Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

This super smooth Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream is made with just bananas, peanut butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. Naturally sweet, 300 calories. YUM! |

And now I give you: Peanut Butter Banana “Ice Cream.”

Yes, unbelievable trickery.

This ice cream is defined as ice cream by me even though it’s actually kind of secretly NOT ice cream. But I mean that in the best possible way, if there even is such a thing as non-ice cream being a best possible ice cream thing. You might not even realize that the non-ice cream is actually not real ice cream because the texture (even though it’s just frozen bananers) is just. like. ice cream. What is going on.

This whole yummy thing is just sweet, ripe frozen bananas that have been smoothed out in the blender and then laced with a little vanilla, a little cinnamon, and a good dollop of peanut butter creaminess. And this whole yummy thing is also my complete meal replacement plan for the next long time because peanut-butter-banana has control of my miiind.


As a general food lovers’ rule, I try to eat more of the foods that I really like. Namely dark chocolate, melty-cheesy Mexican food, pasta with so much extra sauce that you can’t even stand it, and Pad Thai slash curry.

But that being said, there’s one beloved food I’ve been trying to eat less of and its name is shugrrr. We talked about that when I started to be Granola-person by putting DATES (the brown wrinkled ones? yes) in my four-ingredient green smoothies. Oh my gosh, just typing that out is some kind of self realization scary. Things are start to get a lee-tle weird around here, says the normal half of my brain.

Recently my sister and Pinterest told me that this banana ice cream trick is a really good one, so today I’d like to report back on the results of this creamy banana dessert-ness.

Verdict is —> TWO THUMBS UP.

This super smooth Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream is naturally sweet - made with just bananas, peanut butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. 300 calories. YUM! |

How in the heck does this even happen? I seriously cannot believe that bananas alone can create this creamification that rivals the beauty of ice cream. It is magic and fireworks and love at first *bite.* Had to.

I’m really into almond butter at the moment and during one of the millions of times that I’ve made this in the last few days I accidentally used almond butter instead of peanut butter. Mmk now. Being a major fan of almond butter, I feel very confident speaking the truth in love: this recipe is simply not as good without that rockin’ P-B.

Peanut butter and banana are lovers that should not be separated. Don’t mess.

This super smooth Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream is naturally sweet - made with just bananas, peanut butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. 300 calories. YUM! |

And if you are reading my mind (or maybe I’m reading yours?) you’ll know that this begs for a sprinkle of coarse sea salt. You guys. I don’t know why but just YES.

And now I’d like to officially welcome you to the World of Weirdly Delicious Recipes That Qualify as Both Breakfast and Dessert.

I like.

This super smooth Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream is naturally sweet - made with just bananas, peanut butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. 300 calories. YUM! |

ONE LAST THING. This ice cream requires a heavy duty blender. Garage sale freebies are probably a no-go for this recipe (and yes, I do have one of those, too). I always have the best results with my Blendtec Designer Series Blender. If you’re in the market for a new grown up blender, this has your name all over it.

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Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream
Serves: 2
  • 3 large, ripe bananas
  • 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a super teeny-tiny dash of cinnamon
  • sea salt to taste
  • roasted peanuts for topping
  1. Cut the bananas into small chunks and freeze until solid, at least 1-2 hours. Transfer the bananas to a very strong blender and blend until smooth and creamy. This will take a few minutes and may require periodic pauses and adjustments. It's very loud and intense since the bananas are frozen, similar to adding ice cubes to a blender. Within a few minutes, you should be seeing a thick, creamy ice-creamy mixture in the blender.
  2. Add the peanut butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, sea salt, and anything else you might like in there. Pulse the blender quickly to stir the ingredients all together and when everything is mixed, serve immediately. Top with additional peanut butter and crushed roasted peanuts.
You can put this back in the freezer to eat part of it later, but the consistency loses some of its wonderful velvety-ness when you re-freeze it, so just eat the whole thing now. I command it. If you absolutely must exercise self control and save the rest for later, running it through the blender again before serving might help.

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  1. i still have not tried this method but that’s about to change since you used my favorite combo! totally don’t mess with banana and pb :) have a great weekend!

  2. Have you seen (or used) the Yonanas “Ice Cream” maker? Same principle as your recipe here. It takes whatever frozen fruit and turns it into Ice Cream. I love the stuff!!! I have a bunch of frozen bananas in my freezer so I might be making this for my late night snack tonight!

    Have a great weekend!

  3. I just tried making Banana “ice cream” the other day, after Pinterest also told me it was a good idea. And, yes, yes it is! I was totally and utterly ah-may-zed.
    However, I didn’t add peanut butter…for reasons that I will never understand. So,’s happening.

