No-churn banana ice cream with salted caramel swirl

July 26, 2013

No-churn banana ice cream with salted caramel swirl

Eep, did I really disappear for that long? OOPS sorry about that. No-churn banana ice cream

So just for a bit of catch up, I’ve been bogged down with so much stuff lately so with the precious free time I have now, I’ve been spending it in my ultra cool winter trackies in front of the tv. Because try as I might, my body just wants to shut down and park ass-to-couch. I don’t even remember the last time I switched on the oven and baked a cake. Gawd I miss cake. SOMEBODY PLEASE SEND ME CAKE.

Oh and for one more bit of news, The Captain and I are ahem, getting hitched. Yup, little ol’ me; probably one of the most un-bridal people you’ll ever meet, is planning a wedding hoedown. This is gonna be a hoot folks.

Oooooh boy.

No-churn banana ice cream with salted caramel swirl

But wedding fears aside, this still calls for a bit of a celebration. Hellooo ice cream! Sure I’m currently freezing my rear end off but winter or no winter, when you have a craving for ice cream, you have no choice but to meet it head on. Though this can be quite a tricky situation in my house. You see, many moons ago, I bought a new fridge without realising that the freezer was too freaking small to fit a standard ice cream bowl. Who makes a freezer with such short miniature shelves?! So weep for me people, for I’ve been deprived of some serious churning action for years. Which is why this recipe is a blessing and I have no clue why it took me this long to try it. No pesky ice cream machine required, happy days indeed!

No-churn banana ice cream with salted caramel swirl

The recipe is such a blank canvas so you absolutely can go wild with all sorts of flavours. Check out this lemon curd ice cream from Spicy Ice Cream (where I adapted the recipe from) and also this awesome blueberry version. But it’s all about comfort and happiness right here so true to form, I turned to banana and salted caramel; hands down two of my favourite things ever. Gosh I’m so darn predictable sometimes.

It’s super simple and takes no time to put together at all. Absolutely perfect for this particular noob who failed to check the freezer height before purchasing.

Fyi, next time I buy a fridge, I’m totally bringing my ice cream bowl with me. Just in case.

No-churn banana ice cream with salted caramel swirl

No-churn banana ice cream with salted caramel swirl
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For the salted caramel sauce
  1. 100g caster sugar
  2. 125ml pure cream or light thickened cream (35% fat content)
  3. 15g butter
  4. 1/2 tsp sea salt flakes (adjust to your personal taste)
For the ice cream
  1. 2 super ripe bananas
  2. 250ml pure cream
  3. 195g sweetened condensed milk (half a 395g tin)
  4. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the caramel
  1. In a heavy-based pan over low heat, add the sugar in an even layer then leave to melt into an amber-coloured caramel. Meanwhile, heat up the cream gently in a separate pan and keep warm.
  2. Keep a watchful eye because it doesn’t take long for caramel to burn. You want to cook this until it’s a darkish brown golden colour. Too light and it’ll just be a sickly sweet flavoured caramel. You want to take this a few notches before the burnt stage to have a lovely sweet smokey caramel with the slightest hint of bitterness (which is how I like it).
  3. When it’s ready, take it off the heat and add the warmed cream. It’ll bubble up furiously so be careful. When that settles, stir through the butter.
  4. The caramel may seize and harden but no worries. Just stick it back over the low heat and stir gently until everything has melted into a luscious sauce. Stir through the salt to taste then allow to cool completely.
For the ice cream
  1. In a food processor or by hand, mash up the bananas until smooth (feel free to leave it more chunky if you wish).
  2. Meanwhile whisk the cream until soft peaks then gently fold through the condensed milk and vanilla until mostly combined. Fold through the banana mash.
  3. Scrape half the batter into a loaf tin (or any container you wish). Dollop in the cooled caramel then swirl through the ice cream mixture. Add the remaining ice cream over the top then swirl through more caramel to taste. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.
Notes
  1. Feel free to make a bigger batch of the caramel sauce; perfect for drizzling over, well, anything :)
Adapted from Spicy Ice Cream
Adapted from Spicy Ice Cream
Citrus and Candy http://www.citrusandcandy.com/

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Rachel May 27, 2014 at 06:16

Amazing recipe, just made the second batch plus a lemon meringue & a raspberry ripple version. Never buying ice cream again x x

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Mydoona February 3, 2014 at 11:59

I don’t like measuring stuff so I just mixed together one mashed banana with one tin of sweetened condensed milk and one tablespoon of vanilla with one tub 600ml of thick cream, I hope this works.

