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Banana Ice Cream Recipes

Ten different flavor options of creamy vegan banana ice cream recipes that you can make at home, with just a few ingredients and a blender!

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Possibly one of the most frequent emails I receive is from readers requesting more recipes for variations of banana ice cream, or “nice cream” as it’s often called in the blog world.

I’m sure many of you already know the basic concept of blending frozen bananas in a blender or food processor until the results have the exact texture of soft serve ice cream.

If you add a little fat—such as peanut butter or coconut milk—it can even start to taste pretty similar to ice cream. I’ll post a quick photo tutorial below for anyone who hasn’t yet seen the basic concept, and then I’ll move on to the fun part – custom flavors!

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Banana Ice Cream – Step One:

Let the bananas ripen before peeling. If they’re green or yellow to start with, leave them out until the bananas at least begin to turn brown. Not-overripe bananas will have something of an earthy taste, as opposed to the more sweet, caramelized flavor they develop as they turn brown.

Once ripe, peel the bananas, cut into pieces, and freeze them.

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Step Two:

When the bananas are fully frozen, toss them into a food processor or high-quality blender (such as a Vitamix) and blend until you achieve a consistency that resembles soft serve.

If your blender is having trouble processing, you can add up to 1/4 cup milk of choice or another liquid.

Once the soft-serve texture is reached, you can eat it immediately or scoop it into a container and freeze an additional 30 minutes or so, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop. This will give you a firmer banana ice cream texture.

Try topping it with homemade Coconut Whipped Cream!

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The best part is dreaming up countless new flavors for this nice cream.

I find inspiration everywhere, from restaurant menus, to grocery store displays, to even looking up the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor list online.

If you ever happen to see a Peanut Butter Fudge Core banana ice cream recipe show up here on the blog, you’ll know exactly what my recent browsing history must look like.

This soft serve ice cream is even healthy enough to eat for breakfast – NO heavy cream or added sugars, and it is fat-free, dairy-free, vegan, raw, paleo, & gluten-free.

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(Above, Chocolate Banana Ice Cream)

 

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10 Banana Ice Cream Flavors

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream: Use 3 bananas. Add 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract, pinch salt, and 3 tbsp cocoa powder.

Mint Chocolate Chip: Use 2 bananas and a pinch of salt. Add 1/8 tsp pure peppermint extract (or more if desired), and stir in chocolate chips or cacao nibs after blending. Optional, blend in a pinch of spirulina or a small handful spinach for color and an extra nutrient boost.

Peanut Butter: Make the original recipe below, adding 2-3 tbsp peanut butter or another nut butter or allergy-friendly alternative before blending.

Cookies’n Cream: Make the original recipe below, adding 2 tbsp coconut butter if desired. After blending, add in a crushed cookie sandwich or Healthy Oreos.

Very Berry: Make the original recipe below, adding 1 cup frozen berries of choice and 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract.

Strawberry: Use 2 bananas. Blend in 1/2 cup frozen strawberries. Add 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract and optional shake of cinnamon.

Pina Colada: Make the original recipe below, using 1/4 cup canned coconut milk as your milk of choice. Blend in 1/2 cup frozen pineapple. Stir in shredded coconut if desired.

Vanilla Bean: Use 3 bananas and a pinch of salt. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste.

Pistachio: Make the original recipe below, adding 2-3 tbsp pistachio butter and 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract. Sprinkle crushed pistachios on top if desired.

Above – watch the video of how to make banana ice cream!

Above is a video for one of the most popular flavors, Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream.

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Ten flavors of creamy vegan banana ice cream you can make at home, with just a few ingredients! Full recipes: http://beautytreatmentsfeed.com/2016/08/22/banana-ice-cream-healthy/ @choccoveredkt

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*If you’re looking for a homemade ice cream recipe without banana, be sure to try my Coconut Ice Cream Recipe.

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Banana Ice Cream Recipes

How to make your own healthy vegan banana ice cream at home.
4.88/5 (75)
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 2-3 overripe frozen bananas
  • optional milk of choice, if needed
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  • Start with bananas that are turning brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.) To make the ice cream, throw around 2-3 frozen bananas into a blender, food processor, or Vitamix—adding a pinch of salt and 2-4 tbsp milk of choice for smoother blending if desired—and blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture. You can serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.
    Recipes for individual flavors are listed earlier in the post!
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Notes

The banana ice cream is also great if you stir in pieces of Chickpea Cookie Dough to make cookie dough nice cream!

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Published on August 22, 2016

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  1. Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It says

    The BEST way to start the week, in my opinion! Katie these all look amazing, but Pina Colada sounds just perfect right now, especially since I’m trying to savor these last few days of summer! I actually just sent you an email too, I hope you got it 🙂 Have an awesome Monday! <3

    • Sara says

      YUM! Katie, by the way, you are STUNNING. If this ice cream makes me look like you, then you’ll see me eating it by the gallon hahaha! Just curious about the calorie and sugar content. I’m trying to lose weight and wouldn’t want to think it’s healthy if it’s not.

