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Banana Walnut Ice Cream

Banana Walnut Ice Cream

Serves: 2

Category: Desserts
Author: Claudia Bullock
Tags: Aggressive Weight Loss, Diabetes Reversal, Quick and Easy

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This ice cream couldn't be any easier, just three ingredients and a blender. Enjoy it by itself or use it to top one of our healthful baked desserts.

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2 ripe bananas, frozen (see note)
1/3 cup vanilla soy, hemp or almond milk
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts


Blend all ingredients together in high-powered blender until smooth and creamy.

* Freeze ripe bananas at least 8 hours in advance. Peel bananas and seal in a plastic bag before freezing.

Calories 174; Protein 4 g; Carbohydrates 30 g; Total Fat 5.9 g; Saturated Fat 0.7 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 23 mg; Fiber 4.1 g; Beta-Carotene 178 ug; Vitamin C 10 mg; Calcium 28 mg; Iron 1 mg; Folate 37 ug; Magnesium 53 mg; Zinc 0.6 mg; Selenium 3.5 ug

Comments (44):



03/25/2006 06:52 PM

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This is absolutely delicious. It's easier to make in a greater voume. I did this and froze it in portions. I used plain soymilk (which I prefer) and non-frozen bananas. Excellent treat!


10/04/2006 01:13 PM

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Yummy! One of our favorite desserts. It tastes like real banana ice cream, with a creamy texture. After blended it has a liquidy milkshake kind of texture, so I usually make it in advance then freeze it in little tupperware cups. After dinner we pull a cup out and microwave it for 10 seconds to soften it a little. Perfect! Make sure to freeze the banana in 8 sections or it will not blend easily.


03/23/2007 09:09 AM

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Someone must have changed the ingredient quantities from the way I originally put them in there. My original recipe called for 2 frozen bananas, 1/2 cup of soymilk, and 1 ounce of walnuts, and made 2 servings. I don't know why this has been changed. The 2 servings recipe is how much I make for my husband, and it is a big bowlful. I make 1/2 the amount for myself, so mine is made with 1 banana, 1/2 ounce of walnuts, and 1/4 cup of soymilk. The 2-serving quantity actually blends up much better in the vitamix than the 1 serving quantity.


11/30/2007 10:00 PM

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Oh god...this one was too good to be true! After tasting it my 3 yr old declared, "I want to eat this a lot of times." Yummy! I added dates and used unsweetened almond milk.
This comment was last edited on 11/30/2007 10:01 PM


07/27/2008 10:20 PM

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Awesome! I also have used chocolate soy milk when I didn't have vanilla. It was equally wonderful.


01/19/2009 05:39 PM

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very tasty. I use water and a little more walnut to make nut milk instead of using soy milk. It's good with cocoa power too but I'm not sure how much is enough to put in there. I'm guessing 1 tsp.
This comment was last edited on 01/19/2009 05:39 PM


08/06/2009 12:59 AM

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Yum! Absolutely delicious. I used 2 frozen bananas, 1/2 c plain soy milk, and 1 oz walnuts per Claudia's instructions. Can't get any better than this!


12/03/2009 01:58 PM

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Excellent! Good bye SAD ice cream!


01/23/2010 10:53 PM

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Delicious! Tastes just like a creamy ice cream.


07/25/2010 07:42 PM

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This totally rocked! I used almond milk instead and added a couple of dates. Yummy!

Blue Butterfly

09/30/2010 03:22 PM

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This is a dessert staple in our house. When the bananas start turning brown, I peel them and put them into a ziplock freezer bag for this great dessert. We also like to add frozen blueberries and any other fruit on hand into the ice cream. Yum!!


05/28/2011 12:32 AM

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This is so wonderful. I used pecans instead of walnuts and it was delicious!


11/25/2011 11:55 PM

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I just made this as I was looking for something sweet and I knew a spiced chai tea latte wasn't a good idea. This was excellent & made enough for tomorrow night. Can't go wrong. I added a little bit of cocoa powder, but it didn't do much for the flavor I don't think. Also added a couple dates and they gave a nice little sweet bit on the tongue! I am looking forward to dessert tomorrow!


12/05/2011 10:43 PM

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fabulous every time. very easy to make


01/01/2012 03:03 PM

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Also tastes yummy with a little maple syrup = maple walnut ice cream!


02/28/2012 11:11 AM

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OMG!!!!! This is unbelievable. I feel guilty when I eat it, because I think it must be real ice cream. Do yourself a favor and make this simple delight.


03/31/2012 01:10 PM

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OMG! Wonderful dessert or anytime snack. I won't feel deprived when hubby eats his ice cream. He even said that it tastes like a banana split. This was really very tasty. I will make this again and again. I will have to buy more bananas to freeze so I will never run out. With summer coming, I believe this will be a refreshing treat on a hot summer evening.


06/07/2012 08:57 PM

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This dessert is so amazing! And so much healthier than ice cream! Love the flavor!


08/09/2012 08:36 PM

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So incredible! After three weeks on ETL, I don't think I've ever tasted anything so delicious. I love ice cream and this is as good as any I've ever had. This will become a regular item in my house. And I can't wait to try variations by adding other fruits and flavorings.
This comment was last edited on 08/09/2012 08:36 PM


10/07/2012 04:20 PM

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I added about two tsp cocoa powder for a change -- hubby loves it. Adjust cocoa powder to your taste.


10/16/2012 10:34 PM

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Delicious! A tip for making this more creamy... skip the whole walnuts (or keep them if you're not too worried about having a few more nuts in one day) and instead throw in 2 Tbsp. of macadamia nut butter or cashew nut butter (or 1 Tbsp. of each). These nuts are particularly creamy and work great in ice cream! I also added a dash of vanilla essence... really great!


