Healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

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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 banana 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 – I recommend peeling and chopping your bananas before freezing so they’re easier to blend!
  • 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 – any brand of almond butter works – just make sure the only ingredients are almonds and salt! I like the Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s brands.
  • cacao powder – or cocoa powder works!
  • cacao nibs or chocolate chips – optional but I love the texture it adds. If you use chocolate chips, I recommend Lily’s chocolate chips as there is no added sugar.

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?!?

Get Creative!

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.

Healthy Frozen Treats To Try

Healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

5 from 41 votes
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!
Two bowls with scoops of chocolate banana ice cream.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 frozen bananas, chopped into chunks
  • ¼ cup almond milk, unsweetened chocolate or vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter
  • ½ – 1 Tablespoon cacao powder, or cocoa powder
  • ½ Tablespoons cacao nibs or chocolate chips, optional

Instructions
 

  • Place bananas, almond milk, almond butter and cocoa powder into a food processor or high speed blender.
  • Pulse/process until smooth and creamy. You may need to turn off the motor and stir the mixture a couple times while processing.
  • 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.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 of recipe Calories: 240kcal Carbohydrates: 47g Protein: 4g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2g Sodium: 26mg Fiber: 7g Sugar: 23g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate banana ice cream

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    96 comments
    1. Teri
      September 7, 2021 AT 11:33 pm

      5 stars
      Wow that was really good ice cream. I’am buying bananas every week now! Thanks to you… I have good ice cream to eat🤗

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 8, 2021 AT 12:14 pm

        Yay!! So happy to hear this ice cream was a hit, Teri! Thanks for trying it out and coming back to leave a review. It means so much to me!

    2. Justine
      August 31, 2021 AT 6:55 am

      5 stars
      I love it and super easy

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 31, 2021 AT 10:35 am

        Yay! So pumped to hear this ice cream was a hit, Justine! Thanks for trying it out and coming back to leave a review. It means so much to me!

    3. Patricia
      August 9, 2021 AT 6:15 pm

      5 stars
      So happy with how this turned out! Made it as a quick dessert for my kiddos since I had all the ingredients on hand. Added the optional half tbsp of cacao nibs as well. We all loved it, and will be making it again, for sure. Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 10, 2021 AT 11:04 am

        Woo!! So glad this banana ice cream was a hit! Thanks for the review, Patricia!

    4. Vern Yip
      August 1, 2021 AT 9:36 pm

      Hi! Is there a way to make a nut free version? Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2021 AT 8:44 pm

        You can use tahini or sun butter, or simply skip the nut butter!

    5. Alanna
      June 26, 2021 AT 7:16 pm

      5 stars
      This is delicious! A hit with my whole family. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 28, 2021 AT 12:13 pm

        I’m so glad you enjoyed this ice cream, Alanna! Thanks for the review 🙂

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