Roasted Banana Ice Cream w/Dulce de Leche Swirls

When I made this, we were in that seasonally awkward period where no fruit is really in season or all that appealing. Plus, my wife and I were on something of a banana kick, so it only seemed natural that I make ice cream.

Roasted Banana Ice Cream w/Dulce de Leche Swirls

This was really simple to make a far as ice creams go–no eggs, no custard, etc. Instead, you roast some bananas with a bit of butter and brown sugar to really intensify the sweet and unique flavor. Once pureed, this gives the same texture an body as a more traditional egg-centric ice cream.

The ice cream had a very strong, molassesy banana taste that I fell in love with. I also mixed in chunks of banana and swirls of dulce de leche just to make things more addictive and punchy in flavor, and all I can say is wow, this is an incredibly delicious ice cream. I would double the batch though–the yield is a bit smaller than what I’m used to…and you’ll devour it very quickly. ;-)

This is derived from David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop.

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup dulce de leche

Toss the bananas in brown sugar

Chop 3 of the bananas into coins and toss them in the brown sugar and butter (chopped into small pieces) in a baking dish. Bake in a 400°F oven for 40 minutes, stirring once.

Roasted bananas

Once time is up, the bananas should be fairly browned and juicy. Scrape the contents of this pan (bananas and syrup) into a blender/food processor along with the milk, sugar, vanilla, lemon, and salt and puree til nice and smooth. Cover and chill this in the fridge for a few hours.

Dulce de leche

While you wait, there’s my favorite mix-in: dulce de leche. Making dulce de leche is quite simple (and oh so good), but if you’re feeling lazy, you can always buy it premade. I made mine during this down time. The upside when you make your own is your prone to having leftovers, and so the cycle of eating dulce de leche continues. ;-)

Churn the banana ice cream

Once things are sufficiently cooled down, churn the mixture in your ice cream maker per the instructions that came with yours for about 20 minutes. I sliced (into small bits) the fourth banana, and once time is up, mixed it into the ice cream along with a few globs of dulce de leche. Promptly transfer this to the freezer and let it sit overnight to take on the right texture.

Roasted Banana Ice Cream w/Dulce de Leche Swirls

Finally, the waiting game is over. Get out your ice cream scoop and dig in! Enjoy!

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26 Responses to “Roasted Banana Ice Cream w/Dulce de Leche Swirls”

  1. Meeta Says:

    Mike it’s been a while but I have been trying to keep a track of your posts. This one made me drool so much. Love the flavors banana and dulche de leche. A fantastic combination!

  2. the caked crusader Says:

    Ooh, I like the look of this – just the photo of the bananas all brown and juicy from the oven got me excited!
    I have a recipe for fudge chocolate biscuits that I’ve been itching to serve for dessert – this will be the perfect accompaniement

  3. dawn Says:

    I just started making ice cream and I love the ease of combining flavors. This sounds heavenly! Really good combo.

  4. Parita Says:

    What a lovely combination..m drooling over it……………

  5. ruhama Says:

    Oh man, my hubby just asked last night when was I going to make another batch of ice cream! This is perfect timing.

  6. Jeff Says:

    Absolutely beautiful and awesome flavors! I hope your ice cream maker survives the trip because I would hate to lose my source of ice cream porn.

  7. Ben Says:

    I was looking for an ice cream recipe I wanted to make for my homemade challenge and I just found it! I love everything about this recipe, roasted bananas, dulce de leche. My gawd I am in heaven! :-p

  8. Jennie Says:

    I am going to have to stop coming over here. Geez! I’m getting ice cream ADHD! I was planning on making your blueberry and maple syrup ice cream today. Now I’m eying my bananas. And I’m still thinking about mint chocolate chip. And your cherry with stracciatella was so freaking fantastic I want to make it again soon. And I want to use up the last of my vanilla beans before my new boatload of it gets here. Wait, is that something shiny? Aaaahhhhhh!

  9. Hélène Says:

    Mike I love your ice cream posts. This would probably be a winner in my house.

  10. Brittany (He Cooks She Cooks) Says:

    Looks killer. And I like ice cream recipes that don’t require a custard first.

  11. Claudia Says:

    I’ve got bananas, so hey, it’s time for ice cream. My grandson’s birthday party needs this. But then, I’d have to share. I loved the combination of your ingredients.

  12. Bunny Says:

    Oh my word this looks fantastic! Good one Mike!

  13. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy Says:

    This one looks positively dreamy, Mike! You have perfect timing, too. I was just working on a recipe for Bananas Foster ice cream earlier today.

  14. nithya at hungry desi Says:

    ok, i admittedly despise bananas, but your ice cream posts are going to force me to buy an ice cream maker. looks great!

  15. ingrid Says:

    Oh, yum, this sounds divine! I love ice creams with bananas! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve got a couple of bananas.
    ~ingrid

  16. clumbsycookie Says:

    Oh yummmmmm! Recently I’ve made a banana bread with dulce de leche swirls and this would be perfect to go with it!!!!

  17. Jude Says:

    Dulce de Leche makes everything better, that’s for sure. If I’m lazy, I just might serve the bananas raw with a bit of dulce.

  18. Kevin Says:

    Ice cream with roasted bananas and dulce de leche sounds so good!

  19. Jennifer Says:

    Yum Yum Yum!!! Ben and Jerrys could never top this!!

  20. anna Says:

    That looks really good! Like, really REALLY good.

  21. ingrid Says:

    I made this sorta….instead of your ice cream base I made a buttermilk one and added in the roasted bananas and dulce de leche swirls. Thanks for sharing!
    ~ingrid

  22. Jennifer Says:

    WOW!!! That looks so creamy and rich!!!!

  23. Mansi Says:

    Hey Mike! hope you all, including the new addition to the family, are all doing good! its been a long time since I came over..sorry, have been busy myself!

    this ice cream looks awesome, and perfect creamy texture too! will surely try it soon:)

  24. Lynn Says:

    I made that ice cream and loved how the kitchen smelled while the bananas and brown sugar were roasting. That you added dulce de leche makes this one an over the top winner!

  25. Sharon Says:

    I was looking for a strawberry cupcake recipe and stumbled upon yours….which I will be making tonight(have a ton of strawberries and dont want them to spoil before i go out of town for a mountain climbing trip, not to menton I now have an excuse to load up on the carbs!!) -anyway, ALL your recipe’s sounds absolutely gorgeous and i cant wait to try some!!! Especially this icecream!

  26. Melissa Says:

    I just made some roasted banana ice cream today and can’t believe I didn’t see this before I decided to make it! I can only imagine how yummy this is with it. I guess I’ll be making more ice cream tomorrow…the batch I made today wasn’t THAT big. :)

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