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 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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    82 comments
    1. Sophi
      October 4, 2020 AT 4:54 pm

      How much does this make? Like how large is each serving?

    2. Erica
      September 10, 2020 AT 10:09 am

      Summer needs to sick around all year long so I can eat this banana ice cream all.the.time.! So tasty and guilt free. Love love love!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 10, 2020 AT 12:56 pm

        So glad you’re loving this ice cream, Erica!! Thanks for taking the time to come back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    3. Vanessa
      July 12, 2020 AT 4:18 pm

      Delicious! This is so refreshing and tastes great as soft serve or frozen for a few hours.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 13, 2020 AT 1:18 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this nice cream recipe, Vanessa! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it. 🙂

    4. Cassidy
      June 15, 2020 AT 10:33 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 17, 2020 AT 5:36 pm

        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. 🙂

    5. Jennifer
      June 14, 2020 AT 9:20 pm

      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!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 15, 2020 AT 12:50 am

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Jennifer. I’m so glad this recipe was a hit!! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    6. Debbie Schnur
      June 14, 2020 AT 12:26 am

      Made this with peanut butter and soy milk. So delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 15, 2020 AT 12:55 am

        Ahh yay!! So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Debbie. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    7. Naomi Robinson
      June 11, 2020 AT 7:12 pm

      Definitely need to make this healthier version for my ice cream obsessed boys!

    8. Kelsey
      June 11, 2020 AT 11:18 am

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 11, 2020 AT 12:49 pm

        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. 🙂

    9. Jasmine
      June 10, 2020 AT 9:38 pm

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 11, 2020 AT 12:49 pm

        You’re so welcome, Jasmine!! So glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it!

    10. Mary-Lou
      June 10, 2020 AT 11:13 am

      Mmm so good and dairy free.

    11. Margarete Parker
      June 9, 2020 AT 10:24 am

      can I substitute coconut butter for almond butter?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 9, 2020 AT 10:28 am

        I think coconut butter will work just fine as a sub for almond butter. It will give it a coconut flavor, but I’m sure that will be tasty with the chocolate and banana.

    12. Melissa
      June 8, 2020 AT 6:15 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 8, 2020 AT 8:19 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this ice cream, Melissa!! Thanks for trying it and for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    13. Pamela HESTER
      June 8, 2020 AT 11:40 am

      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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 9, 2020 AT 2:34 pm

        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.

    14. Julie Garmon
      June 8, 2020 AT 9:55 am

      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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 8, 2020 AT 11:19 am

        Ahh I’m so glad you guys are loving this banana ice cream, Julie. Thanks for taking the time to come back and comment. 🙂

    15. Anthea Willis
      May 30, 2020 AT 8:23 am

      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!!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 2, 2020 AT 5:58 pm

        Yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Anthea. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it!

    16. Katie
      April 5, 2020 AT 9:48 pm

      Yum! Yum! Yum! Very soft but so good!

    17. Jessica
      March 30, 2020 AT 6:54 pm

      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!

    18. MP
      March 24, 2020 AT 2:40 pm

      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!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 25, 2020 AT 12:15 am

        I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!! Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, I so appreciate it. <3

    19. SHANON MALLERY
      November 17, 2019 AT 5:11 pm

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 18, 2019 AT 11:44 am

        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!

    20. Jennie
      August 7, 2019 AT 1:44 pm

      I love my Yo-nanna, frozen banana mill….wonder if this would work in that ? ( you can bet I am gonna try)

    21. Jennifer
      July 4, 2019 AT 7:51 pm

      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!

    22. Joyce B
      July 4, 2019 AT 4:37 am

      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’!”

    23. Donna
      November 23, 2017 AT 11:36 am

      Tell me what food processor you recommend for something like this some of them are so expensive

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 24, 2017 AT 1:04 pm

        I have a Cuisinart 9 cup food processor and use it all the time. Here’s the one I have: http://bit.ly/2zW5QMZ

    24. Sheby
      August 24, 2017 AT 4:46 pm

      …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.

    25. G
      July 22, 2017 AT 8:06 am

      I’m allergic to almonds and coconut while trying to go Paleo. Any suggestions for this recipe?

      1. Fit_lady
        July 31, 2017 AT 1:49 pm

        I’m sure you could use any other kind of nut butter. I’m going to try this with chocolate protein powder/shake instead of the chocolate almond milk. I’m not allergic, but I like the idea of adding a little protein.

        1. Amanda Strachan
          April 23, 2020 AT 6:15 pm

          I tried it with my Vega Mocha flavoured protein instead of cacao powder and it was so yummy!

        2. Brittany Mullins
          August 1, 2017 AT 8:05 am

          Love this idea! Let me know how it turns out.

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