Gwyneth Paltrow’s Banana “Ice Cream” Recipe from It’s All Good #IronMan3Event

*Disney/Marvel provided me with an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to attend the red carpet premiere of Iron Man 3 and to interview select cast and crew members. The recipe above is used with permission from Gwyneth Paltrow. All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

As I mentioned last week in part two of our interview with the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow, she is the author of the newly released cook book entitled It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great. In regards to my own culinary skills, I would say I know my way around decently in the kitchen; I’ve only once made a recipe that completely backfired and that neither my husband nor I really wanted to eat.

After flipping at length through the cook book, I came across a few recipes that I was eager to try. I have to point out in order to make some of the mouthwatering and unique creations in this cook book, you’ll have to be willing to shop at stores like Whole Foods or an equivalent. One recipe I desperately wanted to try required a date, and Target (where we do all of our grocery shopping) does not carry these. Sadly, I had to skip that particular recipe.

I’ve told you already about my daughter Zoe’s lactose intolerance, and how she really loves ice cream. However, nearly every time she eats it she gets a tummy ache and cries. In It’s All Good, Gwyneth includes a recipe she calls Banana “Ice Cream” With Sweet-And-Salty Roasted Almonds.

To make this chilly treat, you’ll only need a handful of ingredients, some of which may already be staples in your home. Since I occasionally bake, I already had pure vanilla extract. We also had maple syrup on hand and almond milk, which is an every day breakfast necessity since Zoe cannot have dairy milk. The only ingredients we had to purchase were bananas and roasted almonds (the recipes calls for “finely chopped roasted almonds”, but I used sliced since the almonds are used for a topping).

The most difficult step in the entire process is waiting for the banana slices to freeze. Due to limited space in our freezer, I had to do the banana steps in two days’ time. Once all four bananas were sliced and peeled, the treat took mere minutes to prepare.

Although the cook book doesn’t provide any nutritional information, it should be fairly easy to determine an approximate caloric value. I served Zoe a small dish of the “ice cream” after she finished her dinner, and she loved it! I feel so relieved to know there are healthier alternatives to regular ice cream. I sampled this myself while I was pulsing the mixture, and definitely have to agree that the texture of this is very similar to ice cream. I’m positive this will be a recipe we’ll use again; it’s so easy to make and surprisingly healthy, too.

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Banana "Ice Cream"

Gwyneth Paltrow's Banana "Ice Cream" Recipe from It's All Good #IronMan3Event
  • 4 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
  • ¼ cup finely chopped roasted almonds
  • 2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons good-quality maple syrup, divided
  • a pinch of coarse sea salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Freeze the banana slices in a single layer on a tray or plate lined with parchment or wax paper. Once the slices are frozen, use them immediately or keep frozen in a zip-top bag or airtight container for up to a month.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the almonds with 2 teaspoons of the maple syrup and the pinch of salt and set aside.
  3. Combine the frozen banana slices, the almond milk, the remaining 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup and the vanilla in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is the texture of soft-serve ice cream, scraping down the sides as necessary. Don’t worry if the mixture is not totally smooth at first--once the bananas start to break down and defrost in the food processor, they’ll give in and the “ice cream” will take shape quickly.
  4. Spoon the banana “ice cream” into bowls immediately and sprinkle each serving with a bit of the almond mixture.
Recipe By Gwyneth Paltrow from It’s All Good (Used with permission)


  1. Sherry Compton says

    Yum. I bet the maple syrup not only sweetens but adds a rich flavor. Bananas and syrup are just good together. I think warmer up some of the syrup and almonds as topping for the ice cream would be good. Interested in trying this. Wonder if chocolate syrup would work too.

  2. Erika E says

    I think this would be a favorite at my house. This seems to have fairly substantial nutritional value which most desserts don’t.

  3. Ira says

    Lol, I thought I’m the only one who has a “limited space in our freezer” problem. All our friend’s freezers are practically empty and they are joking about mine being always full.
    But I need to find the space to try this recipe!

