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 – 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.

Like This Recipe? More Healthy Frozen Treats To Try:

Healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

5 from 32 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


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


  • 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.


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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    1. 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 🙂

    2. June Kennedy
      June 8, 2021 AT 12:15 am

      5 stars
      Sooooo good!

    3. chirurgie esthetique tunisie
      June 7, 2021 AT 7:57 am

      5 stars
      Just in time, thank you

    4. Kirti
      March 29, 2021 AT 1:57 pm

      5 stars
      Thank you for sharing this🥰If i could have i would have given more than 5 🌟! The recipe was very easy to be made anytime with at home ingredients. Loved it! I replaced cocoa with coffee and almonds with walnuts (whatever was at home 😋) but it was amazing! Just one caution – it tastes wonderful but keep a control on quantity… its too heavy🤪

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 29, 2021 AT 4:00 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear. So glad you’ve been loving this recipe! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    5. Sophi
      October 4, 2020 AT 4:54 pm

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

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