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How to make Nice Cream (1-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream)

Find out how to make the most amazing, dairy-free ice cream: Nice Cream! No dairy, no gluten, no eggs, vegan! You’ll only need 1 ingredient: BANANAS.

1 Ingredient Ice Cream (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free) |

You think you’ll never have ice cream again because you went vegan or you want to adopt a vegan lifestyle? Well…fear no more! You’re about to make the best vegan ice cream ever (that also happens to be the healthiest)!

And the best part is that you don’t even need an ice cream machine for it. A simple food processor (or high-speed blender) will work.

You won’t regret making this gluten-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free ice cream – promise. So let’s get started!

Vegan Ice Cream – Recipe Video (1 min)

1 Ingredient Ice Cream (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free) |

The first step is to gather the only ingredient you’ll need for this amazing treat! BANANAS! You’ll need about 2 bananas per serving! Use ripe, spotted bananas for this ice cream.

1 Ingredient Ice Cream (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free) |

Peel the bananas and break them into chunks. Put them in a Ziplock bag.

1 Ingredient Ice Cream (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free) |

Put the banana chunks in the freezer for at least 7 hours.

If you keep these ziplocks full of banana chunks in the freezer you can make ice cream anytime you want within seconds! 

1 Ingredient Ice Cream (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free) |

Place the chunks in a food processor. If you have a smaller processor you may have to work in batches.

1 Ingredient Ice Cream (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free) |

Process until a smooth ice cream forms. This may take a while and it will look like it’s not working, but keep processing and you’ll get there!

1 Ingredient Ice Cream (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free) |

Fill the ice cream in bowl and enjoy! You can top them with your favorites like blueberries, strawberries, a vegan chocolate sauce, sprinkles, coconut flakes,… or whatever you feel like. Or top it with this amazing Caramel Sauce! Seriously divine, I tell you!

1-Minute, 3-Ingredient Vegan Caramel Sauce |
1-Minute, 3-Ingredient Vegan Caramel Sauce

If you give this simple Banana Ice Cream a try I’d love to hear how it turned out for you! Leave a comment or post a picture on instagram, use the hashtag #elephantasticvegan and tag me via @elephantasticvegan to make sure I’ll see it ^.^ I love to see all your lovely creations! Thanks! <3

More Vegan Nice Cream Recipes

This simple 1-ingredient Banana Ice Cream is the perfect base for all your vegan ice cream adventures! Here are a few more inspirations:

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Tuesday 4th of August 2020

Hi Bianca

Can you put this back in the freezer for use later or make a big batch up and then refreeze it ?


Monday 10th of August 2020

You could, but I don't recommend it. I like it best fresh out of the food processor because the texture is the best. If you put it back in the freezer, it will get very hard, then you will want to thaw it just a bit at room temp before eating it.

Lesley Jackson

Friday 11th of August 2017

It turned out well but the trouble is it still tastes of bananas. I need to add an ingredient strong enough to get rid of the banana flavour. I don't like peanut butter so will have to try something else.


Saturday 12th of August 2017

To add another flavor, you can also use other fruits in combination with the bananas such as in my cantaloupe ice cream or you can add cocoa powder for a chocolate version :)

Natalie | Feasting on Fruit

Thursday 11th of August 2016

One of the most magical gifts from nature right here! I don't know why mostly vegans are the only ones who know about nicecream (or so it seems), but this post is perfect for spreading the word. I can't even count how many people I have told about it--family, friends, cashiers who think I'm crazy for buying 203472857 bananas lol :D (P.S. I love your purple bag, much prettier than the ones we have over here!)


Monday 15th of August 2016

Riiight?! It's so shocking to find out that people live without knowing about the magic of nicecream! If I reach with this blog post at least one person how is new to nicecream, I already see that as a success :) Thank you - yes, I love the ziplock bags from IKEA.


Wednesday 10th of August 2016

I tried this for the first time some days ago, and it came up amazing!! I topped it with dark chocolate chips. Delicious! And so so easy! I was skeptical about this recipe after hearing so much about it, but I have to say I have become a huge fan now. Can't wait to test more flavours and topping! I love your recipes! Thanks for sharing them!


Thursday 11th of August 2016

Thank you, Susanna. Welcome to the nicecream club! :) I love how versatile nicecream is - it's so easy to give it a whole new twist with some fruits mixed in, chocolate, peanut butter, cinnamon, vanilla, matcha... The first time I made the banana ice cream, I didn't think it would work and I stopped processing it too early. Ended up eating chopped up frozen banana :D Only on the second try I was patient enough :)

Rebecca Strength and Sunshine

Tuesday 9th of August 2016

When we need ice cream in a hurry!!! ( long as we have bananas.....that's my problem! Hahahahaha!)


Thursday 11th of August 2016

hahaha #firstworldproblems :D