Healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Make healthy chocolate banana ice cream with frozen bananas, cacao powder, almond milk and almond butter. It’s absolutely delicious, healthy, dairy-free and doesn’t require an ice cream maker!

Throughout the summer months I seem to crave ice cream. Maybe it’s childhood memories of chocolate and strawberry cones from Carl’s Ice Cream, the best soft-serve ice cream shop ever. Or maybe it’s the fact that it’s blazing hot outside and I need something to cool down. Either way, I could eat ice cream every day. It’s always been my favorite dessert so when I found out you could make healthy ice cream from ONE ingredient (frozen bananas) I was in heaven.

Two bowls with scoops of chocolate banana ice cream.

I actually have to thank my mother-in-law for the idea because she was the first person to introduce me to it. This was years ago — way before the land of Pinterest. Now everyone knows about frozen banana ice cream, which is awesome!! I’m just waiting for someone to open a shop with healthy fruit-based ice creams here in Richmond.

Anyhow, this summer I’ve been on a banana ice cream bender… again. I’ve been making a bunch of different combos and have found a new favorite.

Two bowls with scoops of chocolate banana ice cream with two gold spoons.

Here’s What You Need:

  • frozen bananas
  • almond milk – I used unsweetened chocolate almond milk for more chocolate flavor without adding sugar and it was delicious! Unsweetened vanilla almond milk works great too.
  • almond butter
  • cacao powder – or cocoa powder works!
  • cacao nibs or chocolate chips – optional but I love the texture it adds.

We all know banana and chocolate go well together, but you introduce a little almond butter to the mix and things get real. Chocolate, banana and almond butter = the trifecta.

Of all my years buying Almond Breeze this was my first time buying the unsweetened chocolate. Crazy, right? I’m excited I finally decided to try it because I can definitely see myself buying it again. I’ve actually been using it as creamer for my iced cold brew coffee and it’s quite delicious. Like a mocha iced latte. 🙂

Blender side by side photo of the chocolate banana ice cream being blended with dark chocolate chunks.

See how smooth and creamy it turns out?!?

I added in a few cacao nibs for a little crunch, but they’re totally optional. Isaac hates crunchy things like nuts and chocolate chips in his ice cream (or brownies) so I get that some people won’t be a fan.

Nibs or no nibs, this healthy ice cream is soooo good and incredibly easy to make! Ready for the recipe?

Bowl with two scoops of chocolate banana ice cream.

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Two bowls with scoops of chocolate banana ice cream.

Healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Make HEALTHY Chocolate Banana Ice Cream with frozen bananas, cacao powder, almond milk and almond butter. It’s absolutely delicious, healthy, dairy-free and doesn’t require an ice cream maker!


Ingredients

  • 3 frozen bananas, chopped into chunks
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (unsweetened chocolate or vanilla)
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/21 Tablespoon cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1/2 Tablespoons cacao nibs or chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place bananas, almond milk, almond butter and cocoa powder into a food processor (affiliate link) or high speed blender.
  2. Pulse/process until smooth and creamy. You may need to turn off the motor and stir the mixture a couple times while processing.
  3. Add in cacao nibs or chocolate chips (if using) and pulse once more. Spoon ice cream in to a bowl and enjoy! If you want to be able to scoop the ice cream you can place it in the freezer for 2 hours so it’s solid enough to scoop.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
  • Calories: 240
  • Sugar: 23g
  • Sodium: 26mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 47g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: chocolate banana ice cream

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    79 comments
  1. Yum!! I had a sweet craving and was so glad to try this. Checked everything I needed and made me feel good knowing it was a healthier option too! The consistency reminded me of a frosty which was delightful. Thanks!

    • Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Cassidy. I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

  2. Healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream is definitely one of the most fun and delicious things I have ever made. 😁My husband couldn’t believe it was homemade and I almost didn’t share it with him! Brittany, this is straight up magical, Thank you So Much!!!

  3. My 3 year old & I make “banana ice cream” on a regular basis, so we were very excited to try this exciting version of it! Just like all of the other EBF recipes we’ve tried THIS WAS AMAZING & super easy of course. Love that all of your recipes and quick and simple but still healthy and yummy!

    • Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Kelsey! I’m so glad this recipe was a hit. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

  4. Fantastic!! This was so easy and incredible! I prefer it without the chocolate chips. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Couldn’t wait to get home from my 4 mile power walk this afternoon and enjoy this wonderful healthy ice cream. The flavor was wonderful not too sweet chocolate chips I added or just the perfect touch satisfied my sweet tooth! I will definitely be making it a lot. Love all of your recipes!

  6. Chocolate Banana Ice Cream: How would I be able to lower the grams of sugar, other than omitting the cocoa nibts? Leave out the almond butter? Recipe sounds wonderful. I’m currently doing Weight Watchers and the sugar will make it very high in points. Thanking you in advance, Pamm

    • Hey Pamela – If you use a natural almond butter that only has one or two ingredients it shouldn’t have added sugar in it (maybe 1 gram of sugar max) so that won’t really change the sugar content of this recipe too much. I would omit the cocoa nibs / chocolate chips if you’re trying to lower the sugar content.

