This mint chocolate chip banana ice cream couldn’t be easier! Frozen bananas make the most amazing creamy ice cream (or nice cream). With chocolate, mint extract and fresh mint, this homemade ice cream recipe is a real treat! Such a great alternative to regular ice cream!
Hi everyone! How’s it going? What a lovely week hubby and I had! We had a little staycation vacation and the weather was fabulous! Like, the best summer we’ve had in years. We were tourists in our own province, doing lots of sightseeing and checking out tons of restaurants.
And super exciting news is that just last week I was featured on Food Bloggers of Canada! There’s a little Q & A so check it out if you wanna know a little more about me!
Have you ever heard of ‘nice cream’ or ‘banana ice cream’? Apparently, it’s all the rage now and all the cool kids are eating it. I actually don’t know if that’s true, but we’re gonna pretend that they are. But, honestly, do we even care?
I am loving this mint chocolate nice cream. I can get my ice cream fix without having to indulge in a bazillion calories, which totally works for me cause I really don’t want to have to work out extra in the summer!
How to Make Banana Ice Cream
The prep for this mint chocolate nice cream was only about 5 minutes. I experimented with this recipe for a bit and am super happy with the result.
When I initially made this, I put way too much mint extract in there. Let me tell you, too much of a good thing is definitely not a good thing. It was way too minty, I’m talking fresh minty breath for days minty. When too much mint is added it tastes bitter and nobody wants that! To make banana ice cream all you have to do is:
Place frozen bananas (cut into chunks) in a food processor and process, stopping to scrape sides of processor as necessary with a spatula. It will be crumbly at first, but will blend into a nice creamy consistency. That’s it!
If you are making mint chocolate banana ice cream (like I did here), after the bananas are processed, add maple syrup, mint leaves, chocolate and mint extract and process again.
Enjoy now as a soft serve or freeze for a few hours for a firmer ice cream (what I recommend).
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Do I Have to Use Frozen Bananas?
I get it, you want this banana ice cream NOW and you don’t have frozen bananas. I highly recommend using frozen bananas and do not recommend using fresh bananas. Frozen bananas is what makes this banana ice cream super creamy.
It takes a few hours to freeze bananas for ice cream. Ensure that the bananas are peeled and place on a wax paper lined baking sheet so they don’t clump together when freezing.
After frozen, if you are not using the bananas right away, store in a freezer bag until ready to use. I recommend using within a couple of months.
Do Banana Ice Cream Taste Good?
Um, yes! Every time I make banana ice cream it always amazes me how creamy dreamy it is. I practically never buy regular ice cream lately. It’s a great dairy free and healthier alternative to regular ice cream.
How to Make Banana Ice Cream Soft
So, if you go the route whereas you freeze for a firmer ice cream, it will harden (like ice cream would). To soften, leave on the countertop for 5 to 10 minutes before digging it.
More Recipe Tips
Like mentioned above, use FROZEN bananas.
For banana ice cream, you want bananas that are ripe, but not too ripe. The more ripe they are, the more banana flavour your banana ice cream will have (not a bad thing, but just a head’s up).
Depending on how powerful your processor is, the time will vary to process into a creamy consistency (but should take no more than a few minutes). If you want to make things a little easier on your processor, add the tiniest bit of almond milk or milk to the frozen bananas when processing (start with a couple of tablespoons).
Don’t over process or it will become too soft. Did you make it too soft? No worries! Pour into a freezer-safe container and freeze for a few hours.
I used fresh mint from our garden here. It’s thriving so well. I mean, I’ll never use it all before the season ends. Of course with all that mint lying around, I opted to use actual fresh mint in this nice cream with just a touch of mint extract to really bump it up. If you don’t want to use fresh mint or can’t access, feel free to use just mint extract. I would recommend starting with a ¾ teaspoon and taste accordingly. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take out.
More Frozen Desserts You May Enjoy
What’s your favourite ice cream flavour? Hands down it’s mint chocolate chip for me, but close is chocolate chip cookie dough and strawberry. But, really, can you go wrong with any flavour?
Hope you love this easy mint chocolate chip banana ice cream recipe as much as we do!
If you make this mint chocolate banana ice cream, be sure to leave a comment below. Love to know how you enjoyed! Thank you!
Mint Chocolate Chip Banana Ice Cream
- 3 frozen bananas , cut into chunks
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¾ cup dark chocolate (chips, chunks or a bar (chopped) preferably 'mint' flavoured)
- 12 to 15 mint leaves , roughly chopped
- ½ teaspoon mint extract (or to taste)
- Place bananas in food processor and process for a minute or two. Bananas will look a bit crumbly. Stop processor and scrape sides of processor with a spatula. Then, continue blending again for another minute or two until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Add remainder of ingredients and process a minute or two until ingredients are combined. If you want more mint flavour, add a little mint extract at a time. Remember, too much will make it bitter.
- Enjoy immediately as a soft serve or freeze for a firmer ice cream (preferred). If freezing, pour into a freezer-safe container and freeze for 3 to 4 hours. Enjoy!
Nutrition (ESTIMATE ONLY)
Nutrition estimate (if provided) is based on 1 serving.
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A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are guidelines only.