Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

This Chocolate Banana Ice Cream is an outrageously easy, 2-ingredient nice cream recipe that shows you how to make ice cream with bananas and cocoa! Creamy, delicious, and only 84 calories!

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream | This Chocolate Banana Ice Cream is an outrageously easy, 2-ingredient nice cream recipe that shows you how to make ice cream with bananas and cocoa! Creamy, delicious, and only 129 calories! | A Sweet Pea Chef

You knew this post had to happen since I shared my banana ice cream.  It was pretty much inevitable.

To be honest, though, I feel kinda guilty even sharing this recipe because of how easy it is.

This is why I feel guilty…

Wait.  So, Lacey, you took your 1 ingredient banana ice cream recipe and added cocoa powder and created a whole new post?

And then this is me…

Yup.

: A banana peeled and sliced to make chocolate and banana ice cream Banana slices placed on a tray lined with parchment paper, ready to be frozen to make chocolate banana ice cream

So, let me explain. I think I make this right.

Yes, the banana ice cream is amazeballs.  Mind blowing, even.  But you know what it isn’t?

Chocolate ice cream.

Well, I mean the regular, store-bought kind. That stuff is full of saturated fats, refined sugar, and other additives our body doesn’t need.

This frozen banana chocolate ice cream, on the other hand, proves that you can have all that delicious chocolatey-ness, minus the calories and fat. This, my dear friends, is a nice cream.

Because we all need a go-to chocolate ice cream recipe.  You need it, I need it.  It’s just like a necessary life thing.

And, if it’s healthy and even clean eating, then THAT’s worth sharing.

: A series of six images showing the steps to make frozen banana chocolate ice cream: from the adding of frozen banana slices to the pulsing of all the ingredients in a food processor

What Is a Nice Cream?

A “nice cream” is ice cream made of frozen bananas and other wholesome ingredients, like chocolate, dried fruit, or nuts. It’s no-churn, cleaner, healthier, and a dessert that will please just about everyone: vegans, paleo eaters, picky kids, and busy moms like me!  The reason why it’s called “nice” is because it contains no dairy or other ingredients considered to be vegan (i.e. causing harm or violating the rights of animals).

Is Ice Cream Made out of Bananas Good for You?

This banana and chocolate ice cream is made of just two ingredients: sliced, frozen bananas and dark cocoa powder, which means its low-fat, full of vitamins, and even counts as one of your five-a-day. The high pectin found in the bananas is what gives this frozen banana and chocolate ice cream that wonderful soft-serve, creamy texture.

P.S. You can totally have this ice cream for breakfast AND still be healthy.  Just sayin’.

: Frozen banana slices pulsed in a high-speed food processor, combined with cocoa powder

Okay, I’m glad we’re all on the same page now.  Few.

So I make this chocolate banana ice cream using my Cuisinart food processor, not an ice cream maker.  You could also use a heavy-duty kitchen blender, like a Vitamix.

Speaking of, if you are not yet the proud owner of your very own food processor, it’s a great investment in your healthy lifestyle.  For example, it can make…

I think you get my point.  Food processor = amazingly useful.

Bowl of chocolate banana ice cream, served with fresh banana slices Close up of chocolate banana ice cream, served in a bowl together with fresh banana slices

Okay.  So let’s talk about this chocolate ice cream right here.

It’s creamy, rich and smooth, chocolatey and sweet, all with just 84 calories in a serving.

In other words, drop everything you’re doing right now, go slice up those bananas you have sitting on the counter, and freeze them.  😉

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

 

4.75 from 4 votes
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Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
Prep Time
3 hrs
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 10 mins
 

This Chocolate Banana Ice Cream is an outrageously easy, 2-ingredient nice cream recipe that shows you how to make ice cream with bananas and cocoa! Creamy, delicious, and only 129 calories!

Categories: Clean Eating, gluten free, Ice Cream, Vegan
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: chocolate banana ice cream
Servings: 4
Calories: 84 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 2 tbsp dark cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Slice the bananas into approximately 1/4 inch slices and place the on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, allowing the slices a little space in between so they don’t touch each other.
  2. Place them into the freezer and freeze for at least 3-4 hours to allow to fully harden.
  3. Place the frozen banana slices into the bowl of a food processor or a heavy duty blender.
  4. Process the banana, scraping the sides of the food processor as needed. After a few minutes, the mixture will resemble soft-serve ice cream.
  5. Add the dark cocoa powder at this time and blend again - you may need to use a spatula to help it along at this time.
  6. While you could eat the ice cream right now, it will be super soft, so I recommend transferring it to an airtight container and freezing until it’s a little more solid in about 1 hour.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 84
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 357mg10%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 7.7mg9%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

13 thoughts on “Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

  1. The description of the recipe at the top states that it is only 129 calories and the list says 84 calories. What is the calories per serving?

  2. 5 stars
    This looks like an amazing substitute but I dont understand how its only 84 calories when a medium banana is around 100.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday and it is so beyond delicious! It took a while for the frozen bananas to resemble soft serve ice cream in my food processor so I added a splash of water like you suggested for the strawberry yogurt. Then it came together beautifully. Once I added the cocoa, it was heaven on a spoon!

  4. 5 stars
    This is crazy fantastic. I am just enjoying some now. I had been wondering what to do with my spotty bananas!!!

    1. You could use fresh, unfrozen bananas and then transfer to a freezer-safe container to freeze for later, yes. The texture wont be quite the same, even when frozen, but it would work.

  5. 4 stars
    This ice cream looks totally divine, I made cherry banana ice cream using my blender few days back and I think this is going to be my next shot. Thanks for sharing.

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