Clean Eating Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Recipe

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This clean eating chocolate banana ice cream isΒ a delicious, dairy-free, soft-serve that isn’t really ice cream at all!

I have to tell you, this is one of the most sinful desserts I’ve had since starting my clean eating program.Β  It was a recipe that Danica from DanicasDaily gave me at a blogger’s luncheon. If memory serves, she said her sister had passed it on to her.

If you like bananas, and you like soft serve ice cream, then this is the perfect dessert for you.

Clean Eating Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

It’s soft, it’s fluffy, it’s cold and ice creamy. But guess what….

It’s not ice cream at all! (Shhh, don’t tell the kids! They’ll never know the difference!) It’s just bananas!



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Clean Eating Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Clean Eating Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

A wonderful, dairy free dessert!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 376kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 6 cups sliced bananas
  • 1 cup milk (give or take)
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. honey


  • This is one of those recipes you have to start the day/night before. Slice your bananas into a container with a lid. Put in the freezer over night or until thoroughly frozen. It's important that they are completely frozen.
  • Empty your frozen banana slices into a food processor. Add some of the milk along with the remaining ingredients and turn on your processor. Add more milk as needed to get the consistency you prefer.
  • Note: You may need to stop the processor a few times and poke at it with a spatula just to be sure you got all the bananas blended. There are always a few rascals in there that like to hide.
  • Also, this is NOT something you can put back in the freezer after making. This is strictly a make and serve dish. Freezing the finished ice cream turns it into something pretty yucky. So make it and eat it!
  • Alternative: If you prefer, you can just do the bananas and milk with a splash of vanilla extract. It's very similar to vanilla ice cream, and you don't have to add any additional sweeteners like you do when you add cocoa powder.


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


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 1401mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 29.4mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 1.9mg

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  1. Okay…just looking at this makes me hungry right now! I have to go grocery shopping tonight or tomorrow night, so I am getting the bananas and doing this!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Yeah! Let me know how you like it.

      And just an FYI, I have another version coming up in a few days. So pick up a can of light coconut milk too. You’ll love it!

  2. My hubby and I made this last night – and it was SOOOO good. Thank you πŸ™‚

    Also – we used a blender – and it worked fine…and my bananas were whole not sliced. Took a bit of work to get it smooth – but it was worth it!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Hi Kerry,

      That’s great! I’m thrilled you liked it! I don’t have a blender at the moment, so I’m glad you gave me some feedback there.
      It does make it a bit easier if they are sliced though.

      Thanks for trying one of my recipes!

  3. I just blogged about this a couple weeks ago, too. We LOVE it. But ours was plain, now I can’t wait to try it with chocolate!

  4. Oh, and try it with peanut butter sometime, too! MM!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Hey Katrina!

      Wait till you see the next recipe!

  5. This was really good. My 6 year old loved it and it was something he could make from start to finish with a little guidance. The only thing that went wrong was that I did not cut the bananas up before freezing and the food processor flopped all over the place and sprayed us with milk out the top, LOL. Totally my fault, but it was worth the laugh. I’ll try the coconut tonight.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:


      That sounds like a hoot! Definitely important to slice them!

      Also, I’ve been trying to get a hold of you. You won the Beach Body Contest! Please contact me for your prize!


  6. My hubby and I made this last night – and it was SOOOO good. Thank you πŸ™‚

    Also – we used a blender – and it worked fine…and my bananas were whole not sliced. Took a bit of work to get it smooth – but it was worth it!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Hi Bruce,

      I guess I’m lazy that way. I don’t like to do any extra “work” in the kitchen. That’s why I slice them. Either way, it’s a really yummy treat. So happy you liked it!

  7. This is amazing, but I tweaked it a little bit to make it even better. I bought some Jay Robb chocolate protein powder a while back because it’s sweetened with Stevia and doesn’t have a lot of nasty chemicals. Unfortunately, the stevia made it too sweet for me! So I followed your ice cream directions minus the honey plus 1/2 scoop of the protein powder. It was perfect! 10 extra grams of protein, and the coco powder made it less sweet and SUPER chocolately (which is how I like my ice cream!)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Fantastic Millason! Great idea! I love Jay Robb products. Especially their protein bars! Yum!

  8. just cut my bananas to make thie either tonight or tomorrow depending when they freeze! Honey or agave is better? I have both. I have been slipping because of sweet cravings so I am really trying to search some of the desert type recipes on here for those cravings! It looks yummy:)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:


      You can use either honey or agave. Doesn’t matter. Just know that if you use honey, it will have a slight honey flavor to it. It will also increase the glycemic index. But either one will work just fine.

