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Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

37 reviews / 4.7 average

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.

Peanut butter and frozen bananas in a blender.

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.

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream in a blue bowl with two spoons.

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.

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream on a spoon.

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.

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream in a blue bowl.

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


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

This dreamy Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream is naturally sweet with just bananas, peanut butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. 330 calories. YUM!


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Ingredients

  • 3 large, ripe bananas
  • 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a super teeny-tiny dash of cinnamon
  • sea salt to taste
  • roasted peanuts for topping

Instructions

  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.

Notes

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.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: peanut butter ice cream, peanut butter banana ice cream, healthy ice cream

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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, this..it’s happening.
    Pinned!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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 🙂

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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 🙂

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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

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    Crystal

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

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        Crystal

        http://www.bellplantation.com
        All the peanut butter flavor with less fat and calories! AND they have a chocolate peanut butter one, too. We make shakes with frozen banana, strawberries, Greek yogurt, almond milk and pb2. Super good and tastes like real peanut butter. 🙂

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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.

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      MK

      I was just about to ask if the food processor can do this too. Can’t wait to try. THANKS MEGAN!

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        Victoria

        Had some leftover bananas so tried it with Nutella…. Oh.my. God!!!!!!! 5 over ripe bananas, 3/4 cup of Nutella & a tsp vanilla essence…. My family I are convinced we just reached heaven!!!!






  10. Pinch of Yum Logo
    Liz

    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!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      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!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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 🙂

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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.

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        Pam

        Love this delicious vegan ice-cream!! I add more cinnamon, chia seeds and a splash of oat milk and it’s heavenly while tasting so naughty! Thanks for the recipe x