Banana Pineapple Italian Ice


Italian Ice is a simple frozen treat that is an impressive dessert served any time of the year.

I’m not a fan of the heat. 

I want to just say inside in my air conditioning and wait for fall.  OK, so maybe I could handle it if I was floating down a lazy river with a nice frosty drink in my hand.  You would think this is a little odd coming from someone who has lived in Missouri all her life……don’t you think she would get use to the heat?  I mean seriously, is this forecast a joke?


add the Midwest humidity to this and we will have heat index well over 100.

So what’s a girl to do in this scorching heat?  Make some frozen treats!!  Ice cream can be a little hard on the hips, so we’ve been enjoying something a little more low cal but every bit as enjoyable!!

This Italian Ice is an easy frozen treat, for hot summer days with no added sugar!  Music to my ears!

Banana Pineapple Italian Ice

Yield: 10

Banana Pineapple Italian Ice

Summary: This simple, refreshing, frozen summer treat is sure to be a hit.


  • 2 cups unsweetened apple juice (no sugar added)
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium bananas)
  • 1 can (8oz) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • mint, to garnish (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (expect for mint).
  2. Pour into an 8 inch square dish.
  3. Cover and freeze for at least 2 hours, just until almost firm.
  4. Transfer to a large bowl, and beat for 2 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  5. Return mixture to dish, and freeze until firm.
  6. Remove from freezer 20-30 minutes before serving.
  7. Garnish with mint leaves.


1/2 cup equals 79 calories


This is one of those recipes where I love to use my vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract……see how you can see the flecks of vanilla in the treat? – you don’t get that with vanilla extract.

 More frozen treats you may enjoy

Creamy Fruit Freeze

Pina Colada Sorbet

Fresh Strawberry Granita

Chocolate Gelato

Buttered Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Rolo Ice Cream

Grapefruit Sorbet

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46 Responses to “Banana Pineapple Italian Ice”

  1. Lynn from For Love or Funny posted on July 18, 2011 at 7:13 am (#)

    Cheryl, these photographs were such a pleasure to look at. And, better yet, your recipe is gluten free! I’m going to try it! :)

  2. Marla posted on July 18, 2011 at 7:38 am (#)

    Thank goodness you found something to do in that heat. Would make me nuts too!

  3. SMITH BITES posted on July 18, 2011 at 7:39 am (#)

    absolutely w/you on the heat . . . i am soooo not a fan of the humidity here in the midwest . . . but yuh know? it gives me an excuse to have this perfect-for-hot-days italian ice!!

  4. bridget {bake at 350} posted on July 18, 2011 at 8:05 am (#)

    Oh my gosh….that look SO delicious and perfect for the unbearable HEAT!!!! Midwest humidity? Come to Houston, my dear. Where we all walk around with a certain “glow”…meaning sweat. 😉 I agree….bring on the AC and wake me when it’s fall! Or when someone makes this recipe!

  5. Robyn | Add a Pinch posted on July 18, 2011 at 8:29 am (#)

    This makes my mouth water! Gorgeous and it looks so refreshing! Thanks so much for joining in on Mingle Monday!

  6. Amy posted on July 18, 2011 at 8:39 am (#)

    I’m down with trying every single frozen concoction every day it’s over 90.° Anyone else game?

  7. Maria posted on July 18, 2011 at 8:55 am (#)

    We made pineapple sorbet and loved it. I can’t wait to try this frozen treat!

  8. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective posted on July 18, 2011 at 9:28 am (#)

    I’m not a fan of heat either, but would rather be hot than cold! I bet this would cool me down in a moment! :)

  9. Cookbook Queen posted on July 18, 2011 at 9:36 am (#)

    Ugh, I feel you on the forecast!! Ours is the same…but it says 108!!!

    One…zero…eight. Yuck. And so humid, so I don’t even WANT to know what it is with heat index!!

    This italian ice looks like the perfect solution!!

  10. sweetsugarbelle posted on July 18, 2011 at 9:38 am (#)

    I love that I don’t need a machine to make this! The kids will think I am SUPERMOM, and I can use those bananas!!!

  11. teresa posted on July 18, 2011 at 9:46 am (#)

    I gotta tell ya…that forecast is CRAZY!!!!
    I do not miss that HEAT!
    Seems it’s gotten even HOTTER since we left The South!
    I dare not tell you the temps here for the next 5 days.
    Put it this way.
    Last night I had on fleece…and I am typing this with a flannel robe on.
    Can I just say~
    I LOVE pineapple and banana together!
    I KNOW I would LOVE this!
    Sending my sister this recipe!
    She and kiddos are down in the country at mom and dad’s in the heat!
    They will LOVE this!
    I’ll have her pop over and print it!
    Hugs to you~
    and lots of COOL kisses! ;o)

  12. Jessica posted on July 18, 2011 at 11:15 am (#)

    This looks so good! Beautiful photos. Its another hot day here, so I’m adding these ingredients to my grocery trip. I love a cool treat thats dairy free! Thanks for sharing, my kids are going to be so excited for this today.