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Grace December 17, 2013 at 14:47

When something is as perfect as salted caramel and banana then there’s no shame in being predictable. I love it too :)
I’ve always wanted to make icecream but dont have an icecream maker so this has opened up a world of opportunities for me!
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anna @ annamayeveryday December 12, 2013 at 02:19

Amazing looking ice cream, sounds absolutely delicious! Belated congratulations by the way!

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Cecilia @ Goodies A Volonté December 1, 2013 at 05:51

This ice cream looks incredible! I know your pain, I have an ice cream bowl which does not fit in my fridge…and I keep seeing gorgeous ice cream recipes like yours. Yours is on my list of ice cream to make when I’m getting a new fridge!
Ps: Congratulations!
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Ana Fernandez November 14, 2013 at 09:28

Contrats!! For both your engagement and this delicious ice cream recipe
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Citrus and Candy November 18, 2013 at 23:44

Thank you so much Ana! :D

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Skye November 12, 2013 at 22:34

Snap on the fridge/freezer/ice cream maker debacle. Beyond annoying. But I am now so very over-the-moon with this ridiculously good looking banana ice cream. It’s the dead of winter in London at the moment, but I think that I should still make it this weekend – it’s calling to me…
P.S. So many congratulations on your engagement! Any thought on your wedding cake?
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Citrus and Candy November 18, 2013 at 23:45

Thanks so much Skye! Hehe yes I’m gonna get a really good friend of mine to do the cake – nothing too fancy since I’m more of a simple cake girl. And there’ll definitely be NO FONDANT :P

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Sarah | The Sugar Hit November 5, 2013 at 14:28

Great recipe – and Congratulations! Gettin’ hitched – woohoo!
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Chloe October 5, 2013 at 20:29

This looks absolutely amaaaaaazing! The pictures made me salivate! Must try your recipe :)

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Karl October 5, 2013 at 18:08

I love the pictures you have on this site you must have a dam good camera! So much detail of that ice cream hehe. Looks so nice….caramel and banana ice cream, what could be better!
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Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) September 30, 2013 at 16:49

So I need to hide this from the husband because, although my ice-cream bowl lives permanently in the freezer, I don’t expect to have any time to be making ice-cream this summer. That and the fact that bananas and caramel are his favourite things as well!
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milkteaxx September 25, 2013 at 11:18

welcome back and congrats! the blogging world has missed your presence! i love no churn ice cream and i get to chuck in whatever flavour im craving at that moment! WIN! and on a serious note, bring that ice cream bowl with you next time@

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Rachel September 14, 2013 at 18:27

Congratulations on the engagement! But also congratulations on a frigging delicious no-churn ice cream. Beautiful photos too. I tried (unsuccessfully) to photograph ice cream the other day. Messy! X

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Christine @ Cooking Crusade August 28, 2013 at 14:46

Hey Karen, congrats on the news – all the best with the wedding planning! This banana caramel ice cream looks amazingly good – beautiful combination! I have a tiny freezer as well.. The ice-cream bowl can technically fit in there but never does because it’s always stuffed to the brim with frozen veggies, fruit and loads of soups and sauces. My dream is to one day have an enormous freezer haha. Or maybe even one of those stand alone freezers /drool
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Jessica Rice August 27, 2013 at 11:50

Hi,

I love your blog and your photos are amazing! Congrats on getting engaged! I am getting married in about a month and a few weeks in Ireland (destination wedding) so I can feel your pain about wedding fears. Take a deep breath and drink several beers and the fears will go away.

Cheers!

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Citrus and Candy August 27, 2013 at 20:11

Aw thank you Jessica! And congratulations to you too! Wow your wedding is so soon but man, what a location! (Yeah I’m totally jealous haha). I wish you oodles of love and happiness leading up to your big day :D

PS – your blog name? Love. It.

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Melina (Sugary & Buttery) August 22, 2013 at 03:35

Banana and salted caramel, can it get any better? Absolutley have to try this!

