Pick ‘n’ Mix Banana Ice Cream

2013-12-12
  • Servings : 1-2
  • Prep Time : 1:30 h
  • Cook Time : 0m
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A simple ice cream using just one ingredient (or a couple)? Banana ice cream coming right up. With summer holidays just around the corner we wanted to share a deliciously easy and refreshing ice cream that can be whipped up in minutes.  Perfect for the kids these school holidays.

Here are a few flavour combos for your own inspiration:

  • Simple banana
  • Banana strawberry
  • Banana blueberry
  • Banana mixed berry
  • Banana kiwi
  • Banana mango
  • Banana mango and maple (pictured)
  • Banana and maple
  • Banana cinnamon and honey*
  • Banana strawberry peanut butter and honey*
  • Banana peanut butter and honey*
    * not suitable for babies under 12 months.

Nutrition Note: A sweet and creamy ice cream that’s filled with goodness – full of fruit, high in flavour and low in fat.  For a ice cream without any added sugar hold the honey or maple syrup.

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Ingredients

  • 1 banana, peeled, chopped and frozen
  • Pick n mix options:
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped mango
  • 1 tbsp 100% peanut or other nut butter
  • 1 tsp honey (not suitable for babies under 12 months)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste

Method

Step 1

Place your banana and chosen pick n mix fruit options (if using) in a zip lock bag, small tupperware container or on a plate and put into the freezer for 1-2 hours or until frozen solid. -

Step 2

Transfer the fruit and any other pick n mix ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of blender/bowl at regular intervals if needed. Serve and enjoy immediately. -

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Kirsten on December 21, 2013

    Beautiful! Master 1 and 3 scoffed it all! I love your website.

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    • posted by Jess on December 22, 2013

      Hi Kirsten, we love that you love our site – thank you :) Happy that the ice cream was a hit with your boys too! Enjoy, Jx

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  2. posted by Catriona on December 23, 2013

    My kids, like most probably, love ice cream. This recipe has been such a hit and has alleviated the need to buy ice cream when out. I just tell them ‘let’s have ice cream at home!’ We made banana and blueberry and banana and strawberry, all with fruit that was getting a little mushy.

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    • posted by Jess on December 23, 2013

      Hi Catriona, that’s fab you and your kids are enjoying the ice cream so much. Even better that they are happy to ditch the sugary store bought stuff in preference for your healthy homemade version. I bet you they love to help too :) Enjoy, Jx

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  3. posted by Aliza on December 24, 2013

    This website is amazing. I love it so much, it is so helpful!
    I have learnt so much from it!

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  4. posted by Melanie on February 9, 2014

    Yummmm!! I often make this with banana, berries, cacao and dates…never added nut butter before…wow, it’s taken our “ice cream” to a new level! My 9 month ok,is sitting on the floor licking her bowl :)

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  5. posted by Krista on February 24, 2014

    Our son has Autism and has issue with strong flavours, colour and texture, for these reasons he wouldn’t like the pick n mix options you’ve listed. Would this recipe work with pear?

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    • posted by Jess on February 26, 2014

      Hi Krista, pear would work well however due to the high water content of pear some banana would still be ideal to help it go creamy. Alternatively you could try blending some frozen pear with a little natural yoghurt. I hope it works for you and your little man enjoys it :) Jx

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  6. posted by Danielle Browning on April 4, 2014

    This is such a great treat for my 10yr old diabetic type 1 daughter and her non D sister. She loves bananas with yogurt so this is another alternative when she is sick of the other :)

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  7. posted by Lara on October 27, 2014

    So excited to make this, sounds delicious! Has anyone tried making it & freezing for later? Does it keep well?

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  8. posted by Shelley on November 21, 2014

    Would this work in large quantities if frozen after blending-would like to serve it at a birthday party-is it a firm enough consistency to scoop into balls?

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  9. posted by Kellie on May 18, 2015

    Love this idea. Would it work without vanilla bean paste?

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