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How to make ice cream in the dryer

This recipe started out as a really simple, 3 ingredient dairy-free ice cream.

Bananas, coconut milk, and vanilla are great but cocoa makes this ice cream even better!

It was tasty, but like most things, is even better with chocolate. If you have an ice cream maker, use it. But I like to play. With food, appliances. I couldn’t stop thinking about using the dryer to make ice cream. Why not?

Chocolate Banana Soft Serve

1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3 very ripe bananas, mashed

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Whisk cocoa powder into coconut milk. Add mashed bananas, maple syrup, and pure vanilla extract. Pour into a sturdy 1-gallon plastic bag (or 2 quart-sized bags) and seal. Place bag with ice cream mixture inside another 1-gallon bag with ice cubes and half a cup or so of rock salt. Use fluff setting on dryer to spin for 10 – 15 minutes.

Use the fluff setting!

Just a warning – it’s kind of noisy with the ice cubes banging around in the dryer.

Photo tip: It melts fast, so don’t start enjoying your ice cream BEFORE you take a quick pic.



  1. I’m so impressed!! I wonder if I could get kicked out of my apartment building if I try this in our communal dryer … maybe I won’t get in trouble if I share the end product with my neighbors, though.

  2. oh, man – this is priceless but I’d probably be in hot water if I tried this in our new dryer!

  3. This is so crazy but so fun! Not that my husband would let me try this out of course….unless I find a super-heavy-duty brand of sealed bags 😉

  4. Don’t ask for permission. Just do it.

    Oh, and be sure to seal the bags well.

  5. If you put rock salt in the bag with the ice cubes it lowers the temperature even more, so the ice cream freezes better! (http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5207350_rock-salt-make-ice-colder_.html)

  6. Correct!
    I brought some ice cream salt back to the cookie place to test another method. I’m curious if movement from a mixer (but without an attachment) would provide enough agitation to make ice cream.
    Speaking of agitation, see you tomorrow!


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