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Cate @ Chez CateyLou August 15, 2013 at 06:44

This looks AMAZING!! I could eat that caramel plain. I love that it is no-churn because I don’t have an ice cream maker! PS – congrats on getting married :)
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Katherine August 13, 2013 at 20:48

Congratulations to your and The Captain. You two are an amazing couple and gives us single gals hope.. Miss you Karen… Banana and Salted Caramel is a fantastic combination especially in ice cream. I am happy to freeze my butt off while eating a massive bowl of it.
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Alison Dulaney August 12, 2013 at 23:54

This looks absolutely divine!

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Vivian - vxdollface August 12, 2013 at 11:48

oh oh oh congratulations to the both of you! how exciting, i’m so happy for you :D

mmmm icecream would be good right now!

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Christina @ The Hungry Australian August 10, 2013 at 01:09

Wow! Sorry I’m so late to the party but CONGRATS, Karen. That’s awesome news – I’m v happy for you.

In other news, would you stop making me hungry in the wee hours of the morning? ;) That ice cream looks insanely good!
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Jina @ Soy & Ginger August 7, 2013 at 11:59

Hi Karen, congrats on your engagement! :) And at the risk of sounding like a fangirl, I love your blog! It’s so adorable, and I can’t wait to try this recipe – excited about it because I don’t have an ice-cream machine and I probably won’t ever buy one either haha
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Citrus and Candy August 7, 2013 at 13:25

Hi Jina! Thank you for your lovely words :)

It’s such a great recipe find isn’t it? It’ll def be my go-too ice cream recipe while I still have this darn fridge lol!

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Sarah August 6, 2013 at 13:05

This looks and sounds amazing – I’m on a no-carb week until this weekend and this looks like the perfect treat to reward myself with.

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Izy August 2, 2013 at 07:32

ahahah recipes in sync! FOOD TWIN! Even though it’s summer time, I have the same thing with ‘motivation to get up = ZERO.’ All I want to do is lie on a cold floor and eat ice cream with no judgement #letmelive.
and OMG SUPER CONGRATS ON THE ENGAGEMENT!!! :) x
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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 00:13

Lol it was hilarious; your post popped up in my feed just when I was writing mine and I was like, heck yessss! And wooh, ice cream party on the floor! (supersize yours please because omg, mint and brownie, HELLO).

And nawww thanks Izy xx

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Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes August 2, 2013 at 03:13

This looks amazing! I just discovered your blog and all of your pictures are gorgeous! I’ve already started bookmarking recipes because they all look fabulous!
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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 00:09

*blush* thank you so much for the sweet comments! And welcome, welcome *passes tea and cake* :D

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Belinda @themoonblushbaker August 1, 2013 at 02:34

I hope you do not stress yourself too much over being newly engaged! Enjoy it, you are so lucky!
Really this is wonderful as it is not a Frozen banana ice cream but ice cream with banana. There is a difference! I am drooling over the swirls in this. So perfect.
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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 00:16

Hehe trying not to Belinda. But whoa napkins, chiffon and lace?! I’m way out of my depth here :P

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Irina @ wandercrush July 30, 2013 at 13:42

This looks criminally good. I can’t believe it’s no-churn! Thanks for this recipe… I’ve always adored your blog but was finally roped into commenting ;)
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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 00:59

Aww yay! And hi there! :D

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Jacq July 29, 2013 at 22:40

Congrats again guys! And your photos are so droolworthy as always. It’s making me crave ice cream even in this cold weather!
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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 01:01

Thanks Jacq! To be honest, I kinda enjoy ice cream a little more in winter than summer. It’s certainly better to shoot photos in hehe x

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thesuzchef July 29, 2013 at 09:17

Congratulations!
I know what you mean re: parking ass to couch. Mine is parked there right now. I like to read blogs but to blog myself… meh.
The icecream looks fabulous, and salted caramel makes everything that little bit more special :-)
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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 01:01

Ah yes but you have a very valid excuse for wanting to pass out on the couch and do nothing ;)

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Laura July 28, 2013 at 03:08

Hi concrates on the wedding.I would like to know gan I leave out the bananas .

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Citrus and Candy July 28, 2013 at 19:05

Thanks! Feel free to replace the bananas with whatever you like.

