Banana Ice Cream

Total Time:
6 hr 35 min
Prep:
35 min
Inactive:
6 hr

Yield:
about 1 quart
Level:
Easy

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Directions

Place bananas in freezer and freeze overnight. Remove bananas from freezer and allow to thaw for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Peel bananas and place in bowl of food processor along with the lemon juice. Process for 10 to 15 seconds. Add corn syrup and vanilla bean seeds and turn processor on. Slowly pour in the heavy cream. Process until smooth. Chill mixture in refrigerator until it reaches 40 degrees. Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions. Place mixture in an airtight container and freeze for 3 to 6 hours before serving.


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Very tasty, I liked the intense banana flavor. I too subbed agave nectar as I had no corn syrup on hand. I like very creamy ice cream, so I stuck with the heavy cream. My wife makes chocolate chip banana bread which I love so the next batch will have some chocolate chips added in before the hard freeze. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe could not have easier. That said, I agree with other reviews that the bananas overpowered the flavor and the ice cream wasn't sweet enough for my taste. I made this for a dessert for a dinner party and will serve it over strawberries with some sugared slivered almonds on top to boost the flavor a bit. If I make this ice cream again, I will adjust the sweetness and hope for a more exciting flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I adjusted the recipe by using a combination of evaporated milk (not sweetened condensed and whole milk; using 1/3 cup agave syrup instead of the sugar and adding 1/2 tsp kosher salt and 1/4 tsp cinnamon. After soft freezing it in my machine, I stirred in chocolate covered almond pieces. With the original recipe, I thought it tasted a bit flat, therefore the cinnamon. I may add peanut butter next time and use brown sugar for a more carmel tasting ice cream. I never considered using heavy cream because of calories. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Golly--I don't get all these reviews. This wasn't very good. It was thick and heavy. The banana overpowered the recipe--I know, it's banana ice cream, but it had no complexity or anything of interest. No one in my family liked it. It wasn't terrible, but it was thick and heavy and bland and uninteresting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After coming across this recipe, decided to make a surprise batch for my boyfriend. He loved it!!! Kept asking how I managed the perfect ice-cream texture! If making this for the first time, be sure to read through several of the reviews. The minimal addition of salt, agave (I used half agave and half corn syrup and other ingredients truly makes this a great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is by far the EASIEST ice cream recipe I ever made and it is GOOD.. I just used 1/4 cup of agave nectar instead of 3/4 cups of sugar, which was sweet enough for me and my husband. I also used 1 cup whole milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream. I swirled in some chopped walnuts and caramel sauce at the point when the ice cream was almost done, which made it even more awesome!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy. After reading some of the reviews, I substituted half-and-half for all of the cream. Maybe lost some in taste, but the ice-cream is still smooth, and does not have that tongue-coating quality. Also, I froze peeled bananas (wrapped in plastic wrap individually, and then blended 1-1/2 cup HALF-AND-HALF, 6 (relatively small bananas, and a touch less then 1/2 cup SUGAR ( did not have corn syrup, pinch of salt, juice of 1/2 lemon (then I tasted it and added some more, forgot vanilla extract (added it after churning. I have to say, that before I added vanilla, it tasted sort of like baby food to me, but when I added VANILLA EXTRACT I really liked it. I also want to say, that peaople who changed the recipe they are reviewing don't have a right to give a bad review - maybe the recipe turned bad because of the change you made! I think it is a good idea to read reviews before making a recipe, and only make changes that turn the product more to your taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Bravo! Love the banana taste, and even better served with extra fresh bananas and or strawberries! My adaptations, which I'm so glad I did: I added a 1/4 teaspoon of salt just to cut the sweetness a little bit, and one 3.5 oz bar Lindt Bittersweet Dark Chocolate, chopped up. Perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This ice cream froze beautifully in my KitchenAid attachment and has a wonderfully decadent texture and consistency, but I do agree with the other reviewers that because of the exclusive use of heavy cream, you do end up with the coated mouth sensation. Also, I may be at fault for this one since I used 4 bananas instead of 6, but the taste (although delicious! resembled a banana milkshake a little too much. I was expecting more of a pop from the super ripe bananas I've been defending from fruit flies over the past week. :( Either way, it's still awesome! Has anyone tried cutting the cream with some milk yet? Do we have any positive experiences with that? I'd try it myself, but I'd need a lot more bananas and a time machine, lol. