Banana Nice Cream – 4 Ways

5 from 16 votes

Learn how to make banana nice cream 4 different ways! Traditional vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and even a peanut butter version! Easy and delicious!

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Banana nice cream – A dairy-free option to traditional ice cream that’s just as delicious! Thick, creamy, and naturally sweet, no one will be complaining! This recipe features 4 flavor options: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and peanut butter, but you can easily mix and match to create your own unique flavor. The best part, each recipe is made with minimal ingredients and no added sugar!

4 Nice cream flavors in white bowls: chocolate with chocolate chunks, strawberry with fresh strawberries on top, vanilla banana with banana slices on top, and peanut butter nice cream with a drizzle of peanut butter on top.

Summertime is the perfect time for enjoying delicious frozen treats like banana nice cream. You can make all 4 flavors at once or mix and match to create your own unique flavor combinations. I love to make a big batch of each flavor and then store them in the freezer for when those sweet cravings hit! Whether you’re craving something sweet or want a healthy snack that will cool you down on a hot day, these nice cream recipes have you covered.

why you’ll love these banana nice cream flavors

  • Vegan-friendly! There are no animal products in any of these recipes, so they’re perfect for those following a vegan diet.
  • Healthy! Each flavor is made with just a few simple ingredients and no added sugar. You can feel good about indulging in these sweet treats!
  • Quick and easy to make! All you need is a blender and some frozen bananas. These nice creams come together in minutes!
  • Crowd pleaser. Kids and adults alike will love these banana nice cream flavors. They make a great summertime dessert or snack!

Basic Ingredients you need to make Banana Nice Cream

To make your nice cream base, you really only need two ingredients – yes, two!! All you need is some ripe bananas and milk of your choice. That’s it! Creating flavors is a secondary option as the bananas alone make a delicious, naturally sweet treat. If you want to keep it super simple, you can just blend up some bananas and enjoy it as is. But if you’re looking to add some flavor to your nice cream, read on for my favorite recipes!

How To Make Banana Nice Cream 4-Ways

Below I’ve shared my recipes for making chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and peanut butter banana nice cream. These are just guidelines – feel free to mix and match ingredients to create your own unique flavors!

Ingredients for Banana Vanilla Nice Cream

  • Bananas: The riper the banana, the sweeter the nice cream.
  • Almond milk: You can use any milk you’d like, but I prefer almond milk for its light and creamy texture.
  • Vanilla extract: Adds a nice depth of flavor to the banana nice cream.
  • Salt: Just a little helps to bring out the sweetness of the bananas.
Ingredients for recipe: almond milk, bananas, vanilla, and salt.

How to make Banana Vanilla Nice Cream

  1. Place the bananas, vanilla extract, almond milk, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Blend or process until the mixture is the consistency of soft-serve.
2 image collage of ingredients before and after being blended.

Scope into bowls and enjoy!

Banana vanilla Nice cream topped with banana slices with bowls of other flavored nice cream off to side.

Ingredients for Chocolate Nice Cream

  • Bananas
  • Almond Milk
  • Cocoa powder: You can use dutch processed or natural cocoa powder. I prefer dutch processed for its rich flavor.
  • Salt
Ingredients for recipe: almond milk, bananas, cocoa powder, and salt.

How to make Chocolate Nice Cream

  1. Place the bananas, cocoa powder, almond milk, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Blend or process until the mixture is the consistency of soft-serve.
2 image collage of ingredients before and after being blended.

Throw it in the freezer and serve once hardened.

Chocolate Nice Cream in white bowl with chunks of chocolate added and a spoon dipped into the side.

Ingredients for Strawberry Nice Cream

  •  Bananas
  • Strawberries: I like to use fresh strawberries, but you can use a bag of frozen strawberries if you have them on hand.
  • Almond milk
  • Salt
Ingredients for recipe: almond milk, bananas, strawberries, and salt.

How to make Strawberry Nice Cream

  1. Place the bananas, strawberries, almond milk, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Blend or process until the mixture is the consistency of soft-serve.
2 image collage of ingredients before and after being blended.

Scope into a bowl and add additional toppings if you’d like!

Strawberry Nice Cream in white bowl with pieces of fresh strawberries added and chocolate nice cream off to side.

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Nice Cream

  • Bananas
  • Creamy Salted Peanut Butter: If you don’t have salted peanut butter, ensure you add ⅛ teaspoon of salt to the mixture.
  • Almond Milk
  • Cinnamon: This is optional, but I love the flavor it adds to the nice cream.
Ingredients for recipe: almond milk, bananas, peanut butter, and cinnamon.

How to make Peanut Butter Nice Cream

  1. Place the bananas, PB, almond milk, and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Blend or process until the mixture is the consistency of soft-serve.
2 image collage of ingredients before and after being blended.

