Creamy Coconut Banana Nice Cream

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Healthy ice cream treats are the best, and this Coconut Banana Nice Cream doesn’t disappoint! It’s very popular with kids and it’s the perfect healthy dessert because there’s no added sugar. It’s made from 3 simple ingredients, and is oh so creamy. You may come to love this one so much you’ll always have frozen bananas on hand to make this in minutes. It’s the texture of soft serve and so good just as it is. Or you can jazz it up with any of the toppings listed. As a bonus it’s dairy free and vegan as well!

A yellow bowl filled with Creamy Coconut Banana Nice Cream with a person in a blue jacket holding the bowl.

We’re huge ice cream fans around here, so it’s nice to have some extra healthy options on hand for when the craving strikes! This nice cream gets a boost from coconut cream and vanilla giving it wonderful flavor and a dreamy soft serve texture.

Like any nice cream, it’s completely fruit based and there’s no added sugar. It’s simply frozen bananas turned into the most creamy concoction with the help of a little coconut cream.

If you find yourself a little skeptical about nice cream, you’re not alone! The first time I tried it with just bananas I was underwhelmed. But as it turns out, it’s really delicious with just 1-2 extra ingredients. And you’ll find all our fruit based nice creams, plus our favorite dairy free ice creams linked below for more inspiration.

Close view of a yellow bowl filled with Creamy Coconut Banana Nice Cream with a gold spoon dipping in.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Ripe bananas, coconut cream, vanilla extract, and sea salt on wood cutting board.
  • Bananas – you want bananas that are just ripe for this recipe like the ones pictured above. They should be mostly yellow with some brown spots.
  • Coconut cream – you can buy cans of coconut cream at the store, (be sure to buy unsweetened). Or you can refrigerate a can of coconut milk and scoop the hardened cream from the surface.
  • Vanilla extractis everything in this recipe, it adds so much flavor and rounds everything out. Go for a good quality vanilla here, and save imitation or vanilla flavorings for another recipe.
  • Sea salt – a large pinch really brings everything together in this recipe and adds depth as well. Salt is key in desserts to bring out the sweetness and keep them from tasting ‘flat’.

How to make this recipe step by step

Sliced bananas on a wood cutting board with a pairing knife.

Step 1: Start by peeling and slicing the bananas into 1″ pieces.

Sliced bananas on a parchment lined baking sheet ready for freezing.

Step 2: Spread the sliced bananas out onto a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze until firm 2-3 hours. If you have a large bag you’re going to store them in, skip this step, and add them straight to the bag and freeze them in a single layer.

Frozen banana slices in a silicone Stasher bag.

Step 3: Once the bananas are frozen, place them into a sealed container and freeze for up to 1 week before making your nice cream. Bananas will progressively turn brown over time in the freezer, so they are best used within a couple of days for this recipe. If you’re bananas have turned brown, try my Chunky Monkey Nice Cream where you won’t notice the discoloration.

Sliced bananas and coconut cream in a food processor.

Step 4: Place the frozen bananas into a food processor with the coconut cream, vanilla, and sea salt. Process until smooth and it’s the texture of soft serve, stopping the machine as necessary to break up chunks.

You can also make this nice cream in a high powered blender. Blend on low speeds, using the tamper to keep the mixture moving. I prefer not to use my blender because I’ve had it overheat a few times. Luckily it turns itself off to save the motor, but I’d rather use my much cheaper food processor in this case.

I’ve been making nice creams for years in the same food processor and it’s still going like a champ. I figure it’s better not to accidentally wreck my expensive blender!

A yellow bowl filled with Coconut Banana Nice Cream with a person in a blue jacket scooping some out.

Ways to serve this

  • Serve this nice cream right away as soft serve with more sliced bananas and toasted coconut,
  • Or try it with melted chocolate or chocolate sauce, Coconut Caramel Sauce, or fresh berries.

FAQ’s

What is nice cream?

