Get two new free healthy recipes each week. Sign Up

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!

banana ice cream


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!

More Popular Ice Cream Recipes:

Almond Milk Ice Cream

Keto Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip Nice Cream


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.

banana nice cream


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!

frozen bananas

banana soft serve

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.

chocolate banana ice cream

(Above, Chocolate Banana Ice Cream)



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.

banana ice cream recipe

Ten flavors of creamy vegan banana ice cream you can make at home, with just a few ingredients! Full recipes: @choccoveredkt


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

Pin it now to save for laterPin Recipe

Banana Ice Cream Recipes

How to make your own healthy vegan banana ice cream at home.
4.89/5 (81)
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 1 serving


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


  • 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!
    View Nutrition Facts


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

Have you made this recipe?

Tag @chocolatecoveredkatie on Instagram



More About The Cookbook

  Currently Trending Recipes:

Deep Dish Cookie Pie (Vegan, GF)

  Cheesecake Vegan Easter Recipe

Vegan Cheesecake Recipe


Coconut Butter & Coconut Oil


banana recipes
Banana Recipes – 30 Healthy Ideas

  Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Healthy Banana Bread

(Can Be Oil Free!)

4.89/5 (81)

Rate this recipe

Published on August 22, 2016

Meet Katie

Chocolate Covered Katie is one of the top 25 food websites in America, and Katie has been 
featured on The 
Today Show, CNN, 
Fox, The 
Huffington Post, and 
ABC's 5 O’Clock News. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating dessert every single day.

Learn more about Katie

Get Free Recipes

Don’t Miss Out On The NEW Free Healthy Recipes

Sign up below to receive exclusive & always free healthy recipes right in your inbox:

Chocolate Covered Katie The Healthy Dessert Blog Recipes

Popular Right Now

Reader Interactions


Leave a comment or reviewLeave a rating
  1. Joe says

    I tried this but my food processor was not up to the task of blending the frozen bananas. They just bounced around in there, notwithstanding the addition of almond milk (I didn’t want it to be a smoothie, so there was only so much nutmilk I could add).
    Then I tried the Nutribullet and it too protested the workload. Suggestions?

    • Jason Sanford says

      Banana ice cream is pretty popular around the internet, so it should work in pretty much any blender! Sounds like maybe your bananas just need to thaw a bit more for your blender to be able to handle them? Try thawing them before processing 🙂

  2. Lizzie says

    Thank you for these recipes! My sweet daughter in law is a vegan and now I can make her ice cream to have while the rest of the family enjoys our traditional ice cream. I found it delicious just doing the banana recipe but plan to try more varieties.

  3. Vivian says

    We made the chocolate last night and it is to die for! Thanks for such a great recipe. We can’t post a picture because we ate all of it before we thought about taking a picture.

  4. Callum Palmer says

    This ice cream looks amazing and I’ll for sure try to make it myself. I do like that you listed out all the ingredients and instructions. I’ll try adding some extra things that you didn’t list here and see how it changed the overall taste of the ice cream.

  5. Raphael says

    I always make the chocolate kind with just good old bananas and cocoa powder, but I find freezing it to be too much trouble since if you freeze for too long it’s an icy chocolate rock lol. Instead I mix in a couple heaping tablespoons of ground flax seed and refrigerate it! Works sort of like chia pudding; when you wait a little while the texture thickens up a ton! It’s not frozen like ice cream but I love it as a chocolate pudding, tastes like brownie batter.

  6. Janet says

    Delish! I followed the recipe for Banana Chocolate ice cream adding Almond milk for easier blending in the food processor, then allowed it to freeze for an hour to harden. It turned out excellent! Added walnuts for extra crunch and voila, the perfect cold treat! We really couldn’t tell the difference b/t regular ice cream and this recipe. Can’t wait to make other flavors! Thank you for sharing…

  7. Chance says

    SO SO good! I am trying to kick sugar out of my diet and my favorite dessert is icecream. I did the Pina colada flavor and I suggest if you want it more tropical add more pineapples!

  8. Linda says

    Used a vita mix blender to blend unfrozen bananas and raw cashews together until smooth, then froze in separate containers. Really easy and tastes good!

  9. Amy says

    I’m in the market for a food processor…any suggestions? Or what did you use? I’m wondering if a smaller one or larger one would work better for something like this!

  10. Cammy Fifer says

    PS. This ugly-looking fat-burning ‘prickly flower’ looks like this. You can even find it in your backyard!

  11. Jess says

    Love this!! Is there a way to combine this and your whipped cream recipe to make some sort of banana whipped cream since that’s more light than coconut cream? Thanks!! 🙂

  12. Candice Gayle says

    Great great great recipe!! I tried the peanut butter and chocolate mixed together, but I had to add way more milk, it wasn’t blending even with my high speed blender **shrugs** WOW never knew icecream could be so easy and delicious!!! Thanks so much!

  13. Allison says

    Thank you for these!! I make the chocolate peanut butter one alllll the time! I love your extra touches like adding vanilla and salt to really boost the flavor.

    Maybe you’ve already thought of this one, but a pumpkin “milkshake” flavor would be sooo good! I had the idea tonight when making some nice cream and tried to come up with my own version…it was not as amazing as I’d hoped. 😂 I’m sure you would nail it though!

  14. Kelly says

    This recipe is so good and so simple. I have a huge sweet tooth and have been looking for healthier alternatives to cookies and ice cream when I’m craving something sweet after dinner. I fully expected this not to hit the spot (I’m a bit of an ice cream snob), but it is DELICIOUS. The consistency was great- a bit thicker than soft serve. I used 1.5 frozen bananas, a tbsp of peanut butter, tbsp of cocoa powder, and some oat milk to help it blend in my food processor. Yum!!!

See More Comments

Leave A Reply

Get Free Recipes

Don’t Miss Out On The NEW Free Healthy Recipes

Sign up below to receive exclusive & always free healthy recipes right in your inbox:

Chocolate Covered Katie The Healthy Dessert Blog Recipes