Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

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This Strawberry Ice Cream is a soft-serve, banana-based ice cream you can whip up in minutes in your food processor!

As most of you know, I’ve been making banana ice cream for a long time now. But more recently, I was surfing the web and came across a recipe that used cottage cheese.

A white bowl sits filled with this Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Recipe. A spoon is sunk down into the pink colored, soft-serve ice cream.

I was interested in what effect cottage cheese would have, especially since this article (which of course, I cannot find now…) claimed you could freeze the ice cream after making it (which is something I don’t recommend for my previous recipes).

Since dairy has been slipping back in to my life here and there lately, I didn’t think much of giving this a try. Man, I’m glad I did. I could not believe the difference a little cottage cheese could make! It’s rich, thick and creamy. Just incredible.

So this is actually an improved version of my previous Strawberry Banana Ice Cream recipe. But the truth is, you could add anything to replace the strawberries. The flavor combinations are only as limited as your imagination. Have fun with it!

A side view of this Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Recipe in a white bowl with a spoon.


You’ll want to slice and freeze your bananas ahead of time. I find the best bananas for making ice cream are bananas that have just turned yellow. Once they have brown spots, all you will taste is banana instead of any other fruits you add. So slice up and freeze yellow bananas on a parchment lined cookie sheet until the slices are totally frozen, after which they can be transferred to a freezer-safe container or zipper top bag for longer term storage. Buy bananas on sale and stock up so you have a stash all summer long!


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A white bowl sits filled with this Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Recipe. A spoon is sunk down into the pink colored, soft-serve ice cream.

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Recipe

A delicious, fast and easy, homemade ice cream you can make in your food processor in minutes.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 45kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • Food processor


  • 2 medium bananas (sliced and frozen prior)
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries (or 1/2 cup fresh)


  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. You may have to stop it, remove the lid and poke around at everything a few times to convince the processor to blend it all.
  • If the mixture seems too dry to process properly, add a small splash or two of non-fat milk to get things loosened up enough to blend. Then start it again. Actually, you may have to do that a few times. But it will blend, I promise.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1servings | Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. This was in my email this morning and made it this evening. We are eating it as soft serve and it is yummy! You would never know it is not real ice cream. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Deb – Fabulous!! Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Honeycombkids says:

    Tiffany, I love all your clean eat recipes. For this ice cream, is there any substitute (do you think) for cottage cheese??? My son is allergic to dairy and soy. Thanks

    1. Anonymous says:

      Noneycombkids – I would just leave it out. You have to make less because you can’t freeze it, but it’s still really yummy. I do it all the time.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hilliary – It is! 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    Cr8ivrose – Thanks! As long as you have the pin button on your toolbar, you most certainly can!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Stephanie – Most definitely! I’ve done it and it’s yummy!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Katherine – yup yup

  7. Anonymous says:

    Julie – lol! It will take a little longer, but yes, it should work. Just keep stopping the blender to poke at everything. It will blend eventually.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sarah – I know, I love ice cream too. Thankfully, I’ve avoided the real stuff for a long time now. It doesn’t do good things for my blood sugar. The good news is, I don’t miss it thanks to my banana ice creams!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Carli – Glad you enjoyed it!

  10. Anonymous says:

    HWC – I hope you’ll enjoy it. 🙂

  11. Anonymous says:

    Crystalle – You’re welcome!

  12. MMM!! This was so delicious!! I ate the whole thing….

    1. Anonymous says:

      Letty – Haha! Glad you liked it.

  13. Can you make this without bananas for those who are allergic?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      AN – You could try it. It won’t be as creamy, but it would probably still be good. Enjoy!

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  15. graciouspantry says:

    Tiffany – Yup! Love the stuff!

  16. Just made this and loved it! My son loved it as well. I will definitely be trying it with some other fruits.

  17. Oh my gosh! Can it be any easier?? I will totally try this recipe this week! Always got those ingredients on hand! Love your recipes Tiffany!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Thanks Sue! Enjoy!

  18. graciouspantry says:

    Yes, you can. I would freeze in small portions though. Not one big bucket.

  19. graciouspantry says:

    Also, this will freeze beautifully if you blend a little cottage cheese into it.

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  21. OMG this is the best creation ever! I ran out of cottage cheese but I shared it and my family loved IT!!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Emma – Awesome!! 🙂

  22. Sherri Thompson says:

    Has anyone tried this without the bananas? Is there possibly something that could work in place of the bananas?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sherri – For this particular recipe, the bananas are the base. But I have another dairy free ice cream recipe coming up on the 19th you might like better.

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