Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream (Dairy-free & Vegan)


We can’t seem to get enough of peanut-butter-based desserts in our house.

We’ve had a steady stash of flourless peanut butter cookies in our freezer for the last few months, but now that it’s getting warmer outside, a lighter treat seems more appropriate.

scooping banana peanut butter ice creamLike this ice cream.

With only two ingredients, it’s almost too good to be true. Naturally sweetened and dairy-free, this ice cream can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer for a quick, frozen treat!

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream (Dairy-free & Vegan)
serves 2

Ingredients:

2 frozen bananas
2 Tablespoons organic natural peanut butter

water, if needed to facilitate blending

Directions:

Break the frozen bananas into chunks and toss them into a mini food processor, along with the peanut butter. (I also like to add a pinch of Himalayan sea salt if using unsalted peanut butter.)

Blend until the bananas break down into a soft-serve consistency, adding a tablespoon or two of water to help facilitate blending, if necessary.

mixing peanut butter banana ice cream in a food processorThe result should be a creamy, uniform ice cream!

Serve immediately for a soft-serve style dessert, or transfer to a sealed container and store in the freezer for a for a firmer, scoop-able ice cream.

peanut butter banana ice cream scooped into a small white bowl

It tastes so creamy and decadent, no one will believe how simple it is.

Note: As always, feel free to use any nut butter you’d like instead of peanut butter. Almond, cashew and pecan butter would all be delicious options!

4.86 from 35 votes
Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream (Dairy-free & Vegan)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

With only two ingredients, it's almost too good to be true. Naturally sweetened and dairy-free, this ice cream can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer for a quick, frozen treat!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, dairy free, paleo, peanut butter, vegan
Servings: 2
Calories: 199 kcal
Author: Megan Gilmore
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 Tablespoons organic natural peanut butter
  • water , if needed to facilitate blending
Instructions
  1. Break the frozen bananas into chunks and toss them into a mini food processor, along with the peanut butter. (I like to add a pinch of Himalayan sea salt if using unsalted peanut butter, too.)
  2. Blend until the bananas break down into a soft-serve consistency, adding a tablespoon or two of water to help facilitate blending, if necessary. The result should be a creamy, uniform ice cream!
  3. Serve immediately for a soft-serve style dessert, or transfer to a sealed container and store in the freezer for a for a firmer, scoop-able ice cream.
Recipe Notes

As always, feel free to use any nut butter you'd like instead of peanut butter. Almond, cashew and pecan butter would all be delicious options! The nut butter makes for a truly creamy, decadent-tasting ice cream that everyone is sure to enjoy!

Per Serving: Calories: 199, Fat: 8g, Carbohydrates: 30g, Fiber: 4g, Protein: 5g


Hope you enjoy it!

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Comments

sugarfoot

This sounds great! I make strawberry-banana all the time, but started subbing almond milk instead of dairy. I am reading Natalia’s book, and am still having a little trouble with the food combining because of some inconsistencies like this, and would love if you can clarify. There is a recipe for fruit with cashew cream on it – so what is that combo? She never mentions beans or legumes or peanuts for that matter, but I assume they would be considered starch and not a nut/seed. I searched, and found her saying peanuts should be “avoided at all costs”($%^!?) but no explanation. Just as I was craving a thai salad with peanut dressing, and thinking how virtuously raw and wonderful it would be. Im not sure I can trust a woman who wont let me have peanuts.

Ounse

Hello!!!!!
I am so exited about this ice cream! But what about food combining? Shouldn’t fruits be eaten on their own? ๐Ÿ™

    Megan

    Bananas are an exception to the rule, because they digest slower than most fresh fruits. They are the only fresh fruit that can be combined with nuts, seeds and dried fruits.

      Ounse

      Then, that’s great!!!!:D

Living Outside of the Box

That looks heavenly ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the idea!

Robyn

That might be my favorite recipe of yours! That was so amazing! I will never feel deprived of ice cream again!

