This 5-ingredient Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Nice Cream boasts the same creamy deliciousness of traditional raspberry ice cream, but without all those fillers.
Plus, this recipe is dairy free, vegan, and ready to eat in less than 10 minutes. Dessert is served!
A Perfect Sweet Treat
If you’re looking for a deliciously pretty sweet treat, this is it! This raspberry chocolate chunk banana nice cream truly is as pretty as it is delicious, AND you can whip up a batch in 5 minutes. What’s not to love?!
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 has a similar consistency to soft serve.
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What You Need
You only need 5 ingredients for this raspberry chocolate chunk banana nice cream! Round up:
- Frozen bananas
- Frozen raspberries
- Vanilla extract
- Almond milk
- Chocolate chunks
Why Frozen Bananas and Berries?
A base of frozen bananas is the KEY to the creamy frozen texture of this nice cream! You’ll need your bananas to be frozen to get that soft serve consistency instead of more of a smoothie consistency 😀
And frozen raspberries are responsible for the delicious berry flavor of this nice cream! Same as the bananas, you’ll want your berries to be frozen to help maintain that soft serve consistency you’re looking for.
How to Freeze Bananas
Simply slice bananas evenly and place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Place the entire sheet in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to ensure your bananas are completely frozen.
When you take your nanners out of the freezer, you’ll just need to scrape them off the parchment paper and place right in the blender (if you’re making this raspberry chocolate chunk banana nice cream right away), or into a Ziploc or Stasher bag to keep in the freezer for later use.
Freezing the sliced bananas on a baking sheet will prevent your bananas from sticking together when you place them in a bag. Want a step-by-step on this process? WE GOT YOU.
How to Freeze Raspberries
Similar to sliced bananas, you don’t want to just pour your fresh raspberries directly into a freezer safe bag before freezing them individually because you’ll end up with one giant clump of razzles all frozen together.
First prepare a baking sheet (with at least a 1/2-inch lip so your berries don’t spill in the freezer!) by covering it with parchment paper to freeze your raspberries on.
Then, pour fresh raspberries on the baking sheet (don’t forget to wash and dry them first!). Make sure none of the berries are touching each other. This will ensure each of your beautiful little razzles freeze individually instead of together with the berries touching each other.
Place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least 30 minutes, or until all the berries are completely frozen. And don’t worry, we have a step-by-step tutorial for freezing berries, too.
How to Make Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Nice Cream
Step by step
- Frozen Fruit Time: First, make sure you have frozen raspberries and bananas! If you don’t have frozen nanners, now’s the time to freeze them in slices. Similarly, if you don’t have frozen raspberries, now’s the time. Great news is that it only takes around 30 minutes to freeze bananas and raspberries.
- Bananas in the Blender: Once your bananas are frozen, transfer them into a high-speed blender or food processor, and blend until smooth.
- Time to Blend Raspberries: Then, add frozen raspberries, vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons almond milk. Get ready for the most beautiful raspberry color to emerge 😀
- Add Almond Milk to Desired Consistency: Blend on high until everything is pureed. You may need to add a tablespoon or so more of almond milk to thin things out. The consistency you’re looking for is an ultra thick smoothie.
- Add Chocolate Chunks: Once pureed, fold chocolate chunks into the nice cream.
- Enjoy Now or Later: Eat immediately for a soft-serve like ice cream OR transfer into a bread pan and sprinkle chocolate chunks on top and then freeze for around 2 hours.
Once completely frozen, store your nice cream covered (we used aluminum foil to cover the pan!) in your freezer and enjoy at your leisure for up to a month.
This raspberry chocolate chunk nice cream is oh so delicious simply topped with chocolate chunks, but if you’re looking for additional topping ideas, here are some of our faves:
- Fresh raspberries
- Dried coconut flakes
- Chopped nuts
- Chocolate syrup
- Drizzle of peanut butter
Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Nice Cream
- 1.5 cups sliced bananas frozen
- 1.5 cups raspberries frozen
- 2-3 tablespoons almond milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup chocolate chunks + more for topping
- First, follow the instructions to freeze your bananas following this post.
- Once your bananas are frozen, transfer them into a high-speed blender or food processor.