  4. Being hyperglycemic, I don’t get to sample many desserts, but this one I can have!

    Bananas just give the rest texture. The peanut butter. And the cinnamon regulates my blood sugar so this just works!!!

    Thanks for sharing =) Always looking for refreshing desserts that don’t kill my workout for the day.

  5. I recently tried this banana whip magic trick and was STUNNED. Also breakfast? I heart you.

  6. I’ve been wanting to try banana soft serve for a long time and I love the idea of adding peanut butter–and sea salt! Sounds like a perfect healthy summer dessert!

  7. This is magic isn’t it? I was skeptical when I first tried it but woah amazeballs! I love it since ice cream no longer loves me :)

  8. Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream is one of my secret obsessions but so is peanut butter. I literally snack on peanut butter every day so adding the two together in this peanut buttery banana ice cream will be absolutely delectable! WOO! Thanks :)

  9. I love it when new people try banana “icecream” for the first time! It is certainly amazing that it can trick your taste buds that much. I’m definitely going to have to try your PB version, I don’t know how I’ve missed that in my life up to this point. YUM

  10. Crystal says:

    If you want to healthify it even more, try using PB2 instead of regular peanut butter! :)

  11. What a brilliant idea, love this “ice cream” so much!

  12. Lindsay, I love this banana whip technique. It also makes a great base for smoothies!!! so creamy and rich.

  13. OMG!!!!! I wish I had a flash freezer like they have on Food Network’s Chopped!!!!! I seriously can’t wait to try this.

    My son brought home a gallon of my former favorite ice cream yesterday, and I must confess, it was a little like torture to see it in my freezer. But now, thanks to you, I think I can convince him to never do that again.

  14. Love this trick! Just a heads up – I’ve tried it in my food processor as well (before I had a decent blender) and it also worked. :)

  15. omgosh i must make this..maybe today haha. love the idea of “ice cream” w/o an ice cream maker!

  16. That’s a pretty neat idea. I love the combination of flavors.

  17. I just went dairy free (or trying to at least) so this is perfect!! Perfect pics too!

  18. Um have you tried this with Nutella??!?!! Uuuhhhmazing.

  19. Really desperate to try banana ice cream and this looks so tasty!! Especially that you’ve added a dash of cinnamon :)

  20. I can’t believe the frozen bananas really turned into an ice-cream. It is a easy and delicious way to stay cool and healthy. Love it. Pinning 😉

  21. I do a frozen banana and almond milk (with peanut butter of course) milkshake but I am excited to try it as ice cream! Thanks!

  22. I was so skeptical when I first heart about banana ice cream but it is soooo good! I make a Mexican chocolate one that is everything!

  23. I tried this a while ago, but sadly it did not work out for me. I used my food processor so I figured it would work, but maybe I did something funky. I shall try it again and hopefully be devouring yummy PB banana ice cream very shortly. I always have frozen bananas on hand (smoothie lover in the house) so why not attempt to turn them into creamy ice cream? I can’t think of one good reason! Finger crossed it will work this time!

    • Fingers crossed! I had serious doubts after my first sixty seconds of blending but if you keep going, and if your food processor or blender is up to the job, the creamy ice cream will form eventually!

  24. That is one beauuuutiful blue bowl! I’m having bowl-jealousy over here.

    And this post just reminded me of when my boyfriend and I had our month-long banana “ice cream” obsession… I think it might need to be reinstated now :)

  25. Okay, I’m in. I’ve been skeptical about this whole banana ice cream trickery… but since I think I might be ‘tastebud twins’ with you, I’m convinced.

  26. I have to agree, banana ice-cream is freaking aweesomeeeeeeeeeeeee! I always have loads of frozen fruit in m freezer, it’s seriously like one of my favourite things to eat. I like to drizzle Nutella over frozen raspberries or bananas…or both! I received a Yonanas for Christmas last year, it’s like my awesome new kitchen toy. Try bananas and Oreo cookies *drools*

    The texture of the frozen bananas is amazing, its hard to believe its not a cream based ice-cream.

    Your post has reminded me to go make something with my Yonanas right now :)

  27. Yep, I’ve probably ranged about the amazingness of banana ice cream far too many times on my blog to be healthy…since I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I haven’t been able to find a processed gluten free/dairy free ice cream that doesn’t upset my tummy. Banana nice cream is my savior and I usually have it at least one time a day! My favorite add ins? Sunflower butter, protein powder, cacoa, spinach, apples and berries! So many yummy options!!

  28. banana ice cream is my fave! LOVE this stuff so much!

