Frozen mangoes and banana make a shockingly creamy nice cream. Garnish this Mango Ice Cream with chopped fresh mango and a sprinkle of cardamom for a bit of Indian flavor or paprika for a Mexican twist. 

If using fresh mango: Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat. Spread mango chunks onto mat. Cover and freeze at least 6 hours or overnight; then proceed with Step 1 of instructions.

By Darshana Thacker Wendel,


  • 4 cups frozen mango chunks, or 4 medium mangoes (3 lb.), peeled and cut into large chunks (see headnote)
  • 1 banana, cut into large chunks
  • Ground cardamom or paprika (optional)


  • Remove mango from freezer and let stand 10 minutes to soften slightly. Transfer mango and banana chunks to a food processor; cover and pulse until broken into small pieces. Continue processing until smooth and creamy.
  • Serve immediately, or transfer mixture to a freezer container and freeze until ready to serve. If desired, top servings with additional mango and sprinkle with cardamom or paprika.

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Amazing taste and texture. Usually make it in small batches as opposed to the whole recipe. It’s like sorbet!


Hi, I am allergic to bananas ☹, is there an alternative that would render the same texture ? Thank you


In the comments for the vanilla bean nice cream recipe, somebody said they use cooked and frozen white sweet potato instead of banana. Perhaps you could try that.

Teresa Tortomasi

My friend can't have sugar, so I surprised her with nice cream! I put 2 cups of whole frozen bananas chopped in one inch chunks, one cup of purchased frozen mango chunks, and almost 1/4 cup of vanilla unsweetened almond milk in my Blendtec, set it on "ice cream" and voilà! This delicious dessert, with the sweetness and consistency of ice cream, was ready in minutes.It was a big hit, and I'm ready to experiment with other flavors. Thank you!


Add almond milk, vanilla, and sugar to taste, blend and freeze.

Linda Hammond

I eat the same or with other frozen fruits almost every day. Such as mixed berries or blueberries frozen from Sam's or similar store. Natural and delicious.

Sherill Trinidad

wow, this could be great as mango and banana are always available in our country...thank you.

Jose The Rose (YouTube & Funimate)

this looks really good!! I'm gonna try it! THX!

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a whole-food, plant-based chef and former culinary projects manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit and follow her on Instagram for more.
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