This month we’re featuring simple desserts. Today’s recipe, from The Kitchn Cookbook, uses just ONE ingredient to create creamy ice cream. Can you guess what it is?

Magic One-Ingredient Ice Cream
from The Kitchn Cookbook

We have some theories about why a recipe will go viral. There is a certain combination of easy, cheap and weird that causes a recipe to get passed from hand to hand, screen to screen, in an explosive train of links, growing more popular than it would with any promotion we could throw at it. So it was with this one-ingredient ice cream, which calls for nothing but bananas and your food processor.

Blend the bananas long enough, and the fruit morphs into creamy ice cream, with the texture of soft serve and the natural sweetness of fruit. It’s time you tried it.

Recipe: Magic One-Ingredient Ice Cream

What you’ll need:

2 pounds very ripe bananas

Peel the bananas and cut them into small pieces (the smaller the better). Place them in a freezer-safe container. (Line the container with parchment paper or wipe a little oil inside to help the pieces release more easily, if desired.)

Freeze the bananas overnight or until they are completely solid. Place the frozen bananas in a food processor. Blend for 2 to 5 minutes, stopping frequently to scrape down the sides of the bowl. At first the bananas will simply turn into smaller chunks, and then into a fine grit. Keep blending, and add a spoonful of water if the banana pieces get stuck on the blade. They will suddenly turn into soft, creamy ice cream.

Eat the ice cream immediately, or return it to the freezer to harden a little more, if desired. Banana ice cream can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

For flavor variations, blend bananas in a food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream, and then add the additional ingredients.

Nut and Honey Banana Ice Cream
Blend in 1/4 cup almond or peanut butter and 2 tablespoons honey.

Nutella Banana Ice Cream
Blend in 1/3 cup Nutella spread.

Dark Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
Blend in 6 tablespoons cocoa powder, ¼ cup heavy cream, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Cinnamon Dulce Banana Ice Cream
Blend in 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Orange Dreamsicle Banana Ice Cream
Blend in 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup heavy cream, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Strawberries and Cream Banana Ice Cream
Blend in 2/3 cup chopped frozen strawberries and 1/4 cup heavy cream until smooth.

Thanks so much, The Kitchn!

P.S. More recipes, including a four-ingredient fudge and homemade tiramisu.

(Reprinted from The Kitchn Cookbook. Copyright ©2014 by Apartment Therapy LLC. Photos by Leela Cyd. Thanks to Caroline Donofrio for her help with this series)