Dana

I am a baker, a chocolate enthusiast, and a HUGE skeptic when it comes to “healthy frozen treats!” This recipe is just AWESOME. We adults love it, my kids love it, my ice cream addict father was impressed. I’m telling everyone I know. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a teaspoon of honey (depending on the ripeness of the banana). Bravo!

mercedes

Mega all your recipe I like is very easy thank

mercedes

I like homemade almond milk and Grain-free pumpkin bars

Wendy

Love the peanut butter banana ‘ice cream.’ I added a dash of vanilla and salt. Simply awesome. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and recipes.

Sabrina

I make this same thing every morning for breakfast,, but instead of water I add a cup of coconut or hemp milk and a table spoon of cocoa powder along t=with the peanut butter,, amazing!!! You can not use a high powered blender for this recipe it make its too liquified. a cheap blender works best for this.

Jodi Latimer

So incredibly good!

Frugal Expat

This looks very easy to make and a great option on occasions that I crave for ice cream.

Sue

Fabulous!

Daniela

Megan-

This is Delicious! Thanks so much for this recipe. I don’t eat dairy and this ice cream has saved me from an “ice cream-less” life. Yuuhhuu

Love love love your recipes!

Daniela

VanillaMacaroon

Made this a few days ago, it’s awesome!! Such a great post-workout snack for me, I love it!! Thanks Megan ๐Ÿ™‚

Laurie

Just made this, this afternoon for the hubby and myself and it was an absolute hit. I added about 2 tbsp. of chopped pecans (we got decadent) and it was sooo good.

I made this about a month ago, just putting 1tbsp of peanut butter to try to reduce the calories a little instead of the 2 tbsp. that the recipe calls for and it really is so much better with the 2 tbsp.

Awesome treat, thank you for sharing it.

Lauren

The fitness program I’m apart of doesn’t allow bananas on the diet making many easy ice cream/smoothie recipes a no-go. Any good substitution ideas? I’ve seen avocado used in your shakes. I’m not crazy about avocado but maybe will give it a try…

asia

This was delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

Noodle-berry

Megan, I just made myself this to make up for my disastrous attempt attempt of your mac&cheese (I used almonds as I had no cashews; big mistake….); and I must say (again) YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!
Thankyou for another amazing recipe, I lurv your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

Silvana

Thanks for the recipe. I added cocoa to mine and it was delishhhhhhhhhh. So exquisite!!! Do you know hoy many calories per serving it has?

Amy

Hi Megan,

I thought I read that peanut butter is not paleo because it’s not an actual nut but rather a legume? Is that true or no?

Thanks!

Amy

    Megan

    Yep, that’s true. I wouldn’t consider peanut butter Paleo.

Gayle

The only thing that makes this recipe better is 2 T. Baking cocoa.

Teresa

Megan,

The other fruits must be combined with protein, right?
I usually eat them with some low fat cheese, or an yogurt. But I thought nuts or seeds were good to eat with fruit.
What do you think about eating banana peanut butter ice cream with a tablesponn of homemade granola?

    Megan

    Food combining rules can vary, but you can see the general guidelines I follow here: https://detoxinista.com/about/food-combining/ Bananas are the only fresh fruit that will properly combine with nuts, though it can always vary by the individual.

Amy

I was wondering, could you use raw almond butter if you have to? This recipe sounds wonderful to use on my challenge. We have to use raw almond butter as part of our meals. We can also have bananas at the same meal. I thought this might be some variety for those who are doing the challenge.
Thanks

    Megan

    Definitely! We use almond butter all the time in my home– it tastes great!

Kelly

This is a phenomenal, simple recipe! However, the banana is a little bit over powering, and depending on what type of peanut butter you’re using, I’d consider doubling it. At least, I much prefer the peanut butter to be the more prominent taste. It is delicious either way, though!

anna

Is it okay then to combine banana with peanut butter if peanut butter is not a nut but a legume?
Sorry. I just got confused after reading all of the comments! Thanks for your recipes!