  29. Whoa, this ice cream is amazing, Lindsay! Ice cream is one of the best things ever but lactose and I rarely get along so I can’t eat ice cream all the time. But your recipe solves the problem! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great weekend!

  30. What a clever idea. BUT even though it’s not ice cream, it looks like ice cream to me. I suspect it tastes like ice cream. Sooooooo when I pinned it, I had to pin it on my ice cream board! Truly a wonderful twist for a dessert.

  31. Banana ice cream is real thing! I was super shocked when I first tried making this a while back. I love to make it with some frozen strawberries too. And you can totally eat it for breakfast. :)

  32. When I was 12 my best friend Lori Allen had horses and I used to go over there all the time. After riding horses we always ate banana nut ice cream. Love the addition of peanut butter. Happy week-end!

  33. This. Is. Awesome. Beyond belief! Not only am I a huge banana and PB fan (I eat some of each every single morning as breakfast, and I cry if I run out of either), but ice cream is one of my out-of-control-I-can’t-ever-stop-at-just-two-servings (umm yes, not one — two). This is pure genius! I tried making banana “ice cream” once, but I only used one banana, which didn’t fill up my blender nearly enough and just stayed chunky at the bottom. Sad. But next time, I’m going all out and trying your recipe. Pinning! :)

  34. I have tried this before in my food processor and it worked great! We experimented with lots of different flavors, but not peanut butter. Will have to try this tomorrow night. Thanks for the idea! I wonder how it would be with chocolate chips. Our favorite flavor was strawberries, but I have a feeling this one may take the cake. Thanks, again, for the inspiration!

  35. Wow Lindsay! This looks delicious!! I’ve heard about this recipe too but have never gotten around to making it.

    Love your photos, by the way. Were these shot in daylight or artificial light? They look gorgeous!

  36. *heart eye emoji x 23213* :) :) ohmygoshyum. I’ve heard so much about banana “ice cream” I still haven’t tried it. And that’s great about the $3 garage sale blender. So true. I’m moving later this month and I thiiink I’m goign to treat myself to a Vitamix!!

  37. Holy moly! I tried this recipe tonight and it is seriously delicious. I plan on eating this at least once a week. Thank you, Lindsay!

  38. This is one of my favorite things to make since I turned to all clean eating! I use Trader Joe’s almond butter and mix with frozen bananas! It’s seriously brilliant… and so ice cream like! Your photos are gorgeous, as always!

  39. I’ve seen this before somewhere and now you’ve just reminded me that I haven’t tried it yet. I’m thinking of all kinds of possibilities like nutella (& pb as well as it comes so highly recommended – why not?) Great idea!

  40. I remember the first time I used frozen bananas to make “ice cream” and it was the most amazing thing!! I will definitely have to try out this recipe as it looks amazing!

  41. Holy shizzle, this flavour combo is insaaaaane! Trying this immediately – love how easy it is!

  42. One of my favorite guilt free treats. I make this all the time!

  43. Perfection in a bowl! This looks so creamy and so amazing. Plus peanut butter – enough said!

  44. Virginia says:

    Love to read your posts. Can you tell us more about your decision to reduce sugar? Also, how do you find the strength? You *are* the woman who introduced us to Oreo brownies. :)

    • This is true! :) Bjork and I are just experimenting with eating less processed and added sugar, and more natural sweeteners for a period of time… we both felt like we were needing a bit of a change from all the added sugar in not only desserts (I LOVE DESSERTS) but also just snacks, drinks, and convenience foods. So I’m really excited to report back when our experiment is up and we actually have more concrete and helpful experiences to share! :) stay tuned!

  45. Genius! I love this. I love the marriage of peanut butter and bananas. So true that those two should not be separated. I totally thought this was going to be a “REAL ice cream” recipe and it was just another reminder that I haven’t gotten a mini ice cream maker yet. But I love that it’s not technically a real ice cream. I can totally make this since I do have a blender.

  46. This looks so good!

  47. I never knew “ice-creams” could be THIS healthy!!!!! I loveeee the PB and banana combo and have it for breakfast when I want something sweet! {which is, ALMOST EVERYDAY, btw! } 😛 I can’t believe I can have heapeddddd spoons of these without any guilt! Totally making these for breakfast tomorrow! <3

  48. D'Ann Martin says:

    I <3 banana ice cream! It's a staple for sure at our house. We started eating healthier a few years back and it was this very recipe that got us over the hump-lol:) Just a tip for you and your readers; when your bananas are getting too ripe for eating, take one, peel it, and zip it in a snack size baggie. Then, take your fingers and segment it into about 5 chunks. Take this snack size baggie, and store it in a gallon size baggie in your freezer to maintain freshness. That way, you always have perfect single portions froze, segmented and ready to make into banana ice cream, smoothies or banana bread. This also prevents any waste or feeling guilty about throwing away good, organic bananas that you paid an arm and a leg for! hehehe:)

  49. Susan from Andover says:

    My friend just shared this recipe today and I just finished making it. Tastes so decadent. Love it. Used natural PB and a generous sprinkle of salt. Thanks for the new summer treat!

