If there is one thing my kids love, it’s ice cream. Never mind that the temperature outside is below freezing, they could eat it everyday.

So when I saw this amazing ice cream trick on the cooking show Five-Ingredient Fix, I knew we had to try it. If you are a banana fan you will love this. You can actually make banana ice cream, using only one ingredient, without an ice cream machine. Yes, you read that right, ice cream from one ingredient! I was so excited to make this; not only would it satisfy my little ice creamivores, it would be healthy as well. The process was so easy and the boys were mesmerized by the magical transformation from frozen bananas to ice cream. I could barely dish it into their bowls fast enough.

The downside was when we tasted the “ice cream” it was reminiscent of baby food. We brainstormed to think of a way to salvage this recipe because it was just so cool. Claire Robinson (host of Five-ingredient Fix) added honey and peanut butter to hers. But my kids still wanted our fake ice cream to taste more real. I had some Greek yogurt on hand so our ice cream morphed into a frozen yogurt. It still didn’t quite fit the bill so we hit the pantry and threw in some more ingredients. Our one ingredient ice cream became four but I think our frozen concoction has serious potential.

Here’s how we did it:


Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt



2 ripe bananas, sliced into 1” pieces

4 medium-large strawberries cut in bite size chunks

1/4-cup Greek yogurt, 2% or whole milk

Sprinkles (optional, but highly recommended)



Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay out the bananas and strawberries in a single layer on the baking sheet. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours.

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Place the frozen bananas in a food processor and pulse a few times until the bananas are broken up into tiny pieces.

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Scrape down the sides of the food processor and add the strawberries and yogurt.

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Continue to pulse the fruit, pausing every few pulses to make sure to scrape down the sides, until the magical moment when it becomes ice cream!

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Scoop into bowls and add sprinkles. Watch your kids dig in!

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And the VERDICT is:

Matthew (age 6): “Next time can you make it with chocolate and sugar?”

Liam (age 4): “The sprinkles make it taste much better!”

Dylan (age 4): “I’m not mad at you but it is still a little too banananey”

Brian (Daddy): “Not bad actually”


Okay, this won’t exactly become an ice cream replacement but it was fun enough that we tried it several more times with other add-ins. A few others that worked well: blueberries, raisins, dollop of whipped cream, and Matthew’s favorite, Nutella.


What do you think your kids would like mixed in their ice cream? 


Elaine Studdert

Elaine Studdert


I am no chef – I am just a girl who loves to cook and loves to eat! I have three of the toughest little critics around who are my official tasters. My mission is to expose them to new flavors and have them eat real food, not from a box, and actually enjoy it too.

My blog is about documenting my culinary experiments with three very rambunctious and opinionated little boys. Each week I test a new dish, a new spice, or a give a twist to an old classic.  I don’t want to change the world but I do want to get my kids to eat some broccoli once in awhile.