No-Churn Banana Walnut Ice Cream
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No-Churn Banana Walnut Ice Cream

No-Churn Banana Walnut Ice Cream is a favorite for people who love bananas, toasted walnuts, caramel, and vanilla wafers. It’s utterly delicious!!

A closeup photo of scoops of banana walnut ice cream in a dish with caramel sauce and walnuts for garnish.

I’m giving total credit for the inspiration of this no-churn banana walnut ice cream to my dear friend, Barb.

It was Barb who told me a few years ago that her favorite flavor of ice cream growing up as a child was banana walnut.

I held onto that ice cream flavor in my head knowing that one day I’d enjoy putting my own spin on it with the thought that one day I’d surprise Barb at her door with a big container of her childhood favorite.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making no-churn banana walnut ice cream is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found below) to be taken directly to the recipe. 

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Photo collage of banana walnut ice cream

The ingredient list:

  • overripe bananas
  • walnuts
  • heavy whipping cream
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • pure vanilla extract
  • caramel syrup (store-bought or homemade)
  • salt
  • vanilla wafer cookies
  • rum chata (optional)

The ingredients I’ve chosen to use in my No Churn Banana Walnut Ice Cream are, naturally, bananas and walnuts.

However what you may not expect, and probably didn’t see coming, is the addition of vanilla wafer cookies (because I wanted to mimic an old fashioned banana pudding), and a splash of Rum Chata just for fun!

Of course, the alcohol is an optional ingredient and can be left out entirely (if you’re feeding this to the kiddos), and I promise you’ll still enjoy it every bit as much!

*Please Note – This recipe contains alcohol and should not be consumed by anyone under the age of 21. However, the alcohol can be left out of this recipe if you’re making it for those who should not consume alcohol.

A drizzle of caramel sauce over banana walnut ice cream scoops.

The easy instructions:

  • Toast the walnuts in a dry skillet and assemble all the ingredients.
  • In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to whip the heavy cream on high speed until soft peaks form.
How to make no churn banana walnut ice cream. - Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • In a medium bowl, mash the overripe bananas with the vanilla extract.
  • Add a pinch of salt, and the Rum Chata to the mashed bananas. Stir well.
How to make no churn banana walnut ice cream with vanilla wafers and Rum Chata - Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Add the caramel syrup and the sweetened condensed milk to the mashed banana mixture and stir well to combine.
How to make no churn banana walnut ice cream with sweetened condensed milk and caramel sauce. - Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Gently fold the banana mixture into the whipped cream mixture until thoroughly mixed.
  • Pour half of the mixture into a loaf pan.
How to make banana walnut ice cream. - Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Top the ice cream mixture with half of the toasted walnuts, caramel syrup (as much as you like), and vanilla wafer cookies.
How to make no churn banana walnut ice cream with caramel sauce and vanilla wafer cookies. - Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Pour the remaining ice cream mixture on top of the vanilla wafer cookies (you may need to poke the cookies back under the ice cream if they float up to the top), and sprinkle the remaining toasted walnuts over the top of the ice cream.
  • Freeze at least four hours before serving.
How to make no churn banana walnut ice cream. - Kudos Kitchen by Renee

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the vanilla wafer cookies kept nice and crispy in the ice cream. I wasn’t quite sure if they would get soft or stay crunchy (I felt they’d be a nice addition no matter what happened), but I’m quite pleased with the crisp texture they provide this flavorful ice cream!

An ice cream scoop in a container of banana walnut ice cream

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s no-churn banana walnut ice cream.

