Chocolate Nice Cream

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Healthy Chocolate Nice Cream is SO quick and easy to make! It’s a deliciously wholesome dessert that everyone will enjoy because it’s vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and even sugar-free.

two white bowls with chocolate banana nice cream topped with sliced bananas, dairy free chocolate chips, and mint leaves

There are lots of different flavors of nice cream, and this one just happens to be my favorite, though I also love Mango Lime Nice Cream.

So what is nice cream?

Almost everyone I know loves ice cream, but it’s usually loaded with fat and sugar. Nice cream is basically healthy ice cream made with a base of bananas, and it can even be made with only bananas if desired.

It gets its name Nice because it’s wholesome and complementary to a healthy diet and lifestyle without all of the usual sugary stuff.

overhead shot of 2 white bowls filled with banana nice cream

How to make chocolate nice cream

It really doesn’t get much more simple than this easy vegan dessert. The only thought that has to be put into it at all is freezing ripe bananas ahead of time.

Many grocery stores actually bag up the overripe or ugly bananas that have brown spots on them and sell them for really cheap. That’s when I like to grab them up.

2 ripe bananas and coco on a brown board

Bring them home, peel each one, and place them in a gallon-size freezer bag, and store them in the freezer. Some people slice theirs into circles, but I’ve never had a need for that and freezing them whole after peeling works great.

Oftentimes, when I want a really quick snack in the evening, I’ll just eat a frozen banana because they don’t freeze solid hard like ice but have more of a popsicle consistency.

When you’re ready to make nice cream, simply place two frozen bananas in your blender or food processor. They can be broken up into chunks before tossing them in, but I tend to leave them whole. If your blender isn’t pretty powerful, breaking them into chunks will help them process.

vitamix blender with frozen bananas, cocoa, and vanilla

My favorite blender is the Vitamix 5200 because it is so powerful, it can blend anything. I actually own two of them because I use them in the Food for Life classes I teach for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Plain banana nice cream can be made by simply adding a splash of plant milk and blending, and it’s really good. Other varieties can be made by adding in other frozen fruits like strawberries, mango, raspberries, and more.

I like to add cocoa powder and a teaspoon of vanilla to mine to get a delicious healthy chocolate fix. Blend until nice and smooth. My blender has a tamper to press ingredients down to the blade while blending. If yours doesn’t have that, you’ll need to stop and scrape down the sides a few times.

vitamix blender with banana nice cream

It will be a soft-serve consistency which is how I like it. However, if you would like for it to be scoopable, simply place it in a freezer-safe container for a couple of hours.

overhead photo of white bowl with handles filled with banana nice cream with saucer of sliced bananas

Topping options

Though you don’t have to top it with anything extra, some of my favorite toppings are:

white bowl with handles filled with chocolate banana nice cream, diary free chocolate chips, walnuts, and mint leaves

Your Chocolate Nice Cream Questions Answered:

  • Q: Can you make it without bananas? You actually CAN make nice cream without bananas. I often purchase frozen fruit in a tropical or berry blend and make nice cream without bananas.
  • Q: Is nice cream good for you? Absolutely! A dessert of frozen fruit that is naturally sweetened is a terrific healthy snack.
  • Q: Do the bananas have to be frozen? Yes, otherwise it’s going to be liquid after blended. You could always freeze it after blending, but my guess is that it would change the consistency a bit.

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two white bowls with chocolate banana nice cream topped with sliced bananas, dairy free chocolate chips, and mint leaves
4.89 from 9 votes

Chocolate Nice Cream

Author: Terri Edwards
Healthy banana nice cream is SO quick and easy to make! It’s a deliciously wholesome dessert that everyone will enjoy because it’s vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and even sugar-free.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 6 minutes
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 overly ripe frozen bananas
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon plant milk almond, soy, etc

Instructions

  • Place two frozen bananas in your blender or food processor. They can be broken up into chunks before tossing them in, but I tend to leave them whole. If your blender isn’t pretty powerful, breaking them into chunks will help them process.
  • Add cocoa powder, vanilla, and plant-milk and blend until nice and smooth. My blender has a tamper to press ingredients down to the blade while blending. If yours doesn’t, you’ll need to stop and scrape down the sides a few times.
  • It will be a soft-serve consistency which is how I like it. However, if you would like for it to be scoopable, simply place it in a freezer-safe container for a couple of hours.
  • Serve as is or top with banana slices, crushed walnuts, dairy-free chocolate chips, or shredded coconut.

Video

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.
Your Chocolate Nice Cream Questions Answered:
  1. Q: Can you make it without bananas? You actually CAN make nice cream without bananas. I often purchase frozen fruit in a tropical or berry blend and make nice cream without bananas.
  2. Q: Is nice cream good for you? Absolutely! A dessert of frozen fruit that is naturally sweetened is a terrific healthy snack.
  3. Q: Do the bananas have to be frozen? Yes, otherwise it’s going to be liquid after blending. You could always freeze it after blending, but my guess is that it would change the consistency a bit.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g

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9 Comments

  1. This is absolutely divine! I can’t believe I waited so long to make it. It was so easy and 10 minutes included clean up. I even put some in the freezer for later. Thank you!!

  2. This recipe is awesome! We had to add more tablespoons of almond milk since our blender couldn’t break down the sliced bananas with just one, but the consistency and flavor were amazing! We will definitely use this recipe again with cocoa powder and try different add-ins to create other flavors as well!

  3. I’m not a huge fan of ice cream. That being said:
    This is amazing!!!!
    I will definitely be keeping bananas in the freezer from now on.
    Not only is this delicious it’s easy and fast.
    Thank you
    What a “NICE” treat

  4. This is fantastic! I usually add chocolate unsweetened almond milk and always have to add more than the recipe calls for. I break up the bananas as that seems to help the Vitamix not get bogged down. I use Hershey’s dark chocolate and this is now a regular dessert for us. Thank you!

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