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Ultimate Banana Nice Cream 

This is the ultimate chocolate banana nice cream! Made with bananas, this is a delicious and healthy treat that everyone will love.

Two glass ice cream bowls filled with scoops of chocolate nice cream. Chocolate sauce is being poured over top the bowl closest to you.
Drizzle of chocolate sauce being poured over bowls of the ultimate chocolate nice cream.

You are not gonna believe this amazing chocolate banana nice cream! 

It’s made with simple ingredients like bananas, dairy free milk, and cocoa powder. It’s also free of eggs, nuts, gluten, and can be made sugar free! 

This healthy ice cream is perfect anytime you have a sweet tooth craving and some overripe bananas. The best part? No ice cream maker is required! You will get soft-serve ice cream with just some frozen banana slices and a blender. 

There are a lot of 3 ingredient nice cream recipes out there, but this one is different. It is the ULTIMATE Nice Cream recipe! This one is filled with those little extras to make it a stand out recipe that you go to again and again. 

Consider this the ultimate guide to making the ultimate chocolate nice cream!

Ingredients 

Here is a quick rundown of what ingredients you’ll need for this banana nice cream. 

Ingredients for chocolate nice cream in various glass bowls on a wood tabletop. Black and white labels have been added to name each ingredient.
Ingredients on the table in bowls ready to assemble into ice cream.
  • Bananas: The more ripe the bananas are before you freeze them, the better the nice cream will be! I like to let mine get tons of freckles and spots. Then, I slice them into coins and freeze them on a parchment lined baking sheet for a few hours before transferring them into a container for longer storage. 
  • Cocoa Powder: You can use either natural, unprocessed or Dutch processed cocoa powder. Both have great results but with slightly different flavors. The Natural is unprocessed and has retained a few more of the natural antioxidants in the cocoa powder. Dutch processed is darker, sweeter, and has a richer flavor, but not as many health benefits. Choose which one you like best! 
  • Dairy free Milk: Any kind of dairy free milk will work. I find that a richer milk like coconut milk and soy milk give good results. 
  • Dairy free Whipped Cream: There are a lot of new dairy free whipped creams available in stores. Go with the one that works best with your allergies. I have a list of the ones I enjoy in the allergy substitutions section. 
  • Vanilla: A bit of vanilla to deepen the chocolate flavor. 
  • Sugar: This ingredient is optional, but if you are going to make the ultimate nice cream, a touch extra of sugar never hurts! Use white sugar or coconut sugar to keep this refined sugar free. You can also omit this ingredient if you wish to have this with no added sugar. 
  • Salt: A pinch of salt really helps to balance all the flavors out. 

Best Dairy free Whipped Cream 

There are lots of options for store bought whipped cream. Here are a few of them. 

  • Forager Project
  • So Delicious Coco Whip
  • Silk Whipping Cream 
  • Trader Joe’s Coconut Whip 
  • TruWhip Vegan
  • 365 Oat-Based Whipped Topping 

Variations

There are so many ways to jazz up this vegan ice cream. Here are a few of my favorite flavors. 

  • Mocha Chip: Replace half a cup of milk with half a cup of strongly brewed coffee, chilled of course! After blending, stir in chocolate chips and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Let it freeze and enjoy! 
  • Mint Chocolate Chip: Add a few drops of peppermint extract while blending. Be careful! Mint can get overwhelming quickly. After blending, stir in chocolate chips. Let it freeze and enjoy! 
  • Peanut Butter Banana: Replace the vegan whipped cream with your favorite peanut butter, or any nut/seed butter. Sprinkle some dark chocolate chips on top. 
  • Different Toppings: And of course, you can totally change the flavor with some toppings. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
    • A handful of chocolate chips, different fresh fruits like raspberries or strawberries, sliced banana with chocolate syrup, crumbled cookies, or some crunchy granola. 

Recommended Equipment 

A good high-speed blender or food processor is essential for this recipe. If you only have a traditional blender, this recipe will still work, it just might not get the same soft-serve consistency. However, it will still taste amazing. 

Instructions 

Make sure to check out the recipe card below for the full recipe and ingredient list.

Making this is really easy! Into a large blender or food processor, add the dairy free milk, frozen Making this is really easy! Into a large blender or food processor, add the dairy free milk, frozen bananas, whipped cream, and vanilla. Blend this together a few times before adding the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt. Then, blend on high speed until it all comes together! 