      Let me know how you like it!

  9. yes very delicious…My girls and me loved it:) My so does not like bananas so he wouldn’t try it. We will be making this again!

  10. I absolutely love this recipe….just made some again tonight, and it totally hit the spot for both the chocolate and ice-cream cravings. My kids loved it too, which is an added bonus!

    I love the idea of adding protein powder….although if this gets too healthy, I might start eating it for breakfast!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Melissa – LOL!!! Ya, the thought has crossed my mind on multiple occasions.

  11. i made something similar to this, although i wasn’t too fussed about running it in the blender (don’t have a food processor). what i needed was a frozen banana + 20g peanut butter + 45g of light cottage cheese. it was so decadent! frozen bananas are heaps concentrated than unfrozen ones that i don’t need to add any sweetener at all. (although they were pretty ripe when i froze them. hehe!)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Steph – Sounds good! I’ll have to try it that way. Thanks

  12. Hi Tiffany, it’s late so I am sorry if I have missed the recipe but is there a coconut ice cream recipe you have that excludes bananas? Husband and one child out of 3 don’t like bananas WTH? Otherwise I am on a mission to find a way to make this dessert as clean as possible. Thanks for your website, you’re such an inspiration xo D

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Hi Dani,

      This ice cream is made out of bananas. It doesn’t work any other way. I have a strawberry smoothie that can sometimes substitute as ice cream. It’s under the craving busters category.

      I’m currently working on a “banana-free” ice cream recipe. I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

      Good luck!

  13. I just tried this recipe for the first time, and I’m eating it now. Oh, yum! It’s got exactly the texture and consistency of soft serve ice cream. I can’t wait to experiment with other flavors! (By the way, I used your clean coffee creamer instead of the milk. Very rich and good!)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Linda – Fabulous!!! I always get so excited when I get people to love the clean version of something. Yay!

  14. trude wofford says:

    when I bring home bananas once they start to get a little too ripe ( not yucky or anything) I slice them and freeze for fruit/protein smoothies, thanks to you Tiffany, now I have another wonderful way to not only save money but to have a special treat, Thank you so much

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Trude – You’re welcome! This is one of my little guy’s favorites, and I always feel okay about giving it to him. So happy you enjoyed it!

  15. I made this today it was so good. I garnished it with pieces of a mocha protein bar, it was great!!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sheri – Oooh! What a great topping idea!

  16. This was delicious! Just curious…how did you figure out that it would stay thick and cold?? We will definately be making this one again!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sarah – Well, it won’t stay that way for long. Like anything, it melts. Only with this, it can’t be stored in the freezer. It turns yucky. I’m not sure what you mean when you ask how I knew. The bananas are frozen, so like anything frozen, they would have to stay that way for a little while at least. Sorry, not sure if I’m understanding the question. But I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

  17. I just made this and all I can say is YUMMY!!!! I have been craving frozen yogurt for a while and this really helped to hit the spot! Unfortunately, I had frozen all 4 bananas in one container so I had to spend a while breaking it all down. Since it makes such a large portion, I’m going to freeze baggies with 1 banana sliced in them so I can make single serving portions whenever I want!
    I’m just starting to transition our home to a clean eating one, so I can’t wait to try more of your recipes out!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Marny – What a great idea! I’ll have to try that myself! I’m so used to cooking for an army around here, it never dawned on me to separate stuff in baggies! Thanks for the idea!

  18. Hi ,

    I made this recipe last night for the first time and it was delicious.

    Can’t wait to have this again.

    Thanks for the recipe Tiffiny.


    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jeanne – I’m happy you enjoyed it!

  19. I made this using my small magic bullet cup & using only 1 frozen sliced banana & 1/4 other ingredients. I eat it right out of the cup. Soooooo good that I now keep at least 1 or 2 frozen bananas on hand so I can whip up “icecream” when I get the urge!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bridget – Good for you! My freezer is never without a large container of frozen bananas! πŸ™‚

  20. I have been working on breaking my sugar addiction for the past week, and was really craving something sweet tonight, so I made this, minus the agave/honey, and it was still absolutely amazing, I didn’t miss the agave, and it crushed that craving! Thanks for the awesome recipe Tiffany!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Court – Fabulous!!! I’m so happy it helped!

  21. Just thought I would add a tip about frozen bananas. I found that if I haven’t taken the time to slice them ahead of time, they are very easy to slice once they’ve been frozen through and it seems to have the same result. Also, for those who might not have cocoa or clean cocoa on hand, substituting unsweetened chocolate almond milk for the milk and cocoa does the trick just fine. @Bridget @Marny – I like the one portion idea-. Because when you have the ice cream urge it’s good to have it all on hand! Thanks

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kay – Wonderful! Thanks for the tips!

