If you can’t eat dairy, but still want a creamy, cool ice cream dessert – our chocolate peanut butter banana ice cream is for you!
It’s vegan, gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and still satisfies that sweet tooth craving. It’s lower in calories but doesn’t skimp on flavor.
We love to serve it drizzled with peanut butter and crushed peanuts for a complete “ice cream” experience. 😉
What is nice cream?
This recipe is considered a “nice cream,” that is, instead of a traditional milk or cream base, it uses fruit. This specific recipe uses bananas as its base to create a frozen treat that still has a creamy consistency, but a lot less calories.
Nice cream tends to be vegan, dairy-free, and free from preservatives, added color, and sugars. AND in most cases, you don’t even need an ice cream machine to make it.
How to make chocolate peanut butter nice cream
Peel bananas and cut into 1/2” pieces. You could always freeze your bananas whole or in halves, but we’ve found that freezer them in smaller pieces gives you a creamier, more frozen texture.
Place on a wax-paper-lined baking sheet and freeze for at least 30 minutes. We prefer freezing them for 2-3 hours, especially if you plan on eating the ice cream immediately after blending.
If your blender doesn’t seem up for the task, you could try using a food processor as well, or blend in batches so your machine can handle it.
Add in peanut butter, cocoa powder, and honey and blend until just combined. Adjust flavors to your liking.
Enjoy immediately topped with peanuts and a drizzle of peanut butter (this is totally optional, we just like how it looks!), or transfer to a container to freeze for later to scoop if you want a more traditional ice cream look.
Why Powdered peanut butter?
We used powdered peanut butter in this recipe to cut back on calories, but not on flavor. Traditionally speaking, natural peanut butter has about 190 calories in two Tablespoons, while powdered peanut butter (like PB2) only has 45.
It also has less fat (1.5 grams compared to 16 grams) and less sugar (1 gram versus 3 grams).
If you don’t have powdered peanut butter on hand, don’t worry. You can swap it out for regular peanut butter.
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Want more healthier treats? Try these:
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- Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fruit Dip
- Sheet Pan Healthy Banana Cake
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