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Banana Ice Cream

The texture and flavor of ripe bananas is often compared to that of ice cream, and yet Americans rarely walk their favorite fruit down that frosty path. Shame.
This homemade five-ingredient recipe is simple, however, it does require some inactive prep time so please do make sure you read the entire recipe in advance.
Feel free to also add peanut butter or chocolate chips. Or both. I don't judge.
Both U.S. standard and metric measurements are listed, but for consistently delicious results, go metric.
This recipe first appeared in Season 7 of Good Eats.
Alton Brown's Five-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream Recipe
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 10 hours 15 minutes
Yield: 1 quart


  • 2 1/4 pounds (about 6) ripe bananas
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Specialized Hardware

  • Food processor
  • Ice cream maker


  • Freeze the bananas, unpeeled, for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  • Thaw bananas for 45 minutes to 1 hour, then peel and puree along with the lemon juice in the work bowl of a food processor for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Add the corn syrup and vanilla bean seeds and turn the food processor on. Slowly pour in the cream and continue processing until smooth.
  • Chill the mixture in the refrigerator until it reaches 40°F, which should take about 3 hours. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Transfer soft-serve consistency ice cream to an airtight container and harden in the freezer for 3 to 4 hours before serving.