If you’ve never made ice cream with frozen bananas, you’re in for a treat. A healthy treat. A very quick, completely delicious, and healthy treat. Bananas and peanut butter are a match made in heaven. Add some chocolate, and something magical happens.
I’m not joking.
I love ice cream but it doesn't love me. A sad but true fact. It can play havoc with my tummy, give me intense headaches, and, unless the weather is really, scorchingly, meltingly hot, if I have any, I have to wrap myself up in a duvet because my internal thermostat is rubbish, and consuming cold food or drink has been known to send me into a fit. Literally.
Fortunately, in between massive lightning storms, heavy downpours, and hailstones, we've had glorious 32C sunshine, which is my cue to break out all the ice cream!
The only way my peanut butter and banana ice cream could be easier to make is if someone else does it for you. Yes, it really is that easy.
Just chuck some frozen banana chunks and peanut butter into a food processor or blender, whizz to within an inch of their lives, drizzle over some home-made chocolate magic shell, and then scoff to your heart’s content.
4-Ingredient Vegan Banana and Peanut Butter Ice Cream
- quick and easy
- free from added sugar
- good for you
- totally deelish!
If you're watching your weight, and want to make this even more low-cal, omitting the chocolate magic shell will bring this down to a mere 97 calories per portion. Who said diet food is boring? Enjoy!
What's your favourite vegan ice cream?
4-Ingredient Vegan Banana and Peanut Butter Ice Cream
- 6 frozen bananas roughly chopped (note 2)
- 8 tablespoon peanut butter made with 4 tablespoon peanut flour + 6 tablespoon water (note 3)
For the chocolate magic shell:
- 50 g 60% dark chocolate broken into pieces
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- High-powered blender
- Food processor
- Whizz the bananas and peanut butter together for a few minutes in a food processor or high-powered blender until it reaches a smooth consistency. You may have to scrape the sides down a couple of times.
- Place in the freezer for 10 minutes, while you melt the chocolate.
- Place the chocolate and coconut oil into a heatproof bowl over a pan of water. Gently bring to a simmer (don’t let the water boil, or it will spoil the chocolate.)
- Once melted, remove the bowl from the pan, and stir the chocolate and coconut oil together.
- Remove the ice cream from the freezer, serve into bowls, and drizzle over the chocolate sauce, where it will almost immediately form a lovely crisp shell.
- Store any leftovers in the freezer in an airtight container for up to a month. Remove from the freezer 10 mins before you want to serve it.
- Brown bananas are great for freezing and making ice cream with, plus they are apparently better for you than their pallid counterparts.
- To freeze bananas, simply peel, chop into chunks, place in an airtight freezer-proof container (or freezer bag), and chuck into the freezer or ice box. It’s really as simple as that.
- If you don't have peanut flour, you can of course, use normal peanut butter from a jar... but if you're watching your calorie or macro intake, you'll have to adjust the nutritional info accordingly.
- If your blender or food processor can't cope with frozen banana chunks, either defrost them slightly in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, or leave out at room temperature for 10-15 mins to soften slightly.
- 1 cup = US cup = 240 ml
- 1 tablespoon = US/UK = 15 ml
- 1 fl oz = US = 30 ml
This looks so tempting Nico - what a classic flavour combo! Thanks for entering the recipe into Simple and in Season too xxx
You really can't wrong with banana and peanut butter, can you? Such a perfect match! xx
Kat (The Baking Explorer)
I love simple recipe like this that create such delicious results!
Thanks Kat - simple stuff is often the best, isn't it? xx
Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie
I am loving how easy peasy this recipe sounds! And I know a certain little peanut butter mad boy who would especially love it!! Eb x
He is clearly a young man of taste, Eb! 😉
I think this is a great treat for kids - all the creamy yumminess of ice cream, protein from the peanut butter and bananas, and a little bit of fat from the chocolate shell... far more nutritious than sugar-laden frozen treats you can buy in the shops.
I hope your little chap loves it! xx
Kate, Meals and Makes.
What a genius idea! I have made chocolate covered frozen bananas in the summer but never thought of blending them. My daughter is a big fan of peanut butter so I think this recipe would be a big hit! Thanks. #CookBlogShare
Ooh, yes frozen bananas covered in chocolate are lovely, aren't they, Kate? Do you put them onto sticks/skewers too? Such perfect summertime treats!
I hope your daughter loves this ice cream! xx
Oh it sounds amazing! I actually have 6 bananas frozen in the freezer already and I'm quite tempted to make this right now, although I don't have peanut flour so would have to use peanut butter instead. I love the sound of how the chocolate sauce forms a crisp shell too. Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice!
Peanut butter works just as well, Corina... especially if you swirl a bit extra in once you've finished blending. And yes, the chocolate shell is fab - it really finishes it off nicely! I hope you enjoy it! xx
OMG Now that is what I call a recipe Made Easy! Just my kinda thing.They look absolutely delicious too I am just going to have to try them and I am not even a huge fan of peanut butter! Thank you for sharing on #CookBlogShare
Not a huge fan of peanut butter? I don't understand.
The PB isn't overwhelming in this ice cream, Jacqui - there's actually a really nice balance between it and the bananas. I won't guarantee you'll love it if you try it but I'm willing to bet you won't be averse to it! xx
I know that I Will love your tasty ice-cream! It looks super delicious!
I have a Yummy banana ice-cream with toasted walnuts, vegan mini chocolate chips & maple syrup on my blog, if you like! ????????
Ooh, how fab - I'm heading over there right now, to check it out. Thanks for letting me know, Sophie! 🙂
Here are the 2 recipes: http://sophiesfoodiefiles.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/vegan-gluten-free-banana-ice-creams-with-sophies-twists/
Oh, that's fab - thank you so much, Sophie!