- Add frozen raspberries, vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons almond milk.
- Blend on high until everything is pureed. You may need to add a tablespoon or so more of almond milk to thin things out. The consistency should be like an ultra thick smoothie.
- Once pureed, fold chocolate chunks into the nice cream.
- Eat immediately for a soft-serve like ice cream OR transfer into a bread pan and sprinkle chocolate chunks on top and then freeze for around 2 hours.
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Have made and loved banana soft serve variations for some time, but I find that it takes a while for my single serve device to process the frozen bananas. I’ve been wondering if I can make this using unfrozen banana then store it in individual serving cups in the freezer? I’m thinking I may end up with a great big banana ice cube which I will then have to process anyway? Also, making it in advance would be nice for serving friends who pop in after work outs….Any advice ladies and gentlemen?
Hmmmmmmmm. That is a really great question! I think you are right about the frozen block thing. Try letting your frozen bananas thaw for a couple of minutes before processing. Also- what food processor do you use? The day I got a good one (NINKJA!!) was the best day ever.
A Vitamix is truly the way to go!
AWWW!!!!!!!! That’s such a sweet story!! We didn’t have anything quite that cute, so I’m living “romantically” through you. 😉 And these soft serve? Please make it for me too! Pinned!
I absolutely love banana soft serve:) Between that and smoothies I can never keep enough bananas frozen!! I have never tried it with raspberry though – looks delicious!!
Good thing bananas are so cheap 😀 Could you imagine if they were as expensive as beef or nuts per pound?!
Um, Lee, you do realize it’s Winter and freaking cold outside?! As in: normal people won’t eat ice cream? As in: to heck with normal people – give me that bowl of softserve! Honestly, even if it took me forever to warm up again after eating it.
That story of Blake and you is adorable. My sister would agree with you on the ‘beard’s are sexy’ thing and her husband could have totally said the same thing about their relationship state back in the day 😀 .
LOL. But it’s been 45 degrees here the past two days…that is like a MAJOR heatwave! It’s suppose to get cold again, so I’ll just put this recipe back in the box for later. A girl can only dream that Spring is on its way soon 😀
LOVE the color on this soft serve!! I’m a sucker for banana soft serve, too!
This might be good with frozen cherries, too!
YESSSSSSS. Would be fab!
Oh hi there pretty soft serve made of…not ice cream. I’ve been digging smoothie bowls lately but I must confess, I do add ice cream to it…which has not been happening as of Friday.
I love this!!I I’ll just need lots of blankets while I eat it!
😀 Hey…we had a heat wave…that’s what sparked the soft serve 😛
Yum!! I love banana soft serve – it’s the best. Aaaaand your V-Day story is presh 🙂
Ha.Ha. Wonder if Blake will ever read it 😛
I loved that you included that little story of you and Blake. That’s just adorable! I like it…and that he will eat banana soft serve! That’s what you know you’ve got a winner;)
And pretty sure this is going to be my Lunch today! Thank goodness it’s sunny and warmer out today!
Soft serve for lunch! Now that’s my kind of meal!
Once the temps hit over 55 I’ll have to make this!
Love Banana Soft Serve, in fact I eat it almost daily. I will have to try the addition of the raspberries (and chocolate of course!)
Theeeeeeeee best! You can never have too many frozen nanas!
So I’ve never gotten on this “banana ice cream” craze. I’ve yet to make it :O
STOP IT. OMG. OMG. Get on that!
That looks delicious! I need to print this so I have it handy when I’m craving ice-cream again. Raspberries and choclate are a perfect combination!
The story of you and Blake is so cute, thank you for sharing! He sounds like an amazing person and it’s wonderful to hear how happy you are to be with him 🙂
Have a wonderful Sunday, Lee!
Awwwe thanks for your kind words 😀 Have an awesome day!
Ha – my best friend and I used to always say TTFN! I say it sometimes now and people don’t know what I am talking about. Love banana soft serve! I like to add the frozen very cherry berry blend from TJ. So good.
LOL I always say acronyms in regular speech. People stair at me blankly.
I especially like the color, so cute. Thansk for sharing. I will try it.