It’s a fruit based ‘ice cream’ that’s made from fruit and it’s gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. It’s blended or processed into a creamy soft serve texture and is sugar free, completely sweetened only with fruit. Sometimes a touch of natural sweetener or other ingredients are added for flavor combinations.

I don’t like bananas or I’m allergic to bananas, how can I make nice cream?

Try another fruit, both my Peach Nice Cream and my Mango Nice Creams are the perfect place to start. They’re both super creamy and incredibly tasty if banana isn’t an option for you.

Storing leftovers

  • To store – place any leftovers into a sealed container and freeze for up to 2 weeks. Nice cream will freeze rock hard with an icy texture. You can soften it on the counter or in the refrigerator to eat or see repurpose below. It will also progressively turn browner as it sits in the freezer so it’s best eaten as soon as possible.
  • Repurpose – nice cream is rock hard and icy in the freezer, so to get back that soft serve texture defrost on the counter until you can just break it up with a knife. Place the broken up chunks into the food processor and process back to creamy smoothness.
A yellow bowl with Coconut Banana Nice Cream topped with toasted coconut with a person in a blue jacket in the background.

Tips & Tricks

  • You don’t want the bananas to be too green or they won’t be sweet enough. And if they’re too brown, try making my Gluten Free Banana Bread or Almond Flour Banana Muffins instead. Overly ripe bananas don’t taste great in this recipe, they just taste overwhelming.
  • The nice cream almost always sticks at some point in the processing, simply stop the machine, break up any large chunks that have formed and continue processing until smooth.
A close view of the Coconut Banana Nice Cream topped with toasted coconut with a gold spoon scooping some out.

More nice cream and ice cream recipe inspiration

I really hope you enjoy this Creamy Coconut Banana Nice Cream! If you do get a chance to make this recipe, please leave a rating, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Creamy Coconut Banana Nice Cream


5 from 9 votes
Author: Kari Peters
Total Time 15 mins
Yield: 4 1 cup servings
Course: Dessert

INGREDIENTS  

  • 4 ripe bananas - peeled and sliced 1″ thick and frozen
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream - see notes
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Toppings:

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place the frozen banana slices into a heavy duty food processor or high powered blender. Add the coconut cream, vanilla extract, and pinch of sea salt.
  • Process until smooth, stopping the machine as needed to break up any chunks of banana that form. If you’re using a blender, blend at low speeds using the tamper to keep the mixture moving.
  • When the nice cream is the texture of soft serve, serve it immediately with your choice of toppings. Or you can freeze it for 3-4 hours for a firmer texture, although nice cream will become icier as it sits in the freezer.

NOTES

For coconut cream you can buy unsweetened cans of coconut cream. Or refrigerate a can of full fat unsweetened coconut milk and scoop 1/3 cup of hardened coconut cream from the surface of the can.
The nutrition facts were calculated without optional toppings.
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Banana Nice Cream, Dairy Free Banana Ice Cream, Nice Cream, Vegan Ice Cream

nutrition facts

Calories: 128kcal (6%)Carbohydrates: 29g (10%)Protein: 1g (2%)Fat: 0.4g (1%)Saturated Fat: 0.1g (1%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.04gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 427mg (12%)Fiber: 3g (13%)Sugar: 16g (18%)Vitamin A: 76IU (2%)Vitamin C: 10mg (12%)Calcium: 6mg (1%)Iron: 0.3mg (2%)
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This recipe was originally published in 2017, but has been updated in 2022 with new photos and lots more information and tips.

30 thoughts on “Creamy Coconut Banana Nice Cream”

    • I use the coconut cream I scoop from the top of the can for the coconut cream called for in the recipe. In some places you can buy cans of just coconut cream, but it’s not always available, so I use the cream that rises to the top of a regular can of coconut milk since it’s the same thing. I reworded the recipe notes, so hopefully it’s a little more clear. Please let me know if you have anymore questions!

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