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Since trying this, it's become my kids favorite snack. Love that there's no additional sugar added - we love cocoa and cinnamon!

Healthy Homemade Banana Chocolate Ice Cream

Kaley’s here today with one of our family’s favorite snacks.  My littles totally think of this as dessert, which I love because it’s really nothing more than bananas.

Be sure to read to the end for some of Kaley’s favorite flavor variations as well as a list of MPMK’s all-time favorite healthy kid snacks.

I am trying to figure out why my daughter will only eat half of her banana then leaves the rest to get mushy and brown. And speaking of brown, if it has even one tiny brown spot, forget it. It will never get eaten.

After throwing one too many bananas in the compost bin, I came up with a way to use the leftover bits of banana to make a delicious and fun snack that is super healthy, too.

Instead of tossing the leftover or unwanted bananas, slice them and thrown them in the freezer. Then you can whip up some delicious home made chocolate ice cream in just a few minutes!

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream made from Frozen bananas and cocoa powderYou will need:

  • 3 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • a food processor or blender

Chocolate Ice Cream made from frozen bananas - what a great idea!Directions:

  1. Put your frozen banana slices in a food processor or blender and blend until it starts to get creamy and smooth. If you are using a blender (like me) instead of a food processor, you will have to keep stopping to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula.
  2. Add in the cocoa powder and continue blending until everything is combined and is the consistency of soft serve ice cream.
  3. Serve immediately or put it in the freezer for up to an hour or two. (Any more than that and it will be a popsicle…which would also be a fun snack.)

Easy & Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream - so delicious!This is so quick and easy, and my daughter always thinks she is getting a special treat when I make it for her.

But, lets say you don’t like chocolate, like me. (I know, I know, crazy!) It is so easy to switch it up by replacing the cocoa powder with other ingredients. Experiment with whatever you have on hand, and see what you like the best.

Here are a few of my favorite varieties:

  • cinnamon and vanilla
  • fresh strawberries
  • fresh peaches
  • pineapple and mango
  • honey and peanut butter

If you’re looking for more healthy snack ideas for you and the kids, also check out these MPMK favorites:



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Kaley is a photographer who spends her days starting lots of projects and finishing few of them. She lives in San Francisco with her awesomely creative daughter and her amazingly understanding husband.

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Alison March 5, 2014 at 7:38 pm

I don’t like chocolate either. Lol. Thanks for recipe.


Ashley March 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I saw this in my Facebook feed late last week and made it the next day when, sure enough, my 2-year-old that always INSISTS on a banana for breakfast, ate two bites. I tossed it in the freezer and made this that evening. I only had one banana, so I had to add a little bit of milk to the concoction, but he LOVED it. It’s a win for me, because I can’t stand bananas, but they’re a little easier to deal with when frozen. Thanks, and I’m so glad I discovered your site!


sujata August 22, 2014 at 12:30 am

Hi Kaley , I just bumped into your amazing ice-cream recipe. I never imagined any ice cream without cream being added . thank you soooo much for sharing .This ‘ld be big surprise for my friend’s daughter who is allergic to dairy & egg.
thanks again


Jennifer March 13, 2015 at 7:42 am

I just tried it, and it is the most amazing thing ever!


Kristen April 14, 2015 at 7:04 am

Just a suggestion: I make this with Ovaltine. The consistency is the same but adds a few more vitamins.


JakeO May 10, 2015 at 7:29 am

WoW! a new banana recipe for a monkey like me.


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