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banana soft serve recipe

Banana Soft Serve Recipe

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Only frozen bananas are needed to create this faux ice cream, which is creamy, soft, and so delicious. The add-ins and toppings for this nutritious dessert are unlimited.

Total time:  03 M 
Servings:  2
Calories:  100


  • 2 bananas quartered and frozen

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: ½ cup
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Protein: 1g


  1. Peel and quarter bananas; freeze until solid.
  2. Add frozen banana pieces to Twister jar and place Twister lid on jar. Hold Twister lid and with other hand, select a medium to medium-high speed (speed 7) and blend until smooth. Turn Twister lid counter-clockwise during blending.
  3. Try substituting some of the frozen banana with another frozen fruit, such as strawberries, pineapple, or mango.


Mix-ins to add in before blending is complete:

Spices: ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice

Extracts: vanilla, almond, or peppermint

Nut butters: almond, peanut, or hazelnut

Chocolate: chips, cocoa powder, cacao powder, cacao nibs, or your favorite chocolate sauce/syrup

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  • This is absolutely phenomenal with a bit of peanut butter or nutella! You can also add either strawberries or raspberries if you want a fruitier version

    bananawhip on

  • Quite possibly the easiest and yummiest thing to do with bananas that may go old if not eaten immediately. Kids thought I did something extra difficult to get it so yummy, and my bananas weren’t wasted. Added a couple strawberries as suggested and it was delicious!

    Angela on

  • it does not work for me …Help

    evelyn on

  • ummm yumi!!!! Thanks for the recipe

    Julia Corina Frei on

  • Can I make this with my wildside jar?. I can’t afford to purchase all the jars.

    pam on

  • This recipe is very specific to the Twister jar, you can definitely give it a try in your other jar but it will probably not be as smooth.

    Blendtec on

  • Hi Linda. Where was the demonstration? Each demonstrator has the opportunity to be creative in making their own recipes. Perhaps he or she used a personal recipe or made this recipe: http://www.blendtec.com/rec…

    Blendtec on

  • Where’s the avacado ice cream recipe that we saw demonstrated on this machine?

    Linda on

  • I tried this exact recipe and my TB-621-20 Total Blender started smoking. Do I need a higher performance model? Or did I get a defect with my specific model?

    Eric on

  • I tried this recipe and the blender motor started smoking!!! I bought it less than 30 days ago from Amazon. This is very disappointing a $450 blender (i got the total tb621-20) can’t handle frozen fruit. If I had known this would happen I would have bought a higher end model but there are no warnings in any of the instructions about how to avoid overloading/overheating the blender.

    Eric on

  • My daughter saw this recipe on youtube and I just happened to have a bag of frozen bananas in the freezer so we gave it a try in my Wildside jar. Had to scape it down a bit but it worked great for us and YUM!!!

    KarenL on

  • Your blender is the one i have. There is nothing wrong with your model. HOWEVER, I just got the twister jar that is made specifically for these types of recipes and it makes all the difference in the world. Look at the demonstrations on the Blendtec site or Youtube and you will see why.

    Robert on

  • unless my blendtec is a lemon, this will NOT work with hard-frozen bananas. i have to let them soften before it will even think about creaming them, and even then i usually have to add some sort of liquid. it’s terrific, but VERY soft.

    ridetbred on

  • Hi. I just bought the blendtec and i too saw the ice cream recipe. Use the Popeye’s Ice Cream and add your own variation. this is what the demonstrator informed me to do. Hope this helped!

    new2blending on

  • The Twister Jar is worth it, got mine for $99 on Amazon. I make peanut butter and almond butter in 40 seconds with the Twister Jar.

    Greg on

  • This recipe caused my Blendtec to OVER-HEAT!!!!!!!

    I’ve tried it again after THAWING the bananas for 10 minutes & it works; but needs a thickening agent of some kind (to make it more like ice-cream texture).

    Ruth on

  • I hate to sound stupid, but I own a blendtec blender, what is a twister jar?