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great Taste and perfect texture - creamy and smooth...yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just tried this ice cream to practice for an ice cream social next weekend. Best one I have had in a very long time. It is wonderful. Thanks Alton for this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been looking for banana ice cream . decided needed to buy ice cream machine tried a coulpe recipes . ok i guess . But this was the flavor of ice cream i remember from when i was a kid going to locale ice cream parlor . wow that sounded old . only 45 but this was so simple and great 5 stars thank you my quest is over thanks Alton love your shows seems like he's everywhere item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great Ice Cream. The taste is fantastic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mr. Alton Brown, you Rock!!! thanks for another wonderful tasting recipe!!. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this w/o cream, used soy creamer, b/c my granddaughter is allergic to, among other things, eggs and dairy. So many ice cream recipes out there use both of these ingredients she cannot eat. This filled the bill. I always am in the habit of freezing overripe bananas. I do not defrost them for this recipe, I simple nuke them a few minutes to remove the skin. Doesn't matter if it's somewhat frozen. I put all ingredients in a blender and whiz away and use it right away, no extra chilling necessary. Next time I will swirl chocolate sauce in it before freezing ice cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alston you out done youself very very good,one thing i will do next time is to peel the bananas before freezing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I made this recipe yesterday and this is the best!!! We tried Alton's vanilla and cinnamon and sugar recipes as well. We only had 3 medium bananas so we added 3/4 cup of peanut butter to the mix and Wowee! Incredible ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Since I didn't check my pantry & fridge beforehand, I made a few modifications and it turned out really well! 6 small bananas 1 T fresh lemon juice 1/4 c light corn syrup 1/2 c good (100%) maple syrup 3/4 c whipping cream 3/4 c half and half Also, I added 1/2 c toasted coconut flakes and 1/2 c chopped macademia nuts during the last 10 minutes in the ice cream maker. YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is a keeper! Great banana flavor and the ice cream was creamy. We added a few toppings, fresh strawberries, walnuts and chocolate syrup! Yummy!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I got a new ice cream maker recently and tried three recipes, and this one is the only one so far to come out the thickest, healthiest, and really delicious. Excellent recipe, and love the banana flavor. Thanks Alton! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
My 4 yr old daughter was dead set on me doing this today so I had to make some adjustments (Her twin brother got to choose the chocolate coconut ice cream flavor we made yesterday). My Corn Syrup was solid so I used (1 1/2 cup) Orange blossom honey instead. We used a cap and a half of vanilla extract instead of a bean. Two good squirts of coconut cream (left over from yesterday). Finally (and most embarassingly) I found that I was out of lemons so I used a bit of lime and balanced out the flavor with a bit of lemonade (real lemonade). We only had five bananas as well. The taste is amazing. Definately get the cream texture/coating in your mouth a bit but not bad. My bananas were not too over ripe, just starting to get spots. MAybe that makes a differnace with the overpowering flavor people talked about. Super simple recipe. The little chefs loved helping to make it. Can't wait until she tastes it tommorrow! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband made this the other night and it was delicious!! Not too sweet but loads of banana flavor! A refreshing treat of hot summer days! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really good. If you make one of Alton's recipes you really should watch the episode on YouTube. You really want your bananas ripe, we're talking really ripe! In the episode Alton explains that the riper the banana the sweeter it will be. Keeping this in mind I stuffed mine inside a paper bag to really ripen them before freezing. Chilling the mixture to a temp below 40F is very important as well. Get an instant read thermometer and follow the directions exactly, the videos are almost necessary for some of AB's recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i really love this ice cream. however, some things to know before making it (and getting disappointed) - it has an incredibly smooth texture. its so creamy. but this does lead to a "coated" mouth feel, so if that really bothers you, then cut the cream with milk. and it tastes like bananas, pure, simple bananas. not fake banana flavor. so if you dont like banana, then dont bother. to me, the end result tasted like a set banana whipped cream. (which, given the recipe, is basically what it is). i cut back on the corn syrup a tiny bit because alton's desserts tend to be a bit too sweet for my family, and it came out a little less sweet than normal ice cream, but it was definitely great. and as far as peeling the bananas: wait until they are soft enough so you can just cut the top off and squeeze it out. the end result is fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can't believe Alton didn't use a custard base. I think that would provide a much nicer texture and a less overpowering cream flavor. I agree with a previous reviewer; this tastes like a smoothie. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I wish it tasted more like artificial banana than a real banana. Maybe using a low alcohol liquer or a banana syrup would give the right flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nothing out of this world, but given the simplicity of the recipe, it was pretty good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