      • Jason Sanford says

        Hi Sara! The nutrition facts are linked under the ingredients/instructions in the post so you can tell how many calories and other nutrients are in all of Katie’s recipes 🙂

  2. Katie says

    These look SO delicious!? I can’t wait to try all the flavours – and then I need to try all of the other ice cream recipes you’ve got on here. Looks like my freezer’s going to be pretty full…

  3. Paul says

    These look delicious! I’m going to try and make a couple of these tonight. Isn’t it funny how tastes change because as a kid I loved strawberry ice cream and now all I can think about as an adult is mint chocolate chip! Thanks for the post Katie! 🙂

  4. Maria says

    This is brilliant. I always chop up and freeze ripened bananas to make my smoothies more like soft serve, but I hadn’t thought of actually attempting to make different flavored banana ice cream! I love it! So many possibilities!!! Fun, yayyy!

  5. Brigitte says

    Sounds delish! What about for people who don’t like bananas, do the flavorings that you add mask the banana taste? I would love to serve this to my kids, but some of them won’t go for it if it tastes like banana.

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      I’d definitely try mint chocolate chips first if this is the case. The peppermint extract will mask the banana taste more than anything else! You could also do mint chocolate with peppermint extract and cocoa powder to both mask the banana taste.

    • charlotte says

      Another tip to reduce the banana flavour: Make sure you’re not using over-ripe bananas (like almost all recipes call for). Freeze the bananas when they are JUST ripe.

  6. Laura says

    An even easier way to freeze the bananas is to skip the chopping stage, pop the bananas into a ziplock baggie & start smushing! Make sure all the air is out of the baggie & it is fully closed, then smush the bananas until smooth. I like to write on the outside of the baggie how many bananas are in it, so if a recipe calls for 2 bananas, you know exactly which bag to grab! This also makes it easier on your blender or food processor when making this recipe-no big chunks to process! 🙂

  7. Susan Howard says

    OMG! This ice cream is AMAZING!! Thank you for posting, Katie. Who knew frozen bananas could make the most nutritious ice cream – with no sugar added!. It’s SO SIMPLE and the options are endless. My daughter is whipping up a single batch in my mini food processor as I write this.

    • Katie says

      I leave mine on the counter for 10-20 minutes and check on it every 5 minutes to see how soft it is. It’s not quite the same, but its better than right out of the freezer.

  8. Antonette says

    My daughter and i made thiss from the banan we bought from france last day and yeah it was truely a delicious treaat.Its good if you could provide here recipes out of caramel as my son Shelton is great fond of making caramel recipes

    Last day my friend Karin suggested me a website with lots of condensed milk recipes .Its simply superb, I and my daughter Shelyn tried making few of the recipes and it went off the plate.Its good to treat your firends suring your parties…Will share with you the lin here so that you can make a good try here:http://www.nestle-family.com/recipes/english/nestle-cream-recipes.aspx

    • Frances Van Den Bergh says

      Thank you so much for all the great recipes and Antonette thank you for sharing the link of recipes for Nestle-Cram with us.
      Regards Frances from South Africa

  9. G says

    I tried the coffee recipe and it still tasted like banana ice cream. I even added more coffee. Bummed because I love coffee ice cream.

    • Liz says

      Same! I tried the banana/coffee ice cream recipe and it just didn’t work. I, too added more coffee, but it just became more bitter. I added a little coffee extract, and it helped, but not much. Next time, I’ll brew a strong cup in my keurig (as opposed to instant) and add that gradually with a splash of vanilla, dash of salt, and a date for sweetness.

  10. Kyra says

    Hi does anyone know how ripe the bananas should be? Just starting to have brown spots or the very brown/black level which I use for banana bread etc?

  11. Debby says

    I have made several of these banana ice-creams and they do turn out very good. Peanut Butter is delicious with the frozen bananas. I have been an insulin dependent diabetic for 46 years and during this time I am came up with thousands of recipes that are lower in carbohydrate counts and lots lower fat counts. it is super easy to do! I do not use margarine or butter or fake ingredients that are basically just chemicals. I use regular food but eat in proportion to the insulin that I take and exercise that I will be doing. I never us full fat milk… only skim. I substitute applesauce for oil, margarine, or butter for most recipes. If a recipe calls for sugar I always cut it in half or even more. Jello is a great food for people that are wanting to mixing their own recipes and still have a good desert.

  12. Alyce says

    Katie, I just wanted to say thank you. Your banana “nice” cream saved my husband’s life tonight.

    My husband, Todd, is a diabetic and his sugars tend to be unstable. We’re both getting over bronchitis, and I don’t know if it was a fever or a bad reaction to medication. Anyway, Todd started sweating like mad and his sugars crashed HARD. Nothing seemed to help until I remembered I had some frozen bananas left. I made him a milkshake with the bananas, almond butter, and cocoa powder.

    Sweet success. His sugars finally started stabilizing.

    Thank you from one relieved wife!

    P.S. I’m always going to keep frozen bananas on hand now.

  13. Kate says

    Have you had any luck with thickeners? I’ve found that every time I add frozen berries, or anything really to the frozen bananas it messes with the consistency, and turns soupy pretty fast.
    Do you think agar agar or guar gum could work to hold the consistent longer?

  14. Katie says

    I just made the peanut butter chocolate and my friend and I were blown away at first bite! Can’t wait to make more and bring it to every potluck and dinner party!

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