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The Easiest (Healthy) Ice Cream Recipe in the World!

Cherry Cinnamon Ice Cream
(Image by TSL)

I’m currently on the Autoimmune Protocol, a nutrient-rich elimination diet that removes foods that irritate the gut, cause gut imbalance and activate the immune system. You can read more about the protocol and why I’m doing this here.

“Yes, Archchancellor?”
“You ain’t a member of some secret society or somethin’, are you?”
“Me? No, Archchancellor.”
“Then it’d be a damn good idea to take your underpants off your head.”
(Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies)

There is a secret society. Only, it’s not that secret. It’s a society of people who know a wee something about a magical transformation that occurs when you freeze a banana and then whiz it up in your blender or food processor. These people know as long as they have a peeled & chopped banana or two in their freezer, they have the makings of amazingly delicious AND healthy desserts at any time. Which is a good thing if you live with LM – he likes dessert for breakfast!

I’m not kidding – it’s THAT good and THAT easy. Your kids won’t even know it’s not ice cream.

Cherry Cinnamon Ice Cream
Cherry Cinnamon Ice Cream
(Image by TSL)

My kids are normal. If they could eat burgers and fries and ice cream every day, they would. And so would I. But that doesn’t sustain us. (Michelle Obama)

Michelle Obama doesn’t know about the secret society.

There are limits to what a girl (or boy) can do for dessert on the autoimmune protocol (AIP). Oh, there are complicated, labour-intensive numbers that you can make for a special occasion. But, for everyday, not much beats this wee ‘I can’t believe it’s not ice cream’ number.

And, while on the AIP, I’m limited with what I can add to my base mix. But, now that I’ve discovered the marvels of banana ice cream, I’m looking forward to what I can do post-reintroduction of nuts, dried fruit, alcohol, spices and chocolate…

[recipe title=”The Easiest Ice Cream Recipe in the World” servings=”1 per banana” time=”5 minutes” difficulty=”easy-peasey”]

The easiest Ice Cream in the World
(Image by TSL)


Base Recipe

1 frozen banana p/person (I freeze mine individually, peeled and broken into 4 chunks)
1 Tablespoon coconut cream (optional, but adds to ‘creamy’ mouth feel. And, if you happen to have some left over whipped coconut cream, all the better)

Cherry Cinnamon Flavour

5 – 6 frozen cherries p/person
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon p/person


1) Throw all your ingredients into your blender or food processor. Blitz until blades stop chopping through the fruit. Stop the machine, take a spatula and push the mixture down the sides. Repeat until mixture resembles ice cream with a soft serve texture.

2) There is no second step. It’s ready!

E N J O Y ! [/recipe]

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Comments (19)

AH, another easy, breezy, healthy recipe. Jotting this one down. I’ve got the bananas. I need to score some coconut cream. Gorgeous photographs. I love your table setting. Ha! I just spotted your plates with the faces. They’re fantastic! T.

Ooooh – T – I think a maple/walnut combo would be good… Or, a little cocoa/cacao powder & some chic chips….or many & mint.

Do it! SOOOOO yummy! 🙂

Great idea! I’m digging your cooking club! 🙂

This sounds really yummy! Jane

Jane – I’ve even got my Dad making this in NZ. He’s hooked. We worked out his favourite flavour is Banana/Coconut cream/maple syrup/fresh lemon juice and mint. 😀

Who knew that about bananas? Thanks for the tip 🙂

And the best bit, M – it really works!

Will definitely try this as soon as our average temp rises above 0! Love the simplicity of it.

DW – do let me know if you come up with any winning flavour combos…?

This looks and sounds delicious! I’m pinning this for when the weather is nicer here 🙂

Erin – thanks for stopping by! I’ve just been visiting NZ and my Dad & I think frozen banana + a couple of dollops of coconut cream + zest of 1 lemon + 1 Tbsp lemon juice + a few shredded mint leaves, blitzed is THE BEST combo. YUM (and AIP!)

Reblogged this on KenMaursCorner and commented:
Maybe I should try this for breakfast!

It would be a YUMMY summertime breakfast!

I tried a coconut /mango last week and decided it needed passionfruit to give it some ZING. My favourite (and very sinful) is lime ice-cream made with cream. No good for my gall bladder but as an occasional treat!! The longest part of prep is getting zest from lime peel, otherwise it takes no time at all!

M – my Dad and I reckon the best banana ice cream combo is one with lemon juice & zest + chopped mint + a dash of maple syrup (with the banana and coconut cream)

This treat will be whipped up at my house very soon. Thanks for the great images and especially the ability hit ‘print.’

Hi Franki – thanks for stopping by. Check out my comment to Maureen (above) – I reckon that’s the best combo’ yet. And, if you’re ok with nuts, adding a little nut butter (macadamia!) would make for a pretty good option, too….

I concur, frozen ripe banana is magical. I haven’t tried this. Combo yet I usually add a few. Superfoods to the mix like cacao for example. Happy Nesting.

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