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Two-Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Brown spotted bananas were sitting on our counter, staring me down. I tried to ignore them, but they kept haunting me. It seems like I can never eat bananas fast enough. They always turn brown and beg me to put them to good use. I usually bake banana bread, banana cookies, banana cake, or use them in a smoothie. This time I decided to turn them into ice cream since it is so hot outside. I used the popular “One Ingredient Banana Ice Cream” recipe, but added peanut butter, creating a Two-Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream.

I was a little skeptical about this recipe. How could two ingredients create a smooth and creamy ice cream?  There is no cream, milk, eggs, or even sugar involved. I was willing to give it a try though. I had to use up my brown bananas!

I sliced up four ripe bananas and put them on a large plate. I put them in the freezer and let them chill until they were frozen-about two hours.

I put the frozen banana slices in my Blendtec blender. If you don’t have a super powerful blender, use a food processor. The blender or food processor needs to be powerful to puree the frozen banana slices. It will take some work from the machine:)

I pulverized the banana slices for a few minutes, scraping down the sides a few times. Then I blended them again. The bananas will take some time to reach an ice cream texture, so be patient. When the bananas were smooth and creamy, I added in the peanut butter and blended the mixture one more time. I was amazed at the rich and silky texture. I grabbed a spoon and tasted the banana peanut butter ice cream and I was amazed. It was the best peanut butter banana ice cream I have ever tasted. I can’t believe I created this heavenly ice cream with only two ingredients. Plus, you don’t even need an ice cream maker to make this recipe. This recipe really is magical!

If you are looking for a new way to use up your ripe bananas, try this Two-Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream. The recipe is super simple to make and no one will ever know there are only two ingredients involved. I love that this Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream is healthy too! I am going to be dishing up this ice cream all summer long!

Two-Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 large very ripe bananas
2 tablespoons peanut butter

Directions:

1. Peel bananas and slice into 1/2 inch discs. Arrange banana slices in a single layer on a large plate or baking sheet. Freeze for 1-2 hours.

2. Place the banana slices in a food processor or powerful blender. Puree banana slices, scraping down the bowl as needed. Puree until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Add the peanut butter and puree to combine. Serve immediately for soft-serve ice cream consistency. If you prefer harder ice cream, place in the freezer for a few hours and then serve.

*Note-if you have a hard time creating a creamy consistency, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of milk to help puree the banana slices. Make sure you use a powerful food processor or blender!

Recipe from The Kitchn

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314 Responses to “Two-Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream”

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — July 27, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    We eat this a few times a week and it is the best with chocolate peanut butter melted on top. Yum!

    • Two Peas replied: — July 27th, 2011 @ 9:49 am

      I will have to add the chocolate and pb on top next time:)

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    Frozen bananas + vanilla extract (splash) + sugar (you can skip it but I dont) is always in rotation. I actually TOP it with PB b/c I find the PB to be more satisfying that way and gets less “lost” if that make sense but I do your method too. It’s sooo good!

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    This sounds perfect! Awesome recipe!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — July 27, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    I’ve never added peanut butter to the banana soft serve but now I must! And I’m pretty sure that would serve just me;-)

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    Blond Duck — July 27, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    This is easy enough I could do it!

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    Sanjeeta kk — July 27, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    Love it..love it..love it!! No cream and eggs in this ice cream…I just want to scream from my roof top and tell it to everyone out there looking out for a healthy ice cream :)

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — July 27, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    mmmmm….i’m going to buy more bananas tonight! i like the tip to let them go longer than you think though. i’ve made just frozen banana soft serve before and it hasn’t been totally creamy, but that’s because i stop blending as soon as the chunks are gone!

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    leslie — July 27, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    Mmmmm. I did the one ingredient banana thing a few weeks ago, however I added blueberries. Have you seen the kitchen gadget hay are selling on TV on how to make this? Its too funny. Yo-nana or something like that.
    This sounds delish…peanut butter and banana go together like heaven!
    Thanks for the shout out!!!!

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — July 27, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    That’s it?! So easy a caveman could do it!!
    Who needs all those artificial flavors, colors and preservatives in their ice cream anyway? Definitely bookmarked! Thanks, Maria!
    p.s. Hope you’re feeling well!

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    Wow, this looks wonderful! We have been making ice cream A LOT (um, like every weekend) this summer since it’s been so hot…so I won’t feel so guilty about making this. Thanks for sharing!

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    Bev Weidner — July 27, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    You have no idea what perfect timing this is, as I have bananas giving me the eye on the counter!

    ALL. OVER. THIS.