    Jamie on

  • The Twister jar is one of our newest jars, and is great for thicker blended items. http://www.blendtec.com/jar…

    Blendtec on

  • Always on the lookout for yummy dairy free desserts, and other creamy subs to milk products (allergic). This recipe is a winner! Thanks!

    KarenL on

  • http://www.blendtec.com/jar…

    Blendtec on

  • Where can I find a picture of a Twister Jar?

    Thea on

  • I make this in my Wild Side Jar all the time. (usually use two bananas) I use a little bit of milk (we usually do a little less than 1/4 cup; but you have to adjust for the size of the banana) per banana. Also, I chop the banana into 1" chunks; I think the quartered is way too big. And some strawberry puree on top is amazing! Get a bag of frozen organic strawberries and nuke it (obvi take out of bag and put into microwave safe bowl) and it makes a great topping. Depending on your palate you may want to add sugar to the strawberries, but no need for liquid. My wife likes to chop strawberries and stick them in all fancy style. Go crazy with it. Also, you may have to open the lid and spatula it around once or twice…. thats the price we have to pay for not shelling out the extra $100 for a twister… and Im fine with that! And dont use the automated settings… For frozen stuff keep between 1 and 3 for best results. Think of the slushy machine… slow and even.

    JeffLovesFood on

  • Can you do this recipe in the wild side jar because I tried it and it left lumps

    Marilee on

  • why when my blendtec dies, i’m buying a vitamix. i’ve been SUPER pro-blendtec all along. the more i watch side-by-side comparisons (which my friend and are doing for our own edification), i’m going vitamix next time.

    Dominique Storni on

  • thats not true at all. I do this in my wild side all the time and it comes out perfect. You just have to use a spatula once or twice.

    JeffLovesFood! on

  • It doesn’t work with mine either. I blend my bananas and then then they go in the freezer. It’s still good, but I have to do it the other way around. I add honey, coconut, PButter, yogurt, bananas, vanilla, and 1/4 cup of water (adding the liquid first) and come up with a substitute for ice cream. Not as creamy, but satisfies the ice cream craving :)

    Molly on

  • You may want to rethink this decision. I’ve had a Vitamix for more than 25 years…and I just bought the Blendtec today. I got tired of the Vitamix taking so long to grind my quinoa into flour….not blending the ice enough, having to use the "pusher", having the Vitamix shoot stuff in the air if i didn’t have the cover on it. I had to buy 2 new jars a few months ago, because both of mine cracked. Vitamix has changed the design and I really dislike the new covers! it takes so much longer to make ice cream in the Vitamix…..longer to do most anything. Did I mention that it took 5 minutes or more to grind my quinoa into a flour?

    MzBeeHavin on

  • The Spinach Ice Cream demonstration is the one that really peaked my interest enough to buy my first one. Love this machine. Gifted my first one to my daughter in-law (with over 700 uses) Bought my daughter and myself a new one for Christmas! By the way the original one is still going strong with over 1000 uses to date!

    Cheryl on

  • That’s too funny…since vitamix lost a major lawsuit for patent infringement to blendtec….

    gr8bond007 on

  • Hi Ruth,
    I’m assuming you’re using the Twister jar? You may want to try smaller pieces of frozen banana.

    Blendtec on

  • Yes I agree!! I got a Blendtec after my Vitamix got a crack in the jar and Bed Bath and Beyond doesn’t carry Vitamix in store anymore but man do I miss the plunger and it made ice-cream way way better. If Blendtec had a plunger then I might like it better but I feel like Vitamix is a stronger motor.

    CRHunt on

  • I made this tonight; my husband and I both liked it. I made mine with caramel and chocolate chip; the hubby had his with cherries.

    BeeRanDee on

  • Seems a lot of these recipes instruct me to select "Speed Up" to a certain speed. I have the 570 model and I have no such button, all I have is low, medium, and high. How do I determine what speed is what?

    Alex on

  • Maybe you can use a wooden spoon? Just be sure and turn it off first!

