Nice Cream — Easy Frozen Banana Ice Cream

Ultimately the easiest and healthiest dessert ever, this two ingredient, easy banana nice cream recipe (basically banana ice 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.
Need a break from dairy? This banana nicecream is a great alternative!

I’ve read over the last month or two about a concept of 1 or 2-ingredient ice cream. When I first saw the idea of using bananas for ice cream, I thought to myself, “Impossible!” I had been trying to make good, creamy vegan ice cream for a long time at that point. Surely I needed more ingredients, not less!

But the truth is, less is actually more. These banana nice cream recipes are legit!

How to Make Nice Cream

Wondering how to make banana nice cream? Well, 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 nice cream. In fact, one of the best things about this ice cream banana dessert is you don’t even need a fancy ice cream freezer to make it. No pre-cooking the ice cream mix in a sauce pan either. How much easier could this be!

Simply add the frozen banana chunks to a blender and blend away.

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. Is nice cream vegan you may ask? Well, yes, it is because it’s made entirely with plant-based ingredients.

You can serve this frozen dessert more like banana 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. Here’s how to freeze bananas for nice cream: place banana slices on a tray and place that tray in the freezer. 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!

Nice Cream Flavors

There are so many ways to create delicious nice cream flavors! Here’s some of my favorites:

  • Add 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries for a colorful and tasty dessert
  • Substitute 1/2 cup of full fat coconut milk for the macadamia nuts for a creamy, coconut-infused flavor
  • Of course, adding chocolate will make this recipe so good. I like adding around 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder to the mixture while blending. You may need to add some sweetener too, so be sure to take a taste test.
  • Strawberry nice cream is easy to make by adding 1/2 cup chopped frozen strawberries to the blender.

When adding any frozen fruit to a blender, be sure to let it sit for a moment or two before blending, to help it soften up.

Several scoops of banana nice cream in a serving dish with a spoon.
This sure is some nice ice cream (otherwise known as banana ice cream!)

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.
Vegan Nice Cream can be served with your favorite toppings, like chocolate chips!

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: 122kcal
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.
Nutrition Facts
Two Ingredient Banana Nice Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 122 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 431mg12%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 10.2mg12%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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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22 Responses to Nice Cream — Easy Frozen Banana Ice Cream

  1. Marly! I love this idea! I can only imagine how good this must taste. Maybe I could add a 1/2 cup of peanut butter before I process the bananas to add another layer of flavor. Thanks for sharing this love!

    • Bananas and peanut butter are one of my favorite blends of flavor. Sometimes if I have a day when I’m hungry in the morning, I eat that for breakfast. But I’m picky about my bananas. They can’t be too ripe. I actually like them right after they leave the green phase. I know, it’s weird.

    • I love frozen grapes. Haven’t had them in awhile, so I’m going to pop some in the freezer now. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Marly…a while ago…I too saw the same recipe and was saving my judgement until I got to try it. I was incredibly pleased with this creamy surprise. I’ve already made it twice. Each time it turned out differently due to the sweetness from the level of banana ripeness.
    I also added a few garnishes here and there depending on my mood.
    I’m glad you also got to try this and that more people will adopt this very simple recipe too.

    Your Westie ‘Coco’ is just absolutely adorable ;O)
    Flavourful wishes, Claudia

    P.S. Did you get my email on the other ice-cream?

    • Hi Claudia
      Garnishes are what make life (and food) so fun! Yes, Coco is just adorable. He seriously waits outside the kitchen so that when we’re done he can go in and scour the floor for any stray morsels. I think it’s kind of handy. He’s like our little dogba! Thanks for the reminder about your email. I just responded to you!

  3. Hey Marly

    I really love these pics and I can’t believe ice cream using one ingredient, genius! I can’t wait to try this, I’ll probably add chocolate, you know how much I love it or maybe some cherries, what do you think of cherry banana?

    • I think cherries and bananas are a great combination. You could probably add some coconut milk to that as well. No wait…it’s quickly becoming a 3 or 4 ingredient ice cream. Well, that’s the fun of it anyway. Very versatile!

    • Me too! In fact, I have some right now that are in desperate need of being incorporated into a recipe. I was thinking more along the lines of banana muffins. That just really sounds good for some reason.

  4. This looks awesome, Marly! I bet reese’s peanut butter cups would be so good on this banana ice cream. No?
    Hey, I thought you were driving. How’d you sneak so many posts in so fast?

  5. I have been seeing this ice cream all over. It is genius, really, and I’m finally convinced that I need to try it! Good idea to jazz it up a little with some chocolate. Thanks for trying my sandwich! You’re so good at recreating things. I’m glad you liked the sauce.

    • The flavor of this ice cream is really intense. I think coupling it with something else is helpful. Your meatball sandwich looked so good…I just had to veganize it.

  6. My kids love ice cream, now I can give them ice cream that is also good for them, thanks for a great recipe. Hope Coco enjoyed his.

    • It is really good ice cream…especially with some chocolate sauce. Does that take away from the healthy part though? Nahh. Coco? Do you mean Dogba? Sometimes I have to tell him to quit licking the floor. What a strange thing to say to your dog. Usually the floor is clear of any morsels, but I often wonder if that means they’re covered in doggy saliva. Uhh, I need to go. I think I need to mop the floors….

    • Kathy – thanks so much. I’ve checked out your site many times so I’m honored to have my blog listed there!

  7. I made this, and it was wonderful. Seemed like some type of dairy product was in there, but there’s nothing but banana So good. I think this is a trick everyone (vegan or not) should know about…Thanks Marly.

    • I agree. It’s hard to believe there’s not some dairy in there because it’s so dang creamy. But it’s not. I agree with you also that using bananas that are not quite so ripe would be better. I like my bananas a little on the greenish side anyway. It’s both a sweetness and a texture thing for me. Oh, now I’m getting hungry! 😉

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