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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