Banana-Nut Ice Cream

Cuisinart original

Cooking the bananas first not only intensifies the flavor,but it creates a sweet syrup that is quickly mixed into the ice cream base


Makes about 6 cups (twelve ½-cup servings)


3     very ripe bananas
¼    cup packed light brown sugar
       pinch salt
1     cup whole milk
½    cup granulated sugar
2     cups heavy cream
1½  teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½    cup finely chopped walnuts

Nutritional information

Nutritional information per serving (based on ½ cup):
Calories 237 (61% from fat) • carb. 20g • pro. 2g • fat 16g sat. fat 10g • chol. 55mg • sod. 26mg • calc. 21mg • fiber 1g


1. In a medium to large skillet over medium heat, add the
bananas, brown sugar, and salt. Cook until they soften
and caramelize (keep a watchful eye over the pan to
be sure that the sugar does not burn). Remove from
heat and allow to sit for no more than one minute.
2. In a medium to large mixing bowl, whisk the milk and
sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Add a little of the
milk mixture to the warm banana/sugar mixture and
stir well to combine. Add the rest of the banana mixture to the bowl of the milk/sugar, being sure to scrape
in all the sugar syrup and whisk well (if you have a
hand blender, this mixture could be puréed for a richer
flavor and smoother consistency). Whisk in the heavy
cream and vanilla extract. Chill overnight.
3. Assemble the Mix It In™ Soft Serve Ice Cream
Maker with the paddle secured and dispenser handle
in its upright position. Put the finely chopped walnuts
into one of the topping containers for dispensing.
Turn on and pour in the chilled base. Churn until the
desired serving consistency is achieved, about
25 to 30 minutes.
4. Serve in cups or cones, adding finely chopped walnuts
while dispensing ice cream.