Delicious Banana Caramel Ice Cream Recipe – Easy to Make

Hello coffee lovers and ice cream enthusiasts! Today, I have the most decadent recipe for you – Banana Caramel Ice Cream with Chocolate Espresso Sauce. This luscious dessert combines the creamy sweetness of banana ice cream with the rich flavor of caramel sauce and a kick of espresso.

But what truly sets this recipe apart is the homemade chocolate espresso sauce, which perfectly complements the caramel ice cream, making each bite an explosion of flavor in your mouth. Trust me when I say that this dessert is definitely worth trying!

But that’s not all – this recipe is also egg-free and dairy-free, making it suitable for those with dietary restrictions or allergies. The combination of coconut milk and ripe bananas gives the ice cream a luscious texture and creamy flavor, without compromising on taste.

So join me on this culinary journey as we indulge in this delicious creation that combines the best of banana caramel and chocolate espresso flavors. I promise you won’t regret it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Banana Caramel Ice Cream W. Chocolate Espresso Sauce (Egg Free)
Banana Caramel Ice Cream W. Chocolate Espresso Sauce (Egg Free)

Are you ready for a flavor explosion? This banana caramel ice cream with chocolate espresso sauce is sure to rock your taste buds! Not only is it indulgent and satisfying, but it’s also egg-free and dairy-free, making it accessible to those with dietary restrictions.

But wait, there’s more! The combination of sweet, caramelized bananas and rich, dark chocolate is sure to sweep you off your feet. The velvety smooth ice cream will melt in your mouth, while the thick chocolate espresso sauce provides a slight bitterness that perfectly balances out the sweetness.

This recipe is perfect for those who are looking for a unique twist on traditional ice cream flavors. Whether you’re entertaining guests or feeding a hungry family, this dessert is sure to impress.

So why settle for plain vanilla when you can have the best of both worlds – banana caramel and chocolate espresso? Trust me, once you’ve tried this recipe, you’ll be hooked!

Ingredient List

 Dive into this bowl of creamy banana caramel ice cream
Dive into this bowl of creamy banana caramel ice cream

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this indulgent banana caramel ice cream with chocolate espresso sauce recipe:

  • Bananas – Make sure to use ripe bananas to get the best flavor and consistency in your ice cream.
  • Sugar – We’ll use it both for the banana ice cream and caramel sauce.
  • Water – It will be used to make the sugar syrup to sweeten the ice cream and create the caramel.
  • Unsalted butter – For the caramel sauce.
  • Dark chocolate – Used for the chocolate espresso sauce.
  • Instant espresso powder – Adds bold coffee flavor to both the chocolate sauce and banana ice cream.
  • Vanilla ice cream – It’s essential for making a smooth, creamy base for your banana ice cream.
  • Whipped cream – Optional topping, but it’s a great addition to enrich the dessert.

For those who follow a dairy-free diet, feel free to substitute traditional dairy products like milk, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream with plant-based alternatives such as coconut milk or whipped coconut cream. Comfortably adjust the recipe while keeping these base substitutes in mind. If you’re not a fan of dark chocolate, try using milk or white chocolate instead to change up the flavors. The possibilities are endless!

The Recipe How-To

 Drizzle on the chocolate espresso sauce for a decadent treat
Drizzle on the chocolate espresso sauce for a decadent treat

Now, it’s time to get down to business and dive into the recipe itself! Follow these easy steps to make the most delicious Banana Caramel Ice Cream with Chocolate Espresso Sauce you’ve ever tasted.


  • Banana Caramel Ice Cream:
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • Chocolate Espresso Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Start by making the Banana Caramel Ice Cream. Peel the bananas and mash them in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add water and sugar and stir until smooth.
  2. Bring the banana mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for about 5 minutes or until the mixture has thickened slightly.
  3. Remove the pan from heat and let it cool completely before adding heavy cream. Stir well and transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker to freeze it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. While the ice cream is freezing, prepare the Chocolate Espresso Sauce. In a small saucepan, melt unsalted butter over low heat.
  5. Add instant espresso powder, hot water, and sugar then bring over medium heat. Cook for about a minute or until sugar has fully dissolved.
  6. Remove from heat then add finely chopped dark chocolate in the saucepan while whisking until chocolate fully melts into the mixture .
  7. Once melted, allow it to cool slightly before serving.

