Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

This stuff is GOOD.

Cold, creamy, chocolate peanut butter and banana flavored soft serve ice cream, studded with dark chocolate chips and walnuts.

Except this isn’t technically ice cream.

This is a dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, vegan dessert.  It’s a healthy alternative to soft serve ice cream or froyo, a single serving treat that’s also easily customizable.

When I received jars of the new Smart Balance Chocolate Peanut Butters, I knew I wanted to create a healthy dessert pairing it with bananas. I love peanut butter and banana together, often eating it pre- or post-workout, or as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.  To me, peanut butter and banana belong together, and chocolate peanut butter just makes the pairing even better. Oh yes, I said chocolate peanut butter.

I simply froze a couple of large bananas, dumped it in my blender with a couple of scoops of peanut butter and a dash of vanilla, then whirred away. I had to scrape the mixture from the sides of my blender a few times, but the bananas eventually transformed into the consistency of soft serve ice cream or frozen pudding. At the last minute, I pulsed in some dark chocolate chips and walnuts, adding even more flavor and heart-healthy fats.

The bananas transform into a creamy frozen treat, and the dark chocolate peanut butter adds a luxurious taste to this “ice cream” and makes it even more velvety.  The new Smart Balance Natural Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread products are great – they’re lactose-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, contain no hydrogenated oils or trans fats, and offer 320mg ALA Omega-3s per two tablespoon serving.

Which means this is totally healthy, so I don’t need to restrict it to just dessert. It can also double as a snack. And breakfast.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients

2 large bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid
2 tablespoons Smart Balance Natural Dark Chocolate Creamy Peanut Butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped
1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Combine frozen bananas, chocolate peanut butter, and vanilla extract in a blender or a food processor, and blend until it reaches consistency of soft serve ice cream. You may have to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times, but eventually it will become really creamy with a smooth, rich texture.
  2. Add in walnuts and chocolate chips and pulse a few times. This resulting "ice cream" can be served immediately, or frozen for an even firmer consistency.

Do you have a favorite chocolate peanut butter dessert? Please share in the comments section!

   

19 Responses to “Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream”

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    christina posted January 20, 2014 at 10:04 am

    i want that with pretzels on top. and more pb. haha. a new froyo place opened up across the street from my work. now that i see this post, i may have to go get some.

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl posted January 20, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I’m sitting here a bit cold right now, but I don’t care, all I want is this ice cream! Major yum!

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    Michelle Lahey posted January 20, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I, too, love bananas with peanut butter! And my all-time favorite chocolate-peanut butter dessert is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. :)

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    Shikha @ Shikha la mode posted January 20, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I love how you added chocolate to make this an even better treat!

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    Happy Valley Chow posted January 20, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Yummy! Who doesn’t love a good ice cream like that. Love the flavor combo you used :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes posted January 20, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I can’t believe this is vegan!! I love love love chocolate and peanut butter together :)

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    Jenny @ BAKE posted January 20, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    this dessert sounds incredible! I am going to have to try it next time I get a sugary craving!

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    Megan posted January 20, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    So cool! I can’t believe the base of this is just bananas and peanut butter. I love peanut butter pie!

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    Meghan posted January 20, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I love frozen banana soft serve! This looks so incredible.

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    Sues posted January 21, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Ahh I love it! Would it be so wrong if I ate my PB and banana sandwich and then this ice cream? OR if I put a scoop of this ice cream on my sandwich?? Looks delicious!!

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    Parita @ myinnershakti posted January 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I love banana “ice cream” and the addition of chocolate PB in your version. YUM!

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    Krystle(Baking Beauty) posted January 21, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    I’ve heard great things about using bananas to add creaminess. This recipe may be the final straw to trying it myself! :)

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    Joanne posted January 22, 2014 at 7:28 am

    I seriously want to just dive right into this, face first.

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    The Squishy Monster posted January 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    This is just brilliant, Bianca! Can’t wait to try this!

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    val posted January 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Ice cream is comforting and I want a huge bowl right now.

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    honeywhatscooking posted January 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I knew you used frozen bananas. :-)
    It works like a charm, lovely recipe.. love it especially during the summer when the girlfriends visit. :-)

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted January 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I’ve made this before and it’s INSANE how good it is. I’m so glad you finally got to try it. I haven’t had it in so long tho and now I’m totally craving it!!

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    Nicole @ The Girl Who Ate Boston posted January 28, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I love this banana “ice cream!” I eat it at least four times a week. I’ve tried the banana ice cream with Vermont Peanut Butter Company’s chocolate peanut butter, not Smart Balance’s. Chocolate, peanut butter, and banana are an unbeatable combination. It was amazing!

    Other recommended banana ice cream combinations include regular peanut butter, Nutella, and almond butter. Thinking caramel-pecan will be next, maybe strawberry jam after?

    Fantastic post and photos, as always!

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    Choc Chip Uru posted January 30, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Who doesn’t adore frozen banana ice cream!? I love your PB twist to it :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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