Ice Cream Without Added Sugar: Only 2 Ingredients

January 21, 2016   22 Comments

What if there was something that resembled ice cream and you could make it yourself?

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

No sugar added, no saturated fat, and incredibly simple!

The key is these bad boys:

Yes, those bananas that no one wants to eat because they look disgusting? They are sitting on your counter right now – looking at you. These are what make the “faux ice cream” sweet.

All you do is slice them, freeze them, blend them with some peanut butter and viola! This is tasty and hits that sweet, salty, fatty note that we love in sweets without the animal fat.

If you have a high power blender, use it for this recipe. I have a $50 blender so I use my food processor to get the right consistency. Add some cocoa powder if you want a chocolate note – so good.

Peanut Butter and Banana Ice Cream Recipe

1.6 from 21 reviews

Makes 4, 1/2 cup servings

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3 very ripe bananas
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter (no sugar added)


Slice bananas and place slices on a cooking sheet in the freezer for 1-2 hours.

Using either a blender or food processor, blend the frozen bananas and peanut butter until smooth.

Eat immediately for a soft serve consistency or freeze for later consumption.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup is 129 calories, 4.3 g fat, 0.8 g saturated fat, 21.8 g carbohydrates, 11.3 g sugar, 3.5 g protein, 2.8 g fiber, 2 mg sodium, 4 SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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This is way way cool. And easy enough for a child to do!! I will try it with almond butter as soon as my bananas get a little more disgusting so I can freeze them. Thank you, Lisa!

I am just saying Thank You because you are always putting out something that helps others to conquer cravings and to stay on the healthy track. I love it. Thanks for the recipe above called healthy ice cream. I may do this for parties! Why not?!!! :)

Thanks for this ice cream we have an all nut allergies is the a substitute you found for the peanut butter?

According to the new WW plan it is 4 Smart Points.

According to the new WW plan the Strawberry Frozen Yogurt recipe is 4 Smart Points.

I really don't like bananas, but would like to try something like this...any other suggestions instead of banana?

How would you substitute powdered peanut butter in this recipe?

Thank you Snack Girl! I will have to try your recipe.

I do something similar with the sliced frozen bananas- I add a tablespoon of peanuts or whatever nut I have in the house, a little drizzle of chocolate syrup and a small spray of whipped cream. It is a very satisfying, healthier version of a banana split.

There is actually a machine that does this quickly and easily that was created by a mom who didn't want her kids to eat all the sugar in ice cream. I have had one for several years and we love it . It's called Yonanas. One tip she gives is make sure your bananas are cheetah spotted - so not too green but also not too ripe. All her recipes call for one banana and a 1/2 cup of other frozen fruit. We have used frozen fresh pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, tangerines, etc. In addition to nut butters at the end you can stir in small pieces of dark chocolate or we have even used cocoa nibs. Using the machine you either allow your frozen fruit to sit on your counter for 30 minutes so it's not hard as a rock or microwave it for 30 seconds. It turns out just like frozen yogurt. By the way, for people who don't care for bananas, you really can't taste it when you add in the other fruit. It's more for texture. No, I don't own stock in the company but I just love the product and the recipe ideas. In fact, when using frozen fresh pineapple (I cut it into bite sized pieces before freezing) it reminds me a lot of the Dole pineapple whip you can buy at Disneyland.

I have fixed this!! It's wonderful!

I would substitute regular or chocolate PB2 to reduce points.

(Incidentally, Lisa, time to change the disclaimer at the end of the recipe from Points+ to SmartPoints!)

I've been curious about the Yonanas machine and recently saw ît for the first time at Costco. Is it really worth the expense and counter space vs. the clunky old food processor already sitting on my counter?

Yes I learned about frozen bananas from Fully Raw Kristina. She calls it Nice Cream. I can't make it all the time because bananas sometimes hurt my stomach. I don't use that little machine I just put them in my blender frozen with a little milk substitute and let it whirl

We love our machine but we store it in a cabinet so didn't have to give up counter space. It's much easier to clean than a food processor - just rinse the parts and drain. They are supposed to be dishwasher safe but they honestly clean up so easily we never have put then in the dishwasher. I don't know the Costco machine. I know the original machine was quite noisy but the newer model is larger but much quieter.

My kids and I have been making this for almost two years. We eat ours plain (only bananas), with peanut butter (no sugar added kind), with some unsweetened coconut, with cocoa powder, or with cocoa nibs. Tonight we tried it with a couple of drops of lime essential oil, and it was much better than expected!

The easiest way to do this is a Yonana machine. Put frozen peeled banana in and what looks like softserve ice cream comes out. The riper the banana, the sweeter it is. I cut tortillas into triangles, brush with a little melted margarine or butter, sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and bake till lightly browned and serve with Yonana "ice cream" and a squirt of chocolate sauce. Voila! Dessert Nachos!

Yonana is great as is, on top of or inside crepes, with a bit of melted peanut butter on top, etc...and way that you might eat ice cream with much more nutrition and fewer calories.

About $50 at Walmart. :)

Ha! Sorry about the duplicate endorsement of Yonana! Before I commented, the comments here were from no comments about the machine :)

I actually found mine at a second hand store for $5! Excellent deal!

Asking again -- if I substitute powdered peanut butter how much should I use?

@Terry - I think 3 tablespoons would be good. I haven't tried it so I am not sure. Just add some in and taste it!

Thanks for your question.

Thanks for the estimate on the powdered peanut butter substitution!


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