I’ve read over the last month or two about a concept of 1-ingredient ice cream. I first saw it on the beauteous blog The Kitchn and I thought to myself, “Impossible!” I’ve been trying to make good, creamy vegan ice cream for awhile now. Surely I needed more ingredients, not less!
I’m also from Missouri and, much to my husband’s chagrin, I cannot be told anything. I have to see it for myself. It’s one of the reasons we’re known as the “show-me state.” So I set out on a quest to try 1-ingredient vegan ice cream for myself.
First, I need to ask you all an important question. Have you ever pondered the pronunciation of the word one? Where in the world do we get a wuh sound from an o? It has baffled me for quite some time. A trip to Dictionary.com gave me the answer I was seeking. It appears to be a natural progression that stressed vowels become dipthongs (where two vowels are pronounced with a single syllable). We have to go back to the late Middle Ages in England to see the diphthongization of one . The pronunciation went from “(ōn) to (ōōōn), with two syllables, to (wōn) to (wōōn) to (wŏŏn) and finally to (wŭn).” I don’t know about you, but I’m going to sleep much better tonight with that mystery solved.
But now on to our second mystery in this post. What’s the secret ingredient to this delicious wŭn-ingredient recipe? If you haven’t already guessed it, bananas are the miracle ingredient here. Lucky for me, a recent trip to Costco resulted in a nice little bunch of ripe ones with which to work.
Slice the bananas and freeze ’em. I put mine in a freezer bag. You don’t even need an ice cream freezer for this recipe. No cooking either. How much easier could this be?
This is Coco waiting skeptically. I’m sure he doesn’t believe I can make one-ingredient ice-cream. And he’s willing to wait patiently outside the kitchen door by his arch-enemy (the vacuum sweeper) to see what I come up with…and if I leave any crumbs on the floor he can dutifully clean up!
Once they’re frozen, put them in a food processor or blender and blend away. After a minute or two, the frozen banana chunks magically transform into very creamy, albeit rich, vegan ice cream!
Do you want to see it? You know you do!
And if you’re like me and can’t follow a recipe to save yourself, here’s changing this one-ingredient ice cream to two.
I have a life philosophy that adding chocolate can make just about anything better. Your options for adding ingredients are endless here. Peanut butter, graham crackers, berries, you name it! The flavor is definitely intense and so is the enjoyment!
One Ingredient Ice Cream
Sliced bananas (quantity depends on how much you want to make…or how many bananas you have on-hand)
Freeze sliced bananas. Place frozen bananas in a food processor or blender and blend for 1 to 2 minutes, until creamy. Voila!