How to make Healthy Homemade Ice Cream!!

Most of you already know that my son has food allergies.

My daughter has some too but she is older and most of hers are not life threatening or serious at this point.  She will get an itchy tongue or hives around her mouth if she eats something her body rejects such as peanuts and some dairy (not sure why but not all dairy) and she has reactions to items with eggs sometimes too….again not sure why it’s sporadic….

My son on the other hand I have to be careful with.  His allergic reactions are much more severe and his body seems to be much more sensitive to foods.  He also has dairy allergies, nut allergies (he can have almond milk though), and he has sensitivities to wheat/gluten.

I have always had to figure out ways to keep my kids nourished and healthy but also making their food choices yummy so they never feel as though they are missing out on what the other kids may be eating.

I have found many ways to make yummy and fun foods…..

I want to share one of them with you!!!

Banana Ice Cream!!

This recipe is so easy….uses basic ingredients…and tastes delicious!!

I apologize for not having the exact recipe rather just the concept of how its done!!

First, I always take my brown bananas and peel them.  I place them into Ziploc bags and freeze them.  I use these frozen bananas for smoothies and ice cream!!  When the grocery stores clearance their brown bananas I stock up for pennies!!!

These will be future smoothies or ice cream!!

So, once you have some frozen bananas….take them out of the freezer and place them in your blender.

I add some alcohol free vanilla that I get from Trader Joe’s. Just a splash or two!

I also mix in some agave, maple syrup or raw honey to sweeten this up a bit…

I also sometimes add in a splash or two of almond or coconut milk to help get the blender moving.

Once I have a soft serve type consistency I transfer the mixture over into my handy dandy ice cream maker.  You don’t need this step but it makes the ice cream less like soft serve and more like actual ice cream!

You can add in any other ingredients too!!

Cacao powder or cocoa powder for chocolate ice cream….

some mint extract and chocolate chips or cacao nibs for Mint chocolate chip ice cream…

you can add cinnamon and pecan bits for a yummy version of Butter pecan….but

this day I decided on strawberry ice cream….

so I took some frozen strawberries

and blended it with a little water…

and I ended up with this strawberry puree which I added to the banana mixture and then placed it into my ice cream maker!

and then I just let that run for about 40 minutes or so.

While I waited I got some yummy toppings ready!!

From top left in order….crushed up gluten free sugar cones, fresh organic raspberries, vegan (non dairy)chocolate chips,  non dairy chocolate sauce, shredded coconut pieces, and SunButter!!!

I was pretty disappointed to return to my ice cream maker to find my ice cream wasn’t getting firmer but I had held my kids back long enough and they wanted to feast so I poured the ice cream into bowls and let them cover their ice cream in toppings!

My daughter’s creation!

and my sons creation…notice how simple his is??  He really doesn’t like to mix his foods much….even when it’s dessert!

He would eat all of those topping separate but mix them together and he gets weird about it!!  LOL

Oh well, they were both delicious and of course I had a bowl too!!!

:)

Have you ever made homemade ice cream before?

What did you use for yours??

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29 thoughts on “How to make Healthy Homemade Ice Cream!!

  1. Yum! I make the banana softserve too. I use frozen ripe bananas in the food processor and whirl away, I usually add in a little vanilla and sometimes PB…sunbutter would be delish too.
    You have to try this pudding recipe I got from VegFest:
    avocado
    mango
    process
    add in sweetener ( soaked dates, maple syrup or coco nectar)
    cacaopowder
    if you haven’t tried it before, you’ll love it!
    (it’s from Nourished Body, Satisfied Soul)

    • I bought one on clearance at Meijer…..not sure of the brand but I like the fact that it doesn’t use rock salt!! I just freeze the base and then use it!

  2. My family and I love banana icecream too! I love how cheap brown bananas get in the supermarket or farmer’s market..it amazes me how many people are not purchasing these up faster! I really want to buy an ice cream maker for this summer. I think it would really pay off, since I can’t eat commercial made ice cream either (sensitivity to dairy). I freeze my bananas too, but you know what’s funny I’ve never thought to peel them and put them in a ziploc bag..lmao! I just throw them in peel and all, which can make it tough to peel when frozen. I feel so silly for not thinking of this! Thank you for pointing something out so useful! :D

    *hugs*
    Maggie

  3. Great job! I love banana soft serve – so simple and yet, so delicious! I bought my ice cream maker last summer and honestly, it’s the one piece of kitchen equipment that I don’t use on a regular basis – I guess, I just haven’t had great success with raw ice creams (even vegan), so I’m not always motivated to pull it out! Although, my Omega VRT makes awesome sorbet – just drop in frozen fruit and out comes sorbet – It’s ridic :)

  4. Banana n’ice cream (as we like to call it) is definitely a fave in my household, too. We especially like to form it into cupcake shapes. Here are some of the ways we serve it around here (please excuse the blog post title): http://rawdorable.blogspot.com/2009/10/frozen-food-porn.html

    Here’s Hayden’s special n’ice cream cupcake recipe (you can use it for your next project, if you’d like): http://rawdorable.blogspot.com/2010/04/mommy-give-ellen-her-own-cupcake.html

  5. Brilliant as always! I’ve always wanted an ice cream maker but never really thought I’d find a healthy ice cream recipe to use it with!

    I make banana soft serve with frozen mangoes too…just throw them in the processor and let er rip! Perfection!

  6. wow, it seems like forever since i’ve posted on your blog!! finally MAKING the time to reply. ;-)
    This looks so yummy! We love banana soft serve!! We normally just make a batch in the vita-mix, but have never thought about putting it in the icecream maker. We will have to try that sometime!
    oh, and you are awesome for offering all those toppings to your kids, you are a cool mama!!

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