  13. Katie | GoodLife Eats posted on July 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm (#)

    This looks so refreshing! I love anything fruity and frozen for staying cool in the summer!

  14. tom(watkins products associate) posted on July 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm (#)

    wow sweet, cool and healthy nice combo

  15. Georgia Pellegrini posted on July 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm (#)

    Wow, that’s a serious weather forecast Cheryl! I think the Italian Ice’s look fabulous though… brings back fond childhood memories of scraping at them with a wooden spoon.

  16. Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted on July 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm (#)

    That sounds delicious, I love that flavor combination!

  17. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on July 18, 2011 at 7:36 pm (#)

    Absolutely gorgeous and totally necessary in that heat! That’s crazy hot, especially if it’s humid too.

  18. Jennifer @ Jane Deere posted on July 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm (#)

    Hi Cheryl!

    This Banana Pineapple Italian Ice not only looks gorgeous…it looks delicious! I’ll be making it this week with my niece and nephew coming to visit from Colorado. They’ll need some icy treats to beat back the Texas heat!

    Also, I’m hosting a link party…”Fusion Fridays” {Open All Weekend!}

    I would love it if you would come by on Friday and link up!

  19. Angela S. posted on July 19, 2011 at 12:12 am (#)

    Yum!!! I love anything pineapple!

  20. Jessica @ How Sweet posted on July 19, 2011 at 6:12 am (#)

    I just LOVE the sound of this!!

  21. Wenderly posted on July 19, 2011 at 8:06 am (#)

    I wanna jump inside and swim around! It’s over 95 degrees here!

  22. Cookin' Canuck posted on July 19, 2011 at 9:22 am (#)

    Summer heat and I are not friends, so I am always looking for ways to cool down. This fits the bill! Your photos are lovely, Cheryl!

  23. nest of posies posted on July 19, 2011 at 11:37 pm (#)

    holy cow! THAT looks amazing.

    just the word pineapple alone (in that fancy font, i might add 😉 made my mouth drool. this looks wonderful.

    we are hot hazy & humid here too. ugh. ugh. ugh. i was just thinking tonite how grateful i am for the A/C!


  24. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction posted on July 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm (#)

    This looks so refreshing, Cheryl… They are calling for temps over 100 degrees this weekend, so I think I’m going to have to make some of this Italian ice! Yum :)

  25. Tickled Red posted on July 21, 2011 at 9:41 am (#)

    That looks yummy and sweet and cool and …oh my! :)

  26. Mika(Photoadik) posted on July 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm (#)

    My boyfriend loves banana and pineapple so much… I’m going to try to make one of that and serve it to him during the weekend, I’m pretty sure he will love it :)

  27. Jamie | My Baking Addiction posted on July 22, 2011 at 11:13 am (#)

    It’s insanely hot here – this looks like the perfect way to beat the heat!

  28. Jessica posted on July 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm (#)

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I love Italian Ice. I have to get to the grocery store and pick up the ingredients. The recipe seems so easy.
    Right now in Pa, we are having a heatwave. I am so sick of long winters that I’m kind of glad to have some hot weather for a change. Now, my husband on another hand hates this weather. Keep cool!!

  29. Kimberly posted on July 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm (#)

    Yum! This looks amazing! I’ll have to give it a try – we’re getting pretty toasty here too.

    I’d love for you to link this at my “Life’s a Picnic!” link party. It is open until the end of August!

  30. Amanda posted on July 24, 2011 at 8:31 am (#)

    OMG that sounds and looks amazing Cheryl!

  31. Laura posted on July 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm (#)

    This looks super tasty! I love italian ice, thanks for the recipe.

  32. Laura Ingalls Gunn posted on July 26, 2011 at 9:37 am (#)

    I am visiting via Someday Crafts.

    This is a fantastic recipe! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Happy Tuesday!

  33. Ruth posted on July 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm (#)

    This is a great treat for this heat. I am not a fan of the heat and humidity.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe.


  34. Barefoot Pregnant And In The Kitchen posted on August 1, 2011 at 6:50 am (#)

    Did I see NO SUGAR added? This is getting booked marked and I’ll be picking up the juice. I’m always looking for low sugar cold treat ideas for my boys! We have been doing many variations on yogurt/fruit pops. This will be a nice change up!

  35. Eric posted on August 4, 2011 at 5:11 pm (#)

    I am so glad someone linked this on Facebook. This sounds insanely good! Consider this page bookmarked in my Favorites.

  36. Adele Forbes posted on July 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm (#)

    Very Very Nice! We have been burning down here in the mountains of Linville, NC as well…finally we have rain and cooler temps…love your blog.


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