Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Recipe

This chocolate peanut butter banana ice cream had me dancing around my living room!

Oh yes, Elvis would be proud. And hungry…

I’m a big Elvis fan. I listen to his music a lot, especially in my car where I can sing like a crazed banshee, much to Mini Chef’s dismay and embarrassment.

Clean Eating Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream in a bowl with peanuts sprinkled on top.

So any time I do something with peanut butter and bananas, I immediately start humming “Good Luck Charm” to myself (my all-time favorite Elvis song). And this ice cream was no exception. In fact, I may have thrown out my back doing a pelvic thrust or two from the freezer to the counter where the Yonana’s machine (affiliate link) was sitting (yes, this can be made in a food processor as well).

A little bit of ice cream, and I should be fine…


The trick with banana-based ice creams, also known as “Nice cream” is in how you freeze your bananas. Make sure to use just-yellow bananas, not ones with brown spots. It makes a huge difference in the flavor of your finished ice cream. Peel and slice your bananas. Lay them out on a parchment-lined cookie sheet with a small amount of space between each piece. Freeze overnight. Then transfer to a storage container.

I buy bananas when they are on sale and freeze large batches of them so we have ice cream all summer long. And the best part is that we don’t have to wait for an ice cream maker to churn for hours. Just blend and serve!

That being said, you have to choose carefully whether you will use milk with this or not, and well as how much you add. You don’t need it at all if you use a Yonana’s machine. But if you use a food processor, you might need some. Too much will give you anything from soft-serve ice cream to soup. Not enough, and you’ll burn out your food processor motor from the strain. So add a small amount to start with (a tablespoon or two), and add more as needed, a tablespoon at a time until you have a consistency you like. If you have a powerful processor, you may not need liquid at all. The processor you use will also play a part in determining how much liquid you need.


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Clean Eating Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

A delicious, fruit-based ice cream you can feel good about eating!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 292kcal


  • 2 cups frozen bananas (thawed on the counter top for about 10 minutes)
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (or more to taste)
  • milk (optional – as needed for consistency – non dairy milk is fine)


  • Allow the bananas to sit out on the counter for about 10 minutes so they just begin to thaw (just barely).
  • Put the bananas through the Yonana’s machine (or in a processor with a small splash of milk and blend till smooth).
  • Stir in the peanut butter and cocoa powder. Mix well and serve.


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


Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 938mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 19.6mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.2mg

This recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 6/20/12.

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  1. Amanda Singley says:

    Oh yummy!!! This sounds amazing!

  2. we sing EVERYWHERE in this house, and dance too!! Many nights will see half-naked kiddos dancing and singing away to some fun music!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Awesome!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Rhoda Smith says:

    Don’t you love your Yonana machine,lol! I haven’t made anything with mine in a long time but this definitely sounds like something I’d like to try.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. I have made this in my new Nutribullet with almond butter and cocoa nibs too.

  5. This looks delicious!

  6. My Yonanas machine is my favorite appliance this summer! Love this easy, fun and healthy recipe!

  7. Oh, this MUST be good. So simple and so few ingredients = geniousness! Will try as soon as possible! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Tiffany,

    I am constantly amazed by the wonderful information I stumble across on the web – and I’m so excited I found your site! You have such great recipes and information. I have never heard of the Yonanas machine but now I must look into getting one! I really enjoy your website – thank-you for sharing your talents! – Heather

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Thanks so much, Heather! Hope you enjoy the Yonana’s machine!

    2. Dawn Marie Martin says:

      I have to agree. I love all the information available to me with the web at my fingertips, and your site is exactly what I was needing! I’ve been eating fairly clean, but have just recently decided to really make it a priority. I’m so glad I found you!

      1. graciouspantry says:

        Thanks so much! Welcome to my blog!

  9. Just licked my bowl….this is delicious. Topped with a few pecans ๐Ÿ™‚ I love this blog and have been making a lot of your recipes lately.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Wonderful! I’m so happy you’re enjoying them!

  10. graciouspantry says:

    Awesome! Healthy food IS delicious if you prepare it right.

  11. Brianna Roehrborn says:

    I love, love, LOVE this ice cream! I follow you on facebook and Pinterest. I have learned many clean eating recipes from you (the Pecan Pie was a major hit on Thanksgiving!). You’re blog has helped me so much throughout my clean eating journey and I’m so very thankful! Mini Chef is very lucky to have you as his mom ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. How ripe should the bananas be?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I like them yellow with no brown spots, or maybe just one or two tiny spots.

  13. Delicious! Just made it with completely brown bananas and my 6 and 3 yr olds devoured it. Thanks for a healthy alternative to ice cream!!! YUM!!!

  14. Hi,
    I’ve recently started clean eating. Slowly changing over the pantry with new ingredients! Anyway I hate bananas! But I love chocolate and peanut butter. Can you or anyone help me with a substitute?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelly – Mango is the best sub for bananas in most cases.

  15. Has anyone made this using PB2? Just wondering if it will taste the same. I use it in my protein shakes and it tastes the same, just with a lot less calories.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sarah – I’ve always been under the impression that PB2 is not clean.

  16. How does this go with freezing and re-serving? I would like to make a big batch and keep it in the freezer for when I want an ice-cream fix.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Anon – For this particular recipe, I don’t recommend it. You should only make as much as you can eat. But there is an option of blending in a little bit of cottage cheese with it. That somehow makes it much more freezable.

  17. made this the mother night and loved it! If there are extras does anyone know how long it will keep once it’s made??

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Juliette – I wouldn’t keep it more than a few days if you can help it. The sooner you eat it, the better.

  18. Shirley Goad says:

    I tried this recipe today and loved the taste, hubby is a diabetic so this is a great treat for him. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I used my Magic Bullet to make it and it worked ok but had to add more than just a splash of milk and I used Original Unsweetened Silk Almond Milk. I wonder if you could make frozen pops out of them.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Shirley – If you add more milk, you could easily make popsicles out of them. So happy you liked it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. This is soooo yummy! I used frozen bananas, a little unsweetened almond milk, natural peanut butter and cocoa powder. Thanks for this awesome idea!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Renee – My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. Hi! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I really would love to try it….like right now, haha! I have everything that’s needed except a yonana’s machine or food processor. I’m on my way to preparing more things at home and feeding our family clean. I do have good quality blender. Will a blender work as well?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sonya – It can be done in a blender, but in small increments. The frozen bananas can bog down the blades in your blender and burn out the motor if you aren’t careful. You may have to end up with more of a frozen yogurt if you need more liquid to make the blender go. You’ll have to play with it a bit.

  21. Diane Kay says:

    PB2 isn’t clean? ???? I saw it first on a Vegan online shopping store but found it locally! I love it and it’s helped me lose weight. Can you let me know where you heard this or why it isn’t clean? So sad!