Chocolate Banana-Nut Ice-Cream

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Chocolate Banana-Nut Ice-Cream

Here’s an ice-cream recipe that is very quick and won’t make you feel guilty!!!  It’s so healthy you can even eat if for breakfast – we do!  It’s a great way to get the kids out of bed on a school day – just yell, ‘Chocolate ice-cream for breakfast!’ and they’ll come running.   I always buy a few bags of over-ripe bananas when they’re in the throw-out box at the supermarket – just peel them and toss them in a bag and freeze them, then they’re ready for ice-cream anytime you want it.  Cut them into pieces about an inch long before processing.

I don’t usually measure the amounts in this recipe – it’s very flexible.  But I’ve added approximate amounts for those of you who want them.

Chocolate Banana-Nut Ice-Cream
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  1. 500g frozen banana pieces (cut in 2cm chunks)
  2. 150g raw pecans or macadamia nuts
  3. 2 Tbsp of cacao powder (or organic cocoa powder)
  4. 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup/raw honey (opt)
  1. Toss into Thermomix bowl and process on speed 9 until it all comes together - about 30 seconds. It will be crumbly at first, but keep mixing and it will come together.
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That’s it!  Serve it immediately before it melts.  This makes enough for 4 – 6 people.

Note: to make it even more special, you can add some Rapadura sweetened choc chips at the end!



  1. Cat J B says:

    Ooh, I wonder if my kids would go for that? They don’t like bananas…

  2. Jo Whitton says:

    Hmmm, maybe if you had lots of cocoa they wouldn’t notice? 🙂

  3. judy says:

    This is an amazing way to make ice-cream – just whip up a batch as needed and eat, no freezing or taking up room in the freezer either. Just love it, thanks Jo.

  4. It sounds delicious, but it’s still winter here! I can’t wait for warm days and ice cream. I have a 18 months daughter and I’m pregnant, so I’m very interested in healthy delicious food. I can see your blog will help me. Also I got a Thermomix for Xmas and my husband says it is my Nintendo. I’m having so much fun with it. Be sure I’ll come back very often. ; )

  5. Anonymous says:

    Jo, just made your ice cream and wanted to thank you for the recipe!!! IT IS AWESEOME!!! Means i can give my children ice cream, because i dont let them eat sugar of any kind. It tastes very similar to the real thing. Carolina

  6. mmmm i’m giving up sugar for a week so just made this to soothe the cravings – YUM! (i didn’t even need to add the maple syrup)
    thanks jo!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jo, Would this work without the chocolate? We’re allergic to chocolate. Would I need to use something else as I’m assuming it “dries” things out a bit?

  8. Jo Whitton says:

    Hi Sharon,
    You can make this with carob powder if you like, or just leave it out and it’s lovely without as well. Have a look at this recipe without chocolate:
    Jo 🙂

  9. I made this last night and it tasted great, though the consistency was a bit gooey. Then I got all inspired and made ice-cream this morning for breakfast using frozen strawberries and cashews – consistency was perfect – just like real ice-cream! I only used a tiny bit of honey but it probably needed a bit more cause the strawberries weren’t as sweet as the banana.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi I don’t have and wouldn’t be able to afford your fancy machine, would I be able to still make up your recipes with my mix master?
    Rhonda – Blackalls Park NSW Australia

  11. Jo Whitton says:

    I don’t know, Rhonda – I’ve never had a mix master! I guess you’d just have to try it – cut the bananas smaller though. 🙂

  12. Jo Whitton says:

    @livingdarwin: Just saw your comment – your bananas need to be frozen hard, and just mix until combined, don’t overmix them or they’ll keep melting. The strawberries and cashews sounds great!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hi from Robyn, Thankyou I have been looking for great icecream recipes. I would like to know if this freezes OK.
    Cheers Robyn

  14. TJ says:

    Awesome absolutely delish, quick and healthy. Ticks all the boxes. Love your site

  15. Jo Whitton says:

    Thanks TJ! 😀

    Robyn, this is really best eaten when you make it, but you can freeze it if you want – you’ll just have to thaw it a bit before you eat it. 🙂

  16. Jo Whitton says:

    Yes, you can use any nuts really, Karlee. 🙂

  17. Thanks for this Jo, just tried it for desert for Easter lunch with the whole family – was a mega hit all round!! Thanks again!

  18. CookEs says:

    Another winner, Jo. We were licking everything afterwards, bowls, spoons, the TX , it’s lid, drips on the get the idea!

  19. Hi Jo just wondering, are the nuts supposed to be smooth? I keep ending up with them still in small bits, even after mixing for much longer than 30 secs! (Still absolutely delicious though!)

  20. Lyn says:

    We have an excess of bananas at the moment so we froze some bananas last night and made this for lunch today. I made a much smaller quantity as there is only 2 of us and it worked a treat. Very yummy and surprisingly filling. We used macadamia nuts also from our garden.Thanks Jo for all your wonderful inspiration.

  21. Sammie says:

    This is the stuff ice cream legends are made of! Totally delish! I think I’m addicted! Awesome recipe, Jo!

  22. Kayleen Bradford says:

    Hi Jo
    Was lovely to meet you last night at the consultants cooking class in Perth. I am delivering my sons thermo today and we are going to give this recipe a go. His girlfriend has many gut problems due to cancer in the gut region. She has had the all clear and I strongly believe your quirky Cooking is right up her ally. So happy to have met you last night xx I now wish I had purchased a book from you to give to her last night, I know she would have loved it

  23. claire says:

    I just made this for my extremely fussy two year old, using cashews for the nuts and a quarter the amount of cacao, he LOVED it. Now I’m keen to try with strawberries and blueberries instead of chocolate! feeling inspired 🙂

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  25. JC says:

    Thanks for the lovely recipe 🙂 is it possible to put this ice cream back in the freezer and have it later? How long for? Is it going to remain in ice cream consistency? Thanks

  26. Emma Martin says:

    Do you think it would still work if I soaked the nuts overnight first??

  27. Jannah Lancaster says:

    This is super delicious! I added a tbsp of crunchy peanut butter instead of the nuts. My boys are devouring it right now!! And it certainly helps to cure my ice cream craving whilst I’m currently on a sugar ban.. Thanks Jo 🙂

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