Banana Pancake Ice Cream with Maple Brittle #SundaySupper

Banana Pancake Ice Cream with Maple Brittle - Creamy butter pecan ice cream studded with bits of pancake and topped with crunchy maple syrup brittle.

Little known fact about me – my original dream after culinary school was to open a hand-crafted ice cream shop here in Ferndale, Michigan. I’ve loved making (and eating!) ice cream since my parents and I use to make it in an old wooden barrel machine when I was a kid. I also love inventing new flavors – no matter how strange of an idea you have, you really can’t screw up ice cream that much. After all, even if it’s a little weird, it’s still ice cream.

So what happened? About a week before I started culinary school, Treat Dreams opened in downtown Ferndale. It was like the owner had read my mind. It was exactly what I had wanted to do, he just beat me to the punch. And he’s now wildly successful at it. While part of me wanted to be a bit scornful, I couldn’t hold it against him. Treat Dreams is amazing and they deserve all of the success in the world.

Banana Pancake Ice Cream with Maple Brittle - Creamy butter pecan ice cream studded with bits of pancake and topped with crunchy maple syrup brittle.

Today’s #SundaySupper, hosted by Susan over at The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen, is all about recipes inspired by music. Taking a cue from the most mellow song in the world, “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson, I unleashed my inner ice cream chef to make this creation. The flavor can best be described as a mixture of butter pecan ice cream, bananas foster and maple syrup-drenched pancakes. Treat Dreams, if you’re reading – you can use this recipe, but you have to name the resulting flavor THE LORI.

Banana Pancake Ice Cream with Maple Brittle - Creamy butter pecan ice cream studded with bits of pancake and topped with crunchy maple syrup brittle.

Banana Pancake Ice Cream with Maple Brittle

Yield: About 7 cups

Banana Pancake Ice Cream with Maple Brittle


  • 2 (8-inch) pancakes, prepared using your favorite recipe (I used this one)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup pecan halves and pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ripe bananas, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2-1/4 cups whole milk
  • 2-1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1-1/8 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2x recipe Maple Syrup Brittle


  1. Cut pancakes into 1-inch pieces. Place on parchment-lined baking pan and transfer to freezer.
  2. In medium nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add pecans and salt; cook 4 to 6 minutes or until pecans are golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; use slotted spoon to transfer pecans to medium bowl. Reserve butter in pan.
  3. Add bananas to pan; cook over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until bananas are caramelized. Transfer bananas to bowl with pecans. Cover and refrigerate.
  4. In medium saucepan, combine milk and cream. Split vanilla bean in half; use blunt edge of a paring knife to scrape out seeds. Stir seeds and bean pod into milk mixture. Bring mixture to a slow boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Place eggs, egg yolks and sugar in mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed 2 minutes or until thick and pale yellow in color. In a slow, steady stream, add 1 cup of hot milk mixture to egg mixture. When combined; pour egg mixture into saucepan with remaining milk mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat until mixture is thick enough to coat back of spoon. Strain through fine-mesh strainer set over a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap placed directly on custard; chill completely.
  6. Pour custard mixture into your ice cream machine and freeze according to instructions for your machine (mine took about 20 minutes). Two minutes before churning is complete, add reserved pecans and bananas, and frozen pancake pieces. Churn until everything is fully incorporated (if it’s too much for your machine to handle, you can also fold this stuff in by hand). Transfer ice cream to freezer to harden completely (at least 4 hours). Serve garnished with Maple Syrup Brittle.

Adapted from Cuisinart Pure Indulgence Ice Cream-Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet Maker Recipe Booklet (Creamy Butter Pecan Ice Cream)

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  • cupcakekalechip

    One of my favorite songs and two of my favorite foods -banana pancakes and ice crem. I’ll take a Bol and pretend like there’s no world outside ;-)

  • Jennifer Drummond

    Oh my gosh! I can’t stop staring at the picture of your ice cream. It’s so creative and looks out of this world!!

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    OMG Lori, the flavors! I love ice cream just as much as you, and this is a killer idea! And so creamy. Pinning this recipe.

  • Jen @JuanitasCocina

    I’ve been waiting for this since I saw your teaser pic. I’ll be right over.

  • Renee Dobbs

    I couldn’t wait to see this recipe after seeing the sneak peek photo preview in the forum. Fantastic!

  • Laura Dembowski

    There is definitely room for more ice cream shops in the area, particularly if it’s yours. The ice creams you come up with are so creative and sound like I’d be making one too many stops at your shop!

  • Tara

    That is such an inventive ice cream, I love it!!!

  • Liz

    What a gorgeous bowl of ice cream! And that maple brittle is an outstanding garnish!!!

  • Sarah R

    Pancakes IN icecream?? Brilliant! Loving the flavour combo

  • Heather

    This is an AWESOME flavor (though, “The Lori” would definitely keep people guessing)! And isn’t that always the way it works!? You can always set up a competing shop ;P

  • kimchi_mom

    THIS is an awesome flavor. “The Lori”…breakfast in a cone!

