Healthy Vegan Ice Cream Recipe!

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When springtime hits, all of a sudden ice cream seems to be at the forefront of many people’s minds. It’s delicious and refreshing, and it lets us know that summer is on its way. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with treating yourself to some ice cream every so often, but today I have an “ice cream” recipe that’s actually good for you. It actually doesn’t contain cream of any kind, but you’d probably never guess.

This recipe contains five simple ingredients:
1 frozen banana
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
Splash (or 2) almond milk

Healthy Ice Cream Recipe Ingredients

Now for the health info: Bananas are loaded with potassium, vitamins C and B-6, fiber, manganese, and a ton of other nutrients. Almond butter contains lots of protein and is high in monounsaturated fat, so it will help to satisfy hunger and keep you full for hours. Flaxseed meal is rich in fiber, lignans, and omega-3 fats. Cocoa powder is filled with antioxidants, as well as calcium, iron, zinc, and more. In total, this healthy “ice cream” will hit your sweet craving while simultaneously helping to lower blood pressure, fill you with energy, and boost your heart health!

To prep, you’ll need to freeze your banana for a few hours – I usually leave mine in the freezer overnight. Make sure you peel the banana and cut it into several pieces before freezing.

Once your banana is frozen, you’re good to go. Throw all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Play around with the amounts of each ingredient to find the ratio you like best. If you want more of a milkshake consistency, add more almond milk. If you want it to be more smoothie-like, you can add some ice cubes – or, better yet, some frozen almond milk cubes. Enjoy!

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

A little side note… While I was making this, a bunch of my coworkers were intrigued, so they tried a little sample. Here’s what I heard:

“Oh my goodness. I actually would prefer this over regular ice cream.”

“What’s in this? I need the recipe before you leave. I’m making this tonight.”

Homemade Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

*A huge thank you to my health bird sister Charlotte for sharing this delicious recipe!

Photos by Brigette

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DIYEARTE - DIY -April 3, 2013, 9:03AM

looks delicious!!

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Jana -April 3, 2013, 10:19AM

too dank.

Meghan -April 3, 2013, 10:20AM

I am not vegan, but this looks awesome. May have to try this soon!

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Cristina -April 3, 2013, 11:39AM

I’ve made this before!! So delicious!! Seriously curbs the icecream cravings!

alicia edwards -April 3, 2013, 7:42PM

I’m also not vegan but this does sound good.,I am going to try it:-)

Brenda -April 3, 2013, 7:42PM

I am vegan so this was super helpful :D I also tend to just freeze bananas and then put them in the food processor and makes delicious banana vegan ice cream .

Kayla -April 3, 2013, 9:28PM

I just found out I’m lactose intolerant and can’t have regular ice cream anymore, but this sounds like a delicious alternative :) thank you!!!!

stäc -April 29, 2013, 6:49PM

this is the best ice cream ever!!! i added some dark sweet frozen cherries that sent it over the top and lessened the almond butter because of the lack thereof in the cupboards. thank you for this recipe.

Ice Cream Master -May 6, 2013, 7:07PM

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Meagan -May 20, 2013, 6:20PM

I’m enjoying some right now! This is so delicious! I added more than 2 splashes of almond milk, and it’s like a soft serve texture (which I prefer). Thanks for the recipe! XO

Iris -June 20, 2013, 9:32AM

Just made this; subbed in raw cashews and uncooked oats for the almond butter and flaxseed. Delicious, and the banana is sweet enough that I’ll be using less cocoa powder the next time.

Wilson -July 30, 2013, 8:13AM

Look like a very tasty ice cream, I love very much chocolate it is my favorite one.

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