Brown Sugar Banana Ice Cream with Brownie Chunks

Creamy homemade brown sugar banana ice cream with rich chocolate brownie chunks throughout.

Brown Sugar Banana Ice Cream with Brownie Chunks Recipe from

Growing up my Grandmother would bring presents when we were sick. Somewhere along the line they were dubbed ‘happy sicks’. I don’t remember what she’d bring, but just something small and enough to brighten our day when we were so under the weather. I have one particular memory of her visiting when I came down with the chicken pox. Those itchy buggers. Thankfully most kids these days won’t ever have to deal with that. I don’t remember much about the visit, just that she was there. And really, of course that’s the best present of all. I’d give anything to have another day with her. But to a kid… a fun new present is always a plus.

I’ve tried to continue that tradition with my own kids. Not for colds or the occasional sniffles, but when something out of the norm happens. Like this week. My youngest daughter, while initially sounding as though she may have had just a cold, quickly progressed into something obviously much more…strep and pneumonia. Ugh. Thankfully we got to the Dr’s early enough and she’ll be good as new in no time. But to brighten her day, a pretty plush My Little Pony.

Now, fingers crossed no one else gets sick. But truthfully, I won’t hold my breath.

Brown Sugar Banana Ice Cream with Brownie Chunks Recipe from

I’m always looking for fun new ways to use up that last banana or two that inevitably go brown faster than I can manage to enjoy. There’s always banana bread, waffles or bundt cake BUT it was time for a change and I knew the family would be game for this ice cream adventure.

Creamy homemade brown sugar banana ice cream with rich chocolate brownie chunks throughout. It’s a banana/chocolate lover dream! I highly recommend topping this off with some homemade hot fudge sauce. Because extra chocolate is never a bad thing. And because bananas and chocolate go so well together!

Save this recipe for the next time you have a few bananas leftover, waiting for that perfect recipe!

Brown Sugar Banana Ice Cream with Brownie Chunks Recipe from

Brown Sugar Banana Ice Cream with Brownie Chunks

Creamy homemade brown sugar banana ice cream with rich chocolate brownie chunks throughout.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time1 day
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ice cream
Servings: 4 plus


  • 1 1/2 C whole milk
  • 1 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 3/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 C mashed banana roughly 3 large bananas
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 C brownie chunks


  • Add 1 cup heavy cream and bananas to a blender, process until smooth. Pour through a mesh strainer into a large bowl.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine whole milk, remaining 1/2 cup heavy cream, brown sugar, salt and vanilla. Stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture is steaming.
  • Whisk yolks in a small bowl. While whisking continuously, slowly pour 1 cup hot liquid into yolks. Transfer mixture back to saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon or spatula. Pour through mesh strainer into banana-cream mixture. Cool over an ice bath to room temperature. Cover and chill thoroughly, at least 4-6 hours or overnight.
  • Meanwhile, prepare your favorite brownie recipe. Cutting 1 1/2 cups worth of 1/2-inch pieces. Arrange in a single layer on small baking sheet. Freeze until firm, roughly 1-2 hours.
  • Churn ice cream according to manufacturer's directions. Spoon churned ice cream into a freezer safe container, scattering brownie chunks throughout. Freeze until solid, at least 4-6 hours.


Recipe serves roughly 4-6, yields 1 quart.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

More banana recipes to try:
Banana chocolate chip bundt cake
Mini banana cheesecakes with Nilla wafer crust
Banana cupcakes with chocolate buttercream
Strawberry banana fruit leather
Strawberry banana smoothie
Banana cinnamon waffles
Whole wheat oatmeal banana bread

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37 Responses to “Brown Sugar Banana Ice Cream with Brownie Chunks”

  1. #
    Chloe @ foodlikecake — March 26, 2014 at 7:05 am

    I love banana ice cream :-) This looks amazing- you have such creative ideas!

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      Rachel — March 27, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Thanks Chloe!

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    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — March 26, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Mmm… I’m loving the sound of this combination. Pinned!

