Healthy 3 Ingredient No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream or referred to as banana ‘nice cream’ is a guilt-free recipe for all frozen dessert fans! Made in a blender, this smooth, creamy and delicious ice cream is completely paleo, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, low calorie and sugar free!
I’m going to tell you a secret. I’ll give you five minutes to run to your blender and whip up some chocolate soft serve made with bananas also known as banana ice cream.
One of my most popular and most shared and made recipes here are these 3-ingredient flourless brownies. They’ve been shared by various online and print publications and been a savior for those in various dieting and health conscious communities. It inspired me to conjure up a single-serve version of it, which has been warmly welcomed too.
However, none of this would have come about if it weren’t being interrupted in the midst of making these baked pita chips. I had some overripe bananas to use up so thought I’d just make some banana ice cream.
For those who don’t know what banana ‘ice cream’ is, it is simply blending up frozen bananas until a soft serve or ‘ice-cream’ like texture remains. While it doesn’t really replace frozen yogurt or ice cream, its a naturally sweetened and healthier alternative, with a similar texture. I mean, it’s just frozen fruit blended up!
On this day, I wanted a chocolate spiked version, so added some cocoa powder to it, along with a big spoonful of peanut butter, because I didn’t want to be hungry two seconds later. In the middle of prepping the pita chips and before scoffing down my banana nice cream, I got a message from the UPS man and had to head to my apartment’s front desk. I left my ice cream and mess in the kitchen and went to collect it. I returned only to find an ice cream soup. Not one to waste food, I threw the liquid batter into a pan and placed them in the oven with the pita chips. When I went to remove them, I was pleasantly surprised to find the banana chocolate ice cream had morphed into fudgy brownies.
TL;DR- 3 Ingredient Chocolate Blender Ice cream can be transformed into flourless brownies using the exact same ingredients, utensils, but just a different cooking method.
Let’s discuss today’s super simple and fool-proof recipe to squash all frozen dessert and ice cream cravings. This healthy chocolate ice cream needs just THREE Ingredients and less than 2 minutes to whip up. You don’t even need to have an ice cream maker on hand to enjoy this- This is made in the blender or can be made in a food processor. Unlike traditional ice cream, it is completely dairy free and sugar free! This means it is also suitable for those following a vegan, gluten free, paleo and low-calorie lifestyle!
Texture-wise, I’m sharing two ways today! You can enjoy it soft serve style, which is smooth, creamy and literally melts in your mouth! For those of who you prefer hard scoopable ice cream, it is a little more time consuming but comes out perfectly!
Besides frozen bananas, the two other key ingredients are good quality cocoa powder and nut or seed butter. When I say ‘good quality’ cocoa powder, I really mean it. Using a cheaper, poorer quality cocoa powder will result in the ice cream being clumpy and chalky, and without it evenly dispersing. For those wanting a rich, darker flavor, I recommend using half dark cocoa powder.
Peanut butter is traditionally a favorite, especially when paired with bananas and chocolate. However, I would recommend you use almond butter, as it really changes the texture, especially if you go the scoopable ice cream route. For some reason, it becomes even creamier, easier to scoop and the closest resemblance to ice cream. Saying that peanut butter is fine if that is all you have on hand. For those with nut allergies, sunflower seed butter or soy nut butter would be the best alternatives.
Snack, dessert, a healthy treat or even part of breakfast- This healthy 3 Ingredient chocolate blender ice cream is your guilt-free answer, especially for those who are like me and can eat unlimited amounts of ice cream!
Healthy 3 Ingredient No Churn Blender Chocolate Ice Cream (Paleo, Vegan, Dairy Free)
Healthy 3 Ingredient No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream
For the soft serve ice cream version-
- In a high-speed blender or food processor, add your frozen bananas and blend for 10 seconds to lightly break apart. Add your almond butter and cocoa powder and blend until just blended.
- Transfer to a bowl and enjoy soft serve style.
For the hard scoop ice cream version-
- Place a small loaf pan in the freezer.
- In a high-speed blender or food processor, add your frozen bananas and blend for 10 seconds to lightly break apart. Add your almond butter and cocoa powder and blend until all ingredients are just blended.
- Transfer chocolate ice cream to the loaf pan. To ensure it doesn't become too icy, lightly mix your ice cream ever 20-30 minutes for the first hour.
- Thaw for 10-15 minutes before eating. Lightly wet an ice cream scoop before scooping the ice cream into a bowl.
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