RECIPE: Fat-Free Ice Cream Using Frozen Bananas

by Tammy Taylor

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Now that it’s turning hot, hot, HOT in Texas I’ve been trying to keep the the family cool at mealtime.  Guess what?  I’m making my own fat-free ice cream for dessert these days!  No, really, and know what’s even more amazing?  I’m making it by blending frozen bananas with fat-free milk, instant no-cook pudding and a splash of vanilla.  C’mon, really??  Yes REALLY!  You’re not gonna believe this…

A healthier version of homemade ice cream using frozen bananas, milk, pudding mix & vanilla. There are tons of additional flavor options! #TaylorMadeRanch

Making my own ice cream means the only trash I make is the banana peel and it goes in the composter –  that makes my crunchy-green heart sing.  (I make my own instant no-cook pudding but you can use the boxed stuff if you like – more on that later) And this ice cream is made with healthy ingredients that I know & recognize so I feel pretty good about that, I’ll bet you do too.  Can you imagine this scene where you’re saying to the kids “Yes kids, of COURSE you can have more ice cream!”  If I’m not mistaken that qualifies you for nomination into the Parent’s Hall of Fame.

Here’s how I make it:  I take those bananas that are starting to spot since they always seem to be sweetest, peel them and place them in the freezer until they’re frozen.  Then I pull out three of them & chop them into about 1/2″ rounds and plop them in the blender with 1/2 cup of milk and about a 1/2 teaspoon splash of vanilla.  Today I’m making chocolate ice cream so I also add about a tablespoon of cold coffee to intensify the chocolate flavor.

A healthier version of homemade ice cream using frozen bananas, milk, pudding mix & vanilla. There are tons of additional flavor options! #TaylorMadeHomestead(oops, just noticed the 2% milk I use for homemade yogurt made it into the picture.  I used fat-free milk for the ice cream)

Then I plop it all into my * Ninja Blender – man that thing ROCKS!  It takes only a minute to blend it all until it’s silky smooth.  Then I add the instant no-cook pudding mix (I make my own, but again you can add a box of no-cook pudding mix here.)  Now I just blend it all together until it’s smooth with no lumps remaining.   Finally I pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container and pop it in the freezer for a few hours until it’s frozen good and solid.  I’ve found if you stir it after about an hour or so it makes the ice cream a little less hard but that’s not mandatory.  After your mixture freezes – VOILA!  Cool fat-free refreshment during those hot days of summer.  The pudding gives this homemade ice cream a creamier consistency and although It’s not quite as creamy as the high-fat stuff it’s close enough to pacify my ice cream-loving RancherMan.

Of course there are a bazillion options to personalize your ice cream flavor if you like.   You can change up the flavors of your pudding mix to easily make a different flavor.  You can make a sugar-free version by using a sugar-free pudding mix. You can stir in chocolate chips if you want more chocolate bang for your buck (and I DO!)  Or you can stir in chopped pecans and miniature marshmallows for a rocky-road version.  How about swirling a little chocolate sauce through?  And with vanilla-flavored ice cream there’s my favorite option: Chop up that chocolate bunny you bought for 90% off after Easter & kept in the freezer for just such occasion (you DO that, don’ t you??)  Then stir it into the ice cream along with just a couple of drops of peppermint extract for delicious mint chocolate chip flavor.  Ummmm…  Yes please!

So there ya go, a homemade dessert that’s a healthier version of the commercial high-fat stuff.  Hey, any time you can remove some of the guilt of eating ice cream on a hot summers’ day it’s a winner, yes?  Now you hush up and eat your ice cream!

Here’s the recipe:

Fat Free Ice Cream

Ingredients:

Directions:
In a blender, put ½ cup of cold fat-free milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 3 frozen bananas (chop them up prior to adding them). Blend until smooth. Add the pudding mix and blend again until no lumps remain. Pour into freezer-safe container and stir in additional flavor options such as chopped nuts or chocolate chips if desired.   Freeze for several hours until firm. Enjoy!

~TMR~

NOTE:  I also make a delicious Mint Chocolate Chip version!

Mint Chocolate Chip Banana Ice Cream #TaylorMadeHomestead

Update:  Here is one of our new faves – ROCKY ROAD!  It’s made with bananas, chocolate pudding mix, 3 Tablespoons chopped white chocolate & about 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans, adding 1 Tablespoon each cold black coffee, vanilla, and Kahlua.  Rich & DELICIOUS!

A healthier version of homemade ice cream using frozen bananas, milk, pudding mix & vanilla. There are tons of additional flavor options! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

~TMH~

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37 thoughts on “RECIPE: Fat-Free Ice Cream Using Frozen Bananas

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  3. BreyhanaAriel

    Does the order affect the texture? Can I make ahead the vanilla pudding mix with the milk and freeze it in an ice cube tray then blend it with the vanilla extract and bananas?

