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Banana Nice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

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Banana custard sandwich

My kids keep begging me for ice cream, especially my daughter.

I don’t tend to keep ice cream in my house for a variety of reasons, mostly because that isn’t the best choice and it disappears all too fast. And then we have the arguments over who ate more than their fair share.

While I could make homemade ice cream, that takes more time and energy than I have to devote to most desserts right now. And it still goes way too quickly.

Instead, we use our YoNanas machine all the time make what tastes and feels like ice cream but it actually fruit. The kids are thrilled with it, and I’m happy, too.

You need only frozen fruit. That also means I don’t have to worry about fruit going bad in my house when someone doesn’t eat it because no one “prepared it for them.”

I discovered it helps if frozen fruit sits out for 5-10 minutes first for most fruits, bananas being the exception. The denser fruit like mangoes and strawberries definitely work better when they aren’t rock hard.

But… my kids want more than the same fruit nice cream week after week. 

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Why Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches?

When I saw the banana ice cream sandwiches, I knew I had a winner on my hands. This still uses simple ingredients I tend to keep on hand, but it makes it special without adding a ton of extra time.

Ingredients for banana sandwiches

In fact, this is something my teens can easily do themselves. Anytime I don’t have to add work to my plate is a win!

I use my YoNanas machine to make the banana custard, but if you don’t have one, you can still make this. Slice and freeze your bananas, then place them in your food processor or blender until smooth.

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This banana ice cream sandwiches recipe also includes an option to make your own graham crackers, but I simply used store bought crackers I had in my pantry.

The recipe makes 16 banana ice cream sandwiches, which is more than we eat in a sitting. I freeze the extras and wrap them tightly after I freeze them for a treat for another day.

fruit ice cream sandwiches

It’s easy as 1-2-3.

How to Make Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

Find the original recipe on Dole’s recipe site, including the homemade graham crackers.

Peel your bananas and freeze them. It’s always easiest to peel first then freeze – I’ve learned this the hard way over the years.

For this recipe, aim to use bananas that are ripe but not overripe and brown. The overripe bananas are best suited to banana bread and other even sweeter concoctions.

Bananas freeze relatively quickly, so you need to prep this just a couple hours in advance. If you slice them first, they freeze even faster.

Sliced bananas

Either make the graham crackers from the original recipe or break 4 whole graham crackers into their four smaller rectangles.

Wash and dry blueberries and strawberries. Hull strawberries, and slice them.

Hull strawberries

Place frozen bananas in your YoNanas machine (or blender or food processor). Process through the machine and catch in a zip top bag you place in a cup.

Put Yonanas into cup

Seal the zip top bag after removing air. Set eight small graham cracker rectangles flat side up.

Snip a small corner from the zip top bag and pipe onto the eight crackers. Don’t worry about being perfect!

Pipe banana custard

Add blueberries and strawberries to the banana custard, then top with the remaining graham crackers, flat side to the inside of the sandwich.

Top ice cream sandwiches

Freeze five minutes for the banana custard to firm up again. Otherwise, it will squish out as you bite into it – just ask my daughter!

Individually wrap any you don’t use immediately, and place in a tightly sealed container in your freezer. They’ll last up to a month in the freezer, though the crackers may soften slightly.

Have you ever tried banana ice cream sandwiches?

Banana ice cream sandwich

Banana Nice Cream Sandwiches

These dairy free ice cream sandwiches are a perfect quick and easy treat everyone will love. They take just minutes to make and are a better for you choice.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Lactose
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Freeze Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 sandwiches
Calories: 99kcal
Author: Michelle

Ingredients

  • 4 bananas
  • 4 graham crackers
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries or chopped fresh strawberries

Instructions

  • Peel and freeze bananas at least 2 hours in advance.
  • Break graham crackers into individual rectangles.
  • Wash and dry fruit. If using strawberries, hull and slice them.
  • If using a YoNanas machine, process frozen bananas. Alternatively, slice bananas and place in a food processor or blender, and process until smooth.
    4 bananas
  • Place banana custard into a zip top bag and seal. Snip off a corner, then pipe onto eight graham cracker rectangles.
    4 graham crackers
  • Add fruit to custard, then top with remaining graham crackers.
    2 cups fresh blueberries or chopped fresh strawberries
  • Freeze five minutes, then serve.
  • Store any extras individually wrapped then placed in a tightly sealed container.

Notes

  • Use ripe bananas for this, and make sure to peel before you freeze.
  • If crunched for time, slice your bananas before you freeze them and place in a single layer on a baking sheet, and they will freeze faster.
  • For more tips and tricks, be sure to read the full article above.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 35mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g

This site uses an online source to provide nutrition estimates as a courtesy. If you need exact values, please calculate yourself.

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