Peanut butter cookie dough banana ice cream recipe is an easy and healthy homemade frozen dessert made completely dairy-free and gluten-free! This recipe is filled with chunks of chocolate and cookie dough that taste amazing with the rich peanut butter flavor.
If I have to eat one dessert for the rest of my life, let it be this peanut butter cookie dough banana ice cream, also know as ‘nice cream’. This dairy-free take on traditional ice cream is so incredibly creamy and sweet from natural ingredients that you wouldn’t even know it was made with healthy ingredients.
There are so many things going for this simple nice cream recipe. Cookie dough. Peanut butter. Frozen bananas. Everyone already knows that the combination of peanut butter and bananas is absolutely epic, but then adding cookie dough to it? Yes, please.
So the base of this recipe is really just three simple ingredients. And you can stop there if you want, but we think adding in the chocolate and the cookie dough is key.
Another best part about it? The icing on the cake some may say? It is a no-churn recipe. Yup, you just throw everything into a food processor or blender and boom. DONE.
I love an easy recipe like this and have to share my Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Ice Cream too.
What is nice cream?
Let’s start off by breaking down what nice cream really is. At its most basic, nice cream is frozen bananas that have been blended up into a creamy soft serve ice cream. It can be made with simple ingredients (and seriously just frozen blended bananas!) but you can also add in tons of other ingredients to customize it to your liking.
It’s a vegan, dairy-free, preservative-free, and often refined sugar free version of traditional ice cream. And it’s really stinking good.
We use the terms banana ice cream and nice cream pretty interchangeably here, so consider them both the same.
Ingredients in peanut butter cookie dough nice cream
While basic nice cream doesn’t have too many added ingredients, this recipe is special because we wanted to jazz it up a little bit. We decided it would be a good idea to add chunks of gluten-free cookie dough from this recipe, which is a very popular healthy cookie dough recipe from my site.
In this particular recipe you can find:
healthy cookie dough
pinch of salt + vanilla for good measure
How to make banana ice cream
Making nice cream is easy. It’s simple and it’s perfect for people who want no-churn ice cream. Trust me on this one!
First off, make the cookie dough for your ice cream. Follow this recipe, but cut it in half because you won’t need all of this cookie dough! Then roll the cookie dough into bite size balls – I used about a tsp of dough.
Next, add your frozen banana, peanut butter, almond milk, maple syrup, pinch of salt, vanilla, and blend until completely smooth. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides a couple of times.
Once it is smooth, add in your cookie dough and chopped up chocolate bar and stir these in. Do not blend or else the cookie dough chunks will be no longer!
Pour your nice cream mixture into a parchment lined loaf pan and freeze overnight.
When you’re ready to serve, bring out of freezer for at least ten minutes before scooping.
Serve with some drizzled peanut butter on top for good measure!
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If you liked this recipe, you’ll want to try these!
- 4 large frozen bananas
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 of this cookie dough recipe rolled into bite size balls
- 1 bar chocolate, chopped small
- In a food processor, blend bananas, almond milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla and salt until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary.
- Once smooth, add in cookie dough balls and chocolate and STIR with a spoon. Do not blend.
- Pour ice cream into a parchment lined loaf pan and freeze overnight.
- When ready to serve, let sit at room temperature for ten minutes, then scoop.
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