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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: https://chocolatecoveredkatie.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.
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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. Cammy Fifer says

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

  2. 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!! 🙂

  3. 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!

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