Smooth and creamy homemade ice cream with real bananas and blueberries for a delicious banana blueberry swirled ice cream dessert.
I often purchase two bunches of bananas at the store just so I can make some of my favorite desserts; there’s banana bread, banana coconut cream pie, banana cake with cream cheese frosting, and of course this amazingly creamy banana blueberry swirled ice cream. The only challenge I have with this is stopping my husband from eating all the bananas. I tell him not to eat the overripe ones, but he says they are the sweetest and that is true.
I highly recommend you use overripe bananas when it comes to making any recipes with bananas. A ripen banana to the point of overripe, which might seem too mushy, is so sweet and flavorful and perfect for banana desserts.
This banana blueberry swirled ice cream has a cooked custard base using eggs. That might make a few of you nervous, it did me the first time, but trust the recipe and trust yourself. It takes a couple of extra steps but in the long run, you will have a very creamy ice cream with lots of flavor to enjoy.
INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE BANANA BLUEBERRY SWIRLED ICE CREAM
almond milk or whole milk
HOW TO MAKE A CUSTARD BASE COOKED ICE CREAM
In a saucepan, warm the milk, cream, and vanilla – bring to a simmer but not a boil, stirring regularly. Separate the egg yolks from the whites, saving the whites for another recipe. (If you don’t have a recipe planned yet, you can freeze the whites but be sure to use them right after thawing in the fridge.)
Beat the egg yolks for a couple of minutes, then whisk in the sugar. Once the milks are warm, take 1/4 cup at a time and stir into the egg yolks. Continue to stir the egg yolks as you add an additional 1/4 cup of the warm milk. Continue this process until 1/2 of the the warm milk has been added to the egg yolks, this will temper the egg yolks and prevent curdling.
Add your additional ingredients, such as the mashed bananas, into the egg and milk mixture. Now you can stir this mixture into the other 1/2 of the warm milk in the saucepan. Cook and stir on a low medium until the custard reaches a temperature of 170 degrees. This can take 10 to 15 minutes. Using an instant read thermometer is helpful, checking every 5 minutes, and more often as the temperature rises above 160 degrees.
Remove from the custard base from the heat and pour into another bowl that you can cool and store the custard in. Let the custard cool on the countertop and no more steaming, then refrigerate for a miniumun of one hour but up to overnight.
HOW TO MAKE A BLUEBERRY SPREAD
Place washed blueberries and sugar into a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and spread the pureed blueberries over the parchment paper with a rubber spatula. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until ready to swirl into the banana ice cream.
TIPS FOR MAKING A CREAMY SMOOTH ICE CREAM
Start with cold ingredients. The custard base or milk base should come from the fridge to the ice cream maker.
Freeze the container you will be storing the ice cream in.
Cover ice cream with plastic wrap after putting in the storage container, to prevent ice crystals from forming.
Place in freezer as soon as possible after mixing and preparing ice cream.
Store ice cream toward the back of your freezer.
Banana Bluebery Swirled Ice Cream
Banana Blueberry Swirled Ice Cream
- 2 cups milk (almond or whole)
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 1/2 TBS vanilla extract
- 5 large egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 ripe bananas (mashed)
- blueberry spread*
- 1 cup blueberries (washed and dried)
- 1/2 cup sugar
Banana Blueberry Swirled Ice Cream
- Freeze the insulated bowl
- Peel bananas and mash until smooth
- Separate egg yolk from egg whites, place egg yolks in a large bowl
- Beat egg yolks for a couple of minutes, stir in 1 cup sugar until smooth
- Pour cream, milk, and vanilla into a saucepan, warm to a simmer but not a boil, stirring regularly
- Take 1/4 cup of the warm milk and stir into eggs, stirring constantly - repeat with 1/4 cup at a time, stirring in, until half of the warm milk has been added to the eggs
- Mix in the mashed bananas with the eggs and milk
- Add eggs/milk/banana into the saucepan with the remaining milk
- Stirring constantly and over medium low heat, warm the mixture until it reaches a temperature of 170 degrees, about 10 to 15 minutes
- Remove from stovetop and pour into another bowl with lid, cool until steaming stops
- Cover and place in fridge for miniumun of 1 hour and up to overnight
- With all cold ingredients, add banana custard to ice cream maker following manufactor's instructions, until ice cream is thicken and creamy about a soft serve stage
- Stop ice cream maker and remove mixing arm
- Using a spatula add a section of the hardened blueberry spread to the ice cream, swirling in. Repeat until all blueberries are swirled in
- Scoop into a frozen ice cream container, smooth, cover with plastic wrap against the top of the ice cream
- If using a bread pan, cover with foil. If using an ice cream container cover with lid
- Place in freezer and freeze ice cream for 2 to 4 hours before serving
- Ice cream is best eaten day of preparation or 1 to 2 days after
- Add washed and dried blueberries to a blender or food processor
- Add 1/2 cup sugar
- Blend until pureed
- Place parchment paper on a sheet pan
- Smooth blueberry puree over parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap
- Freeze for a miniumun of 2 hours
Banana Blueberry Swirled Ice Cream was first posted on September 24, 2013, pictures and recipe was updated on March 2020.