Banana Nice Cream (+9 flavors!)

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I’d like to introduce you to banana nice cream, a yummy healthy ice cream made in a high-speed blender or food processor with a frozen banana base and other add-ins!

We’ve been making nice cream for almost a decade and it really doesn’t get old. More recently, we’ve been enjoying it with protein powder to amp up the nutrition with the same great taste.

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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. We’re all about foods in moderation, but if you’re looking for a healthier ice cream option, banana nice cream is what you need to try!

Not only is it so flipping tasty, but you can flavor it into any classic ice cream flavor (chocolate, strawberry, etc.!). You can eat it smooth and creamy like soft serve or freeze it and scoop it out like traditional ice cream.

What is Banana Nice Cream?

Banana nice cream is a frozen dessert made in a food processor or high-speed blender with a frozen banana base. Think of it like a super thick smoothie or even soft serve.

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.

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What do you need to make nice cream?

The crazy thing about nice cream is that you really only need 1 ingredient – frozen bananas. We like to add a splash of non-dairy milk to speed up the whipping process, but if you wait a little bit for the bananas to melt a tad, you don’t even need milk!

So, how do you make it?

Simply add your frozen bananas into a high-speed food processor and process on high until smooth. Add a splash of milk into the food processor to speed things up. You should end up with a thick and creamy banana nice cream that’s dairy-free, healthy, and so yummy!

How to Serve Banana Nice Cream

There are 2 main ways to serve nice cream and I’m not sure which I like better!

  1. Soft serve: this is the more classic way to serve nice cream — straight out of the food processor. It has the consistency of soft serve and is ready to go in 5 minutes.
  2. Ice cream: if you’re more of an ice cream consistency kind of person, transfer the nice cream into a bread pan and freeze it for around 1-2 hours. It will be just frozen enough to scoop it like ice cream.
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Flavor Combinations for Banana Nice Cream

Make this vegan ice cream your own with different flavor combinations! Start with our basic banana nice cream recipe and follow our suggested add-ins/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.
  • Add a few spoonfuls of cottage cheese to make it a cheesecake variation!

Looking for more unique flavor combinations? Keep scrolling for some of our very best banana nice cream recipes from Fit Foodie Finds. Enjoy!

4.91 from 10 votes

Banana Nice Cream Recipe

Nice cream is truly one of the best healthy desserts. It's creamy and dreamy and all you really need is frozen bananas and a high-speed food processor!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
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Ingredients 

  • 4 cups frozen banana slices, ~2 large bananas
  • 2-4 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk, any kind of milk will work

Instructions 

  • 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 it like ice cream: Freeze banana nice cream for 1 to 2 hours so that it hardens enough to scoop like ice cream, but isn't too hard that 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 123 kcal, Carbohydrates: 31 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 1 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 17 g

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

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Lemon Cheesecake Nice Cream

This lemon cheesecake nice cream is made with frozen bananas, cottage cheese, lemon zest and vanilla extract, and then topped with crumbled graham crackers and more lemon zest! It has 9 grams of protein per serving, making it one amazing dessert.

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Chocolate Protein Nice Cream

This chocolate protein ice cream recipe is dairy-free and made with frozen bananas, cocoa powder, chocolate protein powder, and almond milk! It has 15 grams of protein per serving, making it one epic dessert.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Love cookie dough and ice cream but live a plant-based lifestyle? Try our Vegan Cookie Dough Banana Soft-Serve!

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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!

A bowl of raspberry nice cream topped with chocolate shavings and whole raspberries, with a banana and spoon nearby on a marble surface.

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About Lee Funke

Lee is the founder of Fit Foodie Finds and based in Minneapolis, MN. She started this website in 2010 as a way to share her love for real food and wellness. The internet has changed so much since then and so has Fit Foodie Finds. Today we're a female-run recipe website publishing hundreds of tried and true recipes developed and tested by our team.

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May 6, 2023 1:24 am

5 stars
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February 6, 2023 11:45 pm

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February 5, 2023 5:15 am

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