Old-Fashioned Homemade Banana Ice Cream

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Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.

Homemade banana 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 strawberryvanilla, and cookies and cream ice cream, there was something special about my dad’s homemade banana ice cream. While my recipe may differ just a bit from Dad’s, it’s pretty similar if not the same. Amounts can sometimes differ; but I’d written this recipe down awhile ago after talking with my mom, and it tastes just like Dad’s homemade ice cream. My boys give it a thumbs up too; that’s when I really know it’s good.

How to Make Homemade Banana Ice Cream

Homemade banana ice cream is a pretty simple mixture. Most of the ingredients you probably already have on hand.

  • The first step is to cream the eggs* and the sugar together.
Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.
  • Next add in the vanilla.
Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.
  • Then mix in your sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk.
Homemade ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.

Now here’s 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 at their place.

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. So, that’s what we did.

Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.
  • Next you’ll add in a good-sized dash of salt.
Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.
  • Peel and smash the bananas, also adding and mixing those in.
Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.

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.

Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.
Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.

Freeze Your Homemade Ice Cream

Put the lid on, and place the canister down into the bucket of your ice cream maker.

Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.

Crush a big bag of ice (we used a 16 pound bag), gradually pouring ice around the canister. You can add a gallon of water if needed, as well.

Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.

Add 2-3 cups of rock salt as you add the ice, making sure to top it off with rock salt.

Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.

Let the motor run until it stops. Once the ice cream is frozen, the motor on your ice cream maker will stop churning. You want to unplug it immediately. This should signal that the ice cream is completely frozen.

Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an 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.

Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.

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

Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.

Below you’ll find a printable recipe. I hope you enjoy!

Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.

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Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.
Homemade ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.
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Old-Fashioned Homemade Banana Ice Cream

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 quarts
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2-3 cans evaporated milk 2 cans if Milnot, 3 cans if other brand
  • Dash of salt
  • 4 bananas
  • Whole milk
  • Large bag of ice we used a 16 pound bag
  • 2-3 cups Rock salt

Instructions

  1. Cream the eggs and the sugar together.
  2. Add in the vanilla.
  3. Mix in the sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk.
  4. Then add in a good-sized dash of salt.
  5. Peel and smash the bananas, also adding and mixing those in.
  6. Pour the mixture into the metal canister of your ice cream maker. 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.
  7. Put the lid on, and place the canister down into the bucket of your ice cream maker.
  8. Crush a big bag of ice, gradually pouring ice around the canister. You can add a gallon of water if needed, as well.
  9. Add 2-3 cups of rock salt as you add the ice, making sure to top it off with rock salt.
  10. Let the motor run until it stops.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 leave the lid on (removing the motor), top it off with ice, and place a towel or two over it to kind of insulate it and keep it cold.
  13. Enjoy!

*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.

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Homemade banana ice cream was always a special treat growing up in my family. We made it 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. While I loved every flavor, there's something special about my dad's homemade banana ice cream recipe. How to make old-fashioned homemade banana ice cream using an ice cream maker.

24 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Homemade Banana Ice Cream”


  1. Not kidding…this is one of the best things that ever came out of my kitchen!!!! I’m a Texan living in Singapore and crave some of the ice cream treats like the banana milkshakes at Sonic and Chick-Fila. Searched out banana ice cream and found yours. Modified this for my ice cream attachment for my Breville stand mixer. Love this recipe!!! Anyone pinning it, needs to just get ON it and make it. My family cannot get enough!!! Thank you, Mel!!!

    • Jeanne, you just made my day! I’m so happy you enjoyed the ice cream. It’s my family’s absolute favorite ice cream recipe/flavor, and it’s so nice to know that someone else is enjoying it too! Thank you!


  2. One day my hubby was craving banana ice cream and we were unable to find anything to satisfy him. I happened to find your site, and your recipe and decided to make it. Oh. My. Your ice cream got devoured by the whole family and there was a demand for more! This recipe is absolutely delicious and wanted to thank you for sharing ☺️

    • Thank you so much, Jamie! I’m so glad you all enjoyed it. It is a HUGE family favorite in my whole family too. My dad used to experiment with flavors, and this was one flavor that stuck… He’s made it for years, and I couldn’t resist sharing because it’s just so good!

    • Hi Eileen, they’re the standard size you’d get in the store, I believe the evaporated milk was 12 ounce cans and the condensed milk 14 ounce cans. I’ll get that added to my recipe; thank you for pointing that out.

  3. My concern is using raw eggs. Can this be deleted out of the recipe without disturbing the taste or consistency?

    • Sheila, I’m really not sure how it would affect it… I would say it would affect both the flavor and the texture. But it’s certainly worth a try. I’m wondering if there’s something you could even substitute in their place. We are lucky that we have our own chickens and can use our chicken eggs, which we feel a lot safer doing.

    • Hey Kim, we usually just fill the canister up the rest of the way to the fill line. I’d say it’s maybe 1/3 of a gallon or so? I will measure it out this next week when we make another batch and will let you know for sure.


  4. Would like to say this is by far the best recipe I have ever found for banana homemade ice cream I tried it this weekend couldn’t wait till July 4th you know Summers here and then Texas it gets very hot so it felt very good to have a delicious Bowl of homemade banana ice cream boy Brahms would give anything to have this recipe LOL thanks for sharing I will definitely use it from now on


  5. This took me back to my childhood days of family gathering around on Sundays at my great grandmother’s house. All the guys would take turns hand cranking the ice cream machine. Kids running everywhere and family enjoying each other. Creamy, full of flavor & just perfect for a hot summer day. Thank you for sharing your recipe for others to enjoy & reminisce.

    • Ginger, thank you! This was my hope in posting this recipe, that it would both create new memories and bring back all those wonderful memories from days gone by. I’m so glad you enjoyed!

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