Mocha Chip Banana Ice Cream

mocha ice cream
Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN, LD

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories 130
Fat 2g
Carbs 31g
Protein 2g
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Total Time 10 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 0 min
Servings 2 (1/2 cup each)

Ice cream is a delicious dessert, but probably not something you want to eat daily if you are trying to get healthy. Though one pint seems small it actually contains four servings. It may be time to introduce an alternative If you often find yourself at the bottom with no idea where all of the ice cream went.

Banana ice cream, or ‘nice cream’ as it is sometimes called, is a healthy ice cream alternative made by blending frozen banana slices in a blender to yield a smooth, creamy, and naturally sweet treat. You can add any other flavor you like.

This mocha chip banana ice cream is blended with coffee and dark chocolate and swirled with mini chocolate chips. It’s vegan if you use dairy-free chocolate chips, and it’s the perfect healthy dessert for when you need something cool and creamy. As a bonus, you also get a serving of fruit and antioxidants in your dessert!

Ingredients

  • 2 sliced bananas, frozen
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 2 teaspoons semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

Preparation

  1. In a high-powered blender or food processor, blend all ingredients except for chocolate chips. You may need to add more milk to get bananas to blend.
  2. Stir in chocolate chips.

  3. Serve immediately, or for a firmer consistency, pour into a shallow container and freeze 10 to 15 minutes before scooping.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

For vegan and dairy-free, use vegan chocolate chips and dairy-free milk.

Cooking and Serving Tips

Bananas will take a little while to blend. Be patient and add milk by the tablespoon as needed.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 (1/2 cup each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 130
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 16g  
Includes 2g Added Sugars 4%
Protein 2g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 487mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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