If someone told me two years ago (before I knew all the awesome, healthy desserts you can create with bananas) that you can make delicious chocolate ice cream without any dairy, sugar, or other unhealthy ingredients, I probably wouldn’t believe them. But once I started freezing my bananas and creating different smoothies/banana ice creams, I figured out it’s really not that hard at all!
I know that there’s a ton of really awesome brands that have dairy-free ice cream, but they also use a lot of added sugar and artificial flavorings, and I wanted to make a recipe that doesn’t have any of that.
Not only that, but I wanted to use super healthy ingredients that are full of nutrients. For this reason, I used bananas, cacao powder, almond butter and cacao nibs. Here is why:
Almond Butter: Almond butter is so so delicious and full of protein and healthy fats. I love it because it’s super filling and it makes the ice cream creamier, which is awesome. However, many brands add sugar and oil to their almond butter, so I always read the ingredients and make sure the buy the kind that has almonds listed as their only ingredient.
Bananas: Bananas are one of my favorite foods because they are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways in baking. Their naturally sweet flavor is a great way to replace sugar in many recipes, and they are a great source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins B6 and C. I like to let them ripen and get a little spotty before I freeze and eat them or use them for baking, because that’s when they are the sweetest.
Cacao Powder: Cacao powder is the purest form of chocolate and it’s a super healthy food (in fact, it is considered a superfood). It is full of antioxidants and is an amazing source of magnesium, as well as iron, potassium, calcium, and others. Unfortunately, it’s not found in every grocery store, but I do find it in health stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. I personally order mine off of Amazon because I find that it’s cheaper.
Cacao Nibs: Cacao nibs are cacao beans that are broken into small pieces. They are a little bitter, but have an awesome chocolatey taste and have the same great benefits of cacao. I love to top my chocolate ice cream with them to make it more crunchy.
Here are the portions I use when I make my chocolate ice cream:
Vegan Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
A healthy, sugar free treat, perfect for summer.
- 1 ripe frozen banana
- 1 teaspoon cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon almond butter
- a pinch of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cacao nibs
DirectionsBlend the banana, cacao powder, cinnamon, and almond butter in a blender, and top with cacao nibs.