Vegan ice cream aka nice cream uses frozen bananas, walnuts and chocolate chips. This recipe is the perfect healthy ice cream recipe! #nicecream #vegandessert #vegan #icecream #chocolate #summer | mindfulavocado
This vegan ice cream uses frozen bananas as a creamy base and is loaded with chocolate chips and walnuts. This is the BEST dairy-free ice cream recipe! #nicecream #vegandessert #vegan #icecream #chocolate #summer | mindfulavocado

No-churn banana nice cream is what dreams are made of. Frozen bananas and creamy coconut milk make up the base and its jam-packed with chocolate chips and nuts! Best part is all you need is a food processor and five ingredients to get the job done. Enjoy ice cream without the guilt this Summer! 

vegan banana nice cream in cones with walnuts and chocolate chips on grey background

What is banana nice cream?

Perhaps you’ve heard the term before, or maybe you just think there’s a typo, but NICE CREAM is a thing! It’s a delicious vegan substitute for ice cream and instead of cream, we use frozen bananas. The banana base turns into a creamy, indulgent ice cream that is totally dairy-free AND healthy!

But of course, I don’t stop there. In this nice cream recipe, I add cold coconut milk for extra creaminess (and healthy fats).

frozen bananas, coconut milk, maple syrup, chocolate chips, and walnuts on grey background

How to make nice cream

This recipe requires (a little) prep work but I promise you its worth it.

  • Place ripe bananas slices into the freezer
  • Add a can of coconut milk to the fridge at least 6 hours in advance, but preferably 24 hours
  • Add frozen bananas, solid coconut milk, and sweetener to a food processor
  • Blend until smooth


  • If you have bananas going bad, freeze them! You can use frozen bananas for smoothies, or in this case, nice cream. It’s a great way to ensure no food goes to waste!
  • When a can of coconut milk is in the fridge, the solid and liquid separate so you can just use the solid in this recipe. Save the liquid for smoothies, soups, or curries!

hand putting frozen bananas in food processor

What I love most about this nice cream recipe is it’s no churn. As much as I love ice cream, I just don’t have the room for an ice cream appliance. Using a food processor or blender, you can get the job done!

vegan banana nice cream in food processor

Once your nice cream is smooth, you can transfer to a container (I prefer a glass loaf pan as shown below) and stir in your mix-ins!

hand using spatula on homemade, no churn nice cream

The nice cream will be a soft consistency like a soft-serve ice cream. If you prefer a hard ice cream, you can transfer to the freezer and let sit for at least an hour before serving.

Personally, it’s good both ways. But sometimes my patients get in the way to make a hard ice cream 🙂

vegan banana nice cream with cones, chocolate chips, and walnuts

Get creative with your mix-ins!

If you’ve ever indulged in the Ben and Jerry’s chunky monkey ice cream you know it’s a banana ice cream with fudge and walnuts. If that doesn’t sound like the perfect flavor combo (which if it doesn’t, I’m slightly judging), once you have a smooth nice cream base you can get creative with the flavors.

  • Add cocoa powder to the food processor to make a chocolate nice cream
  • Stir in peanut butter or almond butter for a delicious protein kick
  • Add sliced strawberries and granola for a classic flavor combo with some crunch
  • Mix in coconut slices and pineapple chunks for a tropical feel

hand holding vegan banana nice cream cone

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If you like this vegan no-bake dessert you’ll love:

Raw Matcha Cheesecake Bites
Raw Coconut Cheesecake Bites

vegan banana nice cream in cones with walnuts and chocolate chips on grey background

Chunky Monkey Banana Nice Cream

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This vegan banana nice cream is so easy to make and no churn required! Packed with chocolate chips, walnuts, and a smooth banana and coconut base, this dairy-free ice cream is the perfect sweet treat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Plant Based, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword easy ice cream recipe, no churn ice cream, vegan ice cream
Prep Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 6 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 262kcal
Author Amanda


  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 4 bananas sliced and frozen
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (can substitute with agave or honey)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • The day before: place can of coconut milk in fridge and banana slices in the freezer
  • Remove can of coconut milk from fridge and open. Scoop out solid coconut milk from the top and put in food processor or blender
  • Add frozen bananas and maple syrup
  • Blend until smooth
  • Using a rubber spatula, spoon into a container such as a loaf pan
  • Add chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. Mix well
  • Serve right away for a soft serve ice cream consistency. Place in freezer for at least 1 hour for a hard ice cream consistency
  • Serve with ice cream cones


Make sure to put the can of coconut milk in the fridge and banana slices in the freezer in advanced! Preferably the day before.


Serving: 34cup (about 1/6 recipe) | Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.7g | Protein: 3.7g | Fat: 15.7g | Saturated Fat: 10.7g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 15mg | Fiber: 3.6g | Sugar: 19.8g | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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