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Paleo Ice Cream


Lately I have been hearing a lot about Yonanas and 1 ingredient ice cream.  For those of you who haven’t heard of it yet, Yonanas is a kitchen appliance that turns frozen bananas into a “soft serve ice cream”.  It isn’t real ice cream in that there is no cream, no milk, no sugar.  In fact there is nothing but frozen banana.  Despite the lack of traditional ice cream ingredients, frozen bananas can be turned into a smooth, creamy, sweet and delicious frozen dessert.  Even better, you do not need to buy the specialty machine if you already have a good food processor.

I decided to put my trusty Hamilton Beach Big Mouth food processor to the test to see if it could make this delicious dessert.  It was spectacular!  I have used frozen bananas in my blender for smoothies a million times, but I never dreamed that by simply tossing them in the food processor I could make them into this.  I’m happy, my kids are happy, my husband is happy! All that is left is to start experimenting with flavor add ins.

Paleo Ice Cream

Paleo Ice Cream


  • Fresh bananas sliced into "coins" and frozen on a cookie sheet.
  • The amount used is entirely up to you and the size of your food processor but start with at least 3 bananas.


  • Take banana "coins" out of the freezer and load them into the bowl of your food processor.
  • Turn on the processor and begin to puree the bananas.
  • You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice but eventually you will end up with a very smooth and creamy "soft serve" style frozen dessert.
  • Serve it as is, with or without toppings. Or put it into a container to harden up a bit in the freezer. It will become much harder and less creamy the longer you leave it in the freezer.
  • Each banana will yield approx. 1/2 cup of dessert.


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  1. Sounds cool, but I’m skeptical because I dont’ like bananas that much. I’ve tried lots of recipes that have a banana for sweetness or whatever, and the whole thing tasted of ripe banana. Yuck. I like banana bread and a slightly ripe banana on occasion, but tell me…does the ‘ice cream’ taste like bananas? (did you notice how many times I wrote ‘banana’?) :)

    • Wendy,

      Yes, there is absolutely a banana flavor. I happen to love bananas, but if I didn’t, I might try to tone it down with an extract flavoring or something. Having said that, the recipe is so easy and the ingredients so cheap that it is probably worth giving it a try even if you don’t think you’ll like it. You never know, you may be surprised!

  2. I really love doing this with my food processor. Adding chocolate and pb or other mix-ins makes it even more fun. Thanks for sharing today, Jen. Found your blog from We are that Family. Have a great day!

  3. My Daughter told me about this just over the weekend and I put sliced bananas in the freezer and made some for my Mom and I last night. My 82 year old mother loved it, as for me it was really a strong banana taste but it was good!

    • Dottie,
      I have heard that mix-ins such as chocolate, peanut butter and other flavorings can tone down the banana flavor if you wish. I haven’t tried it yet but I plan to very soon!

  4. I’ve never heard of it and I’m definitely intrigued now !:)
    Your paleo-ice-cream seems to be wonderful, I wish I could taste it

  5. I keep meaning to try this. Thanks for the reminder.

  6. Your recipe is awesome! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. I heard some folks say they weren’t into bananas how about substituting avocados? People are making ice cream and baking with them these days, basically using them as an egg substitute.

    • Diane,
      I really like the smooth and creamy texture that avocados bring to my fruit smoothies, but I wonder how avocados would fare through the freezing process. They brown so quickly when exposed to air that freezing them in chunks on a tray may result in unpleasant browning.

      As luck would have it, I bought 10 avocados at the grocery store this week because they were on sale for $1 each! I will try the experiment with a couple of avocados and tell you how it went. One thing to realize is that since avocados are not sweet like bananas, I will have to add some sort of sweetener to make them “dessert like”.

      Thanks for the great test idea! Stay tuned for the results next week.

  8. Now that is a great idea! It would be great to make when you have a lot of bananas going bad all at once. You can only eat so much banana bread.

    Just wanted to invite you to come link up with Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies! Hope to see you there!

  9. Sweet! What a fun appliance! This ice cream looks great. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

  10. I love banana icecream.

    Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday, hope to see you there Wednesday.

  11. What a fantastic idea for a super healthy treat! I often use frozen bananas in smoothies but had not heard of just using them on their own like this. I’ll have to give it a try. I also like the idea of freezing the bananas in slices – before this I’ve just frozen them whole (peeled of course). They must blend up a lot easier in slices.

    • April,

      Yes, freezing them in slices makes it much easier to get it processed into a smooth, creamy texture. Give it a try, I hope you like it!

  12. I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays recipe party! See you next Friday! Cindy from

  13. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

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  15. You can always do this wit butternut squash too :)

  16. I’ve done this many times, my husband loves it when I add strawberries. I haven’t ever tried avocados or butternut squash but those ideas sound fun. I will have to try them out!

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