What is the magic ingredient?
What is the magic ingredient? Source: As Easy As Apple Pie

Ice cream is a staple in the world of “guilt food.” It’s already delicious by itself, but we all know it tastes even better at the end of a long, hard, and stressful day.

Sure, you feel that little bit of guilt for indulging, but when that happens, we all collectively think the same thing:

“I deserve it.”

Well, what if I told you the delicious-looking ice cream from the image above is gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free… And uses only two ingredients?

In fact, the ice cream itself uses only one. Yes, I know what you’re thinking:

“Where has this been all my life?!”

Let’s indulge in what might be the best ice cream recipe ever - the one-ingredient ice cream.

What Is the Magical Ingredient?

Here's how to make one-ingredient ice cream!
Here's how to make one-ingredient ice cream! Source: Cooking NYT

I’m sure you’re wondering this magical ingredient is by now, so if you didn’t know, brace yourself:


Yep, that’s it. And it might not look like it works, but it totally does — and taking out the freezing time, it only takes about 5 minutes to get it all done.

How to Make One-Ingredient Ice Cream

How to make healthy ice cream!
How to make healthy ice cream! Source: The Kitchn

Here’s the step-by-step on how to make this delicious and healthy ice cream that yields 2 servings:

You Will Need:

  • 1 large ripe banana (or two smaller ones)
  • a small food processor
  • an air-tight container for freezing


  • Peel the banana completely and chop it into coins — size doesn’t have to be consistent, as long as they’re small pieces.
  • Put the chopped pieces into a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 2 hours, if you’re in a hurry. If not, let it freeze overnight.
  • Blend the frozen pieces in your food processor. At first it will remain very lumpy. Scrape the processor and blend some more — the consistency will start to change.
  • Keep scraping and blending until there are no more lumps or banana chunks — once you achieve the creamy ice cream consistency, you’re golden. Blend just a little more to aerate, and it’s done!
  • Transfer the creamy blend into an air-tight container and freeze until solid.

A Few More Ways to Try It

Add an extra ingredient for different results!
Add an extra ingredient for different results! Source: That Clean Life

Now that the one-ingredient part is done, there are some ways you can add to the recipe and create your own custom ice cream — with only one, two, or three ingredients more!

Remember that first image of the chocolate ice cream?

It’s just the basic one-ingredient ice cream + cocoa powder.

Here are some ideas — choose one or more of these and add during step 4, as soon as the consistency is creamy and smooth:

  • A spoon of peanut butter (or any nut butter)
  • A little bit of honey
  • A small portion of chopped frozen strawberries
  • A tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • A bit of chopped dark chocolate
  • A touch of cinnamon or ginger
  • A generous spoon of Nutella
  • A combination or dried fruits

Any one of these will render a different flavor of ice cream! Feel free to try new ingredients and give it your own personal touch - remember you can also use them for garnish, instead of adding to the blender.

This whole thing gave me a craving.

So if you’ll excuse me, I really need some ice cream right about now.

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