    Blendtec novice on

  • you may need to ad something like milk or almond milk to help it thats what i did at least

    blender man on

  • What option would I need to have for this if I was using the classic blendtec 570

    ash on

  • I made this in my wildside jar and it was amazing!

    Alonzo on

  • i wanted a quick ice cream recipe that i could do almost instantly, but i realized that it takes hours and hours for a banana to be frozen solid. So i was wondering if i could just use regular room temperature bananas but add ice cubes with it. would that have the same result as using a frozen fruit?

    Amanda on

  • You can use either Med or Hi.

    Blendtec on

  • My chocolate malt recipe is really good. It’s enough for two. I use 4 oz of water, a teaspoon of Cacao Powder, 2 bananas (not frozen), heaping teaspoon of cinnamon, a tablespoon or so of Agave and 3 cups of ice that I purchase at the grocery store. I pulse it several times and then use the ice crush/milkshake button. You usually have to stop it because it pauses. My Blendtec is 7 years old now and still going strong after 4844 cycles. I’m sticking with Blendtec.

    Geri on

  • Unfortunately, the bananas need to be frozen for this recipe to work. Happy blending!

    Blendtec on

  • I "sold" my 1000 plus blendtec to my niece for 40 dollars, she loves it. (garage sale price, 10 percent)

    Kathy Gore on

  • I am opposite my vitamix overheated numerous times, blendtec never had…since 2008. Not sure this is a legitimate comment….

    Kathy Gore on

  • I vote for blendtec, too. 8-)

    Kathy Gore on

  • Yikes! Please give our customer service team a call at 1-800-748-5400 so we can get you a new jar!

    Blendtec on

  • Probably best not to use a different jar I did and now regret it

    Brandon Grove on

  • I have a Blendtec but find a food processor works best for frozen fruit ice creams, especially if you don’t have the twister jar; which I do not. I’ve made cherry chocolate ice cream with …

    1/2 cup vanilla soy, hemp or almond milk
    1 tablespoon natural non-alkalized cocoa powder
    6 dates, pitted or one banana
    1 1/2 cups frozen dark sweet cherries

    Process until creamy smooth, works great with other frozen fruit

    Veronique Cagle on

  • Eeeeek! I just tried this recipe and it burned a hole in my Blendtec and bananas flew all over the place! ☹️. Apparently you MUST let the bananas thaw some before making the ice cream!

    Holly on

  • That is exactly what happened to my Wildside jar today. Had two frozen bananas and a little coconut milk inside. Blew out the side.

    celajones@gmail.com on

  • Hi! :)
    Vitamix don’t have a stronger motor. Both are the best, the difference is jar design. Anyways, I make this recipe on my food processor ;) very nice. (I’m still learning english).

    Ely on

  • Blendtec customer service is great! Will receive another jar. Thank you!!

    celajones@gmail.com on

  • This is my go to evening snack. I use 3 bananas gives me more than enough. The other thing I like is no sugar needed. Just bananas and the blender. I do add choclate ice cream topping occasionally. Taste pretty good. I’m going to try strawberry topping when my new jar comes. Did I mention my last batch black smoke came up threw the jar and oil out of the bottom. I looked on You Tube to find out it’s frequent with the wild side jars. I paid over $500 for it when they first came out. Sure would have been nice if Blendtec sent me a recall request. Anyway it’s somewhere between here and there.

    Dave Keough on

  • I bought the twister jar last year when it went on sale…I have used it for so many things but totally forgot to try banana softserve….oh em gee!!!!!!!!!! this is sooooo yummy! I added a spoonful of pbfit powdered peanut butter and another spoonful of chocolate chips and a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk….perfection! I think I found my new fav dairy free treat!
    I love dairy but I have avoided milk for this past 8 months because my nursing baby would get so gassy when I would drink it…I miss ice cream but this is a great substitute!

    Angelina Davis on

  • Tried making it in the standard blender jar. It needed a bit of assistance. Added a dash of vanilla and cinnamon. That worked nicely.

    Jamie Lawson on

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