Banana Ice Cream in a bowl.

Dairy-Free Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Banana ice cream is a delightful and creamy dessert that’s perfect for those looking for a dairy-free alternative to traditional ice cream. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this frozen treat is easy to prepare and incredibly satisfying. Whether you’re enjoying it on a hot summer day or as a sweet ending to a meal, this banana ice cream recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household.

Banana Ice Cream in a bowl.
Banana Ice Cream. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

There’s something truly special about making your own ice cream at home. The process is straightforward, and the result is a creamy, dreamy dessert that’s bursting with natural banana flavor. This banana ice cream is made without any dairy, eggs, or added sugar, making it an allergy-friendly option that everyone can enjoy.

Perfect Pairings for Banana Ice Cream

Enhance your banana ice cream experience by pairing it with complementary flavors and textures. Here are a few ideas to elevate your dessert:

1. Fresh Fruit: Top your banana ice cream with fresh berries, sliced strawberries, or a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds. The tartness of the fruit pairs beautifully with the sweet and creamy ice cream, adding a refreshing contrast.

2. Nutty Toppings: Add a crunchy element by sprinkling chopped nuts, such as almonds, pecans, or walnuts, over your ice cream. The nuts provide a delightful texture and enhance the nutty flavor from the almond butter in the ice cream.

3. Chocolate Drizzle: A drizzle of melted non-dairy dark chocolate or a sprinkle of chocolate chips can take your banana ice cream to the next level. The rich chocolate flavor complements the bananas perfectly, creating a decadent treat.

4. Coconut Flakes: For a tropical twist, add a handful of toasted coconut flakes on top of your ice cream. The coconut adds a lovely crunch and a hint of exotic flavor that pairs wonderfully with the bananas.

Banana Ice Cream in a bowl.
Banana Ice Cream. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Creative Substitutions for Banana Ice Cream

This banana ice cream recipe is quite versatile, allowing you to make substitutions based on your preferences or dietary needs:

1. Nut Butters: While almond butter is used in this recipe, you can easily substitute it with other nut butters such as cashew butter or peanut butter. Each nut butter will impart its unique flavor, giving you the opportunity to customize the ice cream to your taste.

2. Milk Alternatives: If you don’t have almond milk on hand, feel free to use other dairy-free milk alternatives such as coconut milk, cashew milk, or oat milk. These options will still provide the creaminess needed for the ice cream.

3. Flavor Additions: Get creative by adding other flavors to your ice cream. A teaspoon of vanilla extract, a dash of cinnamon, or even a spoonful of cocoa powder can add a new dimension to the dessert.

4. Mix-Ins: Customize your ice cream with various mix-ins such as chopped dates or dried cranberries. These additions can create exciting new flavors and textures in every bite.

Banana Ice Cream Pinterest pin.
Banana Ice Cream. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Serving Ideas for Banana Ice Cream

Serving your banana ice cream in unique and fun ways can make the dessert even more enjoyable. You can use gluten-free cookies to create delicious ice cream sandwiches. Simply scoop some banana ice cream between two cookies, press gently, and enjoy. This is a fun and portable way to serve the ice cream, especially at parties or gatherings.

Another fun idea is to layer your banana ice cream in a glass with fresh fruit, granola, and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. This creates a visually appealing and delicious parfait that’s perfect for a special treat or a festive dessert. Or set up a sundae bar with various toppings like nuts, fruits, chocolate chips, and syrups. Let everyone customize their banana ice cream with their favorite toppings.

If you love smoothie bowls, you can use the banana ice cream as a base for a smoothie bowl. Top with a variety of fresh fruits, seeds, and nuts for a nutritious and satisfying breakfast or snack.

Banana Ice Cream in a bowl.

Banana Ice Cream

Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 344 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 overripe bananas frozen
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips vegan if required

Instructions
 

  • Slice the bananas, then place in the freezer for about 3 hours.
  • Add the frozen banana slices, almond milk, almond butter, almonds, and chocolate chips to a blender or food processor.
  • Blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes, scraping the sides as needed.
  • Top with additional almonds and chocolate chips if desired and serve cold.
  • To store, place in an airtight glass container in the freezer. Before serving, allow to thaw for 20-30 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 344kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 9gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 640mgFiber: 7gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 57IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 133mgIron: 2mg
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