what about substituting the cream with fat free vanilla yogurt? would that work? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this before, and it is delicious but a bit too heavy and could get by with fewer bananas. So I used this recipe as the basis today for a batch of banana ice cream for my mom's birthday party. Everyone loved it! I did make a few small changes after reading through the comments and want to recommend the following: do cut the heavy cream (by using 3/4 cup heavy cream and 3/4 cup whole milk). Also if your bananas are on the large size go ahead and use only 4 or 5 (peeled before putting in the freezer). Also this time around I used vanilla extract instead of vanilla bean seeds. It was fine and far less expensive than buying whole beans. Keep them coming Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was exited to try this because I had all the ingredients and was eager to see how it would turn out with the corn syrup. The texture was good but it tasted just like a banana smoothie...like a protein shake. I didnt think it tasted at all like ice cream, it was really missing something. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family absolutely loved this ice cream! I was somewhat hesitant when I checked my ice cream maker after about 15 minutes and the banana mixture wasn't thickening as it should be. But then I checked it when it hit the 25 minute mark and it was completely done. This ice cream has the exact flavor of a fresh banana, but the texture is so smooth. I let this ice cream set over night. For dessert the next day, we added strawberries, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and added a cherry to this ice cream - tasted exactly like a banana split! Yummy!! (Next time I need to remember the pineapple and some nuts!) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I went lower on the sugar. Great texture and flavor. Not something to make often when you are adding Whipping Cream! item not reviewed by moderator and published
my husband and i LOVE this ice cream! delicious and SO EASY to make. this is a GREAT use for those overripe bananas you didn't eat. i always have frozen bananas on hand and this ice cream in the freezer. some complained about the fat content which i can't understand, since it is called ICE CREAM. use the vanilla bean for a true gourmet, rich taste. the blender is great to use and gives the ice cream a very smooth texture. to the reviewer whose product came out "icy" - you may have processed it too long. 20-30 minutes is all that is needed. definitely make this - you won't be disappointed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My 13 year old son made this recipe. It was wonderful, and all the family loved it, especially my teens. He made it with the bananas foster, which was also good. However, I think the ice cream was better on its own. Texture was great, but we did use extract instead of a more expensive vanilla bean for this recipe. My son was so proud. Thanks, Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found the use of only heavy cream left a cloying butter-like mouth feel. Next time I will cut it with milk or half&half. Or maybe try a banana gelato. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This ice cream was very simple to make, and very tasty! I ended up making mine in a blender because my food processor was too small, but it still turned out great. Do not make this if you do not like bananas. It tastes like a big, creamy, frozen banana. We loved it, and it was gone in about a day and a half! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple and GOOOOD.>>>>> item not reviewed by moderator and published
but I don't know what it is. This was my first attempt at ice cream (got an ice cream maker for Christmas) and the flavor was great, but the texture was icy. I'm not sure what went wrong, I followed the recipe as written. Alton's recipes usually come out great, this was definitely a failure on my end. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good, but compared to Bryers (my texture standard) this recipe yielded a slightly dense texture with a coated-palate aftertaste. The heavy cream was the culprit for the heavy aftertaste. Since the Byers box lists milk among its few ingredients I'm now thinking that a mix of heavy cream & milk yield better results. Anyone try this? The technique of freezing the banana so the ice crystals burst through the cells releasing an incredibly flavorful banana was very inventive! Also, like the other reviewer had stated, the wonderful flavor of an expensive vanilla bean gets lost trying to support the banana flavor. I'd save that for true vanilla ice cream and use extract here instead. Overall, great recipe, just needs some tweaking. -- THANKS ALTON! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delightful fresh banana flavor, lovely texture, fool proof to make. For those who asked if honey will work instead of corn syrup, it will. But honey does have a flavor of its own so be sure to use as mild a flavored honey as possible (as in clover honey not buckwheat honey) to avoid too much competition with the flavor of the bananas. Also while the recipe says to peel the bananas after freezing, on the show where this was featured I'm pretty certain they were peeled before freezing and that is SO much easier to do. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe is delicious prepared as written. However, substituting honey for corn syrup and adding a swirl of creamy peanut butter (lightened with a little leftover cream--what are you going to do with the other 1/2 cup anyway) at the and of the churning sends it right over the top! It reminds me of the peanut butter, honey, and banana sandwiches I ate as a child. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't have a food processor or an ice cream churn, so I just threw everything in the blender. Worked great! When all was said and done ice cream was firm as it should be, creamy, and very banana-ish. Given the simplicity, this is a great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is easy and tasty item not reviewed by moderator and published
