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The Hairy Bikers' instant banana ice cream

The Hairy Bikers / 22 June 2017

A creamy banana ice cream from The Hairy Bikers' new book The Hairy Dieters Go Veggie.

Instant banana ice cream
Instant banana ice cream from The Hairy Dieters Go Veggie

Preparation time

10 minutes

Freezing time

2 hours




  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Grated zest of ½ lime, plus extra to garnish
  • ½ tsp cinnamon, plus extra to garnish (optional)
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp soft light brown sugar or maple syrup
  • 100ml (3½fl oz) yoghurt or half-fat crème fraÎche


1. Peel the bananas and cut them into fairly small chunks.

2. Toss these in the lime juice and spread on a baking tray. Freeze until they’re completely solid all the way through – this will take at least 2 hours, but overnight is best.

3. Put the frozen bananas in a food processor with the lime zest, cinnamon, vanilla extract, sugar or maple syrup and the yoghurt or crème fraÎche. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

4. Serve sprinkled with extra lime zest and cinnamon, if you like.

Recipe extracted from The Hairy Dieters Go Veggie, £14.99, Orion.

Visit our ice cream and sorbet section for more delicious desserts


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