How to Make Banana Ice Cream (+18 Delicious Flavors)

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When preparing for this guide, honestly, I have searched for banana ice cream related knowledge and experience from my peers. I wish I could grab some good tips that I have not covered in my own recipe. And by that, I can share with you the best way to make banana ice cream.

But no good. They are all talking about how to make this ice cream with just banana. I know it works and it is vagen. But for me, it is not the real banana ice cream and no fun.

So if you are with me, follow me with the steps below and get how to make the real banana ice cream in your own kitchen.

How to Make Banana Ice Cream


  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large ripe bananas
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Detailed Steps to Make Banana Ice Cream

Step 1. Crack the eggs and separate the yolk into a bowl. We will only need the yolk. I know this is pretty simple and kind of a basic cooking skill. However, if you cannot do it very well, like for some kids, it is not very hard to learn. And here are the steps.

  1. First get two bowls prepared.
  2. Crack the middle of one egg over the rim of one bowl. Then gently pry the egg shells. Hold the yolk in the lower shell and let the egg whites run into the bowl.
  3. After you are pretty sure the egg whites run out, you can transfer the yolk into the other bowl.

Then repeat this for another 4 eggs.

Step 2. Pour the egg yolk, sugar, and milk into the milk pan and stir them evenly.

Step 3. Then cook them until the liquid starts to make small bubbles. Please stir them constantly when cooking.

Step 4. After the cooked mixture is completely cold, pour in the cream and also stir evenly. Then you will get your custard, which is commonly used for many recipes.

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Step 5. Next, we are going to process the banana. First, the banana should be ripe enough, otherwise the finished ice cream would have an earthy taste. If your bananas are green, no worries. I have some ideas for you to ripen them.

How to Ripen the Banana Quickly for Making Ice Cream?

You can put them in the warmest place of your home, like the top of your refrigerator or next to a sunny window. Please note that bananas ripen more quickly in a bunch, so leave them together.

Besides that, if you want to ripen the banana much much more quickly, put them in a paper bag and loosely fold down the top.

The last tip is add a very ripe apple to the paper bag, because the ripe apple can increase the amount of ethylene gas in the bag. The ethylene gas can speed the process of the banana getting ripe, convert their starch into sugar, give them a sweet taste, soften their flesh, and turn their peel yellow.

If you are doing this, the bananas should ripen in just a day.

Step 6. Next we need to peel and cut the banana into 2 inches slices.

Step 7. Put the sliced bananas into an airtight container or plastic freezer-safe container, and freeze them for at least 2 hours. Personally I prefer to freeze them overnight. In fact, this is also a great way to store your bananas which you will not eat and use for a short period.

Step 8. Then take out the frozen banana slices. Transfer them into a blender or food processor to make them creamy. At this time, you need to pour some of the custard into the blender or food processor. The amount of the custard depends on how large the machine. The custard will also help the machine process the bananas with ease.

Personally I prefer using a blender for this job, because it takes less time. However, if you don’t have a high-speed blender, use a food processor and it can also be a good option. Frozen banana may damage a less powerful blender.

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Step 9. Take the blended creamy bananas into the rest custard and stir them evenly. If you want some preferred flavors in your banana ice cream, this is the step where you do it. If you have no idea about the flavor. In the next part, I will share with you some popular banana ice cream flavors and you can check them there for reference. 

Step 10. Now move the stirred mixture into the fridge and freeze them for half an hour until they become solid. And then you can enjoy your banana ice cream.

18 Popular Banana Ice Cream Flavors

1. Chocolate Banana Ice Cream


  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder

2. Mint Chocolate Chip


  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/8 tsp pure peppermint extract

3. Peanut Butter


  • 2-3 tbsp peanut butter

4. Cookies’n Cream


  • 2 tbsp coconut butter

5. Very Berry


  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract

6. Strawberry


  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries blending with the frozen bananas
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

7. Pina Colada


  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk when blending
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple blended with the frozen banana

8. Vanilla Bean


  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste

9. Pistachio


  • 2-3 tbsp pistachio butter
  • 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract

10. Mango


  • 1/2 a cup of blended frozen mango

11. Matcha


  • 2 tsp matcha

12. Pumpkin Pie


  • 1/4 cup blended pure pumpkin
  • Optional: ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice

13. Maple Walnut


  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts

14. Coffee


  • 1-2 tsp espresso powder

15. Salted Caramel


  • 1-2 medjool dates
  • A pinch of salt

16. Protein


  • 1/2 a scoop of vegan protein

17. Tropical


  • 1/2 cup of blended frozen pineapple
  • A little splash of coconut milk

18. Oatmeal Raisin


  • 3 tbsp oats and raisins
  • A pinch of salt

What to Do Next?

By far, you just have all the information about how to make your own banana ice cream. Why not get down to the action now?

Besides, we can do this kind of fruit ice cream (people call it nice cream) not just using bananas. Some other fruits can also serve as the ingredient. The secret is that the fruit should have the right balance of natural sugar and moisture, so we can blend them up to a perfectly creamy and soft-serve consistency.

To meet these things, we can have these fruits as an option.

  • Mangoes: We need to peel and cut them into chunks.
  • Peaches: We need to peel, pit, and quarter them.
  • Apricots: We need to pit and have them in halves.
  • Cantaloupe: We need to peel, seed, and cut them into chunks.
  • Persimmons: We need to peel and slice them.
  • Cherries: We need to pit them.

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