Banana ice lolly

Banana ice lolly

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Step into the world of homemade banana ice lollies, where ripe bananas meet condensed milk and a touch of vanilla. With skyr and whipped cream added to the mix, these frozen delights offer a luxurious upgrade to the traditional treat. Easy to make and enjoyable to eat, these banana ice lollies are sure to delight everyone, bringing a moment of joy with each icy bite.


  • Using a blender, blend the banana and stir it together with the condensed milk and vanilla.
  • Whip the cream to a light foam, fold the Skyr into it and fold it together with the banana mixture.
  • Pour the mixture into silicone moulds, insert sticks and place them in the freezer until the next day.

Questions about banana ice lollies

Make this recipe with ease by exploring answers to common questions. Find out how versatile this snack can be, the best ways to keep your treats fresh, and how to tailor them to suit your palate perfectly.

Can I use overripe bananas for this recipe?
Definitely! This recipe is a great way to transform bananas that are too ripe to eat into a tasty frozen snack. Their extra sweetness and tenderness make the lollies creamier and more flavourful. This is because overripe bananas have more natural sugars, ideal for a sweet treat like this.
How long can I store banana ice lollies in the freezer?
Leftover lollies will maintain their flavour and texture for up to two months in the freezer. The secret is to store them correctly, so follow these simple steps to keep them tasting great: Transfer the banana ice lollies into a freezer-safe container right after you make them. This protects them from the cold air and any smells in the freezer. Place a sheet of parchment paper between the lollies to stop them from sticking together. This makes it easy to get one out without having to thaw the rest. Put the lollies in the freezer straight away. Freezing them quickly keeps the taste fresh and texture smooth by stopping large ice crystals from forming.
Are there any alternatives to using condensed milk?
If you're looking to replace condensed milk, try using sweetened coconut milk for a creamy and sweet alternative. Another option is to mix regular milk with honey to get the right sweetness and thickness. Coconut milk adds a hint of tropical flavour, while the milk and honey blend lets you adjust sweetness to your liking. Both choices help you create a tasty frozen treat that suits your preferences or pantry supplies.


Arla® Skyr
110 ml
Condensed milk
120 ml
Banana, ripe
Vanilla paste / seeds
1 tsp
Whipping cream
250 ml

Prevent your bananas from browning

Brush banana slices with a thin layer of lemon or lime juice to maintain their inviting yellow colour. Citrus juice contains antioxidants that protect the bananas from changing colour and keeps them fresh, without changing the flavour too much.

Smooth texture for creamy lollies

Attention to detail in the preparation process is key for smooth-as-silk banana ice lollies. Start by ensuring your bananas are ripe, as they will blend more easily and contribute to a smoother consistency. When blending the banana mixture with condensed milk and vanilla, aim for a thorough and uniform blend to eliminate any lumps or chunks.

Carefully mix the banana blend with the whipped cream and skyr to keep the mixture fluffy. A final tip is to gently tap the filled ice cream moulds on the counter to release any air bubbles that could disrupt the smoothness. With these steps, you'll achieve irresistibly creamy banana ice lollies that melt smoothly on the palate with each indulgent lick.

Macerate the bananas for a deeper, more complex flavour

Level up your banana ice lollies by macerating the bananas before blending: a culinary technique that involves soaking fruit in a mixture of sugar and often lemon juice or other acidic liquids to enhance their flavour and texture.

For this recipe, start by slicing ripe bananas and tossing them in a bowl with a sprinkle of sugar. Add a splash of lemon juice and allow the bananas to sit in the mixture for about 30 minutes to an hour at room temperature.

This technique not only helps soften the bananas but also intensifies their natural sweetness and flavour. After macerating, drain off any excess liquid before blending with the other ingredients. This extra step adds depth and complexity to the flavour profile of your ice lollies, resulting in a more nuanced and delicious snack.

Master the art of layered banana ice lollies

Create an eye-catching banana ice lolly by layering a smooth banana blend with a whipped skyr and cream mix. Begin by blending bananas with the condensed milk and vanilla to form the first layer. Pour this mixture halfway into the lolly moulds. Then, whip the cream and skyr, adding a touch of honey for sweetness, and spoon it over the banana layer, forming a beautiful contrast. Freeze the lollies for at least six hours to set them perfectly. For a final touch, dip the tops into ground hazelnuts or shredded coconut, which adds texture and makes the lollies look stunning. This layering not only gives a gourmet feel but also mixes flavours in a delightful way.

Can I add other flavours or ingredients to this banana ice lolly recipe?

Absolutely! For a fruity twist, consider blending in some fresh strawberries, blueberries, or mango alongside the bananas. If you’re a chocolate lover, a swirl of chocolate syrup or a handful of mini chocolate chips can add a delightful richness. For a nutty crunch, mix in finely chopped nuts like almonds or walnuts. You can also experiment with spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg for a warm, aromatic note. The versatility of this recipe allows you to get creative and craft banana ice lollies that are uniquely your own, bursting with personalised flavours and textures.

Creative topping ideas

Turn your banana ice lollies into a masterpiece by topping them with melted dark chocolate, crunchy banana chips, or coconut flakes. For a fruity twist, dip the lollies in finely chopped dried fruits like apricots or cranberries. Freeze dried raspberries, strawberries or mango are also unique toppings that will add a welcome crunch to every bite. For a fun twist, roll the lollies in colourful sprinkles or even popping candy to delight young and old with its fizzy, crackling sensation. You can also roll the lollies in granola or crushed cookies for a delightful combination of creamy and crunchy textures. For inspiration, start with our five best cookie recipes.

The role of vanilla in enhancing flavour depth

Vanilla plays a crucial role in enhancing the flavours of this recipe, adding a rich, aromatic complexity that complements and elevates the natural sweetness of the bananas. It also intensifies the tanginess of the skyr, providing a more rounded and full-bodied taste experience. Whether you use vanilla paste or seeds from a vanilla bean, this ingredient brings a smooth, creamy undertone that makes each bite more enjoyable and satisfying.

Pairing suggestions for maximum flavour

Make your dessert a feast for the senses by pairing your banana ice lollies with flavours and textures that complement them. For a tantalising banana-themed snack experience, pair your ice lollies with a creamy banana nice cream, intensifying the flavour while providing a velvety smooth texture.

Add a twist with homemade banana cookies, offering a delightful crunch and burst of sweetness in every bite. To complete the ensemble, slice up some freshly baked banana bread, its moist crumb and rich flavour adding depth and warmth to the experience.

This trio of banana delights creates a harmonious symphony of flavours and textures, ensuring a memorable and satisfying snack that celebrates the versatility and deliciousness of bananas in every form.