Roasted Banana Ice Cream

July 9, 2011

I had some over-the-hill bananas on the counter, and instead of making banana bread, I opened my copy of The Perfect Scoop to the B section of the index. I knew David Lebovitz would help me make something tasty with those bananas.

David did not let me down. This ice cream is bananarific! Bananamazing! To roast the bananas, you put them in the oven with brown sugar and just a little bit of butter and stir them once during baking. So easy to do, and the bananas become incredibly tasty after their stint in the oven.

I also made Lean Chocolate Sauce from The Perfect Scoop. It’s sweet and full of chocolate flavor and went perfectly with the ice cream. There are more decadent hot fudge recipes in the book if you’d like to go that route.

I have more bananas ripening right now and I can barely wait a day or two for them to be ready for roasting.

Recipe notes

  • I made this with 2% milk (the recipe calls for whole milk), and it was creamy and easy to scoop right out of the freezer. I think all the bananas help it have that nice consistency. I loved that this is not a high-fat dessert.
  • I made half the amount of the chocolate sauce, which was way more than I needed for one batch of ice cream.

I found the ice cream recipe for you here and here (double-batch quantity), and the chocolate sauce recipe here (different name, but the recipe is the same). However, I encourage you to buy the book, or check to see if your library has it (mine does, and I borrowed it several times before I got my own copy).


  1. Without the drizzle bit, this sounds like a very doable recipe for us all here (okay, the guys will probably drizzle if it is available). I love Bananas Foster and this sounds a little like the flavors in that. Going in search of my Perfect Scoop book now. Thanks!

    • Kayte, my husband kept calling it Bananas Foster ice cream. I was thinking of adding some rum next time to make it even more like B Foster.

  2. Wow I would love to try this myself, but I don’t have an ice cream maker! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Will bookmark it in case I ever get one. 🙂

  3. This looks terrific! What a great use for overripe bananas other than banana bread.

  4. Yum! I love that–over-the-hill bananas. 😉

  5. I made this one a few years ago too! I think I remember it might have been a bit too banana-y for me but I did love stealing bites of the roasted bananas warm from the oven. They were fantastic!

    • Tracey, it is really banana-y! The roasted bananas would be great over vanilla ice cream!

  6. This looks delicious. I like branching out from banana bread too, and this sound like a wonderful treat. Have to check out that chocolate sauce, too!

  7. Your ice cream looks so good! I love the pale yellow color. I bought some bananas so that I can make this in the next few days. Yum!

  8. The icecream looks great Jill, but I really want to steal the sauce!!!

  9. omg that ice cream sound (and looks) incredible!!! David Leibovitz is a genius!!

  10. Yum! I love bananas cooked into anything, and that looks amazing with the chocolate sauce. I made a roasted banana ice cream years ago from Food and Wine, but I haven’t been able to find the recipe again. I keep getting Perfect Scoop from the library, but hadn’t noticed this. I think I need to buy that cook too!

  11. What a fantastic cookbook! Roasting the bananas must have given them such a nice flavor!

  12. I’ve never noticed this recipe in the perfect scoop- thanks for drawing my attention to it. Looks wonderful! I just made the hot fudge using marshmallows for the book and it is really good.

  13. I would never have even thought about roasting bananas and putting them in ice cream. This sounds absolutely AMAZING!!!!! And that chocolate sauce sounds (and looks) divine! Love the backdrop of that fuschia cloth behind the ice cream! Lovely!

  14. Roasted bananaas!! YUM!! Have to try this one!!

  15. You are en fuego with the ice cream! I love the idea of using roasted bananas in ice cream – sounds so rich and indulgent.

  16. What a fabulous use for spotty bananas! I never would have thought of ice cream but your description of the roasting made my tummy growl.

  17. i have this bookmarked!! it sounds sooooo good!!

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