Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Ice Cream



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This healthy oatmeal raisin ice cream is made with a banana ice cream base and has oats and raisins throughout. It’s naturally sweetened and absolutely delicious! 

This recipe came to me while I was making oatmeal raisin protein cookies, which use bananas as the base. I decided to taste the “batter” and turns out the batter was delicious on its own (no surprise there). I couldn’t stop eating it.

And after a few tastes I knew I needed to make a cinnamon oatmeal raisin ice cream use my one ingredient banana ice cream recipe as a the base.

Scoop of oatmeal raisin banana ice cream in a cake cone.

The funny thing is that there’s an ice cream shop here in Richmond called Gelati Celesti that has a flavor called cinnamon oatmeal cookie dough and it’s my all-time favorite, but the idea of making a healthy banana soft serve version never crossed my mind. 

If you’re dealing with sweltering heat right now, I highly recommend cool down with this healthy frozen treat. You can feel good about eating it because it’s vegan, low-fat, gluten-free (if you use gluten-free oats) and absolutely delicious. 

Frozen banana, raisins, cinnamon and oats in a food processor before being blended.

Here’s What You Need:

  • frozen bananas – frozen bananas are the base of this vegan “nice cream”. I like to cut them into chunks so they blend up a little easier in the food processor.
  • old fashioned oats – adds a little texture and a delicious oatmeal cookie flavor.
  • raisins – another staple ingredient in this recipe. The raisins add a hint of sweetness and raisin flavor that pairs with the oatmeal.
  • unsweetened vanilla almond milk – any non-dairy milk works, but I like using unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
  • cinnamon – the perfect spice to bring all of the flavors together!
Side by side photos of oatmeal raisin ice cream mixture in a food processor and a photo of the ice cream mixture spread out on a dish.

Is Banana Ice Cream Healthier Than Traditional Ice Cream?

Heck yes! This “ice cream” is lower in sugar and higher in fiber thanks to the banana. It’s also low-fat, dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free, making it a great treat for those with dietary restrictions. I actually prefer banana ice cream to regular ice cream and Liv is a big fan too!

Ice cream scooper with a scoop of oatmeal raisin ice cream.

How to Store

My batch always disappears a little too quickly… but if you have self control and want to store leftovers, this will last for up to 3 months when stored in an airtight container in the freezer.

Bird's eye view photo of 4 ice cream cones with scoops of oatmeal raisin ice cream.

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3.78 from 48 votes

Oatmeal Raisin Ice Cream

My favorite cinnamon oatmeal raisin ice cream made healthy using frozen bananas as a base!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 2 frozen bananas, in chunks
  • cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 – 4 Tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or other non-diary milk
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Place frozen banana chunks, oatmeal, raisins, almond milk (start with 2 Tablespoons) and cinnamon into a food processor.
  • Pulse/process until smooth and creamy. You may need to turn off the motor and stir the mixture a couple times while processing.
  • Grab bowls and serve immediately. We love this eaten as soft serve right after blending!
  • For a scoop-able ice cream, transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe dish and freezer for two hours. Scoop and serve.


Serving: 1/2 of recipe | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 22g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oatmeal raisin ice cream
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  1. 5 stars
    Sounds gorgeous! I’m on a softserve kick of late! Made a cherry garcia version..amazing! Love your idea!

    1. Please share your cherry Garcia ingredients… Pretty please, with LOTS of cherries on top!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m loving the banana soft serve lately. I love putting peanut butter and cocoa powder in mine, but this rendition looks so tasty!

  3. Can’t wait to try this! the banana soft serve is always a little to “banana-y” for me, so I bet I will love this. Congratulations on your wedding!

  4. Banana soft serve is such a dangerous thing! My only deterrent to making it is cleaning the food processor, though it doesn’t often stop me :S

    1. ROFL!!!! I have this EXACT same problem!! I love Nice Cream and Energy Balls but that blasted food processor!!! ARGH!!!

  5. 5 stars
    I’m making this for our dessert tonight! I’m so excited! I hope you had a wonderful honeymoon! You looked gorgeous at your wedding! 🙂

  6. oo I’m so going to try this out! Only with pumpkin because I’m allergic to bananas sadly :/ lol hope it works! lol

  7. This looks absolutely delicious! And my favorite part is that it looks relatively simple. I’m pretty atrocious at recipes – but I think I might be able to handle this one 🙂 Thanks for the great share!

  8. Sounds amazing! What a happy accident this treat was. Since ice cream is my weakness – but not belly fat friendly – I need a healthy substitute, so I plan to try it out (but without the raisins).

  9. This looks great! AND it looks TIU friendly! Thank you so much – after reading about your Tone It Up experience, I joined and am so happy!

  10. Yes Yes YES!!!! I cannot wait to try this! Especially since I am craving ice cream right now! 🙂 This recipe is genius!

    1. Yeah, you can totally mash the frozen banana with a fork or spoon. It will be a little lumpy and not as creamy but it will still taste good. 🙂

    1. Yes!! It tastes best right after preparing it, but you can certainly freeze it. Just bring it out 5-10 minutes before you want to eat it because it freezes up pretty solid! 🙂

  11. Oh my! This sounds great! I’m thinking a drop or two of rum extract would make it rum raisin ice cream! Thanks!

  12. I was just dying to try this recipe so I made it tonight. I swapped out the raisins for a couple of mashed dates and blended the oats in the food processor themselves before adding anything out. I am an oat lover, but something about oats in ice cream just didn’t seem right to me at first. I also mashed the dates with a fork before putting them in the processor with everything else because I’m picky with textures. It turned out great! Very sweet and creamy, although I think almost too sweet. Next time I make this I think I’ll just scrap the dates/raisins altogether and leave it with oats and ice cream. Tasty!

  13. 5 stars
    I’m going to try this out. Me and my wife will have a dinner date tonight, and this one will be an additional to our table. Thank you so much!

  14. This sounds so good. I am doing weight watchers and I miss ice cream SO MUCH lol. I can’t wait to try this

  15. I can NOT wait to try this. I am doing weight watchers, and I miss ice cream SO MUCH. This sounds amazing– and I can eat it for only 5 points!

  16. I dream about this ice cream it’s that good!! Thanks for such a good recipe! I wanted to add protein powder to mine and it still tasted great!

  17. 5 stars
    Thanks for the additional tips! I just have rolled oats at the moment, so I’ll let them sit for a half hour or so & let them absorb some extra moisture.