  • Suzanne

    Pretty much all my favorites in one delicious treat. Totally delicious, I’ll take mine with a side of bacon!!

  • The Ninja Baker

    Lori, Your dream can come true! i’m sure of it…This recipe is ingenious and I bet you’ve got more up your sleeve. We’re not the Ritz but you’re welcome to stay for a bit and check out the options in SoCal =)

  • Stacy

    When I was a little girl it was a special summer treat to make ice cream in the hand crank machine. Everyone took a turn and the men took over towards the end of the cranking since the ice cream got harder and harder to turn as it froze. Good times!

    Your ice cream sounds fabulous with the bananas and pancakes and – oh, my double goodness – that maple brittle! Such a great combination of flavors, Lori! Treat Dreams should hire you as a consultant.

  • Shannon R

    I LOVE this idea! I’m currently making a lot of ice cream for a challenge in Sept but nothing so creative. Pancakes? Brilliant! And maple brittle? Oh, I’m a puddle on the floor.

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Sounds like a perfect day to me :)

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks Jennifer!

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Woohoo! We should start an “ice cream all year ’round” club :)

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Perfect. I’ll have the ice cream scoop out and waiting :)

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks so much, Renee!

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Woohoo, at least I know I’d start out with one fan :)

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks so much, Tara!

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks Liz – my jaw and teeth don’t appreciate the brittle so much, but what are you gonna do? haha.

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks Sarah. Ultimately? Despite my best attempts, the pancakes kind of just disintegrated and got muddled in with the rest of the ice cream, but oh well. Still tasty :)

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Haha yeah, I’ve thought about it. But I’d always be that woman that “is trying to compete with Treat Dreams.” Then I’d be all like “but but but….I came up with the idea ages ago! Before Treat Dreams. Please don’t hate meeeee.” hahaha.

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Haha yes! If it were a waffle cone, it’d be like eating pancakes AND waffles at once!

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    You know what? For a brief moment, I considered putting bacon IN this ice cream.

  • DB-The Foodie Stuntman

    Beautiful presentation!

  • Kim

    Ohmigoodness. Growing up, my dad would make banana pancakes every other weekend. I have to try this ice cream!

  • Courtney @ Neighborfood

    This sounds increeeeedible! Creating new ice cream flavors would be a fantastic job! But the market is way over saturated here in Columbus too. We’re home to the famous Jeni’s Ice Creams.

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Alright…..who needs the Ritz, anyway? haha.

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Aww, glad to hear somebody else has fond childhood memories of making ice cream. It’s seriously one of my favorite memories.

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    You’re in an ice cream challenge? That sounds so fun! What flavors are you making?

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks DB!

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Your Dad sounds like a great cook, Kim!

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Oh, I’ll have to check that out next time I’m through that way. I believe I’ve heard about Jeni’s- either on tv or in a magazine.

  • Shannon R

    It’s not an ice cream challenge per se, but the Vegan Month Of Food is in September and a lot of us like themes. This year I decided on ice cream, but making 31 flavours in 1 month is rough so I’m trying to get a bit of a head start! So far the faves have been Peach Melba, Strawberry and PB&J!

  • Angela @ Joyously Domestic

    As always, your photos are divine! And, the recipe sounds scrumptious! I have never made ice cream. Well, not since I was a little kid helping my grandparents make it in the garage as you mentioned with your own parents. I think I need to buy an ice cream maker soon! My family would love me – well, love me a little more, at least! ;)

  • Family Foodie

    Love this song and this ice cream looks amazing! I would be in heaven with a bowl of this.

  • Megan Wood

    WOWOWOW what a recipe! This is so genius and looks delicious. Awesome job!

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks so much, Megan :)

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks Angela :) Ice cream makers definitely go on sale in August and September! I think I scored mine at a discount from Williams-Sonoma about that time a few years back. Keep your eye out, because it’s SUCH a fun family activity!

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks Isabel :)

  • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

    This sounds fantastic and looks super delicious! I love your pictures!

  • Jess @ Floptimism

    Hello! I write a weekly post on my blog called the Weekend Wrap-Up,
    where I share some of my favorite web finds from the past week. I loved the idea of this ice cream recipe so much that I had to include it in this week’s post; I also featured one of the photos, of course with credit linking back to this url. I wanted to thank you for such a great idea and recipe, and have included the link to the wrap-up in case you’re interested.
    Enjoy your weekend!

  • Webicurean

    OK this sounds AMAZING. It’s OK if I have some for breakfast, right? :)

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks so much, Sarah!

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Of course, breakfast ice cream for everyone!

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks so much for including me, Jess!

  • Laura Campbell

    Oh WOW. What an amazing batch of ice cream! I adore pancakes. I eat them with ice cream all the time, but adding the pancake TO the ice cream batter… that blows my brain. Wow. Definitely trying this!

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    I’d actually never combined pancakes and ice cream until creating this recipe, but now I’m hooked. I kind of want a scoop of ice cream on all future stacks of pancakes :)

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