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      That’s a good question BreyhanaAriel, I’ve never frozen the pudding before so I couldn’t say. If you try it, come back & let us know how it worked for you! ~TMH~

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  6. Brenda Bridges

    Am in the middle of making the ice cream using frozen bananas and pudding. Question: recipie calls for one box instant pudding mix– Is that the large size (2.1 oz) or the small box (1 oz) size????

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      The recipe as I use it calls for 3.9 ounce box of instant no-cook pudding, Brenda. You’re gonna LOVE this ‘ice cream’! ~TMH~

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  7. Danielle @DIYDanielle

    Great idea for ice cream! My kids would love that. Thanks for linking up at #SustainableSundays

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  8. Karen Grosz

    Never thought to add pudding. I typically will make strawberry ice cream, just frozen strawberries and greek yogurt. Yum. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I’m thinking of trying that with a bag of frozen cherries I have in the freezer. Hummmm… ~TMH~

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  9. Dori M

    to make chocolate ice cream, would I just change the vanilla pudding mix for chocolate pudding mix, or would I add cocoa powder to the vanilla pudding mix? this is something I am really looking forward to trying. Thank you so much.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Yessum, I use chocolate pudding mix for chocolate-based ‘ice cream’. There are many pudding varieties out there, just remember if you don’t make the pudding mix yourself with clear jel just make sure it’s INSTANT pudding so no heat would be required for it to thicken. Enjoy! ~TMH~

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  10. Mallory L Welch

    I’ve heard of making ice cream with bananas but I bet the pudding mix makes it way tastier. I love all your ideas for how to change up the flavor too. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      We love it Mallory, and the pudding seems to make it a bit smoother & creamier than just frozen bananas & flavors. Give it a try! ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I hear the vitamix is a powerful machine too Jamie. I know my Ninja does the trick for us and it’s good to have a refreshing cold treat on such hot & humid days of our NE Texas summers. ~TMH~

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  11. Karen Goodman

    This looks so good…even though it is the middle of winter. I’m so glad you pinned it and your other recipes to the Future Expat Required Ingredient link party.

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  12. Erika @Musings SAHM

    This looks so yummy! I’m going to try it. Thanks for linking up with It’s a Mom’s Life. I hope you’ll join us next week too!

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  13. Jenny

    Yummy! This looks really good. Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop. Look forward to having you back again tomorrow: http://wp.me/p2urYY-12Y

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  15. Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    This recipe sounds delicious! I think I would like fresh berries added. Thank you for sharing it at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  16. deborah

    I’m going to try this today. I may substitute almond milk. My coworker, who is doing WW with me, and I were talking about how much we miss [real] ice cream on our programs. We can have anything on WW, of course, but neither of us can be trusted with the real thing. I can eat it until it comes out my ears. This sounds really good.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Like I said Deborah, the texture is not as creamy as ice cream but it’s delicious. I’ve made the sugar-free version using splenda and I’ve made all kinds of flavor variations – so much fun! Give it a try. ~TMR~

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  17. debra@ HOMESPUN

    This sounds great…doing it with the pudding mix! I thought that you had to have an ice cream maker for home made ice cream but if not I’ll give it a whirl soon! 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Me too Debra, one of the main reasons I don’t make homemade ice cream. Although I love it, I don’t want yet another single-purpose appliance (ice-cream maker) to store. This was so easy. Like I said, the texture wasn’t quite as creamy as ice cream since it didn’t have, well CREAM in it, but it was certainly delicious, healthier, and so easy to make. And we’ve had so much fun playing with the flavors! ~TMR~

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  18. Sue from theT2women

    yum! I know I’m going to want to try some!! Wow! Thank you so much for linking up with us this weekend at One Sharendipity Place!! Sue @TheT2women.com

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  19. Manuela@ A Cultivated Nest

    Yum! My husband made strawberry/mango ice cream in our Vitamix last week. Love it! Tastes like fruit and no tasty ingredients!

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  20. Linda @ A La Carte

    I will pass this recipe on to my daughter who loves ice cream! Thanks for sharing this at TTF! Linda

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  21. Ashley

    I noticed that you used refreshing 2% Braums milk. I unfortunately don’t have that brand here in NC (although if I did it would be the ONLY brand of milk I would buy). Is the recipe as good with a skim milk or does it only reach the right texture and flavor with a 2% milk? P.s. I miss Braums.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Oops Ashley, good catch – the wrong milk container made it to my picture! (I make my homemade yogurt using 2% milk, but I made this ice cream using fat-free milk.) I can’t speak for other brands, but Braum’s skim milk is certainly flavorful enough to be absolutely delicious in this recipe! So sorry you don’t have a Braum’s where you live but perhaps you have a favorite brand to suffice? ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Gina, it’s been fun experimenting with the different flavor combinations. Love it! ~TMR~

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