Banana Ricotta Ice Cream Recipe

Banana Ricotta Ice Cream RecipeIce cream. It’s one of my favorite foods and I’m not afraid to admit. If I could eat it every day, I probably would. Let’s face it though, it can be very  fattening and at times, unhealthy for us to consume. Well, that is until now!

As a big fan of ice cream and a big fan of bananas, I was really excited to see this guest post recipe in the email box this week. It’s courtesy of Executive Chef, Anthony Stewart at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa. It will make approximately 4 delicious servings! I bet this would be super good with my daughter’s homemade dark hot fudge sauce drizzles over the top. YUM!

Banana Ricotta Ice Cream Recipe

1 pound very ripe bananas (peeled, vacuum sealed, and frozen)
1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ground
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: Remove bananas from freezer and let sit for 5 minutes (until they begin to defrost around the edges). Place ricotta cheese in a food processor and pulse. Chop the bananas and add to the food processor along with all remaining ingredients. Puree until smooth and creamy. Scoop mixture into a plastic bowl and cover with food-grade plastic wrap, making sure the plastic wrap touches the top of the mixture. Place in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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  1. You are a genius! I have an ice cream maker and I love making frozen stuff but never did it occur to me to use Ricotta (which I love!), that’s so great.

  2. ellen beck says:

    I have alway liked the ideas off bananas in ice cream. It gives such a nice creamy texture. I would likely try putting in coconut milk or something else besides orange juice, but thats just preference. I bet this would be good and delicious.

  3. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I love ice cream recipe that are low in sugar and fat. The bananas give this ice cream the necessary sweetness. I too would add some cinnamon.

  4. This looks super delicious and satisfying for any sweet tooth. I like how healthy the ingredients are and I imagine the orange juice adds a nice flavor.

  5. Tamra Phelps says:

    I love banana ice cream (& posicles!) So, I’d really like to give this a try. I never thought of using ricotta like this.

  6. That does look like something I’d like. I’ll agree with Deb E that I’d add a bit of cinnamon.

  7. I love all the healthy ingredients in this recipe. I often find ripe bananas on sale, same with cottage cheese and wonder how both would hold up in the recipe if I tried to substitute. Guess I’ll find out! I love the addition of nutmeg and can’t help but add some cinnamon too. Thanks for posting.