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What if I told you that you could have ice cream any time you wanted (and I’m not talking about our ice cream bread recipe).  Nope, it’s not a trick it’s an actually healthy ice cream made from only four ingredients and the main one is Banana!

Instead of Banana Ice Cream… let’s call it Banana NICE Cream.  It’s going to be your new best friend, you’ll be able to serve it to your kids whenever they ask for a treat and not feel bad about it!

Text in front of ice cream.

A couple of weeks ago we shared a delicious Kids Snacks: Banana Pudding Cups recipe with you and after our kids had it they wanted everything banana for a few days!

Of course, I thought it would be fun to make a banana ice cream and see if they noticed the difference from actual ice cream. They did, but they also didn’t care and said it was a delicious treat and proceeded to ask for it again and again for several days!

The best part of this recipe is how simple it is to make, the thing that takes the longest is freezing the bananas! So if you have time to do that, you’re golden!

How to Make Banana Ice Cream

Nice Cream Ingredients You Need:

  • 3 Frozen Bananas (take the peel off before freezing)
  • 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Milk

 Nice Cream instructions: 

Place the Bananas, Cocoa Powder, and Peanut Butter in a blender and pulse for about 30 seconds.  Add the 1/4 cup milk and continue to pulse until it’s the consistency of ice cream!  Eat right away or freeze to enjoy later!

A close up of a bowl of chocolate ice cream.

We like to add a chocolate drizzle, chocolate chips, and lots of other delicious toppings to ours but if you want to keep it pretty healthy just eat it like this without all the extra stuff on top!

If you cannot have peanut butter, we’ve used Almond butter in it instead and it’s just as good! I think that you could even leave that ingredient out and just enjoy a chocolatey banana ice cream without the peanut butter too!

RELATED: TRY THESE HIGH-PROTEIN PEANUT BUTTER MUFFINS!

A bowl of ice cream.

How do you turn your kid’s favorite treats into a healthy option? I’d love to hear!

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Banana Ice Cream

The best part of this recipe is how simple it is to make, the thing that takes the longest is freezing the bananas! So if you have time to do that, you’re golden!

Ingredients 

  • 3 Frozen Bananas take the peel off before freezing
  • 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Milk

Instructions 

  • Place the Bananas, Cocoa Powder and Peanut Butter in a blender and pulse for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the 1/4 cup milk and continue to pulse until it’s the consistency of ice cream!
  • Eat right away or freeze to enjoy later!

Additional Info

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Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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9 Comments

  1. This was hard to make or else I need a new blender. I couldn’t get the banana to chop up until it softened.

    1. I use a vitamix blender…regular blenders don’t seem to work as good for me!

    2. Exactly the same for me. Mine are in the blender now waiting to soften up so it will go through the blender. Even the ice chip doesn’t work.

  2. Banana is THE best ice cream maker! Our favorite is strawberry banana. Made with heavy cream, there’s nothing quite as smooth. I wouldn’t use Nesquick, per this recipe, as it contains too much sugar for my standards. However regular baking powder +raw honey would be a great nutritious substitute.
    Love this! Thanks for another great post Becky:)

  3. 5 stars
    So, I have a Vitamix and it still bogged down my motor and made it overheat and shut off. I used coco powder, Adams peanut butter the bananas and milk all per the recipe. Texture and flavor were great! I will definitely make this again. I think I will add the milk, peanut butter and coco powder first and then add the bananas in chunks.

  4. 4 stars
    I have always used just the bananas, and made the “ice cream” using the S blade in the food processor, rather than a blender.
    For variety I add frozen watermelon, rockmelon, strawberries or other fruit (normally only one fruit extra though).
    This is because I have to dodge food allergies to dairy, nuts, and if the bananas are ripe enough before freezing the ice cream doesn’t need any added sugar.