Brown Sugar Banana Nut Ice Cream

I’ve been wanting to try making a banana ice cream for a while now, but it’s always tricky using fruit because of all the water that causes the ice cream to be icy. I decided to cook the bananas with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and then blend it all up with the ice cream mix. It came out great and the nuts add a nice crunch.

3 medium-sized, extremely ripe bananas
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon butter
pinch of salt

Ice Cream Mix:
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

(makes about one quart)

The outside of the bananas should be almost completely covered in brown spots, to make sure they’re ripe enough to be sweet and soft inside. They may not look great, but they’ll still be yellow on the inside and they’ll be perfect for making ice cream.

Slice the bananas and cook them in a pan with the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, and salt on medium heat, stirring occasionally. After 20-30 minutes the water will be mostly cooked out and the bananas will soften almost into a paste. You should end up with about 3/4 to 1 cup of cooked bananas.

Follow the instructions in my Sweet Cream Base post to make the ice cream mix. Let the mix cool and then combine the ice cream mix, vanilla, and bananas in a blender. Chill the mix to 40° F (5° C) or below and then churn in an ice cream machine. After removing the ice cream from the machine, fold in the chopped nuts and then harden the ice cream in the freezer.


10 comments for “Brown Sugar Banana Nut Ice Cream”

  1. Darienne McAuley wrote:

    If this ice cream is as good as your Apple Pie Ice Cream, then Bob’s your uncle. I’ll try it as soon as I can get my hands on some more bananas. My DH loves bananas. Me? Not so much. Thanks again.

    August 9, 2015, 12:51 pm
  2. Poppy wrote:

    Ooo I just bought some bananas, because I was tempted to try out this vegan ‘nicecream’ that people keep telling me about! But this might just trump that .. looks far more delicious!

    September 4, 2015, 10:01 pm
  3. diamondscateringservices wrote:

    Wow nice ice cream.Thanks for sharing.

    October 1, 2015, 6:46 am
  4. Ice Cream Parlour in Jalandhar wrote:

    Thank You for sharing recipe. I love ice cream made with banana.

    August 6, 2016, 7:15 am
  5. SunCakeMom wrote:

    Oh boy, these definitely will be severe for me. can not wait to make them!

    November 23, 2016, 10:37 am
  6. Gustavo Woltmann wrote:

    I want to try this vegan ice cream. Thank you for sharing this post.

    – gustavo woltmann

    January 12, 2017, 2:11 am
  7. Sonny Kaliyah wrote:

    This recipe was a real hit. I may try to add it to our offerings at the next catering job we do. Where do you get the inspiration for your recipes? I struggle with coming up with unique recipes.

    January 12, 2017, 6:56 pm
  8. parth rathod wrote:

    Hey, amazing recipe thank you for sharing.

    October 9, 2017, 10:57 am
  9. Lily wrote:

    These all look so good!! I actually got an ice cream maker for my birthday a few years ago, and I ain’t gonna use it until I move out, and this really inspired me! Can’t wait ’til I can start making my own ice creams, because I also love it all year around.

    September 26, 2018, 8:07 am
  10. Maria wrote:

    This ice-cream looks soooo yummy! and delicious! Great post :)
    It’s never too late for ice cream. ;) One of my favorite flavors!! 🍨

    October 24, 2018, 5:18 am

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