    • Two Peas replied: — July 27th, 2011 @ 9:49 am

      You have to try this ice cream then! Enjoy!

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    Mmm…the perfect simplicity and incredible Summer dessert. Love it! P.S. I’m drooling over your Blendtec blender. Ahh, dream…

    • Two Peas replied: — July 27th, 2011 @ 9:48 am

      We love our Blendtec!

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    Lesley Lifting Life — July 27, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    We make this all the time, it’s amazing how good it is!! :)

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    Kristen — July 27, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    Oh dear me – yum!!!

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    Kalyn — July 27, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    I love this idea! (And even I could make this easy ice cream.)

    • Two Peas replied: — July 27th, 2011 @ 9:48 am

      It is so easy! A great summer treat!

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    Tine — July 27, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    I definitely need a new food processor!
    My other one broke down because the frozen banana chunks were too ‘hard’…

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    susan — July 27, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    2 ingredients – I am impressed.

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    gretchen — July 27, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    Looks delicious – can’t wait to try it. Did you use the Ice-Cream setting on your Blendtec?

    • Two Peas replied: — July 27th, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

      I didn’t use the ice cream setting, but I probably should have:) I am sure it would work wonders!

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    This is brilliant. I don’t have spotted bananas right now, but I’m willing to stop at the store and get the most spotted ones I can find!

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    life and kitchen — July 27, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    I make this with Nutella! Yum!

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    Marla — July 27, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    OMG – I am soooo on this recipe. My kind of food all the way. Plus it is nice to have a Blendtec to make it in :)

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    HeatherChristo — July 27, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    I am running downstairs this minute to throw all of my bananas in the freezer. I can’t believe this is possible!? I am excited! it looks SO good :)

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    I love this! I don’t have an ice cream maker so this is perfect (and easy) :)

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    Cookin' Canuck — July 27, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    What a fun (and healthy) way to make ice cream! I think I’ll put my kids to work on this one.

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    Barefeet In The Kitchen — July 27, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    I’ve been seeing the banana ice cream recipes pop up all over the place this summer. I suppose it’s finally time to try it! My boys will be in heaven if I hand them a bowl of ice cream and tell them it’s lunch. :)

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    Jamie — July 27, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    This is pretty cool! And who didn’t grow up eating peanut-butter and banana sandwiches?

    • Two Peas replied: — July 27th, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

      PB and banana sandwiches are my favorite-with a little honey:)

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    Urban Wife — July 27, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    WoW – delicious!! I don’t own an ice cream maker (I know, shame on me) so this will be the perfect remedy to that dilemma. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    I was just looking at some over ripe bananas on my counter today trying to decide what do to with them. Normally I through them in the freezer to be used in banana bread or smoothies…but today they are going to be ice cream! Yum!! I love that it is a healthy treat too!! Thanks for posting!

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    Blog is the New Black — July 27, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    Yes yes yes! Looks awesome.

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    foodwanderings — July 27, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    Easy peasy fantastic! Great combination! Texture looks great!

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    Sarah — July 27, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    Mmm sounds yum. I think I will try it with some chocolate on top :)

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    Kimberly — July 27, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    I just tossed 4 bananas in the freezer because we are headed out of town. They now have a purpose when we get back. I’ve been wanting to try this ice cream for a while anyway. I love the addition of peanut butter in this version. Looks like it would be awesome with some chocolate sauce on top. Now I just have to hope my blender will make it creamy. (I so need to break down and get a blendtec.)

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    Aggie — July 27, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    Oh I’m going to try this!!

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    TidyMom — July 27, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    you are my hero!! I’m SO trying this!!……..I keep bananas in my freezer, and we always have peanut butter!!……..now if I just had a Blendtec! hehe

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    Brooke @ Food Woolf — July 27, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    I can’t believe this could be so easy. I haven’t had the courage to use my ice cream maker. So this might be the first frozen dessert to ease me into the idea. It really couldn’t get more simple. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Kira — July 27, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    I make this 3 ingredient ice cream and add cocoa or carob powder for a chocolate peanut butter shake. mmmm…

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    Pamc — July 27, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    I just made a smoothie with my brown bananas… this will be the next recipe I make with the others. Delicious!

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    Joanne — July 27, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    I’ve seen this banana ice cream business around before, but the PB addition is what’s really sold me!

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — July 27, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

    Yum! We love making this kind of banana ice cream. Sometimes I add about a spoonful of cocoa powder per banana to mine(or you can add more but you might need to add sugar then) and that’s so good!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — July 27, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    This is just amazing! I cannot wait to try this one.

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