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Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

Sinfully rich, indulgently dark, and secretly healthy chocolate ice cream!

healthy chocolate ice cream recipe

This no-churn, creamy chocolate nice cream has a secret:

A full 1/3 cup of cocoa is packed into the recipe, for the ultimate richness. It’s the perfect healthy frozen treat for any dark chocolate lover.

Every time I make this chocolatey nice cream, I can’t stop eating it from the blender!

healthy chocolate ice cream

The new-and-improved recipe is adapted from the chocolate version of my original Banana Ice Cream Recipe, and it uses only natural ingredients, without any additional sweeteners.

If you’re not a dark chocolate fan, you can of course add a little stevia or pure maple syrup or your favorite sweetener if you wish.

But it is not required for the recipe, especially if you start with ripened bananas, often referred to as “nature’s candy” because of their ability to sweeten recipes naturally without having to add extra sugar.

nice cream

For those of you who don’t want a banana flavor, the extra cocoa added in this healthy ice cream does a great job masking the banana, and opting to use the nut butter (or your favorite nut-free alternative) masks it even more.

I honestly could not taste any banana at all. Then again, I love bananas so I might not be the best person to ask!

Every time I make this healthy chocolate ice cream recipe, I can’t stop eating it from the blender!

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

Total Time: 5m
Yield: 2 servings
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Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream
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Ingredients

  • 3 frozen, overripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tbsp peanut or almond butter, optional
  • pinch salt
  • broken-up dark chocolate bars or chips, optional
  • I added a few broken-up Larabar Bites

Instructions

*Make sure bananas are at least partially brown before peeling, chopping, and then freezing.

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor—you can add the optional chocolate and the brownie bites before or after blending. Process until completely smooth, adding a little milk of choice if it’s too thick for your blender to process.  Either serve immediately as soft serve, or freeze for about an hour and then scoop out with an ice cream scoop. Although nice cream tastes the best the day it’s made, you can technically freeze for up to a few weeks and thaw before eating.

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Published on February 16, 2017

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  1. Brina says

    Great recipe, Katie! I’ve always wanted to try Larabars, but never seem to have! I’d love to try the Hazelnut, Hemp and Cacao.

  2. Winnie says

    Hello Katie! My favourite so far is peanut butter chocolate chip, and I’d really like to try hazelnut cacao! Can’t find them in Singapore.

  3. Elizabeth says

    My all time favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough! I recently tried the hazelnut cacao though and loved it. You really can’t go wrong with any of the flavors!

  4. Lucia says

    I would love to try Cherry Chocolate Chip. Whenever I slept over at my Granny’s house as a child, she would have a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream waiting for me in the freezer. That flavor combination will always remind me of her, no matter what form the chocolate and cherries are packaged in.

  5. Rebecca Spirn says

    I love Larabars and love the short list of ingredients. I’ve been enjoying blueberry muffin and cherry pie flavors recently!

  6. Kaitlyn says

    I love the superfoods hazelnut, cacao, and hemp bars as well as the cashew cookie! Though I would eat any of them – I don’t think I’ve ever DISLIKED a Larabar flavor! Can’t wait to try these new “bites”!

  7. Natalie R says

    I love nice cream – make it at least once a month because it’s so easy and delicious (not to mention guilt-free). Never thought of adding Larabar bites into it / as a topping, but now I will definitely have to try! The hazelnut hemp & cacao sounds like the perfect addition to chocolate ice cream 🙂

  8. Cathleen says

    Thanks for this recipe. I am so relieved that it doesn’t have coconut! 🙂 I would love to try the Larabars with the chocolate mint…I absolutely love their chocolate chip bars. <3

  9. Donna Rinckel says

    This ice cream looks yummy. I am going to have to try this very soon. I’ve never tried the LaraBars before but I love nuts and chocolate so any combination of those would definitely be my favorite. I’ll be looking for them the next time I haunt the grocery store aisles. And I’d love to win the prize package and try them all! 🙂

  10. Kathy says

    Mint Chip Brownie bar and Mint Chocolate Truffle Bites both sound awesome! (I’m a Mint girl!) Also can’t wait to try your Easy Chocolate Brownie Nice Cream. Yum!

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