Recipe: Chunky Monkey Banana Ice Cream

by Michelle on October 11, 2010 · 15 comments

in Healthy Desserts

Have you heard of “Banana Soft Serve” or ”one ingredient ice cream’? Well this recipe is an adaption from those ice cream recipes (which are both simply just frozen and blended bananas!).  This ice cream is really too good! And the main ingredient is Banana! I kid you not! Speaking of kids, I gave some of the Banana + Coconut Ice cream (with organic peanut butter added) to my two little nephews and they loved it! The older nephew, who is two, told me it was “very nice”, so it had his approval! So I have to say kids will love this recipe even more than a  plain coconut + banana ice cream, especially if you call it ‘Chunky Monkey’ Ice Cream! But fear not this recipe IS pretty healthy! No dairy, gluten or sugar* in sight! And it’s high in fibre! One type of fibre in bananas are pre-biotic which feed our gut flora (1)! But forget that, because what is so great about this ice cream is the taste!

Banana ice cream with grated chocolate, ready to be topped with other goodies.

Chunky Monkey Banana Ice Cream


  • 4 ripe bananas, sliced thinly and frozen
  • 1-2 t. smooth or crunchy peanut butter
  • a few T. of chopped walnuts
  • chopped + pitted dates or currants
  • a few T. of grated dark chocolate or chocolate chips

How to:

  1. Freeze bananas till hard (around 12-24 hours). Process in food processor till smooth and creamy.
  2. Mix in (or top with) peanut butter.
  3. Stir in walnuts, grated chocolate and dates.

Easy, right? Now go enjoy this guilt-free dessert!


*Depending on whether the chocolate you use has sugar or gluten, so check your labels.

1Sabater-Molina M, Larqu© E, Torrella F, Zamora S, 2009, ‘Dietary fructooligosaccharides and potential benefits on health’, 65(3):315-28, Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry,, viewed 9th October, 2010

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Shelly October 13, 2010 at 3:35 am

Wow! That looks scrumptious


Michelle October 13, 2010 at 4:00 am

Thanks Shelly!


Lisa @ Real Food Digest October 13, 2010 at 5:13 am

I love this! So simple and delicious.
I’m going to try making it this week, I’ll probably enjoy it more than the kids!


Michelle October 13, 2010 at 5:37 am

Thanks Lisa! It is pretty yummy. I hope you and your kids enjoy it! :)


Aubree Cherie October 13, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Oh I intend to… (“go and enjoy this guilt free dessert”) I added it to my favorite recipes from last weekpost. So excited to try it! I love banana’s AND anything that’s ice cream like :)

~Aubree Cherie


Michelle October 14, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Thank you Aubree! :)


Melodie October 15, 2010 at 3:36 am

I am so trying this this week. I think my kids would love this! And I can feed peanut butter to my oldest only when it is disguised so this would be perfect. What a great idea for bananas other than to put in smoothies or save for banana loaf.


Emma October 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm

This looks gorgeous – I often have frozen bananas on hand so am going to try this, thanks :)


Michelle October 19, 2010 at 2:36 am

Thanks Emma! Please do try it, it’s really quite nice!


Robert October 25, 2010 at 11:25 am

This sounds absolutely fab!


Hannah October 27, 2010 at 6:22 am

Slurp! Hmmm.. nom nom! The dark chocolate on top is priceless!


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