We have some theories about why a recipe, including this magic one ingredient ice cream recipe, will go viral on the Internet. There is a certain combination of easy, cheap, and weird that causes a recipe to get passed from hand to hand, screen to screen, in an explosive train of links, growing more popular than it would with any promotion we could throw at it. So it was with this one-ingredient ice cream, which calls for nothing but bananas and your food processor. Blend the bananas long enough, and the fruit morphs into creamy ice cream, with the texture of soft serve and the natural sweetness of fruit. This is one of the biggest hits we’ve ever had, and it’s time you tried it.–Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand
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We’ve got nothing against the magic one ingredient ice cream recipe. Nothing at all. In fact, we’re quite fond of it. Though truth be told, some folks may find it just a touch one-dimensional. Should you find yourself craving more than one ingredient—or rather, more than one flavor—in your ice cream, take a gander at the variations beneath the recipe, each of which creates a ridiculously satiating flavor. They’re magic, too. (Boy, are they ever! Especially the dark chocolate variation. Try it. One taste and you’ll understand.)
Magic One Ingredient Ice Cream Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 10 M
- 10 M
- Serves 4
- 2 pounds very ripe bananas
- 1. Peel the bananas and cut them into small pieces—the smaller the better. Place them in a freezer-safe container lined with parchment paper or coated with a little mild olive or vegetable oil to help the pieces release more easily. Freeze the bananas overnight or until the pieces are completely solid.
- 2. Place the frozen bananas in a food processor (preferably a large food processor with a 14-cup capacity or more) or Vitamix. Blend for 2 to 5 minutes, stopping frequently to scrape down the sides of the bowl. At first the bananas will simply turn into smaller chunks, then into a fine grit. But at some point, the bananas will suddenly turn into soft, creamy ice cream. If at any point the banana pieces get stuck on the blade, keep blending and add a spoonful of water. You may need to hold onto the food processor, as it sometimes wants to hop around on the counter.
- 3. Stick a spoon in the ice cream and slurp it up immediately for soft-serve-like consistency or return it to the freezer to harden a little more. (Just a word of caution, we found the soft-serve version of the magic one ingredient ice cream served immediately to be far preferable to the hardened version that results from being in the freezer.)
- For flavor variations, follow the instructions above, processing the frozen bananas in a food processor until they are the consistency of soft-serve ice cream, then add the additional ingredients below.
- Dark Chocolate Ice Cream
- Blend in 6 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/4 cup heavy cream, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- Nutella Ice Cream
- Blend in 1/3 cup store-bought or homemade Nutella.
- Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream
- Blend in 2/3 cup chopped frozen strawberries and 1/4 cup heavy cream until smooth.
- Cinnamon Dulce Ice Cream
- Blend in 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
- Nut and Honey Ice Cream
- Blend in 1/4 cup almond butter or peanut butter and 2 tablespoons honey.
- Orange Dreamsicle Ice Cream
- Blend in 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup heavy cream, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
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