  4. Anne Taylor says

    Wow! This is an amazing recipe! I can’t wait to give it a go! I’m always looking for something sweet after dinner and this sounds perfect!

  5. Soozle says

    This sounds yummy! Soooo not low in calories with 4 bananas in it but a healthy alternative for sure to ice cream.. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Robin Wilson says

    If you have only had one recipe backfire, then in my house you would be a super chef! This looks really good. I would like to give it a try in my Yonanas! Thanks for the recipe, I am running out of good ideas! I would prefer sliced almonds on this as well, but I am thinking of making them candied. YUM!

  7. Kyaw Sein says

    I love ice cream, adding banana , maple syrup and almond in it will make it great. Must try this. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Erika b says

    Wow what a different recipe. Looks like it would be great for a low fat low calorie dessert. Sharing this. Thañks!!

  9. Sandy Cain says

    Going to try this. Never would have though of anything like it, but it sure sounds delicious, and we are all banana fans here!

  10. Anne says

    I’ve seen similar recipes and wondered how it would work. Thanks for publishing this recipe, along with your experience in making it. Your photo makes me want to make some–now!

  11. Lyn says

    This sounds good. I wonder if other frozen fruits would work as well? Not sure how well the Maple Syrup would work with other fruits though.

  12. Tara Gauthier says

    Mmmm. Sounds great. I will have to try this, my husband has issues with ice cream and I find I do now too.

  13. gala says

    Sounds really good! But instead of almonds/almond mik I’ll use coconut milk and shredded coconut

  14. Clifford says

    My wife and daughter are both lactose intolorant and both love ice-cream. This looks like an easy recipe to make and we all love bananas. I like the photo, makes me want some right now!

  15. Eva Mitton Urban says

    Love simplicity – great combination of flavors – and especially kid friendly. Have a 4 day stint of rain – need comfort desserts…..*YUMMY*

  16. ANN*H says

    This sounds different and delicious . We love bananas here in my house. Healthier for you than eating ice cream.I bet tho that abit of chocolate drizzled over it would be good to .

  17. Stacey L says

    thanks for sharing this recipe, all of the ingredients to make this everyone in my house loves. this would be an awesome dessert idea. i can’t wait to try this and see what they think.

  18. Sylvia Ortiz says

    My husband would absolutely love this banana ice cream recipe – he loves his sweets! This is an easy-to-follow recipe too, which is great for me, as I am not an advanced cook. Thank you for the share.

  19. Jeri Accardo says

    That looks like a good one and made with almond mil too! That’s what I use to make my aloe smoothies!

  20. Taryn Pasco says

    I seen her on Rachel Ray last week sometime & I must say she convinced me to buy her cookbook! This recipe along with the rest look so yummy! She makes healthy look delicious!

  21. Jody Doncaster says

    We have been using frozen bananas for awhile now, and dont really miss the ice cream. They flavor well, too. Syrup, coconut, raisins, vanilla, whatever is on hand!

  22. Doris Calvert says

    Ok I never use the word drool but I am drooling this looks so good and going to try it in our ice cream maker, thanks!

  23. M.Clark says

    This sounds delicious!! I think this is a great alternative to traditional ice cream, thank you for sharing this recipe.

  24. Missy says

    I’ve been making banana – peanut butter milkshakes for years! You do not need to slice your bananas before you freeze them. Just take off the peel and throw in a ziploc. I usually break mine in half so they fit into the small blender easier. My recipe calls for one frozen banana, 2 Tbs organic peanut butter, one cup milk and one cup vanilla low fat or fat free yogurt. I’m sure you could substitute the milk and yogurt for lactose free alternatives and reduce the milk or yogurt for a thicker scooped ice cream consistency. This makes an enormous milkshake, easy enough for two people. I used it as a complete breakfast and stayed full for hours.

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