Serving suggestions:

For an extra special treat, top your serving of Banana Caramel Ice Cream with a drizzle of Chocolate Espresso Sauce and whipped cream. This dessert is perfect on its own or served with fresh strawberries for a fruity touch.

That’s it! Your homemade Banana Caramel Ice Cream with Chocolate Espresso Sauce is now ready to serve. Happy indulging!

Substitutions and Variations

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with this deliciously easy recipe
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this deliciously easy recipe

The best part about cooking is that there is always room for experimentation, and this Banana Caramel Ice Cream with Chocolate Espresso Sauce recipe is no exception. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try to add your own twist to this delicious dessert.

For those who prefer a fruitier flavor, you can substitute the bananas in the recipe for strawberries or raspberries. Simply blend the fruit before adding it to the mixture for a luscious and creamy consistency that will take your taste buds on a delightful journey.

If you’re looking for a dairy-free option, replace the ice cream with coconut ice cream or any other dairy-free milk alternative of your choice. You can also make this an egg-free dessert by using a non-dairy whipped cream.

To add some crunch to your dessert, try topping it with chopped pecans or chocolate chips. The contrast between smooth and crunchy is sure to delight your senses.

If you’re feeling adventurous, switch up the sauce by making a salted caramel sauce instead of the traditional caramel. To do this, simply add a pinch of sea salt to the sugar as it cooks. Or make it even more indulgent with a peanut butter sauce drizzled over the top.

Make it uniquely yours by trying out these substitutions and variations. Who knows? You just might create your own signature dessert!

Serving and Pairing

 Indulge in the perfect blend of caramel, banana, and chocolate
Indulge in the perfect blend of caramel, banana, and chocolate


When it comes to serving and pairing banana caramel ice cream with chocolate espresso sauce, the options are endless. This dessert is truly delicious on its own or can be perfectly paired with a variety of different flavors.

To start, I love adding fresh strawberries to my banana caramel ice cream as a topping. Their sweetness pairs perfectly with the smoothness of the ice cream and adds a pop of color to your dish. Additionally, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to experiment with more unique pairings, try adding some chopped nuts like pecans or almonds. These will add a satisfying crunch and nutty flavor that pairs well with the creamy ice cream.

For those who prefer a more decadent combination, consider serving this dessert with a side of warm chocolate cake or brownies. The contrast between the rich chocolate flavor and the refreshing banana caramel will create an unforgettable taste that will leave everyone wanting more.

As for drinks, a cup of hot coffee or espresso is always a classic pairing with this dessert. However, for those looking for something a bit more exciting, try incorporating some coffee into your dessert! You can add instant espresso powder into your banana caramel ice cream recipe for an extra strong coffee flavor that complements the chocolate espresso sauce beautifully.

Overall, serving and pairing this banana caramel ice cream dessert is all about experimentation and finding your own personal preference. Whether you choose to keep things classic or mix things up with unexpected flavors, one thing is for certain- once you take a bite of this incredible dessert creation, you’ll never want to go back!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Cool down on a hot day with this refreshing dessert
Cool down on a hot day with this refreshing dessert

Once you’ve made this delectable banana caramel ice cream with chocolate espresso sauce, you’ll want to savor it for as long as possible. Luckily, this recipe is freezer-friendly, so you can make it ahead of time and enjoy it whenever the craving hits. For best results, store your ice cream in an airtight container and keep it in the coldest part of your freezer.

If you need to reheat your chocolate espresso sauce or caramel sauce, simply heat them up slowly in a medium saucepan over low heat while continuously whisking. Do not let the mixture boil to avoid scorching the sauce. If the mixture appears too thick, simply whisk in a little bit of hot water until you reach your desired consistency.

To reheat your ice cream, remove it from the freezer and let it rest at room temperature for a few minutes before scooping. This will allow the ice cream to soften up and make it easier to scoop. If you’re short on time, place the container with ice cream in a large bowl filled with warm water for 30 seconds.

Do note that homemade ice creams usually don’t have preservatives so they tend to lose their perfect consistency after a day or two in the freezer. To combat this loss in texture try storing and serving them in smaller containers as much as possible.