All 5 of us who tried the banana ice cream found that there was way too much banana flavor. 2 would have been enough. Had to kill the taste with either hot fudge or strawberries. Sorry Alton. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Pretty good but i added sweetened condensed milk for more sweet and creamy flavor....alton brown is hot!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wish my husband would make this more often!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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Couldn't be any easier and yet tastes amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not nearly as good as I thought this would be. A waste of bananas. I even put chocolate and walnuts in it but it still wasn't the best. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was good, but a little odd. I think it was the flavor of the corn syrup, so next time I make it, I'll use sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Rich and smooth. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the first recipe I tried in my new ice cream maker. Fabulous, and easy! We all loved the delicious ice cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this makes a fantastic and simple ice cream! Since I can not seem to get a cooked ice cream to work, I saw this episode of "Good Eats" and thought to give it a try. My wife and I changed the recipe a tad to include 2.5 oz of coco and some chocolate chips. It came out of the freezer and almost did not make it to the chill chest it was so good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Some of the best ice cream I've ever had. And it's so easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my gosh, What a easy and perfect recipe. Instead of an ice cream churn my 2 and 5 yr old used a coffee can and rolled it for 40 mins. (you know with rock salt and ice) And they were so excited when we open the can and there was soft serve ice cream! It was so creamy and the taste is dreamy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have yet to make this recipe, but I am sure it will be good. I am writing with a question. I understand that for some reason corn syrup makes a smoother ice cream than sugar. I am wondering if you could subsitute the corn syrup with honey instead? If someone knows that this is doable then how much do you use? I am against corn syrup as it is worse for you than refined sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is quick and easy, and has gone right to the top of my favorites list. It is very creamy, sets up quickly, and takes all of 5 minutes prep time. Try adding maraschino cherries and a chocolate fudge swirl right before freezing to make banana split ice cream. So good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very yummy. Great banana flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is way off the fo'shizzle. (forgive me for saying that). I loved it, but it turned out even better when you mixed it with devil's food cake, almonds, caramel, and whipped cream. :) Great job! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this with heavy cream and also with whole milk. While there is a notible difference in richness, the whole milk recipe still comes out with a silky texture. Peel the bananas before freezing them too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
also tried it with added strawberries or chocolate chunks/shavings for a nice mix of flavors. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Most excellent! The flavor is so subtle at first, but after several days you can really taste the banana. I'm making another batch tonight - it's that good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is sensational just the way he recommends making it (except that you *really* want to save yourself some trouble by peeling the bananas before you freeze them ? they won't darken in the freezer and you won't be pulling off 1 square inch of gooey banana skin at a time). The flavor is bright and fresh and really screams "banana". If you can't resist tinkering around some (I can't!) layer the frozen custard in an airtight freezer container tossing chopped nuts, drizzled fudge syrup and drizzled caramel syrup between layers. Frozen banana split! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not a favorite of ours, but it is good. No matter how ripe the bananas were, it still tasted as if it was made with green bananas. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't tried the recipe yet so I can't rate it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tried and found to be delightful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy to do, very short list of stuff, and tasty. Still looking for that great banana gelato I found in Italy though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was incredible, even after I altered it...I used a couple fresher bananas than I should have, as my wife pilfered a coupel frozen ones for her breakfast drink...And it is still incredible. We're planning on the "on top of hot borwnies" suggestion. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this, as is the case with most of Alton's recipes, was fabulous! I loved it w/ caramel topping & cashews. item not reviewed by moderator and published
excellent texture, just maybe a little more sweetness, could however have been the bananas that were used, well worth another try. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The texture of this ice cream was perfect! I think some chocolate chips or nuts would be a great addition as well. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This ice cream was very easy to make and it stayed very creamy in the freezer it didn't harden up. Taste great too. Very good recipe!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My roomate tried a spoonful right out of the ice cream maker and exclaimed: "Darn boy that's good!" item not reviewed by moderator and published