  50. Sherry DeWeerdt says:

    This looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing!

  51. Tried this dessert during GSF… it is delish! I had trouble getting the perfect consistency, but I will keep practicing.

    I added some cocoa powder and about a teaspoon of coconut oil, and it was SO good!

  52. This was AMAZING! My sister and I decided to omit cinnamon and added Nutella, toe scoops of chunky peanut butter and two scoops of Nutella with the three frozen bananas was unbelieve, thank you,

  53. Making this as I type this, I did add a bit of almond milk to help the process along a bit. Made blending a bit easier. And added a bit of honey…done blending now for the taste test….O_O Amazing! The cinnamon makes a huge difference!

  54. So glad I found this post! I’ve been doing PB banana chocolate chip smoothies as a little indulgence for awhile now and I thought I remembered something from your site about banana ice cream. Can’t wait to give this a try!!

  55. So it’s winter and not at all ice cream season but I was looking for a fun activity for my two and a half year old and I to do and so I tried this. Wow! We loved it! My son kept saying “c’est froid maman” (it’s cold mama) but didn’t stop eating it! Ours was a little heavy on the vanilla (you’ll have to ask him about that!) but it was yummy! Thanks!

  56. becky leon says:

    After having gastric bypass surgery I can no longer eat ice Cream was so excited to make this in its place. we love it. We add a drizzle of chocolate on top..yummo

  57. Okay so I just made this recipe EXCEPT I used cookie butter (the crunchy one, not the smooth) from Trader Joe’s instead of PB. I love PB but I didn’t have any on hand! The cookie butter tastes AMAZING. The sea salt is soooo good and I never thought to do that! Love love love it! Try it with cookie butter next time! There’s not much sugar in cookie butter at all, and it’s truly addicting if you’ve never had it! Thanks for the recipe!

  58. So delicious. Shared it with my family and they absolutely loved it. I used less PB than mentioned (as well as a bit less banana because I had no more) but it was amazing. Definitely a must try if you haven’t already.

  59. hi there… I do love making nice creams… One thing though the taste of banana is very prominent no matter what I add in. Was just wondering though if there is any way to make it taste less like bananas so that i could create more flavours.

  60. can u use a food procsser instead

  61. I’m obsessed with all those banana ice cream recipes, so YAY, now I have a new one to try!

  62. Carolyn McCrone says:

    HEY! do you think this would work with my nutri bullet blender? because i really cannot afford two new appliances and I really want a food processor . thanks ! xo

    • Hi, Carolyn! I think you’d have no problem making this in a Nutri bullet. Depending on how big the Nutri bullet is, you may just want to cut the recipe in half so all the ingredients fit. :)

  63. Do the bananas need to be just ripe or overly ripe/black like when they’re used for banana bread

  64. Melissa says:

    Do you know what color containers and how many you would count toward the 21 day fix? Cannot wait to try it!

    • Hi, Melissa! We are not familiar with all the details of the 21 day fix, so I’m sorry I can’t help you here! Hopefully you could figure it out using the nutrition facts provided? Good luck! :)

  65. I got a Vitamix this week (dreams do come true!), and this is one of the first things I made with it. I added a little cocoa powder because chocolate/pb/banana can’t be beat. So. Dang. Good.

  66. Michele says:

    2 words …. holy crap! Okay JUST made this. It’s crazy good. The whole peanut butter/cinnamon/vanilla thing just takes the banana ice cream to a whole new level. After trying to find a somewhat healthier treat for my 2 year old a month ago by slicing up bananas, drizzling with melted chocolate (yes I said “somewhat healthier” …. ;o) putting lollipop sticks in them and freezing them as banana pops (she loved them and my husband and I loved them more!!!) – I found this recipe. Thanks! This will become a staple in our home!!!

  67. Oh my heavens… I just purchased a food processor, pretty much for the purpose of trying this recipe, and it was SO WORTH IT! Thanks Lindsay, this is genius. I’m eating this for dinner tonight 😉 and maybe tomorrow, too.

  68. This sounds crazy good! I love the idea of adding cinnamon. I will definitely make this soon – I have also put a link to this recipe on my blog to share this :) thanks a lot for all your great recipes!

    x jasmine

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