Banana Pudding Ice Cream Recipe

Banana Pudding Ice Cream Recipe

If you love traditional banana pudding made with layers of fresh bananas, Nilla wafer cookies, and fluffy whipped cream, you will swoon for this banana pudding ice cream. The same flavor combinations are churned into a homemade ice cream that can be scooped and enjoyed any time of year. The vanilla wafer cookies are crumbled and incorporated into every bite. The ice cream base is made with milk and cream, but feel free to add a dollop of whipped cream to your bowl of ice cream to further mimic a traditional banana pudding experience.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 3/4 cups bananas

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 cup vanilla wafer cookies

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Banana Pudding Ice Cream

    Kristina Vanni

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the milk, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until dissolved.

    Banana Pudding Ice Cream

    Kristina Vanni

  3. Stir in the mashed ripe bananas and the ground cinnamon.

    Banana Pudding Ice Cream

    Kristina Vanni

  4. Add the heavy cream and vanilla extract.

    Banana Pudding Ice Cream

    Kristina Vanni

  5. Churn according to manufacturer’s directions, about 20 to 25 minutes.

    Banana Pudding Ice Cream

    Kristina Vanni

  6. During the last 5 minutes of churning, add the crumbled vanilla wafer cookies.

    Banana Pudding Ice Cream

    Kristina Vanni

  7. Transfer to an airtight freezer-safe container. Freeze for at least 2 hours before scooping and serving.

    Banana Pudding Ice Cream

    Kristina Vanni

Recipe Variations

This ice cream features the flavors of a classic banana pudding. For a fun twist make peanut butter banana pudding ice cream by substituting 1/4 cup of the brown sugar with 1/4 cup of peanut butter powder. Make chocolate peanut butter banana pudding ice cream by substituting 1/4 cup of the brown sugar with 1/4 cup of cocoa powder.

Although vanilla wafer cookies are most commonly used in banana pudding, other cookies also taste great as mix-ins for this homemade ice cream. Try crumbled Oreo cookies, nutter butter cookies, or chocolate wafer cookies for other flavor and texture variations

If you want to make ice cream but don’t have an ice cream maker, take a look at this recipe for no-churn ice cream. Mashed ripe bananas and crumbled wafer cookies can be added to this version for a similar flavor experience without an ice cream maker.

Recipe Tips

For optimal banana flavor, it is important to use very ripe bananas when making this banana pudding ice cream. Here ripe bananas are mashed and incorporated into the ice cream base. This is different from traditional banana pudding where fresh bananas are sliced and used in the dessert. This recipe is a great place to use overripe bananas, similar to the ones you might normally reserve for making banana bread.

Storage

Banana pudding ice cream should be stored in a freezer safe airtight container. It will keep in the freezer for up to three months. However, it is so delicious, a batch usually won't last that long!

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