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Heat advisory in effect for the DMV this Memorial Day so why not cool off with homemade banana ice cream. What? You didn’t know that bananas can make some of the best ice cream?

It turns out that frozen bananas are good for more than just dipping in chocolate. If you freeze a banana until solid, then whiz it up in a blender, Ninja, Magic Bullet or food processor, it gets creamy and a little gooey, just like good custard ice cream. I was surprised at this bit of kitchen wizardry; I assumed that a blended banana would be flaky or icy. But no — it makes creamy, rich ice cream.

Some bananas, depending on their ripeness, have a bit of that green aftertaste.

Here’s the basic one ingredient banana recipe:

• Peel your bananas first.

• Cut them into small pieces.

• Freeze for just 1-2 hours on a plate.

• Blend, blend, blend – scraping down the bowl when they stick.

• Enjoy the magic moment when they turn into ice cream!

Peanut Butter & Honey Banana Ice Cream

makes 2 servings

1 1/2 peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid

3 tablespoons peanut butter

2 teaspoons honey

Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in peanut butter and honey, and transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Nutella Banana Ice Cream

makes 2 servings

1 1/2 peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid

3 to 4 tablespoons Nutella or other hazelnut-chocolate spread

Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in Nutella, and transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Dark Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

makes 2 servings

1 1/2 peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in cocoa powder, cream, and vanilla. Transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Cinnamon Dulce Banana Ice Cream

makes 2 servings

1 1/2 peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid

3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground cinnamon

Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon. Transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Strawberries & Cream Banana Ice Cream

makes 2 servings

1 1/2 peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid

1/3 cup roughly chopped frozen strawberries

2 tablespoons cream

Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in strawberries and cream until smooth, and transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Read more at The Kitchn

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