I see those ripe bananas on your counter, and I raise you a scoop of homemade Banana Ice Cream. Actually, make that two scoops—no way are you going to want to stop at just one serving of this creamy, dreamy summer bliss!

A bowl of homemade banana ice cream with milk

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What we have today is a real-deal, from-scratch, old-fashioned banana ice cream recipe with milk, cream, eggs, and should you desire, bonus add-in flavors like peanut butter and/or chocolate chips.

I know that one-ingredient banana “nice cream” (the one that caused me to burn out my mini blender) is social media famous, and I do still enjoy it from time to time when I need a healthy dessert fix.

But—and I think we should all be honest about this for a moment—it’s not real ice cream.

Sure, frozen bananas taste like ice cream (a little), but it’s not the same as having a bowl of truly spectacular, real-deal ice cream.

If you want luscious, creamy banana ice cream the way your grandmother would have done it—with real cream, eggs, and a touch of sugar—THIS IS THAT RECIPE.

Real-deal ice cream is one of summer’s greatest joys. It’s actually surprisingly easy and fun to make ice cream from scratch!

Fruit and custard in a blender

If at this point you are wondering, Why would I make ice cream when I can just buy it, let me share my top two reasons.

  1. Flip that store-bought ice cream container around and look at the back. That ingredient is list LONG, and I can barely pronounce most of it.

Now, compare that list to this simple banana ice cream recipe. Milk. Cream. Banana. Eggs. Vanilla.

That is pretty much it. In comparison, the first container of store-bought ice cream I checked at the grocery store contained well over 15 ingredients.

  1. It is tremendously fun and deliciously rewarding.

The joy of watching custard you conjured from eggs and milk transform into a bowl of sweet, creamy summer bliss cannot be oversold.

A pan of healthy banana ice cream with chocolate

5 Star Review

“This is some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had. I don’t love bananas, and even I couldn’t get enough of this. It was so creamy!”

— Sarah —

How to Make Banana Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is easy to make, even for a novice cook, and its flavor is so superior to the mass-produced stuff, you’ll be gleefully ruined for life.

Just make sure to choose each ingredient carefully, as its taste will shine.

Chocolate being chopped on a cutting board next to fruit and egg yolks

The Ingredients

  • Bananas. The riper, spottier, and uglier, the better. A deeply ripe banana will give you the best natural sweetness, creaminess, and banana flavor.

What About Frozen Bananas?

Frozen banana is good with ice cream too. Let the bananas thaw overnight, pat away excess moisture, then use in the recipe as directed.

  • Eggs. I like to use cage-free eggs. The shells are sturdier, the yolks are more vibrantly colored, and the flavor is purer.
  • Whole Milk + Heavy Cream. This is not the place to count banana ice cream calories. If you try to swap skim (or any other milk), the ice cream will be more icy than soft. Conversely, I don’t think you need entirely heavy cream, as this ice cream is already quite rich. The ratio of 1 cup milk to 2 cups heavy cream is the right one for us.
  • Rum. Since homemade ice cream is made without additives, it freezes harder than mass-produced ice cream. Because alcohol doesn’t freeze, a splash of rum keeps the ice cream softer.

Substitution Tip

You can also use vodka in this recipe.

If you prefer not to include alcohol, you can omit it and set the ice cream out 15 minutes prior to serving to give it additional time to soften.

  • Sugar. Just 2/3 cup makes this ice cream taste like a treat, without stealing the spotlight from the banana’s natural fruity sweetness.

The Directions

  1. Make the egg, milk, cream, and sugar custard base.
  2. Cook the custard until it easily coats the back of a spatula or wooden spoon.
  3. Blend the bananas with half of the custard.
  4. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for several hours.
  5. Freeze the ice cream in your ice cream maker, adding the chocolate during the last five minutes. Transfer to an airtight freezer-safe storage container. DIG IN!
A saucepan of custard and custard on a blue spatula

Special Banana Ice Cream Flavors

As written, this recipe makes an outstanding banana ice cream. It is simple and sublime. If you’d like to gussy it up, here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Banana Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips. Chocolate banana ice cream is my go-to! Toward the end of the ice cream maker’s cycle, slowly add 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks. I like to chop up a good-quality dark chocolate bar. We’re making ice cream from scratch. No skimping!
  • Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream. Toward the end of the ice cream maker’s cycle, slowly add 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter.
  • Chunky Monkey Banana Ice Cream. Combine both of the above! Toward the end of the ice cream maker’s cycle, slowly add 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter and 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips.
  • Ultimate Reeses Banana Ice Cream. Another way to peanut butter! Toward the end of the ice cream maker’s cycle, slowly add 1/2 cup chopped peanut butter cup candies.
  • Banana Walnut Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream. Toward the end of the ice cream maker’s cycle, slowly add 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts (or pecans) and 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate.
A scoop and container of creamy banana ice creem

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Freeze ice cream in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months.

