Nice Cream — The Best Easy Frozen Banana Ice Cream

Ultimately the easiest and healthiest dessert ever, this two ingredient, easy banana ice cream, referred to as Nice Cream, is dairy free and still full of flavor. Forget about the ice cream maker! All you’ll need is a freezer and a food processor (or blender). The results? A silky smooth frozen banana ice cream! Make it today and serve with chocolate syrup!

Several scoops of banana nice cream in a glass bowl with a spoon.

I’ve read over the last month or two about a concept of 1 or 2-ingredient ice cream. I first saw it on the blog The Kitchn and I thought to myself, “Impossible!” I’ve been trying to make good, creamy vegan ice cream for awhile now. Surely I needed more ingredients, not less!

How to Make Nice Cream

There’s only one secret ingredient to this delicious two-ingredient recipe? If you haven’t already guessed it, bananas are the miracle ingredient here.

Lucky for me, a recent trip to Costco resulted in a big bunch of ripe bananas. I love vegan shopping at Costco!

Bananas on a white counter top.

Here’s how to make frozen banana ice cream:

  1. Slice the bananas
  2. Freeze the bananas (I put mine in a freezer bag)
  3. Place frozen banana chunks in a food processor (or blender)
  4. Add macadamia nuts for an even creamier result
  5. Pulse until smooth.

That’s it!

Can you use a blender to make frozen banana ice cream?

Yes, you can use a blender to make NiceCream! In fact, one of the things I love about this ice cream banana dessert is you don’t even need a fancy ice cream freezer for this recipe. No cooking the ice cream mix in a sauce pan either. How much easier could this be?

Simply add the frozen banana chunks to a food processor or blender.

Better yet? No added sugars!

What is Nice Cream?

NiceCream means “nana ice cream.” It’s basically frozen bananas blended and whipped into ice cream.

You can serve this frozen banana dessert more like soft serve, or freeze it and serve it out with an ice cream scoop. It’s a versatile recipe and you can add your own favorite ingredients and toppings like chocolate syrup or peanut butter drizzle.

A banana on a cutting board with several chopped bananas next to it.
You can use a butter knife to cut bananas.

How long does it take for bananas to freeze in the freezer?

I’ve found you need to allow at least two hours for banana slices to freeze in the freezer. You can place slices on a tray and then transfer to a freezer bag after an hour, that way the slices won’t get stuck to each other.

Or you can place banana slices directly into a freezer bag, just try to lay the bag flat so the bananas freeze in an individual layer.

Chopped bananas are placed in a ziplock bag ready to go in the freezer.
Place chopped bananas in a freezer bag.

Once they’re frozen, put banana slices in a food processor or blender and blend away. After a minute or two, the frozen banana chunks magically transform into very creamy, albeit rich, healthy homemade ice cream!

Several scoops of banana nice cream in a serving dish with a spoon.

And if you’re like me and can’t follow a recipe to save yourself, you’ll like the fact that I recommend a second ingredient. I’ve found adding just a few macadamia nuts makes a big, creamy impact on this vegan banana ice cream recipe!

Also, adding some fun toppings help too!

Several scoops of nice cream in a glass serving dish.

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

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Two Ingredient Banana Nice Cream

You won’t believe how easy it is to make Two Ingredient Banana NiceCream and how delicious and creamy it is to eat! You can adapt this recipe to add some of your favorite flavors!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana Ice Cream, Nice Cream
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
3 hours
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 122
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 4 medium bananas
  • 1 tablespoon macadamia nuts (optional)

Instructions

  • Peel bananas and cut into 1 – 2″ slices. Place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 hours.
  • Once frozen, add the bananas to a food processor or blender. Add academia nuts if using. Pulse until smooth. 
  • Scoop the banana ice cream into serving dishes or transfer to an airtight container and return to the freezer. Allow to soften for a few minutes before scooping and serving.
  • Optional: Drizzle with chocolate syrup and/or granola.

Notes

Nutritional facts include macadamia nuts.

If you love a frozen banana recipe, be sure and check out my Frozen Banana Bites. Just imagine chocolate-covered frozen banana slices with a little bit of peanut butter thrown in for good measure. It’s perfect.

Two banana popsicles drizzled in chocolate sit in front of bananas and more ingredients.

There’s also my Chocolate Dipped Banana Popsicles too! It’s a combination of bananas and peanut butter, frozen, then drizzled in chocolate.

A pina colada cocktail has a piece of pineapple on the glass with a fresh pineapple behind it.

And my Skinny Vegan Pina Colada cocktail uses bananas as well!

Whatever banana recipe you’re consuming, enjoy!

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