Chocolate Banana “Nice Cream”

It only takes 4 simple ingredients to make Chocolate Banana Nice Cream!

“Nice Cream” is one of my favorite treats and it is super simple to make!!  You just blend frozen bananas in your food processor or blender, and it makes a soft-serve ice cream or “nice cream!”  Bonus: its dairy-free and gluten-free and I was really surprised by how much it tastes like real ice cream.

Add your frozen bananas, vanilla, salt, and cocoa powder to your food processor or blender.

Blend until it forms a smooth, soft-serve consistency.  You can add a few teaspoons of milk if necessary.

Eat immediately for soft-serve.  I placed the nice cream in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and used an ice cream scoop for a firmer consistency.

Then, I topped mine with some cacao nibs for a little crunch and proceeded to eat the entire batch!


3 medium bananas, the riper the better; frozen
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/16 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder (15g)
Optional: 2-3 t. milk of your choice to help your blender or food processor blend smoothly
Optional: sweetener of choice, depending on your tastebuds and ripeness of the bananas (I didn’t need to add any sweetener.)
Toppings: cacao nibs, sprinkles, chopped nuts


Ahead of time: peel and freeze over-ripe bananas in a Ziplock bag.  Combine all ingredients in a Vita-Mix, food processor, or blender. (If not using a Vita-Mix, add 2-3 teaspoons milk of your choice so it will blend smoothly.)  Serve immediately for soft-serve consistency.  Freeze for 10-15 minutes for a firmer ice cream.

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  • http://cupcakesandmiles.wordpress.com Amanda B @ Cupcakes and Miles

    That looks delicious! And, I love how simple the recipe seems. I might actually be able to do that! 😉

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Super simple and super tasty!!!

  • Kimberly

    Looks delicious! Even better – I have all these ingredients at home already. I see some chocolate banana ice cream in my immediate future lol

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I love it when that happens!!

  • Running With Erasers

    Looks great! I think I’ll have to try this one! Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I hope you love it!

  • Jamie Whittendale

    I always add frozen bananas to my smoothies… I never think to make ice cream out of them!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Its SO good!!

  • http://gretchruns.com Gretchen Braun

    I just picked up some bananas from the store, so I’ll have to try this out ASAP!!!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      It was meant to be!

  • Angie @ Pace with Grace Blog

    Trying this out very soon!! Thanks, Jen!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy


  • fitlivingblog

    This looks so delicious! Nice cream has been on my list for a while and now I definitely need to make it!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I hope you love it!

  • http://www.thecleaneatingcouple.com Liz

    So delicious!! I love ‘nice cream’. I have it almost every single night :) I love throwing in coconut for a flavor change!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I love adding coconut…so good!!!

  • corrie

    I am so excited to try this!! I am not excited about my lack of self control however 😉

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I obviously lacked all self-control when I ate the entire batch!????

  • http://www.suzyhastheruns.com Suzy Hutchins

    Okay, this helps me. Because my kids ask for some sort of frozen treat every single day and it feels wrong to let them eat so much junk food! Something about summer makes them think they can get away with having ice cream every day. I’m going to try this out instead. I need to go get some bananas!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I hope you guys love it!!

  • http://www.thefreckledrunner.com Jackie @ The Freckled Runner

    I’ve been wanting to make some ‘nice cream’ for a while & this looks like the perfect recipe. Glad you enjoyed it so much :)

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I hope you like it!!!

  • Jennifer Caccamo

    You are so creative. Love this!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I hope you enjoy it!!

  • http://www.runningnreading.com Running ‘N’ Reading

    YUM! I have seen a few of these recipes around, but they seemed too complicated (and you know how lazy I am in the kitchen); this is PERFECT!!! I can’t wait to try it out, Jen! You are a genius!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      This one is super easy!

  • http://ultrafootpath.blogspot.com/ Melissa

    Sounds perfect for a hot day like today! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy


  • http://mommiesrun.com/ Cecilia @ MommiesRun

    Thanks for this recipe, Jen! I think my girls would love this too!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I hope they do!!!

  • http://aggieruns.wordpress.com/ Agnes

    This ice-cream looks YUMMY :) I make a similar recipe except it’s a chocolate smoothie. I mix in organic unsweetened cacao powder, frozen bananas, peanut butter, and almond milk (optional: protein powder). It is so delicious.


    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Your smoothie sounds so good!!!