It just so happened that I had frozen ripe bananas in the fridge looking to be used up, so this recipe did the trick. It is an easy recipe and the results were fabulous. The texture is very nice and the flavor was wonderful. I think that using corn syrup rather than white sugar makes the difference. I served it with hot fudge sauce and my son and husband independently told me that it was Awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe. Since I have 2 small children, we like any ice cream that we don't have to cook first in the recipe. This is so delicious and easy to make. Also love a new way to use bananas that are getting very ripe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE bananas and this ice cream rocks! Easy and good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great banana ice cream. I too added vanilla extract instead of vanilla bean and it came out fantastic. I took "Anonymous's" advice and added the banana licquer and it sure tasted great. This is a very smooth, creamy ice cream and has become one of our favorites. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm hooked. Cant...stop...frying...leeks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is delicious! Add nuts or chocolate chunks for extra fun. Otherwise this is perfect as is. It's fairly easy to make. Fun for kids to help. Healthier than store bought and less expensive to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The other reviewers were on the right track by adding nuts, sugar or serving it with chocolate. I followed the recipe to the letter & found it to be lacking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was great ice cream. my family loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just like eating a banana, but creamy. I made this and served it to guests. Everyone loved it. Topped with a little chocolate sause and it was a great desert. This made about double what my maker could handle. I'll cut it in half next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The hardest part was peeling half-frozen bananas. I suggest freezing them separated from the bunch to make it easier. Otherwise this ice crean turned out great for me. I think I used a little too much banana as I over flowed my ice cream freezer. I had to do it in a single and a 1/4 batch. Keeps well in the freezer. I set it out for 10 minutes before scooping. Goes great with carmel or fudge topping or some crushed up graham crackers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
THIS ICE CREAM IS REALY GOOD YOU SHOULD HAVE MORE ICE CREAM ON THE SHOWS. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is delicious and very fun to make! The more ripe the banana, the sweeter the ice cream. It's great by itself or with hot fudge, chocolate peanut butter sauce and/or brownies. item not reviewed by moderator and published
In the never-ending search for a use for ripe bananas, I opted to try this recipe...good move on my part! I turned it into banana split icecream by adding chopped pecans, maraschino cherries, and butterscotch and chocolate sauce.... even in the middle of winter, it's such a treat! Alton reigns supreme!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added some nuts and choc chips to make it sorta like Chunky Monkey. It didn't freeze as smoothly as I would've liked, but maybe that's my ice cream maker. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an easy and delicious recipe with real banana tase, my kids helped me make it. I added a bit of sugar to sweeten it up and was not about to pay 10.50 for a single vanilla bean, so added some vanilla extract instead... Tasted great! Alton Brown is my definite favorite!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been working on a banana ice cream recipe for more than a year. In the past, it has been too hard (icy) but the corn syrup seems to solve that problem. I also added a few tablespoons of banana liquor which also helps to soften the ice cream and adds extra banana flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this ice cream and it was GREAT. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely fabulous. Banana is not my favorite fruit, but this recipe has made me reconsider that. Heavenly. I agree with the first reviewer, this would be killer over hot brownies. YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband's favorite ice cream! Nothing else comes close to the flavor of REAL bananas!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and one banana per serving! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never been a big banana fan but this recipe looked so cool that I went out and bought an ice cream machine and it was totally worth it. Even if bananas are not your favorite fruit give this a try. It is very subtle. Just enough banana, not too much and a great cream finish to the taste. I have made so many people try this that didn't want to and they have all asked for more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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Very good recipe. I substituted the fresh sqeezed lemon juice with the bottle lemon juice and it worked just fine. I also used a cuisinart ice cream/yogurt machine to use this recipe and it worked well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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Easiest Banana Ice Cream recipe ever. Rich and very banana...serve with chocolate sauce and whipped cream or over hot brownies! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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