Leftover Ideas

For a fun treat, turn leftover ice cream into a delicious ice cream sandwich. Use Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies or graham crackers as the “buns.”

A bowl of homemade Banana Ice Cream

What to Serve with Banana Ice Cream

For a dessert spread everyone can get behind, pair this ice cream with an array of other delicious ice cream flavors!

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

Ice Cream Maker Attachment

If you have a stand mixer already, this attachment option is ideal for making banana ice cream recipes. It’s easy to use and clean.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make Dairy Free Banana Ice Cream?

I’ve only tested this recipe as a homemade banana ice cream with milk, so I can’t say for certain. However, if you need a dairy-free recipe, I’d recommend checking out my Oat Milk Ice Cream instead.

Is Banana Ice Cream Good for Health?

Compared to the store-bought kind (like banana ice cream Nestle), this ice cream is good for you (as far as ice creams go, at least). This recipe is made of only a handful of simple ingredients and garners health benefits from the bananas.

Can I Make Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker?

While I’ve never tried to make banana ice cream without machine help, this article provides some tips that might be helpful.

Why is My Homemade Ice Cream Hard?

Store bought ice cream contains filler ingredients designed to keep it soft directly from the freezer—it’s convenient but not natural. Simple homemade ice cream freezers harder because it is made without these. Set your homemade ice cream out on the counter 15 minutes prior to serving to allow it to soften and become scoopable.

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Banana Ice Cream

4.97 from 30 votes
Homemade Banana Ice Cream. TO DIE FOR. Rich, creamy, and studded with big chunks of dark chocolate. Simple, from-scratch recipe that anyone can make!

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 9 hrs

Servings: 8 servings (1 quart)

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 large egg yolks save the whites for another use
  • 1 cup whole milk yes, it must be WHOLE milk!
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large very ripe bananas (or 4 medium) the more brown, the better
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum or vodka*
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate roughly chopped (about 2/3 cup)

Instructions
 

  • Prep your workstation: Create an ice bath by placing a moderate amount of ice and water in a large bowl. Set an empty, medium bowl in the larger one on top of the ice. Pour the heavy cream into the medium bowl and set a strainer on top. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks until well combined.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the milk, sugar, and salt until small bubbles form along the edges and the sugar has dissolved. Do not let boil.
  • Gradually pour some of the milk into the bowl with the egg yolks, whisking constantly as you pour (I like to use a ladle for this). Once you've poured in some of the milk, return the saucepan to the stove over low heat. Slowly pour the yolks into the saucepan, stirring constantly. This process is called tempering and will keep the eggs from scrambling.
  • Continue cooking the egg-milk mixture (also called custard) over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the saucepan with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of the spatula. Strain the custard into the bowl with the heavy cream.
  • Place half of the custard into a blender or food processor with the bananas. Puree until smooth, then pour it back into the bowl with the rest of the custard. Stir in the vanilla extract and rum. Cover, pressing a piece of plastic wrap against the surface, then chill thoroughly in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or, if time allows, overnight.
  • Freeze the ice cream in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions, adding the chocolate during the last 5 minutes of churning. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze 3 hours or overnight. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • *The addition of hard alcohol helps keep the ice cream softer and creamier. If you like the flavor of rum, it’s delicious in this recipe. If not, vodka is a flavorless addition that will still keep the ice cream creamy. If you prefer not to use alcohol, it can be omitted completely, though the ice cream will freezer slightly harder.
  • TO STORE: Freeze ice cream in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 8), about 0.5 cupCalories: 455kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 6gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 186mgPotassium: 380mgFiber: 2gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 1117IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Making it tonight for the second time- added peanut butter in the mix
    The first time I had most of it with choc chips, had a bit left over before placing in cuisinart so added peanut butter. Both delicious. So creamy, smooth tasty no icicles love it. Didnt last long.5 stars

  2. So excited to try this! I just wanted to ask, what can i used instead of Vodka? What does this do to the recipe? Will await your reply before i get mixing!

