Monday, May 3, 2021

One Ingredient Nice Cream (with Frozen Bananas) + Video

Nice cream is a simpler version of the popular frozen treat and is ready in 5 minutes! Enjoy some today with all of your favorite toppings.

Now, when your kids want dessert for breakfast you will have no trouble saying yes!

It’s delicious as-is or can be made in a variety of other flavors like chocolate, strawberry, and nutty pecan.

You can even make popsicles with frozen bananas too!

One Ingredient Nice Cream (with Frozen Bananas) in a bowl

What Is Nice Cream?

It’s a vegan alternative to the popular sweet treat made with frozen bananas instead of sugar and milk.

The texture of the fruit makes it silky smooth, while the natural sweetness is just enough to satisfy any craving.

Simply freeze fresh bananas in chunks, then blend until smooth!

chopped frozen bananas in food processor

Topping Ideas

The sky’s the limit when it comes to what goes with this tasty treat. Keep it simple with colorful sprinkles and chopped nuts, or drizzle your favorite dessert syrup over the top.

Caramel sauce is especially delicious!

Want something more indulgent? Crush up some cookies or add a spoonful of chocolate chips and a swirl of whipped cream.

nice cream mixins and toppings

Helpful Tips and Tricks

  • Use extra ripe bananas. The darker the peel, the sweeter your dessert will be. 
  • Tip for freezing bananas: Line a baking sheet with wax paper and slice the fruit into coins. Lay them out in a single layer and freeze until firm, then transfer to a ziploc bag and store for up to 3 months.
  • Break into chunks as needed. If you froze your fruit whole, you may not get a smooth consistency. Use your hands or a knife to create smaller pieces before blending.
  • Still too thick? Feel free to add a splash of whatever dairy or plant-based milk you have on hand if needed.
  • Make it ahead of time. Store in a freezer-safe container with a lid and allow it to soften on the counter before serving.
frozen banana ice cream in food processor

What You’ll Need For Frozen Banana Ice Cream

  • Blender or Food Processor - Be sure the capacity is large enough to hold everything.
  • Silicone Spatula - This is sturdy enough to scrape down the sides when blending as well as incorporating any mix-ins you may want.
frozen banana ice cream finished

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Can I make different flavors of nice cream?

Absolutely! As long as you can blend it, you can toss it in with the frozen bananas.

Cocoa powder or chocolate syrup are easy to add, as is peanut butter or caramel. Fresh or frozen berries add a fruity twist, while a variety of warm spices can add a touch of subtle flavor.

You could even get creative with different extracts like vanilla, mint, maple, or rum!

How long does frozen banana ice cream last in the freezer?

It should stay fresh for about a week when stored in an airtight container. That means you can easily double or triple the recipe or create a few different flavors at one time to enjoy later.

nice cream scooping

Is nice cream healthier than ice cream?

That really depends on your definition of healthy, but it is allergen-friendly, lower in sugar, and lower in calories than the traditional frozen dessert.

Either way, you can feel good about enjoying it at any time of day since it’s made completely out of fruit.


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frozen banana ice cream in a bowl

Video: One Ingredient Nice Cream

To see us make these from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this post.

Yield: 999
Author: Donna Elick
One Ingredient Nice Cream

One Ingredient Nice Cream

Nice cream is a simpler version of the popular frozen treat and is ready in 5 minutes! Enjoy some today with all of your favorite toppings.
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min


  • 6 frozen ripe bananas (cut into chunks)
Optional toppings
  • Sprinkles
  • Chopped nuts
  • Caramel sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Chocolate chips
  • Cinnamon


  1. Place the banana chunks in a blender or food processor. Blend until the mixture starts to get creamy, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  2. Serve immediately with a soft-serve consistency or place in a freezer safe container and freeze to serve later.
  3. If you decide to leave it in the freezer, just allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes or so, to soften before serving.
  4. Enjoy!
  1. The more ripe your bananas are the sweeter the nice cream will be.
  2. You can cut bananas into coins and freeze flat on a baking sheet for easier blending.
  3. If you have whole frozen bananas, you can break them into chunks before blending.

One Ingredient Nice Cream (with Frozen Bananas) in a bowl

Originally published May 2021

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