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Banana Nice Cream with Chocolate Shell (Dairy-Free)

Banana "Ice Cream" with Chocolate Shell |

Truthfully, I’m not the paleo dessert girl. It’s not that I’m anti-dessert…well, let’s just say that it leads me down the path of too many sweets most of the time. I really wish I did paleo desserts often on the blog because, let’s face it, I’d be far more popular.


Alas, sticking to what I know is what I tend to do. This is so easy it should be illegal, and it’s perfect for making in tiny batches when you want just a bit of a sweet treat. This reminds me of summers as a kid when my family would walk to the neighborhood soft-serve place…we’d get big cones and always get chocolate “dip”–the crunchy shell that you’d have to race to eat or else the ice cream would come melting out from all sides. This one has no added sugar though 😉

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Banana Ice Cream with Chocolate Shell

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Fruit, Paleo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 61 kcal

Banana Nice Cream with Chocolate Shell is a perfect for making in tiny batches when you want just a bit of a dairy-free sweet treat.



  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Pinch of ground coffee optional


  1. Make the shell in a small bowl first by melting the coconut oil in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds. Mix in the cocoa powder and pinch of ground coffee.
  2. Next, make the “ice cream”. (This is truly not an ice cream because there are no eggs/custard, but it’s a good stand-in.)
  3. Add the frozen banana to the food processor and break down a bit. Next drizzle in the coconut milk and vanilla extract. You may need to stop the processor and break up any big chunks. Process until smooth and creamy but not too melted.
  4. Work quickly…scoop out the ice cream into a bowl and drizzle the chocolate shell on top. Immediately the coconut oil/cocoa mixture will harden up and get crunchy…mmm!
  5. Eat. Enjoy. You could also top with shredded coconut, nuts or even some sliced berries to really put it over the top!
Nutrition Facts
Banana Ice Cream with Chocolate Shell
Amount Per Serving
Calories 61 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 135mg4%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 2.8mg3%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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18 Responses

    1. Hi Irene!! Thanks so much for letting me know…I love hearing feedback on recipes. I like this one for the random occasion that I get an ice cream craving since dairy hurts my stomach.

  1. Yum x2 – of my favorite things… bananas and chocolate! …Can you make two or three servings at a time of the “ice cream” to freeze and serve later (like traditional ice cream)? ….Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Melissa! I make 2-3 servings sometimes and freeze it. It has to be partially defrosted and then I mix it really well with a spoon before serving. You won’t be able to scoop it straight from the freezer…it gets too hard. Have an awesome evening!

  2. Brilliant!!

    So deliciously creamy because of the coconut milk yet strangely light and not “ugh” – which is generally how I feel after ice cream.

    I have some frozen avo – might be tempted to try a bit of an avo-nana twist with choc-coffee shell.

    Love your website – especially the articles. Even think I have converted a colleague at work because of the lunches I have made from your site! Plus managed my first strict pull up today (I know it doesnt seem like much but when you break your neck a few years ago its pretty great)

  3. Do you use the full-fat coconut milk from the can? Everything that I find in the refrigerated section is too processed!

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