2-Ingredient Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Recipe + Video

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This Banana Ice Cream Recipe 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!! No ice cream maker needed! 

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


I love the flavor of this strawberry banana ice cream recipe! It’s a great recipe with simple ingredients, and really does create the perfect treat.

If you want a guilt-free treat, this healthy ice cream recipe is it!

Not only is it perfect on a hot summer day, but it’s one of those frozen treats that hits your taste buds in the perfect way. 

Use fresh fruit to make creamy ice cream! The banana flavor is one of the best – and I love that you can use different fruit if you want to mix it up! 

bunch of ripe bananas next to bowl of fresh strawberries

Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Because this homemade soft serve ice cream 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 with nothing but a frozen banana — talk about easy!! 

I’m telling you, this frozen fruit ice cream 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.

blending strawberries into frozen banana ice cream

Why We Love Frozen Fruit Ice Cream

Unlike traditional ice cream, which contains a lot of sugar and heavy cream, this healthy banana strawberry 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.

spooning banana strawberry ice cream out of blender

How to Make Banana Strawberry 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?

creamy strawberry banana ice cream in freezer-safe glass dish

Tips for Perfect Homemade Soft Serve Ice Cream

  • Changing the consistency. If you want soft and creamy fruit ice cream, you can eat it right out of the blender. 

    However, if you want ice cream that is a bit more solid, place the mixture in the freezer for a couple of hours.

    Keep in mind — since there are no preservatives, homemade soft serve ice cream will freeze up rock hard. 

    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 they are still a bit green, the strawberry banana 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.
fresh strawberries and banana slices on top of strawberry banana ice cream

Flavor Variations

Frozen bananas are key to the creamy texture of this frozen dessert. There isn’t a good substitute for them that I know of. 

That said, there are many different flavor variations you can make!! Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

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

You can see how this banana ice cream recipe has a world of possibilities!

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 smoothies, soups, tomato sauce, and naturally — this banana ice cream recipe!

Banana Ice Cream Recipe FAQ

How long does homemade ice cream last in the freezer? 

This banana strawberry ice cream can be frozen for up to 2 months in an airtight container. That’s because it’s simply blended frozen fruit!

Just be sure to soften it on the counter before serving.

Dairy-based recipes only last for 1 to 2 weeks, making this easy fruit ice cream a great make-ahead option.

Can you make bananas ripen more slowly? 

If you have bananas that are ripening too fast, just peel them and put them in the freezer to use in the future.

As a bonus, when you start craving strawberry banana ice cream, your bananas will already be frozen and ready to use!

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream in a cone

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

3 scoops strawberry banana ice cream in white bowl

2-Ingredient Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Recipe + Video

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


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


  • 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.


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!


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.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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Originally published March 2012, updated and republished May 2024

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe from The Slow Roasted Italian website is an absolute winner! I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make this Strawberry Banana Ice Cream. Donna and Chad, you rock!

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