dessert gluten-free paleo popsicles/ice cream summer vegan

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

July 21, 2020

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream. It’s made with just 3 simple ingredients and is ready in minutes! It’s also gluten-free, vegan and paleo. Ice cream just got a healthy makeover!

Do you remember when banana “ice cream” hit the food scene? I swear every food blogger has at least one recipe for banana ice cream on their site because everyone seemed to be obsessed! Now years later, I feel like the craze has died down but honestly don’t know why. This sweet treat is so simple to make, satisfying and dare I say healthy?! 

You can make banana ice cream in a variety of flavors but from years of analytics on you (my lovely readers!!) I know that you are all as obsessed with the combination of peanut butter and chocolate as I am. A true match made in heaven! 

Lee and I always joke that if we wanted to start a blog that was an overnight sensation it would be exclusively peanut butter + chocolate recipes. Without fail these recipes go viral. And for good reason. Who doesn’t love the epic combo that is PB + Choc?!

Let’s get to the recipe…

Here’s What You Need:

  • Frozen bananas
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Natural peanut butter

Seriously – that’s it!


How to Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Don’t be intimidated to make your own ice cream. Banana ice cream is suuuper simple to make. 

STEP 1: Peel and chop your bananas. Place them in an airtight container and freeze overnight. If you forget to throw them in the freezer the night before, freeze for at least a couple of hours – you’ll want them to be completely frozen!

STEP 2: Add the frozen bananas, cocoa powder and peanut butter to a food processor. 

STEP 3: Process until ice cream consistency is reached. This typically takes me 1-3 minutes so be patient! You may need to scrape down the sides occasionally to make sure the mixture is well combined. 

STEP 4: Stir in the remaining peanut butter to create “chunks” in your ice cream.  Leave as is for banana “soft serve” or place in the freezer to harden up like traditional ice cream.

Storing Banana Ice Cream

If you aren’t going to eat your banana ice cream right away (who are you and how do you have that self control?!), you can store the ice cream in the freezer in an airtight container. When you’re ready to enjoy, use an ice cream scoop to serve it like traditional ice cream. 

Banana Soft Serve Variations

The best thing about banana soft serve is that you can make it your own! Here are some ideas:

  • Fresh or frozen berries + chocolate chips
  • Cookies and cream 
  • Any other nut or seed butter with cocoa powder or chocolate chips
  • Traditional vanilla by adding vanilla beans or vanilla extract
  • Mint chocolate chip by adding peppermint extract and chocolate chips
  • Add some cookie dough chunks 




Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream. It’s made with just 3 simple ingredients and is ready in minutes! It’s also gluten-free, vegan and paleo. Ice cream just got a healthy makeover!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 3 large ripe bananas, chopped and frozen (for at least 2 hours)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp natural peanut butter


  1. Add bananas, cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter to a food processor.
  2. Process until ice cream consistency is reached. You may need to scrape down the sides occasionally but this should only take 1-3 minutes.
  3. Stir in 1 other tablespoon of peanut butter to create “swirls”.
  4. Eat immediately or store in freezer until ready to eat and scoop out like ice cream.


Like this post? Here are others you might enjoy:


Join 20,000+ members of the THM Community to get access to exclusive recipes, healthy lifestyle tips and behind-the-scenes news from our team!

Powered by ConvertKit
  • Reply
    Jackie B
    July 11, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Ugh some ppl! I think it’s obvious to anyone with common sense that this isn’t true ice cream (duh no cream). Instead it’s a mock ice cream/frozen banana dessert and I appreciate the recipe as my family and I are vowing to eat healthier but still crave a little dessert. I’ve been relying on natural PB and apple slices which are great but it’s nice to have variety. I also don’t want to use fake sugars & chemicals. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply
    Fatima Asmal
    January 18, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing.
    Love the pb and banana combinations, my favorite 🤗

  • Reply
    November 22, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    We loved this recipe! My husband was in the mood for peanut butter ice cream. I used dark chocolate cocoa and added a little coconut sugar. Can’t wait to try some other recipes. Thanks so much!

  • Reply
    Jan Lariviere
    July 25, 2020 at 11:18 am

    This is fabulous. We love ice cream but not all the calories. This got a big thumbs up from everyone in the family. DELICIOUS. Thank you!

  • Reply
    July 22, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Excellent timing. I’m looking in my freezer at all that frozen organic peanut butter. I also noticed my bananas that I haven’t eaten. Id started to beat myself up for buying them and forgetting to use them.
    But you solved my problem in literally “Seconds” when. I opened your email this am.
    Thank you many times over. (Just put my bananas in the freezer next to my jars of organic peanut butter.
    Adore your blog, recipes, your pups and you.

  • Reply
    Charlene Entwistle
    February 13, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Just had it on pancakes with banana and double cream very yummy!!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 19, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      Glad to hear it! Enjoy!

  • Reply
    August 21, 2017 at 12:10 am

    This recipe is a JOKE. It tastes NOTHING like ice cream.

    If you are for even one second thinking this is good, you are pathological insane.

    It’s not ice cream. It’s not good. Get a life stupid vegans and stop lying to yourselves thinking you are good food.

    • Reply
      January 8, 2021 at 6:13 pm

      Wow. You really have so much free time that you are rage-posting on a dessert recipe blog post??? You’ve made it clear to everyone that you are a nasty person. I sure hope you get something fulfilling in your life to spend your time on and make you happy rather than cutting down others for the purpose of, well, what?? Just to be a jerk?

Leave a Reply

Recipe rating


Sign-up for a free weekly meal plan straight to your inbox.