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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef July 27, 2013 at 14:49

This is the most amazing thing I’ve looked at all day. I definitely want. Congratulations to you both.
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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 01:19

Thanks so much Maureen! x

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Helen (Grab Your Fork) July 26, 2013 at 21:46

Congratulations guys! I can’t think of a better symbolic representation of your happy partnership than this salted caramel ice cream either :)
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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 01:18

Hahaha I never saw it that before but lol, that’s genius :)

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Sneh | Cook Republic July 26, 2013 at 21:18

Congratulations Karen, to you and the C. Such fab news!! Wedding hoedown?? :-)

The banana ice cream looks Amazeballs. I’ll trade you my passionfruit cake for a big-ass lick of this no-churn treat!
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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 01:16

Lol heck yes, hoedown! I definitely can’t picture myself in any other type of wedding right? And yes to passionfruit cake! :D

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ROBYN LITTLE July 26, 2013 at 20:24

Hi Karen, welcome back, missed you SOOO much. Congrats to you and the Captain for the upcoming nuptials, such lovely news. Thanks for the divine recipe, never too cold for ice cream in winter. Can totally relate to the ass-to-couch thing, it’s my favourite pastime. Promise you won’t leave us for so long ever again!!

Kindest regards,
Robyn.

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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 01:15

Thank you so much Robyn for all your lovely comments! It’s the support from readers like you that keeps me going with the blog even when life gets in the way. I’ll certainly keep the long absences in check now. Thanks again :D

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thelittleloaf July 26, 2013 at 18:46

Three things:

1. Welcome back
2. CONGRATULATIONS!
3. Can I come round for supper? Or maybe just dessert?

:-)
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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 01:12

You are welcome any time ;) And thank you so much!

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Kat @ KatCakes July 26, 2013 at 18:42

Wow! This looks sooooooo good! Salted caramel and banana is definitely yummy! I might try it out once the warmer weather hits. Glad to see you’re back to blogging! :)
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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 01:11

Aww but ice cream is awesome in winter lol. But yes, salted caramel and banana is a match made in heaven.

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Chic 'n Cheap Living July 26, 2013 at 16:27

Salted caramel anything please!
I love how the caramel combines with this ice cream to really take it up a notch. I accidentally ate frozen bananas and they are awesome.

Congratulations on the marriage! Wedding planning is ehh but you can always look to fun details (for me it was the food, dress and veil) and just let the other ones flow into place!

xoxo,
Chic ‘n Cheap Living
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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 00:23

Ok I confess, I’ve never eaten a frozen banana! And now that a few people have mentioned, I’m super curious now. And yes yes yes to salted caramel! Haha so far the part of wedding planning that I’m liking the most is picking the cheesy songs for the end of the night :P

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Phuoc'n Delicious July 26, 2013 at 11:10

Yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum…..

Hehehe you blogged!! Despite feeling cold looking at it, I really wouldn’t mind a scoop of this. Cake trade off perhaps? :)
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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 00:18

Hehe any time my sweets, any time :)

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Steph July 26, 2013 at 08:23

Yayyy you posted! And YAY for no churn ice cream with banana and salted caramel. And SUPER YAY for awesome people getting hitched :D xx
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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 00:29

And extra yay from me for awesome friends and their support :)

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Tina @ bitemeshowme July 26, 2013 at 08:03

yeowww! I love weddings! All the best to you and The Captain for the planning and wedding! I’m sure it’s going to be fantastic in all sorts of ways. xo =)

Im all for this no churn ice cream business. You’ve hit the spot with the flavour combo. I may just need to plant my face in a bowl of this ice cream. You rock, Karen!
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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 00:26

Awww thanks Tina xxxx

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) July 26, 2013 at 07:44

I’m in love. Seriously in love!

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Citrus and Candy August 3, 2013 at 00:25

Hehe thank you! :D

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 26, 2013 at 05:48

Oh my goodness! BIG congrats on getting engaged! I’m currently wedding planning too…whoaaaa work! haha Love this ice cream – it’s exactly the right amount of easy I need!

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Citrus and Candy July 26, 2013 at 15:34

Oh wow congratulations to you too Katrina! Wedding planning is all a bit ugh isn’t it?

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