    1. Hi Steph! If you prefer not to include alcohol, you can omit it and set the ice cream out 15 minutes prior to serving to give it additional time to soften. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. This is some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had. My fiancé requested banana ice cream and absolutely loved this. I don’t love bananas, and even I couldn’t get enough of this. It was so creamy!5 stars

  4. Just made this for the first time today — coincidentally, I’m pairing it with David Lebovitz’s Devil’s Food Chocolate Ice Cream for a party tomorrow (it’s like a frozen chocolate truffle…so good!). This banana ice cream is perfect on it’s own, though. I have no doubt my guests will love it!5 stars

  5. I want to make this but I don’t have an ice cream maker. Is there any other way I can make this?

    1. Hi Bela! I’ve only made this recipe with an ice cream maker, so I am not able to tell you any other way. If you decided to try it out, let me know how it goes!

  6. Hey I am going to be making this recipe tomorrow. Is it alright if I use Everclear instead of vodka? It’s the 151 proof one.

  7. Instructions are too verbose and don’t contain the summary of ingredients, and the measurements for each. It’s almost like she is forcing us to read all of her words.

    1. There is a recipe card in the post that has all of the instructions. There is also a “jump to recipe” button right at the top of the page on the right hand side to help you get there faster. Hope this helps!

  8. Really good recipe. There were 2 things I did differently 1) I threw an extra yolk in just because I like a richer custard and 2) I used banana liqueur which I had left over from my Bananas Foster days.

  9. This is a wonderful recipe. I had trouble with the custard the first time I made it because I’d never made custard before. I slightly scrambled the eggs and had to start that part over wasting the eggs, milk and cream. Not being much of a cook I felt I needed an extra hand for that part and now I get by husband to help. He does so gladly knowing what the end result will be. I put dark rum and chocolate into it.

  10. Hi Erin

    Where is the video on how to make this ice cream. I’m struggling to find it. There are a lot of ads on your page?

    1. Hi Melissa! The video is located under the first photo 2-3 paragraphs down. I’m truly sorry for any inconvenience the ads caused you! I will certainly keep paying close attention to the number of ads and how they load, as I never want them to hinder your ability to view the recipe or the blog post. I do truly appreciate your feedback and apologize again for the inconvenience! Also there is a quick and convenient “jump to recipe” button that will help you get to the recipe faster plus a print button so you can have the recipe quickly at your fingertips. Hope this helps!

      1. Thank you so much Erin for your reply. I was able to finally locate the video. I saw the recipe as well but I’m more of a visually learner LoL. I made this last night and I’m currently waiting until I get off work, get comfortable, skip dinner and head straight for the ice cream! The sample that I tried was out of this world. I added caramel, chocolate chips and graham cracker pieces Eeeekk!!5 stars

  11. i dont meed your your life atlry, what i do need is amd i gredients list with quantities clearly defined. Try again

    1. Hi Roxanne, I’m confused because I see it on my end. The full recipe with the measurements was right in the recipe card above the area where you commented. There is also a “jump to recipe” button at the top of the page as well to help get you to the recipe card faster. Can you please double check? Thanks!

  12. This is a fantastic recipe! We have made it several times, and the last one I added some cinnamon. Perfect to serve in a waffle bowl for a little extra to the presentation!5 stars

  13. Question: If I use vanilla extract instead of rum/vodka, will that work? The vanilla is homemade so it’s been sitting in vodka anyway.

    1. Hi Matt, since the recipe already calls for vanilla extract, I’m not sure it would be necessary to double that amount. I haven’t tried it myself with 2 tablespoons of extract, so if you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  14. Hi Erin,

    I can’t wait to try this. I always like to watch the recipe video first and can’t find the video.
    The post says that it is right above the recipe, but it isn’t there. Could you please sent it to me?
    My family loves your recipes!

    Heidi

    1. Hi Heidi! If you scroll down the blog post a bit, you’ll see the video pop up right below the paragraph starting with, “I know that one-ingredient…” I hope this helps!

  15. This is exactly what I was looking for, thank you! It turned out perfectly, I wouldn’t change a thing.5 stars

  16. Banana ice cream is my favorite flavor and hard to find in the USA.;) I grew up in Germany and we just enjoyed enormous amounts while vacationing there a few weeks ago.

    This recipe is top notch and tastes even better than in the Eisdiele. ;)

    I didn’t add the alcohol because I didn’t have any and because my kids are enjoying this with me.5 stars

  17. My husband requested a “banana pudding” ice cream. I decided to give this recipe a try, swapping cool whip and vanilla wafers for the mix ins. It was delicious. It has since been requested for several family events and bbqs. I’m looking forward to making it again with the chocolate. Love this ice cream! Great recipe5 stars

  18. I have bananas growing in my yard in Hawaii. The batter tasted great – except there is too much rum. I obliterates the banana flavor. And it’s a waste of good chocolate.4 stars

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