Looking for an easy vegan ice cream recipe to make at home? I’d like to introduce you to Banana Nice Cream, a yummy healthy ice cream made with a frozen banana base and other add-ins!
If you’re anything like us, you LOVE ice cream. If I had a choice between all desserts, I’d almost always choose ICE CREAM. I know, ice cream is loaded with sugar and lots of time fat, but don’t you worry…we have a healthy ice cream solution for you and it’s called –> banana nice cream!
What is Banana Nice Cream?
Banana nice cream is a frozen dessert made with a frozen banana base. If you have frozen bananas and a little bit of milk (or any kind of liquid), then you can make banana nice cream!
Banana nice cream was first created as a homemade vegan ice cream recipe substitute, but even if you’re not vegan, you will still love it! The reason it’s called “nice cream” is because it mimics classic ice cream, but is better for you. It’s also sometimes called banana soft serve because if you eat it straight out of the food processor, it’s a similar consistency to soft serve.
Below we are sharing a super basic banana nice cream recipe that you can easily deviate from if you’d like to use additional frozen fruit or add-in your own flavor combinations!
Basic Banana Nice Cream Recipe
- 4 cups frozen banana slices ~2 large bananas
- 2-4 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk any kind of milk will work
- Place frozen banana slices and 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk into a high-speed food processor or blender.
- Blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes stopping to scrape the sides every so often.
- If your blender is having a hard time blending the bananas, add more almond milk by the tablespoon.
- Once pureed together, your banana nice cream should be like a super thick smoothie or soft serve. Option to eat immediately or to transfer to a parchment-lined bread pan to freeze for later.
- Freeze banana nice cream for 1 to 2 hours so that it hardens enough to scoop like ice cream, but isn't too hard where you can't scoop it.
Tips & Notes
- Option to double or triple this recipe.
- Storage: Store in an air-tight glass container (covered) in the freezer. Thaw for around 30 minutes before scooping and serving.
Flavor Combination Ideas
Make this vegan ice cream your own with different flavor combinations! Start with our basic banana nice cream recipe and follow our suggested add-in/substitutions below!
- Mint Chip – add 1/4 teaspoon mint extract and 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- Strawberries and Cream – substitute 1 cup frozen strawberries for 1 cup frozen bananas and use full-fat coconut milk instead of almond milk.
- Chai Spice – add 1/2 teaspoon homemade chai spice
Looking for more unique flavor combinations? Here are some of our very best banana nice cream recipe from Fit Foodie Finds. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Soft Serve
This Peanut Butter Banana Nice Cream recipe will make your dessert dreams come true! With only 4 ingredients, this nice cream is dairy-free, vegan and ready in under 10 minutes flat. Top with chocolate chips and serve immediately or freeze for later!
Protein Strawberry Banana Nice Cream
Satisfy your sweet tooth by whipping up a batch of this Protein Strawberry Banana Nice Cream! All you have to do is throw all of the ingredients into the food processor and you’ve got yourself a protein-packed dessert in under 20 minutes!
Healthy Chocolate Nice Cream
This 4-ingredient Healthy Chocolate Nice Cream boasts the same creamy deliciousness of traditional chocolate ice cream without all those fillers. Plus, it’s dairy free, vegan, and ready to eat in less than 10 minutes. Dessert is served!
Blueberry Muffin Banana Soft Serve
Cool off this summer with this Vegan Blueberry Muffin Banana Soft-Serve. It is naturally sweetened, delicious, and made with only six ingredients!
Peanut Butter Cup Banana Soft Serve
This peanut butter cup banana soft serve is a healthy way to satisfy your ice cream craving. All you need is homemade peanut butter cups and frozen bananas!
Vegan Cookie Dough Banana Soft-Serve
Love cookie dough and ice cream but live a plant-based lifestyle? Try our Vegan Cookie Dough Banana Soft-Serve!
Raspberry Chocolate Swirl Banana Soft Serve
There’s nothing better than a 5-minute, single-serve dessert that is both vegan and paleo friendly. Make this Raspberry Banana Soft Serve with Chocolate Swirl for a guilt-free treat!
These recipes are a treasure trove of culinary delights – every recipe is a winner and a crowd-pleaser!
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Just love it kindly try to some other combination also so that will be more amazing. good luck will be waiting for your next post
easy to throw together and anything with peanut butter is a winner for me. I like the bitter edge of the brewers yeast so that didn’t bother me. However, I found my mixture too crumbly to hold together after carefully measuring everything. I didn’t want to add more honey to bind as I found the honey flavor already strong and didn’t want the added sugar so I added about 1/2 c more peanut butter. That did the trick. I’ve had luck with other milk boosting recipes that feature brewers yeast and flax so I am confident these will be a good treat to help with production
Wow amazing love the banana ice cream can you try strawberry ice cream also that will be more amazing
Just read this recipe sent from a cousin. So here’s the scoop on the Chocolate Banana Nice Cream. (1) The mixing would not even begin in my Vitamix until I added lots more almond milk. Added 1 Tbsp at a time as directed, and needed quite a few. (2) Way too much cocoa for my taste in the recipe. Needed a bit of sweetening. Perhaps lessening the cocoa will rectify both issues. (3) The finished product definitely needs freezing. FINAL OPINION: once changes were made it was really quite good. I will no doubt make this again (with much less cocoa) and also try some other flavors. Thanks for sharing all your recipes. Enjoying your blog.
For a while I was making the chocolate EVERY night for my bedtime snack…I think I’m going to try the peanut butter cup next
Hummm…I was trying to give 5 stars but they wouldn’t stay filled in…
Goodness there’s some jaw-dropping foodie photography here!!
Yeah…winter lasts a little too long here. Kind of glad I’m moving back to NE for that reason! And more sunlight there in the winter..who knew!!
None of my bananas are ripe yet 🙁 have to wait another week until I can try one of these!!
Do the paper bag trick! Throw them in a paper bag for a bit and they will brown right now!
I absolutely love banana soft serve and Minneapolis in the spring and summer time. Rides around lake calhoun are by far my favorite, and did you hear that Minneapolis was ranked second on the ACSM fit index!!
I’ll be heading back to Minneapolis in just a few weeks so if you ever have meet ups I would love to do that!! 🙂
oh em geeeee! I didn’t know Minneapolis was ranked 2nd. That’s amazing! I thought about doing a meet up, but my fear is that no one would show up 😛
You for sure would have at least one person in attendance, I would love to meet up!! 🙂
Haha! Well let’s make it happen! Shoot me an email with the dates you’ll be in town —> fitfoodiefinds(at)gmail.com!
What a great recipe roundup, Lee! I am pinning a bunch 😉
Loveeee banana soft serve. I need several of these versions in my life ASAP!
It’s the best dessert EVER.
My boyfriend LOVES ice cream but recently went dairy-free, so I’m going to have to give some of these a try!
Oh no! I was severely lactose intolerant growing up, then I hit puberty and it fizzled away. Insert ICE CREAM IN MY lIFE NOW!