Make These Two-Ingredient Ice Creams

Brooke Newberry
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No ice cream machine required. These recipes are all super simple (obviously), transform ingredients you probably have around the kitchen, and share a common banana base. Don’t worry about that overwhelming, well, banana flavor – when frozen and pulverized they transform into a creamy, subtler foundation for favorite flavor additions.

Because the recipes don’t require liquids, you will need a high-powered blender or food processor. Add cream, milk, coconut milk (or any liquid of choice) if mixtures become too thick. Larger batches will be easier to work with, as their bulk will add more weight to the blade.

When frozen bananas hit a blade for long enough, they all of a sudden turn into a soft-serve concoction. Each recipe requires peeling, slicing, and then freezing five bananas.  Freeze them in tightly-zipped baggie until ready to use.

 

Friday: Nutella

  • 5 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 6 Tablespoons Nutella
  • Cones if desired

Process the bananas in a blender or food processor until completely smooth and creamy. Add the nutella and process again until blended.  Serve immediately, or freeze for a few hours for harder (but still pliable) “ice cream.”

 

Saturday: Avocado

  • 5 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 4 avocados

Pit avocados, scoop out the pulp, put the flesh in a bowl and place in freezer until ready to process. Process the bananas in a blender or food processor until completely smooth and creamy. Add avocado and pulse or blend until fully incorporated. Add pinch of nutmeg, squeeze of lime, or chopped cilantro if desired. Serve immediately as “soft serve”, or freeze for a few hours until hardened but still pliable. 

 

Sunday: Cookies ‘n Cream

  • 5 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 7 crushed Oreos (any type of chocolate sandwich cookies will do)

Process the bananas in a blender or food processor until completely smooth and creamy. Fold in crushed cookies, or, if desired, slowly pulse them in with the banana so that they still retain shape and crunch. For a “banana split” experience, served with a dollop of whipped cream.

 

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