Vegan Banana Ice Cream is otherwise known as banana nice cream and is a good base for the creation of ice cream packed with so many flavors. Other vegan Ice cream recipes are Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream and Cherry Coconut Ice Cream. 

Typically, growing up in Jamaica ice cream was always a Sunday afternoon delight. Children would eagerly await the horn of the ice cream van, run to their parents for the money and rush out to get their cones, or with their containers to have them filled. Ice cream is a special treat that unites friends and families as it brings people together to discuss how delicious the different flavors are.

vegan banana ice cream overlay in a white bowl

Healthy Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Banana ice cream is one of the easiest ice creams to make, it is easily customizable and the possibilities are endless. It is 100% plant-based and gluten-free. The process is not labor-intensive and only requires you to have a high-speed blender or food processor to prepare it.

It is a great snack idea as it is both healthy and kid-friendly! There is no need to worry about the additional additives contained in traditional ice cream or allergies which may arise due to the inclusion of dairy. What better way to get your children to eat healthy ice cream while enjoying it? This is a favorite amongst adults too and will leave your taste buds in awe. 

peeling bananas for banana ice cream

How to Prepare Vegan Banana Ice Cream

Equipment Needed

Food Processor

High-Speed Blender (such as a Vitamix)

To make banana ice cream, you will simply need to have a few ripe bananas on hand. Follow these simple steps and you will be well on your way to ice cream land:

  1. Peel and cut the bananas into two-inch slices

Peel bananas cut into slices on a wooden cutting board

  1. Place them in the freezer in a freezer-safe container bag overnight.
  2. Remove the bananas from the freezer the following day and allow them to thaw for 5-10 minutes.

frozen bananas in food processor

  1. Place them in a food processor or high-speed blender and process until smooth. 

banana ice cream in food processor

  1. Note: If you are using a blender add a little soy or almond milk to start the process. Scrape down the sides of the blender and there you have your soft serve ice cream, ready to eat!

creamy banana ice cream in food processor on a white background

  1. Eat it as is or customize it using nuts (such as walnuts – Walnut Banana Ice Cream), fruits (strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, or pineapples), dried fruits (cranberries, raisins), granola, carob, or cacao nibs (if you are going for a chocolate flavor you could add some carob while blending). There are so many variations to choose from!

Tips for Making the Best Vegan Banana Ice Cream

You may add a sweetener like,  maple syrup, agave, or coconut sugar to your ice cream if desired.

After the bananas are cut, do not keep them in the freezer for too long as they may start turning brown and that will affect the outcome of your ice cream.

Banana ice cream does not keep as long as traditional ice cream so eat it right away. However, if you want it for longer you can freeze it in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Remove it from the freezer and let it soften a bit before eating it.

Where To Buy One Ingredient Banana Ice Cream? 

There is no need to purchase banana ice cream because it is simple and easy to make at home.

Is Banana Ice Cream Healthier Than Regular Ice Cream? 

Absolutely! It is definitely healthier. Do not use refined sweeteners as the bananas are naturally sweet. It is also rich in nutrients, such as potassium.

Does Banana Ice Cream Keep? 

Yes, it may be stored in the freezer for 2-3 months.

 Do You Have To Freeze Bananas for ice cream? 

No, you can eat it immediately as a soft serve or freeze it for 2-3 months.

How Do You Make Banana Ice Cream From Scratch?

Follow our simple recipe for an awesome banana ice cream experience.

Ways To Enjoy Banana Ice Cream

  1. Banana ice cream may be enjoyed alone or served with a slice of your favorite cake. It is a perfect Sunday afternoon treat for the entire family or for a hot summer day. 
  2. Enhance your ice cream by including sprinkles, cacao nibs, or pieces of dark chocolate. If you do not enjoy having a banana as whole fruit, this may be a great alternative for you.
  3. It may also be useful to use your leftover ice cream as a part of a shake or smoothie.

There are so many ways to enjoy it …so allow your imagination to go to work!

Other Banana Recipes To Prepare

  1. Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
  2. Vegan Banana Upside Down Cake
  3. Strawberry Banana Bread
  4. Vegan Banana Cranberry Bread
  5. Boiled Green Bananas
  6. Jamaican Banana Fritters
  7. Blueberry Banana Smoothie

banana ice cream with granola in a white bowl on a wooden background

Health Benefits Of Banana 

  • Bananas have many health benefits and can be consumed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Some of the nutrients contained in bananas are potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, copper, fiber, and protein.
  • Eating bananas is also a good way to maintain blood sugar levels, aid with digestion, help to maintain heart health, assist with weight loss, and are easy to include in your diet.
  • Bananas are also very filling and will prevent you from feeling hungry for several hours. This will significantly assist those who are formulating weight loss plans. In addition, a medium banana contains only 102 calories.
  • Bananas also contain bioactive plant compounds such as dopamine and catechin. The dopamine which comes from bananas acts as an antioxidant and the catechin can assist with reducing the risk of heart disease.

Are bananas really berries?

Yes, they are! Who would have thought that bananas are in fact classified as berries? Berries are fleshy fruits that contain one flower, with one ovary, and have several seeds.

Most fruits that have the name berry included are really not ‘true’ berries as they do not fall into this category. Because the seeds of bananas are so small, it is very easy for us to forget that they in fact contain seeds and are true berries.

vegan banana ice cream in a cone with a white background

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 105 kcal / 439 kJ
  • Fat: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 1.3 g
  • Carbs: 27 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • For:
  • 2 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Peel and cut the bananas into two-inch slices
  2. Place bananas in the freezer in a freezer-safe container bag overnight.
  3. Remove the bananas from the freezer the following day and allow them to thaw for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Place them in a food processor or high-speed blender and process until smooth.
  5. If you are using a blender add a little soy or almond milk to start the process. Scrape down the sides of the blender and there you have your soft serve ice cream, ready to eat!
  6. Eat it as is or customize it using nuts (such as walnuts - Walnut Banana Ice Cream), fruits (strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, or pineapples), dried fruits (cranberries, raisins), carob or cacao nibs (if you are going for a chocolate flavor you could add some carob while blending). There are so many variations to choose from!
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.