11/06/2012 11:21 PM

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ok this was fabulous! i didn't have walnuts but i really wanted to make it so i used the almonds i had on hand. still great. i threw in a few frozen blueberries to top it and they kinda of flavored it more as i got to the bottom - really nice treat. i think walnuts would be even better.


11/18/2012 09:38 PM

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Love it! I went with half cup of almond milk and added one tsp. of Dr F unsweetened cocoa powder. Perfect hint of chocolate with the creamy banana and nuts. I did freeze it about 15 minutes before eating.


12/15/2012 08:21 PM

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I've never posted this was FANTASTIC. I will have this often. I added a splash of vanilla


02/15/2013 07:09 PM

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Like this so much we decide to make our own Banana split version.

For the Strawberries part 2 frozen Bananas with 2-6 Strawberries, smaller use more, bigger use less. Blend

For Chocolate part 2 frozen Bananas with 2 TBL cocoa powder and 1/3 cup rice milk or milk of your choice. Blend

For Pineapple part you can just add Fresh Crushed pineapple to the top of your layers or add it instead of the milk on your original banana ice cream recipe.

We love this, we'd give the original recipe 5 BIG STARS!!!
This comment was last edited on 02/15/2013 07:11 PM

Elaine Garces

02/15/2013 09:07 PM

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Great tasting ice cream! I made this for my dad who not only enjoyed it - he could not get over how quick and easy this was to make. I always keep "a dozen bananas" in my freezer! ;)

Oftentimes I add other ingredients: raw cocoa powder, dark sweet cherries, coconut, cinnamon ... It never goes wrong! I also make waffle ice cream sandwiches with a recipe that calls for almond flour. I top it with warm mixed fruit.
This comment was last edited on 02/03/2014 04:35 PM


02/20/2013 05:59 AM

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Loved this, was so easy and so friggen yummy..I followed the recipe exactly and turned out perfect. I have never been into cooking, but this 3 ingredients blend thing is awesome!


03/24/2013 11:30 PM

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Hubby wanted something sweet after dinner, so I made this but added about 3 tsp cocoa powder, and he kept praising it. I also used unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I make banana "ice cream" a lot, and it's fun to vary the flavors - strawberry/ ginger/ mango... A standby in my house. We love it.


06/28/2013 03:27 PM

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This is a great treat. If you like bananas you will love this!


09/11/2013 03:48 PM

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Delicious dessert, only froze 2 bananas and me and my son devoured it, so yummy!
Was hesitanting on freezing part of it but thought best try next time...
Great desert, will try different variations of it soon..


09/15/2014 12:58 PM

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I am new to the program and this was my first recipe to try. It is so satisfying. Does anyone know if you can make this with other frozen fruit? Straweberries perhaps. BJ sells a huge bag of frozen strawerries. AND I did trhow in a table spoon of chocklate ships to satisfy my chocolate craving. Very yummy.... Thank you


10/12/2014 11:23 PM

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Delicious! Perfect when you just want something a bit sweet! And so easy. I freeze bananas that are going bad, and now I use them for this instead of making my traditional white-flour banana bread. My grandkids love this, too. Thanks!


10/14/2014 06:39 PM

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This is the best! Love it--I have added frozen strawberries to change it up!
This comment was last edited on 10/21/2014 07:46 PM


11/03/2014 08:10 PM

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Excellent! Tastes just like real ice cream. My husband couldn't believe it doesn't have sugar in it.


01/13/2015 06:39 PM

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This is an excellent replacement for ice cream and so healthy I added a little cinnamon and ground vanilla bean. YUM, YUM, YUM!


05/11/2015 11:03 AM

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Taste great. Very easy to make. Much like soft serve


06/03/2015 10:07 AM

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Great recipe! I double this (using almond milk) & freeze. We use it to top our oatmeal in the morning along with blueberries & toasted coconut.


08/30/2015 08:22 PM

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This was quite delicious! We added a tablespoon of chocolate chips just to appease my wife. Great dessert!


09/08/2016 03:12 PM

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Holy cow this is good!


12/18/2016 12:14 AM

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Completely satisfying: thank you Claudia. I only had coconut milk on hand but it worked beautifully. I just became a member and this alone is worth it:-)


david govan

03/17/2017 05:08 PM

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I thought I would make this for the grandchildren who have never yet eaten sugar or salt. They are only 17 months old and I wanted to see if they might enjoy it. WOW - everyone loved it. A slight change in recipe as I added 1/2 cup of almond milk as I found the 1/3 cup to stiff to blend. Plus I upped the walnuts to 5 teaspoons. Put it in the freezer after making and served it an hour later.  Totally AWESOME.


04/15/2017 08:43 AM

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Great recipe as is, but our favorite variation is: 3 frozen bananas, 1/4 cup soymilk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 tablespoons Dr Fuhrman's cocoa powder. Blend, and then stir in 1 cup frozen dark cherries.  Top each serving with a few slices banana, a couple chopped walnuts, and a sprinkle each of raw coconut and raw cacao nibs. A real treat!  


04/30/2017 10:36 PM

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Great recipe, but don't try to make half a batch in the Vitamix - it needs the full recipe in order to mix properly.  Great taste !!!!!   Super easy !!!   Hits the spot when you want something sweet.


07/09/2017 10:51 PM

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More recently Dr F advocates the use of vanilla powder. I agree. I have made banana icecream just plain and it tastes like banana. But the addition of the vanilla powder calmed the banana flavor. I added some vegan dark chocolate chips and made it a "chunky monkey" like BnJ icecream. Yum!