Freeze and scope, and you’re ready to go!

2 scoops of Peanut butter Nice cream in a bowl with peanut butter drizzled on top and chocolate ice cream off to the side.

Tips for making Nice Cream With Bananas

  1. Choose the right bananas. The best bananas for nice cream are perfectly ripe, with maybe a few brown spots. This isn’t the time for using up overripe bananas – save them for oatmeal banana bread!
  2. Allow at least 2 hours in the freezer for firm-set nice cream. You can actually enjoy this straight out of the blender or food processor, but it has more of an ice cream-like texture after sitting in the freezer.
  3. Use a small blender for the best results. Since the quantity of two frozen bananas is not very much, the small volume makes it difficult to process in a large standard blender like the Vitamix. You can either double the quantities or opt for a small blender. My recommendation, though, as per the recipe instructions, is to use a small food processor.
  • Blend in more fruit. Like the strawberry version with the strawberries mixed into the frozen bananas, you can do the same with other fruits like mangoes, blueberries, pineapple, or peach. Any fruit will work, but keep in mind that some fruits may have a higher water content that will alter the texture of the nice cream.
  • Add mix-ins. A fun way to personalize your nice cream is to fold in some mix-ins after you’ve already blended the nice cream, before freezing it for the second time. You can swirl in jams, caramel, or other syrups, or fold in nuts, small chunks of fruit, chopped up chocolate, or even crushed-up cookies!
  • Serve in a cone or waffle cone bowl. If you want to get really fancy, serve your nice cream in a cone or waffle cone bowl. You can even make your own cones!
Nice cream four ways in freezer safe glass containers and a serving of strawberry nice cream being scooped out with an ice cream scooper.

how to store Nice Cream

I like to use a glass container with a lid to store my nice cream in the freezer. You could also use a parchment-lined loaf pan.

To prevent ice crystals from forming, make sure you press a piece of parchment paper directly onto the surface of the nice cream before freezing. This will help it stay smooth and creamy!

how long will banana ice cream last in the freezer?

Nice cream is best enjoyed within a week or two, but it will technically keep for up to a month.

Frequently asked questions

Does nice cream taste like bananas?

Yes and no. The main flavor of nice cream is banana, but depending on what other ingredients you add, the flavor can be quite different. For example, the chocolate nice cream has a strong cocoa flavor, while the strawberry nice cream tastes mostly like strawberries.

Is nice cream healthy?

Yes! Nice cream is made with just bananas and other wholesome ingredients like fruit, nuts, and spices. There is no added sugar or dairy, so it’s a great option for those who are looking for a healthier treat.

Can I make nice cream without a food processor?

Yes, you can make nice cream without a food processor, but it will be much more difficult to get a smooth texture. I recommend using a food processor if you have one. If not, you can try blending the bananas in a standard blender, but you may need to add more milk and stop to scrape down the sides frequently.

4 individual bowls with spoons of different flavored Nice Cream.

Banana nice cream is a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional ice cream. It’s easy to make at home with just a few simple ingredients, and there are endless possibilities for flavor combinations. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do!

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Banana Nice Cream – 4 Ways

Learn how to make banana nice cream 4 different ways! Traditional vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and even a peanut butter version! Easy and delicious!
5 from 16 votes
Servings 8
Course Dessert, Snack
Calories 121
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients
  

For original banana-vanilla:

For chocolate:

For strawberry:

  • 2 bananas cut into 1-inch pieces, and frozen solid
  • 1 cup strawberries stemmed, halved, and frozen solid
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • teaspoon salt

For peanut butter:

  • 2 bananas cut into 1-inch pieces, and frozen solid
  • ¼ cup creamy salted peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Place the bananas and remaining ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Blend or process until the mixture is the consistency of soft-serve, stopping to scrape down the sides and break up any clumped banana chunks as needed.
  • Serve immediately or transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 1 month. If serving from the freezer, allow the nice cream to sit at room temperature for a few minutes, or until it becomes scoopable.

Notes

Tip: Freeze your nice cream for at least 2 hours after blending for a more ice cream-like texture. 

Nutrition

Calories: 121kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 123mg, Potassium: 492mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 78IU, Vitamin C: 21mg, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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4 Nice cream flavors in white bowls: chocolate with chocolate chunks, strawberry with fresh strawberries on top, vanilla banana with banana slices on top, and peanut butter nice cream with a drizzle of peanut butter on top.

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  1. How much do use of all the inngredients??? like one banana a tsp of vanilla a pinch of salt and how much milk like i need quantities please!!

    1. The full recipe can be found at the bottom of the page in the recipe card. Let me know if you’re still unable to find it!

  2. It was a miracle 😃. I tried the peanut butter one, my husband so excited for the result. 👌🏻🙏🏻 Thank you so much dear Yumna.