 C frozen strawberries, and 1 t. cocoa, 1 T stevia. Great!!

  9. I just made a variation with banana, strawberry and mango. I used 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk to help blend with a dash of vanilla for flavor enhancement. YUM! It's like a creamy sorbet. Luscious and decadent.

  10. Once you add the flavour, e.g. strawberry, can you taste the banana? I am worried the taste and smell of ripe bananas may be a bit overpowering. Thanks.

  11. I enjoyed reading your work. I'll come back for more

    Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚ from, Home Buys Plus

  12. Why does the banana and strawberies have to be frozen? Can't you just freeze the ice cream after you make it.

  13. Iโ€™d like to try a vanilla bean vanilla version/ can I use frozen coconut milk instead of the fruit with the the scraping of a vanilla bean & the bananas? Think that would work?

  14. 5 stars
    Strawberry Banana smoothies are my go to during the week, but this creamy ice-cream is perfect as a midnight snack.

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