4.67 from 3 votes
No Churn Banana Walnut Ice Cream
Creamy No Churn Banana Walnut Ice Cream
Prep Time
15 mins
Freeze time
6 hrs
 
No Churn Banana Walnut Ice Cream is a favorite for people who love bananas, the crunch of toasted walnuts, a hint of Rum Chata, and vanilla wafer cookies.
Course: Dessert – Ice Cream
Keyword: banana walnut ice cream, no-churn banana walnut ice cream
Servings: 8 cups
Calories: 464 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 overripe bananas mashed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • ½ cup caramel syrup divided
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup Rum Chata (optional)
  • 16-18 vanilla wafer cookies
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts toasted, divided
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl with a hand mixer, blend the heavy cream on high until soft peaks form. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash the bananas with the vanilla extract and salt.
  3. Stir the Rum Chata, sweetened condensed milk and ¼ cup of the caramel syrup into the mashed bananas. Mix well.
  4. Gently fold the masked banana mixture into the whipped cream mixture until thoroughly combined.
  5. Fill half of a loaf pan with the ice cream mixture, top with half the walnuts and the remaining caramel syrup.
  6. Lay the vanilla wafers evenly over the caramel and gently top with the remaining ice cream mixture. *Note – you may need to push the cookies back down under the ice cream if they float to the top.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining walnuts over the ice cream and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.
  8. To serve, drizzle additional caramel sauce over the ice cream if desired and top with toasted walnut pieces.
  9. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tools and equipment:

1 large bowl,1 medium bowl, hand mixer, spatula or wooden spoon, small skillet (for toasting walnuts), potato masher (for mashing bananas)

Nutrition Facts
Creamy No Churn Banana Walnut Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 464 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 121mg5%
Potassium 342mg10%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 925IU19%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Closeup photo of a dish of banana walnut ice cream with bananas in the background.

My next recipe comes up on Wednesday, July 26th. It’s for a Lovely Lemon Cheesecake with Lemon Curd Topping. You seriously don’t want to miss this showstopper! And, I have another ice cream recipe coming up on Thursday, July 27th which is for my Triple Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream with Kahlua, and it features some of the best cherries which the Rainier Fruit Company (another one of our fine sponsors) has to offer.

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Close up photo of scoops of banana walnut ice cream in a dish with caramel sauce and chopped walnuts to garnish.

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42 Comments

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  2. Oh my goodness Renee! Wow – this looks and sounds absolutely incredibly. It looks so creamy and delicious! This is going to have to happen soon here, because now I can’t stop imagining a taste!

  3. bigbearswife

    oooo Renee!!! This ice cream is amazing! I love banana Ice cream and I’m crazy for no churn ice cream recipes. I can’t wait to make this! Perfect for #SummerDessertWeek!

  4. Love your step by step photos! Makes me want to grab a spoon and dig in to get to all those wonderful layers!

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  6. I love bananas and this sounds wonderful. Pinning

  7. Your ice cream looks amazing!! Especially topped with caramel sauce!!!

  8. Your ice cream sounds and looks amazing! Wish I had some right now to go with some of my favorite summer desserts: cherry and/or blueberry pie. Can’t wait to make.

  9. What a delicious Summer treat!

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  11. I’m loving everything about this amazing icecream! So much creamy deliciousness, all I need is a spoon! WOW!!

  12. This ice cream needs to be on my dessert list this week! This looks fantastic

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  14. This sounds seriously so good!Thank you for sharing!

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  17. If this ice cream were a man I’d marry it. For reals.

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  19. Ummmm excuse me rumchata in ice cream? Brilliant!

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  23. This looks incredible! I love the banana nut flavor!

  24. I bet this taste amazing. I am totally hooked on no churn ice cream, and although my list of must-make recipes is quite long, I will definitely be adding yours to that list.

  25. I love your step by step directions!

  26. 5 stars
    What a treat! Thanks for sharing!

  27. 5 stars
    Creamy no churn banana nut ice cream was absolutely out of this world YUMMY‼️ I had ripe bananas I was looking to do something different with besides breads, cakes, etc. Boy, this hit it out of the ballpark I can tell everyone‼️ Thank you so much for creating this recipe‼️

    • Best comment yet! Thanks so much for letting me know, Jan! I’m happy you enjoyed it. It is truly a delicious flavor!
      Take good care,
      Renee

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