Ingredients in a blender before blending together.
Ingredients before blending.
Ingredients in the blender after blending together.
Ingredients after blending.

You may need to scrape it down a few times or use a blending stick to make sure that all the ingredients are fully incorporated. 

Pour this into a parchment lined container (I used a loaf pan) or other freezer-safe container and spread it into a single layer. Let it freeze for about 2 hours, or until it is scoopable. Serve and enjoy! 

Tip! You don’t have to freeze this to serve this nice cream. This can be served like soft serve ice cream right away after blending it together. 

Placing the nice cream in a metal loaf pan lined with parchment paper before freezing it.
Smoothing the top of the nice cream before freezing.
An ice cream scoop resting in a loaf pan after freezing the nice cream.
After freezing, the nice cream hardens so you can scoop it like traditional ice cream.

If you made this and it’s been in the freezer for more than a few hours, it will have a firmer texture than regular ice cream. Let it rest on the countertop for 5 to 10 minutes so that it is easier to scoop. 

FAQs 

How long do bananas take to freeze? 

This depends on your freezer and how big of chunks you cut your bananas. For me, it takes about 3 hours for the bananas to freeze up when I slice them into about 1-inch chunks. 

How can you make a banana ripen quicker? 

The classic technique for ripening bananas is to pop the bananas into a paper bag and fold it over a few times. This traps the off gasses naturally produced and helps the banana ripen faster. 

Two glass ice cream bowls filled with scoops of chocolate nice cream and covered in chocolate sauce. Flowers are blurred in the background.
Two bowls of chocolate nice cream with extra chocolate sauce on top.

How to Store 

Store any leftover nice cream in a freezer safe container for up to a month. 

Allow the nice cream to rest on the countertop for 10 minutes before scooping to allow it to soften slightly. 

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Two glass ice cream bowls filled with scoops of chocolate nice cream. Chocolate sauce is being poured over top the bowl closest to you.

Ultimate Banana Nice Cream

This is the ultimate chocolate banana nice cream! Made with bananas, this is a delicious and healthy treat that everyone will love.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time (Optional): 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ice cream
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 132kcal

Equipment

  • blender or food processor
  • measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Freezer safe container

Ingredients

  • 4 bananas frozen, about 4 cups
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup milk I recommend soy milk but any plant-based milk works
  • ½ cup vegan whipped cream I recommend coco whip
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or omit, can swap with coconut or date sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Freeze the bananas. Peel and slice the ripe bananas into 1-inch thick coins and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze for 2 hours or until fully frozen before transferring to a freezer safe container for longer storage.I typically do this the night before I’m making nice cream.
  • Blend the nice cream together. In a large blender or food processor, add the frozen bananas, dairy free milk, vegan whipped cream, and vanilla. Blend this together for about a minute before adding the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt. Blend on high until fully combined. You may need to use a spatula to scrape down the sides and have it fully combined.
  • Freeze and serve! Serve as soft serve immediately after blending, or, transfer it to a parchment lined freezer safe container. Freeze for 2 hours or until scoopable. Scoop and serve! After freezing overnight, allow the nice cream to rest on the kitchen countertop for 10 minutes to make it easier to scoop.

Notes

  • Variations 
    • There are so many ways to jazz up this vegan ice cream. Here are a few of my favorite flavors. 
    • Mocha Chip: Replace half a cup of milk with half a cup of strongly brewed coffee, chilled of course! After blending, stir in chocolate chips and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Let it freeze and enjoy! 
    • Mint Chocolate Chip: Add a few drops of peppermint extract while blending. Be careful! Mint can get overwhelming quickly. After blending, stir in chocolate chips. Let it freeze and enjoy! 
    • Peanut Butter Banana: Replace the vegan whipped cream with your favorite peanut butter, or any nut/seed butter. Sprinkle some dark chocolate chips on top. 
    • Different Toppings: And of course, you can totally change the flavor with some toppings. Here are a few of my personal favorites: 
      • A handful of chocolate chips, different fresh fruits like raspberries or strawberries, sliced banana with chocolate syrup, crumbled cookies, or some crunchy granola.

Nutrition

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 116IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg
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