Overall though nothing beats a freshly scooped bowl of ice cream filled with chunks of dark chocolate espresso and drizzled with warm salted caramel sauce topped with whipped cream and toasted nuts.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Elevate your ice cream experience with the addition of espresso
Elevate your ice cream experience with the addition of espresso

As a barista and a coffee enthusiast, I understand that making the perfect coffee-based dessert takes patience, attention to detail, and some in-depth knowledge of how ingredients behave when combined. Here are some tips for achieving the perfect banana caramel ice cream with chocolate espresso sauce:

1. Use ripe bananas to achieve optimal sweetness and texture. Overly green or under-ripe bananas will not be as sweet or creamy, resulting in a less flavorful ice cream.

2. Make sure your caramel sauce is at the right consistency before adding it to your ice cream mix. If it’s too thin or runny, it won’t swirl properly and will result in a messy-looking ice cream.

3. When making the chocolate espresso sauce, eliminate any lumps by whisking the ingredients together until smooth. Do not heat excessively as it can cause the dark chocolate to seize and turn gritty.

4. Use hot water when dissolving sugar for both sauces. This ensures that the sugar dissolves completely, giving you a smooth texture.

5. Let both sauces cool before incorporating them into your ice cream mixture to prevent any unwanted separation.

6. It’s crucial to add additional flavoring such as instant espresso powder or vanilla extract to your ice cream base to amplify taste and smell profile.

7. Ensure that all ingredients are appropriately mixed together before placing them in an ice cream maker; otherwise, certain components may come out powdery and icy instead of smooth and creamy.

8. To create a ripple effect like those found in turkey hill or bi rite creams, use a flat spatula to combine any extra caramel-riddled components into the churning ice-cream during its last few minutes of mixing.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create an indulgent banana caramel ice cream with chocolate espresso sauce worthy of being served up at fancy coffee shops!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, I hope you enjoy making this delicious and easy-to-follow recipe for Banana Caramel Ice Cream with Chocolate Espresso Sauce that’s egg-free. Whether you’re serving it to your family or friends, this dessert is sure to leave them satisfied and impressed with your barista skills. The combination of the rich chocolate espresso sauce with the sweet and creamy banana caramel ice cream is simply irresistible. And with the added bonus of being dairy-free, it makes a fantastic alternative to regular ice cream for those who are lactose intolerant or vegan.

Additionally, keep in mind the tips and advice mentioned in this article to have perfect results every time you make this recipe. Don’t hesitate to experiment with different variations and substitutions to create your unique twist on this delicious dessert.

So next time you’re in the mood for something sweet and indulgent, give this mouthwatering Banana Caramel Ice Cream with Chocolate Espresso Sauce a try. I guarantee that it will satisfy all your cravings and leave you wanting more!

Banana Caramel Ice Cream W. Chocolate Espresso Sauce (Egg Free)

Banana Caramel Ice Cream W. Chocolate Espresso Sauce (Egg Free) Recipe

From Bon Appetit, April 1997. Banana caramel ice cream drizzled with chocolate-espresso sauce and topped with fresh strawberries.
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Prep Time 6 hrs
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 739.8 kcal


Banana Carmel Ice Cream

  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 8 ripe bananas, peeled, sliced

Chocolate Espresso Sauce

  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 3 (1 pint) baskets strawberries, hulled, halved


  • Stir sugar and 6 T water in heavy large saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and boil without stirring until syrup turns deep amber, occasionally brushing down the sides of pan with pastry brush dipped into water and swirling pan. Remove from heat.
  • Immediately add 1 1/2 cups water and cream (mixture will bubble vigorously). Return mixture to medium heat and stir until caramel bits melt and mixture is smooth. pour into large bowl. Refrigerated caramel mixture until cold, about 4 hours.
  • Puree bananas and lemon juice in batches in processor. Add puree to caramel mixture and whisk until smooth. Transfer mixture to ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions. Tranfer to container, cover and freeze until firm, about 2 hours. (can be made 3 days ahead. Keep frozen.).
  • Spoon ice cream into 8 bowls. Drizzle with Chocolate-Espresso Sauce. Top with strawberries and serve.
  • Chocolate Espresso Sauce:.
  • Bring water, cream, sugar and espresso powder to simmer in heavy medium saucepan, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low. Add chocolate and butter and whisk until melted and smooth. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Before serving, rewarm over low heat, stirring frequently.).

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 458gCalories: 739.8kcalCarbohydrates: 107.8gProtein: 6.7gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 74.6mgSodium: 24.7mgFiber: 10.4gSugar: 81.9g
Keyword Dessert, Egg-free, Free Of..., Frozen, Fruit, Low Protein, Tropical
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