Characteristics

This simple real, whole food combo of ingredients will provide you with a delicious, rich and creamy frozen treat that provides a healthy ice cream experience. Aside from being deeply satisfying and delicious, this treat will provide you with healthy carbohydrates, healthy fats, healthy protein, and an abundance of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. It is naturally low in sodium, as long as your peanut butter is pure without any added salt, and cholesterol-free. This nice cream is super quick and easy to make and can make an excellent treat anytime!

TYPE: Treat, Snack, Dessert
PREP TIME: <5 minutes + potential chilling time
SERVINGS: one

  • Vegan
  • Whole Food
  • Plant Based
  • Raw (depending on choice of nut/seed butter)
  • Wheat-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Corn-free
  • Sugar-free
  • Oil-free

Goodies Needed

Optional Chocolate Version:

TOOLS:

Preparation Steps

  1. If working with a Vitamix, place frozen bananas into your Vitamix blender, along with the peanut butter, and blend on high speed, while using the tamper to move ingredients around until a uniform and firm cream results. With the help of a spatula, remove into bowls and enjoy.
  2. If working with the manual method, use fresh bananas. Peel the bananas and cut up into cylinders into a wide dish or bowl. Mash the bananas with a fork. Add in the peanut butter and mash or stir until all ingredients are uniform and creamy. Place your dish into the freezer for about 2 to 4 hours until the nice cream sets and freezes. Let thaw out a few minutes if it became frozen too hard.

Tips

  • Turn this into a chocolate-banana-peanut butter nice cream by adding in 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder or melted raw cacao paste.
  • For peanut or nut allergies, replace the peanut butter with a different nut or seed butter. (See video or list at the bottom for ideas.)
  • Larger quantities can be made and kept frozen for future use.

Meal Nutritional Benefits

Bananas

  • provide healthy carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and are virtually fat-free
  • provide lots of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory benefits
  • provide vitamins, including vitamin A, C, E, K, and most B vitamins
  • provide minerals, especially potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, and zinc
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • support healthy digestion, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levls
  • protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes type 2, and other diseases
  • for more info, see the bananas overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Peanuts / Peanut Butter

  • provide healthy fats, protein, some carbohydrates, and fiber
  • provide phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • provide vitamins, especially vitamin E and most B vitamins
  • provide minerals, especially manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, and potassium
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • support healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes type 2
  • for more information, visit the peanut overview from World’s Healthiest Foods
  • Health Tips: Choose only pure organic peanuts and peanut butter, as peanuts have both serious pesticide and mold health concerns. Avoid peanuts and peanut butter with any oil, sugar, salt, or other additives.

Chocolate Version:

Cacao (Powder, Nibs, Beans)

  • provides healthy fats, protein, some carbohydrates, and fiber
  • provides lots of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory benefits
  • provides vitamins, especially most B vitamins
  • provides minerals, especially potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • contains euphoric properties (anandamide), aphrodisiac properties (arginine), anti-depressant properties (tryptophan), anti-aging properties, and helps to stimulate and balance brain activity
  • helps maintain healthy blood pressure and blood sugar
  • protects against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes type 2, and other diseases
  • for more info, see the cacao benefits overview on Nutrition And You
  • Tips: This information applies specifically to pure cacao products and not any chocolate with added dairy, sugar, or other additives. Choose organic and raw pure cacao products for maximum nutrition and health benefits.