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      Rachel — March 27, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Thanks Rochelle!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 26, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Poor girl :( I hope she’s on the mend! Banana and brownie chunks? That sounds awesome! I can already see myself picking out the brownie chunks to eat first haha

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      Rachel — March 27, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Fingers crossed but you know we now have others to worry about. I want to enclose them all in bubbles lol

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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — March 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    This is a great new way to use up those pesky old bananas! Pinned!

    ps- The story about your grandmother bringing gifts when you were sick was too cute!

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      Rachel — March 27, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Thanks Lindsey!

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    Alaina-Fabtastic Eats — March 26, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Holy mother of pearls! THIS flavor combo sounds perfect! I wish I had some bananas…I’d break out my ice cream maker now! LOVE!

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      Rachel — March 27, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Haha – don’t let the early Spring temps stop you! ;)

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — March 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    banana ice cream + brownie chunks?? this is fantastic!!

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      Rachel — March 27, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Thanks Angelyn!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 26, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Thinking of your little one! Praying she feels better soon. Rachel, this ice cream has all my favorites in it. I love banana + chocolate together!

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      Rachel — March 27, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Thanks so much Sally! Fingers crossed!!

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    Danae @ reciperunner — March 26, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    What a sweet tradition your Grandma handed down to you, I’m glad your daughter is on the mend! This ice cream is right up my alley (well any ice cream is really). Brown sugar, bananas, brownies, they were made for each other!

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      Rachel — March 27, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Thanks Danae!

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    Caroline — March 26, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Your poor little girl…hope she’s feeling much better now! I bet the pony AND this ice cream helped! I have a thing for brown sugar. I love that deep, rich flavor. It must be crazy delicious paired with banana and chocolate! Pinning this now and breaking out the ice cream maker this weekend!

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      Rachel — March 27, 2014 at 7:52 am

      Thanks so much Caroline!

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    Mir — March 27, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I love the idea of “happy sicks!” I think I’ll start that with my kids.

    Though I will have to make this before anyone gets sick. I love the brown sugar. Makes the flavor so amazing!

    Hope the little one is better soon.

    • #
      Rachel — March 28, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Thanks so much :)

  11. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — March 27, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I hope she’s feeling better! How icky. :(

    But I love this ice cream. It’s amazing!

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      Rachel — March 28, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Fingers crossed she’s on the mend, sure doesn’t sound like it yet. Slow goings maybe? And thank you!

  12. #
    Holly @ Life in the Lofthouse — March 27, 2014 at 11:16 am

    This ice cream sounds amazing!

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      Rachel — March 28, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Thanks Holly!

  13. #
    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — March 27, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Yes, ice-cream time! This makes the perfect spring time ice-cream !

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      Rachel — March 28, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Thanks Layla!

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    Wendy — March 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I wholeheartedly second Danae’s comments! When I become a grandma, I’ll definitely start the “happy sicks” tradition! I dreamed of homemade ice cream two nights ago and what I’d make for the Fourth of July… This is the answer to my dreams!!! THANK YOU!!

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      Rachel — March 28, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Thanks Wendy! :)

  15. #
    Autumn — March 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Sounds realllllyyyyyyy yummy ! I can’t wait to make it

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      Rachel — March 28, 2014 at 7:16 am

      Thanks Autumn :)

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    Trevor aka The Burger Nerd — March 28, 2014 at 10:21 am

    That’s some lovely looking ice cream. A bit too cold still where I am to make it, but in a couple weeks when the weather gets warmer I know what I’ll be doing with the small colony of bananas living in my freezer. Thanks for sharing this tasty looking ice cream recipe.

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      Rachel — March 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks Trevor!

  17. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — March 28, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    What a great flavor combination for ice cream! Hope your daughter gets to feeling better soon!

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      Rachel — March 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks Jessica!

  18. #
    Terri/LoveandConfections — April 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    This sounds like a perfect afternoon treat!

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    Katelyn — January 21, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I personally was so excited to make this as both flavors of banana and brownies are my favorite. Though, I’m not exactly sure what I did wrong but it came out more like a creamy italian ice then ice cream. I was disappointed and maybe there was something I should have done to prevent this.

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      Rachel — January 22, 2016 at 7:15 am

      It’s possible that your freezer is set to a lower temperature than mine. For most homemade ice creams, they should be left on the counter for at least 5 minutes before scooping. That may make a difference for you in the future.

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