Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream {No Machine Required}

Thick, creamy, salty and sweet, your entire family will love this guilt-free vegan chocolate peanut butter ice cream.
Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream - The Lemon Bowl
What would you say if I told you it was possible to make ice cream at home without a machine? What if I told you it was all natural with no added sugar, no dairy products and no saturated fat? If you’ve never made homemade vegan ice cream before, I’m about to blow your mind.

Frozen Bananas - The lemon BowlThe secret? Frozen bananas!! Yes, my friends, it’s true: frozen bananas are the secret ingredient in my Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream. Before I continue, I must give credit to my girl MJ who first introduced me to machine-free, dairy-free ice cream over 3 years ago.

With two little ones, we always have bananas on hand. I love banana bread as much as the next gal but it’s bathing suit season and way too hot to turn on the oven so instead of baking I peel over-ripe bananas then wrap them in plastic wrap and pop them in the freezer. (You can also slice them then throw them in a plastic bag but I usually slice them before using them with a sharp knife.)

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie - The Lemon BowlMost days we use frozen bananas for smoothies but now that summer has arrived and the heat is on, I crave ice cream almost daily. Since I’m still working on losing the baby weight, I love having a healthier, guilt-free version on hand. Not only is it easier on the waistline but my 2 year old can enjoy it and we get to skip the traditional ice cream induced post-sugar-buzz meltdown.

Strawberry Picking - The Lemon BowlI am a sucker for chocolate and peanut butter but feel free to add in your favorite flavors. We recently went strawberry picking so a vegan strawberry ice cream is next on our list, soon to be followed by blueberries and peaches. If you are hosting a summer party and accommodating friends or family with dairy or gluten allergies, this dessert is a no brainer.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Vegan Ice Cream - The Lemon BowlCheers to summer and guilt-free ice cream!

Your spoon is waiting.

5.0 from 6 reviews
Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
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Thick, creamy, salty and sweet, your entire family will love this guilt-free vegan chocolate peanut butter ice cream.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
  • 2 large frozen bananas - sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor and slowly pulse, 15 seconds at a time, until mixture is smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as you go. Note:This process may take a couple minutes so be patient.
  2. Serve immediately or freeze in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.
Recipe slightly adapted from MD School Mrs.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 108 Fat: 4.4 g Saturated fat: .9 g Unsaturated fat: 3.5 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 16.6 g Sugar: 7.9 g Sodium: 111 mg Fiber: 3.1 g Protein: 2.7 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

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      • Charlize says

        Mine came out kind of soupy… Any suggestions? Also, I followed it exactly, but it didn’t seem to make too much? I do love the flavor… Thank you!!

        • says

          Hi Charlize – Soupy? Interesting – I’ve never encountered that before (and I literally made this just 2 days ago!) Were your bananas completely frozen? There’s no liquid so I can’t imagine how it would be come soupy. As for the quantity, I suppose that could vary a bit if you didn’t use two large bananas. Regardless, I hope you try again! We make it all the time and my boys love it!

  1. says

    I’m a fan of banana softserve and this variation sounds awesome. Especially with the add-in of peanut butter and cinnamon. I wouldn’t have thought of that last little one though I’m sure it takes the flavour up a notch.

  2. says

    I LOVE making these frozen banana ice creams and recently added a half shot of espresso to mine to make a coffee flavored one. Why have I never thought of adding a nut butter?! That sounds awesome!

  3. says

    I am a huge fan of banana in ice cream. I love the guilt-free nature of this and oh the indulgence that speaks through the screen. Yummm!

  4. says

    I haven’t been a huge fan of banana ice cream but definitely a huge fan of chocolate and peanut butter. The addition of cinnamon makes me want to try banana ice cream again though. It does look tasty.

  5. says

    Liz this looks awesome. 1st off, gorgeous pictures. I just want to lick that ice cream right off the scoop. Secondly, can believe that you know me that well to make a recipe soley for me. hehe. :) Peanut butter, chocolate, bananas, yup.. its a winner. Totally making this one soon.

  6. Beverley says

    I always have bananas in the freezer ready to go! I love the fact that you don’t need a nice cream maker either. Thank you xoxo

  7. ashley says

    Thanks for this great recipe! I added a lil greek coconut yogurt and nutella to mine. Any recommendations for a blender of food processor? Neither my blender or food processor could fully blend it to a creamy state.

  8. Florence Signorini says

    Hi, just wondering if you could replace the peanut butter with anything else, for people who cannot eat peanuts?? Looks delicious, thank you!!

  9. mg says

    Does it have any banana flavor? My fiance hates banana but I don’t mind it so I’d like to know whether to make a single or double batch. :-)

  10. Julie says

    This is so good! I’m lactose intolerant and Mt daughter is a vegan so it’s perfect for both of us. So delicious!! Thank you

  11. Sophie Voigt says

    Looks amazing! Just wondering about something; You mean unsweetened cocoa powder, right? And what kind of vanilla do you use? Can I use vanilla essence? :)

    • says

      YES! Unsweetened cocoa powder. :) Any vanilla works – just use your favorite! We buy a big bottle from Costco that works great. I’m not sure what vanilla essence is but you could even skip it!

  12. Robin says

    Omg! Topped it with thinly sliced, unblanched almonds for a bit of a crunch and it was almost too good to be true! Love it!

  13. says

    This fell under the “You Might Also Like” section and I responded with “Why yes, yes I would like that!” 😉 You can never go wrong with peanut butter, chocolate, and banana. One of the flavors of my wedding cake was banana with peanut butter buttercream 😉 That flavor went FAST.


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