Ice Cream Pie Recipe (Banana Pecan)

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This ice cream pie recipe uses only a few, natural ingredients that, when combined, create something utterly delicious and healthy!

“Nice cream” is becoming quite the rage these days. With the rise of plant-based diets, people are turning more and more to the wonderful world of fruits for their dessert course. But that doesn’t mean dessert has to be boring. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love a plate of plain fruit as much as the next person. But sometimes, it’s nice to take things a little further. And this ice cream pie recipe does just that!

A partial view of the whole ice cream pie. You can see the layer of crust, the ice cream and the pecan pieces topping it.

WHAT IS NICE CREAM?

“Nice cream” is a play on the words, “ice cream”. It means ice cream made without dairy and generally of fruit such as bananas. Pretty much any “ice cream” made without animal product is called “nice cream” to infer that no animals were harmed or used by the use of animal products.

BANANA ICE CREAM RECIPE:

While there is certainly dairy-based banana ice cream out there, when most people say banana ice cream, they are referring to a “nice cream” made solely with bananas. No dairy included. This banana ice cream recipe can be enjoyed without turning it into a pie. Simply omit the  crust and pecan topping.

CAN YOU BLEND BANANAS AND THEN FREEZE?

While I haven’t tried this method, I’m going to have to say no. I’m pretty sure you would end up with a non-blendable mess. You’ll want to slice the bananas, freeze them and then blend them. Doing it in this order allows you to have small, blendable pieces that are still soft enough for your food processor to handle.

A slice of this Ice Cream Pie from the side shows a nice thick layer of filling with sliced bananas and pecan pieces on top.

HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP BANANA ICE CREAM IN THE FREEZER?

In general, the longer you keep banana ice cream in the freezer, the more flavor and texture you will lose. This type of recipes is not meant for long term freezer storage. In fact, it’s best eating right after making it. But if you must freeze it for a bit, I recommend no longer than about 2-3 weeks, and even that could be pushing it a bit. It’s better to make smaller batches you can eat quicker than larger batches that need storage.

ARE FROZEN BANANAS HEALTHY?

Frozen bananas have the same nutritional value as fresh bananas. So yes! They are healthy! And they are decidedly healthier than regular ice cream. They have way more nutrients and far greater nutritional value. So enjoy without feeling guilty!

ARE BANANAS FATTENING?

Bananas are part of a perfectly healthy eating plan. Providing you don’t have any allergies to them, there is no reason to consider bananas fattening. And as far as this recipe goes, all the fats in this recipe are healthy fats from the pecans, and all the sugars are healthy sugars from the bananas! If ever there was a healthy, real-food dessert, this is it folks. Eat up!

NOTE: This recipe uses a Yonana’s Machine. However, a food processor or high-powered blender could also work if you add a little milk (any type) to help blend it.

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ICE CREAM PIE RECIPE:

Clean Eating Banana Pecan Ice Cream Pie

Ice Cream Pie (Banana Pecan)

A delicious dessert straight from the freezer. Perfect for a hot summer evening!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 182kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Equipment

  • Yonana's Machine OR
  • Food processor

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 8 oz. pecan pieces
  • 8 medium medjool dates (pits removed)
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Filling:

  • 5 cups frozen bananas (sliced for measuring - best if they are yellow, not brown when frozen)
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup or honey to taste (optional)

Instructions

Crust:

  • In a food processor, process the crust ingredients. They are processed enough when they begin to clump together inside the processor.
  • Press the crust into a standard-sized pie tin with your fingers and store the crust in the freezer while you make the filling.

Filling:

  • Put your slightly thawed bananas through the Yonana's machine into a medium bowl.
  • Using a fork, beat in the vanilla extract.

Pie:

  • Fill your pie crust and smooth out the top by using a spatula.
  • Freeze for at least 2 hours.
  • Cut and serve.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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11 Comments

  1. dschienie says:

    yummi! I think that one tastes really good! I sometimes make ice cream out of frozen bananas and some clean peanut butter. It’s delicous, too 😀 Thanks for sharing that idea! I’m looking forward to do it at home.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Yes, I have a recipe for that here on my blog as well. It’s definitely good stuff!!

  2. Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry says:

    A raw, pure pie-this looks divine! I love all of the ingredients you used and I bet the banana pecan combination is incredible.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  3. what is a Yonana machine? is there a substitute for that? 🙂 by the way this sounds delish!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      A Yonana machine is a machine that makes “ice cream” out of frozen fruit. If you don’t have one, a food processor will get pretty close.

  4. Made this last night, and it needed a bit more sweetness. Either my bananas weren’t ripe enough, or it needed more honey. Am anxious to try the Chocolate Peanut Butter one next.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Ya, you kind of have to adjust to taste. Hope you enjoy the CPB version!

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