You can make this delicious vegan, dairy free, refined sugar free peanut butter nice cream with only 2 ingredients!
Today I share my delicious banana peanut butter nice cream. If it is your first time hearing nice cream, let me introduce you. This is a frozen banana base ice cream.
It should be called nice cream as it is a healthy version of regular ice cream. There is no added sugar; ripe frozen bananas give all the natural sugar you want.
I have shared frozen banana treats before such as frozen banana peanut butter bites and frozen chocolate banana bites. They are healthy and delicious as well but the biggest difference is today’s recipe is creamy soft ice cream.
When you want to make a refreshing healthy gluten free dessert, you can make this peanut butter nice cream recipe.
Ingredients you’ll need
- Bananas-Ripe bananas let you make this ice cream sugar-free. Frozen bananas are the base of this creamy ice cream.
- Peanut Butter-I use natural unsweetened peanut butter. If you want to make yours, you can check my how to make healthy peanut butter post. (For this recipe, I don’t add any honey while making peanut butter.)
If you want to add chocolate chips, I suggest adding dark chocolate chips not only to keep this ice cream on the healthy side but also not to make it extra sweet. This ice cream recipe is pretty sweet as it is thanks to ripe bananas.
Step by step instructions
If you have your frozen sliced bananas in the freezer that’s great. But if you don’t have them ready you should learn how to freeze your bananas.
It is pretty easy. I simply cut the bananas into almost ½ inch (1.25cm) thick slices and place on the parchment paper lined small baking sheet or freezer friendly sheet.
I suggest you keep them in the freezer for at least 2-2.5 hours. When you touch or press the slices with your finger they should be very solid. If you won’t use them immediately you can keep them in a freezer bag to save place in the freezer.
I place the frozen banana slices and peanut butter into the food processor and process until just blended. I pulse with 5-second intervals.
During this step, I stop the machine to check the consistency and stir the mixture with a spoon if some parts look crumbly.
The whole process takes less than a minute on my machine. It may change from machine to machine. When the mixture reaches the soft-serve consistency, I stop. This is my preferred consistency. If there are some small banana pieces are left, I keep them as I like this way but you can blend them all.
Tip: It is important that the bananas fit the food processor properly meaning they should fill the food processor. When I used my big food processor, it didn’t blend properly so I ended up adding almost 1 and ½ tablespoons of milk to make the machine work properly.
Don’t over blend, if you do, bananas will be very creamy and you’ll be far away from the soft serve. Then you should freeze the mixture for at least 3-4 hours.
Actually, if you don’t prefer soft serve, you should freeze the mixture anyway. If you over freeze this ice cream, it will be very solid. Then you should thaw it for almost 20-30 minutes until the mixture becomes scoopable.
Other frozen treats you may enjoy!
Peanut Butter Nice Cream
- 3 medium frozen sliced bananas (345 grams peeled)*
- 56 g (3 and ½ tablespoons) peanut butter
- Place the frozen sliced bananas and peanut butter into a food processor** or a high power blender. As you blend, stop the machine and scrape down the edges with a spoon once the mixture looks crumbly. I use my small food processor and pulse with 5 second intervals until I reach the soft serve consistency. If there are some small banana pieces are left, I keep them as I like this way but you can blend them all. You can have this nice cream either soft serve or freeze it for 2-3 hours to have a regular ice cream consistency. If you freeze for too long, you'll need to thaw the ice cream for 20-30 minutes or until it is scoopable.