  7. Just made this. It’s incredible! I have celiac (and it’s GF) and my husband has type 2 diabetes. He found out in Sept of 2019 and is beating it with diet and exercise. He love his new banana ice cream!!

    Blessings,
    Julie

  8. So good! I only had plain, unsweetened almond milk so used 1 tbsp. of the cocoa and it was excellent. I had it right away and out of the freezer. I will definitely be keeping this recipe on hand.
    Thank you!!!!

  9. Amazzzzing!! My husband and I have been trying to eat healthier and thought we’d give this a recipe a shot. I love my sweets and Seriously we could not believe how good this was!! I don’t see myself buying ice cream again when I can just make this. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Since I had plain unsweetened almond milk, I added a scoop of dark chocolate protein powder instead of increasing the cacao powder.

    Yummy! Thanks for a recipe that is healthy . Also nice, even though I love banana bread, to not have all that extra banana bread around to eat!!

  11. Thank you for this GREAT idea! I added a little more cacao and almond butter, but the result is still a delicious, healthy treat!

    • Yayyy!! I’m so glad that you tried and enjoyed this recipe, Shannon. Thank you for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. The ratings are super helpful to other readers so I really appreciate it!

  12. YUM!!! My husband and I are enjoying this tasty treat right now. I subbed coconut milk and peanut butter for almonds since we can’t eat almonds. I needed to double the milk to get the right texture in my food processor and it’s super tasty and creamy. I haven’t had anything similar to chocolate ice cream in close to 4 years, so this is especially special. Thank you!

  13. I “discovered” frozen banana “ice cream” a year ago, but haven’t made it much, having recently discovered many unhappy allergies. However, I can eat sunflower butter, which is amazingly delicious, so am going to try the ice cream with that in place of almond butter. It’s a bit runny, so I may need to add more banana, but as my former mother-in-law, a Kentucky hill woman, used to say, “Ain’t complainin’, just explainin’!”

  14. …I love this idea….sounds so yummm. However, theres very litle ” almond’ in Almond Milk that you buy, and you can actually make your own. I lived in CA, in the area where there was Blue Diamond Almond Farm and Plant, but I did research on it, and havent used Blue Diamond in a long time…; I am not criticizing, I am only stating an option. I realize the post was in partnership with Blue Diamond, and I respect that,to the end that it helps make your site possible…that is the reason I stated it was not to criticize, only to share information.

  15. Hi! I am really planning to add this on my list for my soon-to-be business 🙂 I hope its okay to use this as part of my food testing and tasting hehehe but i should ask, if i put this in freezer how many days it would last?

  16. This was so good. My husband and I enjoyed this with our evening tea. My 8 year old son was eating his Reese’s peanut butter cup ice cream sandwich and tasted ours. Now he wants some next time. Yeah, healthy ice cream snack.

  17. This is amazingly delicious!!! I actually used chocolate cashew milk instead of almond…..soooooo delicious! I also sprinkled some wheat germ on top …..even better!

  18. This looks delicious and I would love to try it. I have evrything other than the chocolate almond breeze but I’m down for a quick grocery store trip. Quick question, can you double check the nutrition on this? The carbs and sugars seem off. 7 g carbs, 47 g sugar?

    • Hi Heather! I hope you love the ice cream!! The nutrition info is confusing, the amount comes after the term so there’s 7 grams of fat, 47 grams of carbs and 24 grams of sugar. I put lines in so it’s easier to tell which number goes with which!

    • Thanks Daniela! It tastes the best when served right away, but I’m sure you could store it in the freezer for a few weeks. It does tend to get really hard when frozen so you’ll need to take it out of the freezer to thaw a bit (like 15 minutes or so) before serving.

      • I grew up on Carl’s as well, and have many fond memories attached to it. I took my brother to Carl’s yesterday for Father’s Day (he now lives in Richmond). Unfortunately, I have developed a bad reaction to cow’s milk, so I paid the price for my scoop of strawberry creaminess. But finding this dairy free version of creamy deliciousness is making my mouth water. Thanks!

  19. I make banana ice cream all the time in the summer too. Chocolate almond milk would be an awesome addition to this and coffee! Thanks for the idea. We just moved and I can’t find my food processor blades. Of all the things to lose! I’m about thisclose to ordering new ones.

  20. I just bought the unsweetened chocolate for the first time last week. I didn’t think I would love it but I did. I will absolutely have to put some into my cold brew! Great idea!!

  21. You keep telling me to make this, and I have no excuse now that I have a ton of frozen bananas in the freezer… Now I need to get my hands on some unsweetened chocolate almond milk (which, what the heck… I’ve never bought either.. I’m thinking it wasn’t available until recently?)!

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