  22. Michele Green says:

    OMG!!! This totally ROCKS!!! Just got done making it and eating it … yum!!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Michele – LOL! Glad you like it!!! πŸ™‚

  23. This is totally my go to when I’m craving chocolate ice cream…the texture of the frozen bananas is just like ice cream and you can’t even tell its frozen bananas even my 5 year old gobbled it right up!!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Mello – That’s awesome!!! I’m so happy you both enjoyed it! It’s one of Mini Chef’s favorites too.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Jennifer – Welcome! I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog!

  25. just found your blog and just now starting a clean lifestyle…so excited, because ice cream has been a must in my house! So excited to try all of your ice creams. This one is the first for my son’s birthday tonight πŸ™‚

    1. Anonymous says:

      Amy – Awww, happy birthday to your son! I hope you all enjoy the ice cream. πŸ™‚

  26. This looks fabulous! Are we allowed to post your recipes on Pinterest?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Renee – Please do!

  27. graciouspantry says:

    If it’s unsweetened.

  28. graciouspantry says:

    Awesome! πŸ™‚

  29. Anyone know if almond milk would work instead of dairy in this one? The coconut recipe just might be a little to on the coconut side. Thanks.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sure! Just use it sparingly since it’s a thinner milk.

  30. Thank you so much!!!!!! I cut the whole thing in half and used almond milk and it is AWESOME!!!! You are helping me become quite the cook! πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      My pleasure. πŸ™‚

  31. Ok, so I literally JUST made this for my 3 year old daughter Ember…and it is SOOO yummie!! I went grocery shopping yesterday based off a bunch of your recipes. I made the baked ziti last night (YUM) and am so excited to try the others. Thank you SOO much for sharing!!!

  32. I actually have a question, I know you say you can not refreeze and eat. But can you put it in the freezer for like 15 20 mins to harden it a little?? or will it not work?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sure, I think that would be okay. Not too long though. It gets oddly “grainy” in the freezer.

  33. I served this to my 2 & 4 year old kids for breakfast with waffle cones for a extra special breakfast ! They were thrilled.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Haha! I can imagine!

  34. Absolutely delicious! Thanks!!!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kimberly – Glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

  35. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for sharing this recipe! This was absolutely delicious and I look forward to sharing it with naysayers of clean eating who think there couldn’t be anything this decadent AND healthy! Amazing!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ali – My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

  36. Nyree Fifi says:

    Just made it! And devoured instantly! Was that delicious!! I used rice malt syrup instead of the honey and worked like a charm! Great recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nyree – So glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

  37. I can have ice cream for breakfast now!!! I wonder if I could somehow use my Champion juicer on the homogenize setting for this?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica – I’m not sure. I’ve never used that machine. Sorry. :/

  38. Kaylyn Proudfoot says:

    Hi I have never made this recipe before but I got a lot of questions about how to make it. How can you use pure homemade oat milk or rice milk in this recipe? How much should I put in instead of other milks? Can you keep the ice cream good by putting it in the fridge and not the freezer? How long do you freeze the bannanas beforehand?

    Sincerly Kaylyn

    1. Kaylyn – You can use any type of milk you like. You want to freeze the bananas for a day or two so they are good and frozen. The amount of liquid you add will depend on what your food processor can handle. If you have one with a strong motor, you won’t need any milk at all. But if you hear your motor straining, add a splash or two. The less you use, the thicker your ice cream will be. This will not keep in the fridge. Some folks have said it does okay in the freezer, but that has not been my experience. You can try it if you wish. But the better option is just to make enough to eat right away. Hope that helps! Feel free to ask more questions if you have them. Take care.

  39. Kaylyn Proudfoot says:

    I got a brand new ninja that has a button that says pulse, slow,meduim or fast. What speed should I put it at if I chose to use the same amount of milk that the recipe calls for in order for the ice cream to turn out or should I only use only half a cup?

    1. Kaylyn – I would start with the pulse button. That way, the second you let go of it, the motor stops. Push it several times to get a feel for how it’s handling the bananas. Then add your milk from there. The milk in the recipe is adjustable. The more you add, the more you’ll move towards soft serve, and then smoothie status. So start small and add a little at a time until you have a consistency you like.

  40. Kaylyn Proudfoot says:

    Hi should I start with 1/4 cup of oat milk and then see what the constituency is like and then if it’s too thick add another tbsp and see what it’s like?

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