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!
I love a good sweet treat that’s 100% natural and no added sugars. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make this banana ice cream recipe.
What Bananas for Nice Cream?
Use ripe bananas for the most flavorful and sweet nice cream. Look for bananas with brown spots. You can use yellow bananas, but you may need to add sweetener.
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Bananas — I prefer using ripe bananas.
- Macadamia nuts (optional) — These nuts are optional but they add lots of creaminess!
How to Make Nice Cream
- Slice the bananas
- Freeze the bananas (I put mine in a freezer bag)
- Place frozen banana chunks in a blender. Let them sit for a minute or two to get softer.
- Add macadamia nuts for an even creamier result
- Pulse until smooth.
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!
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.
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 saucepan either. How much easier could this be!
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.
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.
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 are 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.
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!
More Frozen Recipes
Banana Nice Cream
Banana Nice Cream
- 2 cups sliced frozen bananas (2 large ripe bananas)
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)
- Berry (Base recipe + 1 cup frozen berries)
- Vanilla (Base recipe + 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
- Peanut Butter (Base recipe + 2 tablespoons peanut butter)
- Chocolate (Base recipe + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder)
- Caramel (Base recipe + 4 to 5 medjool dates)
- Cherry (Base recipe + 1 cup frozen cherries)
- Blueberry (Base recipe + 1 cup frozen blueberries)
- Strawberry (Base recipe + 1 cup frozen strawberries)
- Cookies and Cream (Base recipe + 1 cup chopped chocolate sandwich cookies)
- Pineapple (Base recipe + 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks)
For Freezing Bananas:
- Peel bananas and cut them into 1 to 2" slices. Place them in a freezer bag in a single layer and freeze for up to 3 hours.
Food Processor Method:
- Add frozen bananas to a food processor fitted with an S blade along with any flavorings you desire. Let it sit for 1 to 2 minutes for the bananas to soften slightly. Pulse until light and fluffy, stopping occasionally to wipe down the sides of the bowl. It's a perfect soft-serve texture to serve immediately or you can freeze it and serve it in scoops.
- Add frozen bananas to a high-speed blender along with any flavorings you desire. Let it sit for 1 to minutes for the bananas to soften slightly. Blend on low speed to break it down into chunks then gradually turn the speed up, moving gradually toward higher speed. If the blender stammers, stop and let the bananas sit for a minute or two until they soften a bit more. Then continue on low speed, gradually turning the speed up. It's a perfect soft-serve texture to serve immediately or you can freeze it and serve it in scoops.
- To achieve a scoopable ice cream texture, spread the banana ice cream into an airtight container or a loaf pan. Cover and freeze for 2 to 3 hours. Let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes or so to soften, and then scoop with an ice cream scoop and serve with your favorite toppings.
- You can store nice cream in the freezer for up to 2 months, but the flavors and textures are best when eaten within the first week or so.
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This post was originally published in 2010 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2020.