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Make Homemade Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker

It’s almost summer. Keep your cool this season by making homemade ice cream with your family after dinner. There’s nothing better than cooling off with this sweet treat with a healthy twist! Don’t have an ice cream maker? Don’t worry! You can still make ice cream treats at home.

Making Ice Cream at Home with a Blender

You don’t need a fancy ice cream maker to make this decadent dessert recipe. With a little—very little—preparation before dinner, you can be snacking on homemade ice cream this evening.

Step 1: Peel bananas, and slice one banana for each serving of ice cream you’d like to make. If you have a family of five, use five bananas. Keep the slices about 1-inch thick, and spread them out over a cookie sheet. Place the bananas in the freezer.

Step 2: After the bananas have frozen, which takes 30 minutes to an hour, remove the cookie sheet from the freezer. Let the bananas thaw for a few minutes. Then use a spatula to remove them from the cookie sheet. Scoop the frozen banana pieces into a blender or food processor.

Step 3: Add a splash of dairy, soy, or almond milk to the bananas. Blend the bananas and milk until you get a creamy, thick consistency. Use a spatula to periodically scrape down the sides of the machine.

That’s it! Now serve the creamy homemade ice cream or freeze for later. Of course, you can add your favorite toppings to make the treat extra tasty.

Flavorful Ice Cream Add-ins

There are lots of toppings that complement banana ice cream. Try sprinkling one of these extras on top of each bowl of ice cream:

  • shredded coconut
  • chopped peanuts
  • dark chocolate chips
  • sliced strawberries
  • blueberry puree
  • pomegranate seeds

More Frozen Treats to Try

Summer is just getting started! There’s plenty of time to try making more homemade frozen treats. Here’s a few recipe ideas that will have the kids begging for dessert, even though it’s good for them!

Fresh strawberry granita: If you love strawberries and icy desserts, this simple recipe is a must-try.

Low sugar mango sorbet: When mangoes go on sale, stock up to make this refreshing dessert recipe featuring zero-calorie stevia as the natural sweetener.

Homemade peach ice cream: Serve up local peaches with this low-fat dessert recipe that contains only 58 calories per half-cup scoop.

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