Here's how to make banana ice cream 4 delicious ways! This healthy nice cream is great for a vegan dessert with just a few simple ingredients like frozen bananas. Plus we're sharing our favorite flavor ideas: chocolate, mint chip, vanilla and strawberry!
Ice cream is just the best. Whether it's a hot summer day or a cold winter night, I could eat ice cream all year round!
Well, today I'm going to show you how to make the easiest ice cream of all time. No churning, no waiting, no dairy, no added sugar.
Sounds too good to be true? It's not! We're talking about how to make banana ice cream folks and if you haven't tried it yet, your about to fall in love. This simple, one-ingredient dessert will satisfy those ice cream cravings but still leave you feeling nice and light afterward!
What is Banana Nice Cream?
Simply put, banana ice cream is “ice cream” made out of frozen bananas! I call it “ice cream” because while it isn't technically ice cream, it still has that same creamy texture and delicious banana flavor! It's called “nice cream” because it's a much healthier version and is made with “naners” as some people refer to bananas.
Can You Really Make Ice Cream with Bananas?
You can make ice cream with bananas, but again, it's not technically ice cream. Traditional ice cream is made with sugar, cream, and sometimes even eggs. Banana ice cream? Just bananas!
But if you are a banana lover, then this will absolutely satisfy your ice cream craving. Banana ice cream is creamy, silky smooth, delicious and absolutely a cinch to make!
How to Make Banana Ice Cream
You only need two things to make banana ice cream: frozen bananas and a food processor/high-powered blender. And it takes about 5 minutes to make!
Freeze your bananas. Make sure to peel and slice them before you freeze them so they are easier to blend!
Add them to your food processor. I like using a food processor because I don't need to add any liquid to make it blend, so it stays creamier. But you can also do it in a blender – just make sure you have one that has a tamper type thing so you can move the ice cream around.
One Ingredient Banana Ice Cream
- 2 frozen sliced bananas
- Add the bananas to a food processor fit with the steel blade and process until the bananas have started to blend together and form an ice cream. Scrape down the sides as needed and continue to process until the bananas turn into a creamy, ice cream consistency.
- Top with you desired toppings and enjoy!
Banana Ice Cream Flavor Ideas
I truly believe there is no end to the possibilities with flavoring you banana nice cream, but today we're focusing on just four. Four of the classics are remade with their own healthy twist.
Here are the flavors we're making today:
- Chocolate (with cherries!)
- Mint Chip
All four are absolutely delicious and super easy to make! And yes, have fun with other flavors too – if you end up trying some new ones, let us know in the comments.
Vanilla Banana Ice Cream
The classic spin on vanilla ice cream. This recipe uses just a three ingredients and while it does have the banana flavor undertones, it will definitely remind you of classic vanilla! Top with chocolate chips and a bit of whipped coconut cream for the ultimate sundae.
How to make Vanilla Banana Ice Cream:
- 4 frozen bananas
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 – 2 tablespoons liquid of choice
Add the bananas into your food processor and process until they start to get creamy. Add the rest of your ingredients and process again until smooth. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
Next on our list is strawberry. This one uses a blend of bananas and frozen strawberries to create the healthiest strawberry ice cream you'll ever taste! It's creamy, sweet and so delicious.
How to make Strawberry Banana Ice Cream:
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 – 2 tablespoons liquid of choice
Add the bananas and strawberries into your food processor and process until they start to get creamy. Add the liquid and continue to process until smooth. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Chocolate Cherry Banana Ice Cream
We can't have a post about ice cream and not include chocolate! Chocolate is my favorite flavor of all ice creams and this one is seriously good. It's not only a base of banana, but also cherries which adds a really nice complexity to the flavor. Of course, we're also adding in some cacao powder to make it nice and chocolatey!
How to make Chocolate Cherry Banana Ice Cream:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- a whole avocado
- 2 – 3 tablespoons cacao powder
Add the bananas and cherries into your food processor and process until they start to get creamy. Add the avocado and cacao powder and continue to process until smooth. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Mint Chip Banana Ice Cream
And lastly… mint chip! Mint was never something I used to like, but in the last few years, it has become an obsession. Anything mint chocolate flavored I am HERE for! This is my healthy version of mint chip ice cream – you're going to love it!
How to make Mint Chip Banana Ice Cream:
- 4 frozen bananas cut into chunks
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
- 2 – 3 tablespoons cacao nibs or chocolate chips
- 1/4 teaspoon spirulina or matcha optional (for color)
Add all the ingredients to a food processor and process on high until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides as needed. Serve with cacao nibs or chocolate chips on top!
What Kind of Ice Cream is Your Favorite?
We'd love to know what kind of ice cream you like best! Drop your favorite flavor below and maybe we'll try to turn it into a banana ice cream flavor!