Old-Fashioned Homemade Banana Ice Cream

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How to make the best homemade banana ice cream, one of my family's favorite ice cream maker recipes. Easy to make and perfect for an ice cream social.

white bowl of soft serve homemade banana ice cream with spoon

Homemade ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made ice cream for any type of get together in the summertime, and church ice cream socials in our little country church were a big event back then.

I remember my dad and my grandpa making ice cream at the same time, competing to see whose ice cream was better.

Grandpa had the old hand crank ice cream maker, and somehow I always got stuck turning that crank. “Goofball, get to work!” Grandpa would say.

While I loved every flavor, including strawberry ice cream, homemade vanilla ice cream, and cookies and cream ice cream, there was something special about my dad’s homemade banana ice cream.

While amounts may differ just a bit, this banana ice cream recipe tastes just like Dad's. My boys give it a thumbs up too; that’s when I really know it’s good.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my tips, important info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the banana ice cream recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE BANANA ICE CREAM

Homemade banana ice cream with condensed milk (and whole milk) is pretty simple. In fact, you probably have most of the ingredients on hand.

We always use a mixer to mix the ingredients together. You can also use a food processor or a blender.

To prep before you start mixing, you'll want to peel and smash the bananas and set them to the side for when you'll need them.

ripe bananas for banana ice cream
  1. The first step is to cream the eggs* and the sugar together. Then add in the vanilla.
  2. Mix in the sweetened condensed milk.
  3. Then mix in the evaporated milk, a good-sized dash of salt, and the smashed bananas.
  4. Pour the mixture into the metal canister of your ice cream freezer. Finish topping it off with whole milk, making sure to fill it about 3/4 of the way full, leaving room for expansion as it freezes.
steps for how to make banana ice cream ingredients, including vanilla extract, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and whole milk

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE EVAPORATED MILK

Making ice cream is one instance when my mom and dad have always used a brand name product, or they used to anyway; it’s been awhile since we’ve made this all together.

Mom (and Grandma) always insisted on Eagle Brand and Milnot. In fact, when I wrote this recipe down, I was told that if you’re using Milnot evaporated milk, only use 2 cans; if you’re using a generic brand, use 3 cans.

Milnot may have a richer flavor than generic brands. We usually just use generic because Milnot can be a little harder to find.

HOW TO FREEZE HOMEMADE ICE CREAM

Freezing the ice cream mixture is fairly easy, especially once you get it going. You will need to stay with it so you can monitor if it needs more ice or rock salt, or needs unplugged when done.

homemade banana ice cream with condensed milk before it freezes in ice cream maker metal canister

While I always advise you to follow manufacturer instructions for your specific ice cream maker, here are a few tips.

  1. Put the lid on, and place the metal canister down into the bucket of your ice cream maker.
  2. Crush a big bag of ice, gradually pouring ice around the canister. Tip: You can add up to a gallon of water if needed, as well. We sometimes do this because our motor will seize up. Adding a bit of water will help it keep turning.
  3. Add 2-3 cups of rock salt as you add the ice, making sure to top it off with rock salt.
  4. Let the motor run until it stops. Once the ice cream is frozen, the motor on your ice cream maker will stop churning. Unplug it immediately. This should signal that the ice cream is completely frozen.
steps for freezing homemade ice cream in ice cream maker

Wipe any excess ice or rock salt off the lid and out from around the top of the canister. Then remove the lid and the churning paddle, and serve immediately.

If you’re not ready to serve it up just yet, you can always remove the motor but leave the lid on, top it off with ice, and place a towel or two over it to kind of insulate it and keep it cold.

removing churning paddle from homemade banana ice cream in ice cream maker

WHERE CAN I FIND ROCK SALT?

While you can find rock salt online and smaller bags or boxes at the grocery store, sometimes you can get a bigger and less expensive bag at a hardware store or feed store.

WHAT ARE SOME GOOD TOPPINGS OR MIX-INS FOR BANANA ICE CREAM?

There are so many things you can mix into your ice cream to make it even more fun, especially with kids.

white bowl of soft serve banana ice cream with spoon

MORE HOMEMADE ICE CREAM RECIPES

SHOP KITCHEN TOOLS FOR THIS RECIPE:

Mixer – A mixer will ensure you mix everything together really well.

Ice Cream Freezer – This is an ice cream maker recipe, so you’ll need a maker/freezer.

Food Storage Containers – We use dishes similar to these to store our ice cream in the freezer, especially when we have a big batch.

Ice Cream Scoop – Can’t have ice cream without a scooper.

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Yield: 20 servings

Old-Fashioned Homemade Banana Ice Cream

Old-Fashioned Homemade Banana Ice Cream

How to make the best homemade banana ice cream, one of my family’s favorite ice cream maker recipes. Easy to make and perfect for an ice cream social.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Instructions

  1. Start by creaming (or mixing) the eggs and the sugar together using a mixer.
  2. Then add in the vanilla extract.
  3. Next, mix in the sweetened condensed milk, scraping all the ooey gooey liquid out of the can with a spatula.
  4. Add both cans of evaporated milk.
  5. Add in the salt.
  6. Peel and smash the bananas, also adding and mixing those in.
  7. Mix everything together well.
  8. Make sure your ice cream freezer, especially the canister, is washed out and ready. 
  9. Pour the mixture into the metal canister of your ice cream maker.
  10. Finish topping off the canister with whole milk, making sure to fill it about 3/4 of the way full, leaving room for expansion as it freezes. Your metal canister should have a fill line.
  11. Put the lid on, and place the metal canister down into the bucket of your ice cream maker.
  12. Crush a big bag of ice, gradually pouring ice around the canister. Tip: You can add up to a gallon of water if needed, as well. We sometimes do this because our motor will seize up. Adding a bit of water will help it keep turning.
  13. Add 2-3 cups of rock salt as you add the ice, making sure to top it off with rock salt.
  14. Let the motor run until it stops. Once the ice cream is frozen, the motor on your ice cream maker will stop churning.
  15. Unplug it immediately. This should signal that the ice cream is completely frozen.
  16. Wipe any excess ice or rock salt off the lid and out from around the top of the canister. Then remove the lid.
  17. Carefully remove the churning paddle.
  18. Serve the ice cream immediately.***

Notes

*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.

**If you're using Milnot, go with 2 cans. If using generic, you can use 3 cans. This will change the nutritional info for this recipe.

***If you’re not ready to serve it up just yet, you can always leave the lid on, remove the motor, top the canister off with ice, and place a towel or two over it to insulate it and keep it cold.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 255 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 83mg Sodium: 233mg Carbohydrates: 35g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 33g Protein: 9g

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