Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

I hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day last Sunday. We enjoyed the day by going to church, grilling bratwurst, and making my husband’s favorite – homemade banana ice cream! His family has been making this recipe for at least 50 years, so it is a tried and true smooth recipe.

How to make homemade ice cream:


  • 3 Quarts Half and Half
  • 2 Cans Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 5 Bananas Mashed (or any fruit you want to add)
  • Ice (if using ice cream maker)
  • Rock Salt/Ice Cream Salt (if using ice cream maker)


We use an ice cream maker but you can also mix ingredients well and place in a pan, freeze at least two hours, and then scoop. (omit ice and rock salt)

  • Place Half and Half, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, salt, and mashed bananas in ice cream maker. Mix well.
  • Fill outside section of ice cream maker halfway with ice, layer some rock salt on top, then repeat ice and rock salt until full.

ice cream in ice cream maker

  • Turn ice cream maker on until ice cream is to desired thickness.
  • Enjoy your yummy homemade ice cream!

ice cream

Our kids LOVE it:

boy eating homemade ice cream

Dad is happy!

dad with homemade ice cream