Vanilla Bean Banana Ice Cream

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  • Makes 4½ cups

Frozen bananas are the secret to the creamy texture of this nice cream, which is fabulous with warm cobblers and pies or as a refreshing treat on its own. For the sweetest results, be sure to freeze bananas when they’re very ripe. 

Ingredients

  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 5 medium bananas, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • ¼ to ½ cup unsweetened plant-based milk

Instructions

  1. Using a small sharp knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean.
  2. In a food processor combine vanilla seeds, frozen bananas, and ¼ cup of the milk. Cover and process until smooth, adding as much of the remaining milk as needed.
  3. Serve immediately for a soft-serve ice cream or freeze at least 4 hours for a scoopable ice cream. Store in the freezer for up to 1 week.

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Carla Christian

Carla Christian, RD, LD, received her associate’s degree in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America in 2006 and her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Michigan State University in 2009. She finished her dietetic internship from The University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2010 and is a former chef in the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen. Photo by Jason Donnelly

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