    Megan

    That’s definitely a gray area with food combining! I consider anything with peanut butter to be a “special treat” so as long as you’re not eating it on a daily basis, I think most people can get away with combining it with bananas without much issue.

Jennifer

Megan I absolutely love your site, I refer to it for so many things, you really are inspirational- thank you!!! In regards to food combining, I noticed you said bananas are the only fruit that can be combined, but is it okay to have banana ice cream at night for dessert after dinner considering fruit is best eaten in the morning or on an empty stomach?

    Megan

    I would only have banana ice cream for dessert if it properly combined with my dinner. It digests well after a raw meal, like a salad topped with avocado OR a salad smothered in a tahini dressing. (For the avocado dinner, you’d have to omit any nut butter from the banana ice cream). Hope that helps!

Eleanor

Do you think this would be good with almond butter ?
This looks so good
Thank you for all you do

    Megan

    Yes, it’s wonderful with almond butter!

Kate

Is it ok to refreeze those bananas??

Subhiksha

it’s yummy… can i try it with other fruits
iam an indian but i love foods

Maja

Tried this!
I cut the bananas in small pieces before putting them into the freezer. However, the mixture with peanut butter still nedeed some liquid, so I added some milk!
Topped it with chupped dark Rittersport, mmh

Christine

I am allergic to banana’s but, my mouth is watering to all the sweet and frozen recipes. I am very, very, very new to all of this and am wondering if there anything I am able to substitute for the banana’s. I am also wondering if someone would explain the flour thing to me. I don’t understand all the different flours and why/how my body benefits from them. Thank you all so much I am learning mega amounts from Megan and all the comments and posts. Smiles, Christine

Allison

Can I use coconut milk or avocados in place of the bananas? I’m looking for a dessert treat, but can’t have bananas. Thanks!!

Anthony

Just remember nut butters are very, very calorie dense. I like them because they have almost no glycemic load. One version I make is done by blending 4 Ozs of cashew butter, shaking in a dash of stevia leaf extract and a couple tablespoons of cocoa nibs (unsweetened). Add salt. I’ve experimented using non fat yogurt in the mix -the result is pretty amazing after an our or two in the freezer! Also coated the top with a thin Lear of purรฉed pear. It firms up to a glassed ice and the butter below has a nice cream like texture. It has a very low glycemic load (nearly zero). So for those of us who are diabetic but keep blood sugars at healthy normal levels it’s a great alternative desert that is so naturally sweet that guests can’t believe its healthy. But, as far as weight loss goes it’s still a very high calorie treat (ounce per ounce far more calories than ice cream) but it won’t spike insulin. If you’re a healthy diabetic at a good body weight it’s OK. If you’re into being fit through blood sugar control it also works. But two ounces is going to cost you 300+ calories so work it into your plans if weight loss is still a goal.

ester

so good!so simple!

Jeanne

Do you have a specific nut butter brand that you like? or do you always do your own homemade nut butters for your recipes?

    Megan Gilmore

    I love Artisana, Living Tree Community, and Maranatha brands, but for peanut butter I just make sure to buy an organic brand with no added sugar.

Joe

HI! This is super delicious! We are obsessed! But we have one question: Is there something you can add to this (paleo/vegan/non-dairy, or not!) that helps it remain scoopable after it goes in the freezer. I made a large amount of this and it was hard as a rock after just one night in the freezer. Any insights would be super helpful!

    Gina

    It gets hard as a rock, but I just take it out and leave on the counter until it becomes scoopable. Yum!

Greer

Could you use a ninja if you don’t have a food processor?

Heather

OMG Just made this with my 8 year old nephew, who like his aunt can’t handle dairy. He was so happy to have ice cream that it was all gone before I could grab my camera. He made sure to put some more bananas in the freezer for tomorrow’s batch.

S

I’ve just discovered your blog and went through the 25 pages of vegan recipes. Thank you for this, I can’t wait to try all the ones I saved! Have a wonderful day <3

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