This strawberry-chocolate nice cream (plant-based ice cream made with frozen bananas) is as pretty as it is delicious. Dark chocolate chunks make the healthy dessert taste especially decadent.

If you're a fan of the strawberry-chocolate flavor combo, try our Strawberry-Chocolate Ice Cream Cupcakes.

By Nancy Macklin, RDN,


  • 4 medium bananas, peeled, frozen at least 2 hours, and cut into 1-inch chunks (3 cups)
  • 8 ounces frozen strawberries (2⅓ cups)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (optional)
  • Dash sea salt
  • 1 ounce unsweetened dark chocolate, chopped
  • Fresh mint leaves (optional)


  • In a food processor combine frozen bananas, frozen strawberries, maple syrup (if using), and salt. Cover and process until smooth and creamy, stopping processor a few times to scrape down sides. Stir in chocolate.
  • Serve immediately for soft-serve, or for a firmer ice cream, transfer mixture to an airtight freezer-safe container. Freeze 1 to 2 hours. If desired, garnish with mint leaves.

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(5 from 6 votes)

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Sharon J

I just finished making this. It is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!! I omitted the maple syrup…it didn’t need any sweetening at all!! I can’t wait to try the other three flavors! The only thing was I let the bananas and berries thaw about halfway because I was afraid of damaging my Kitchenaid food processor…it was jumping all around the counter. Next time I’m going to not even freeze them first.


AWEsome!! I used old frozen bananas and strawberries in my food processor. I needed to add a little coffee creamer (figured it was a thicker milk). I also added the maple syrup, dash of salt, and choco chips. Turned out delicious. Thanks!!


My strawberries were freshly frozen, meanwhile bananas were not, and it came out as a crumbly icy mess. I tried a food processor and a blender (we have Ninja), it was impossible to blend it into a creamy smooth texture. I wonder if bananas must be only freshly frozen too?.. Thank you for including measurements besides US ones.


Arena, I find that a good processor is necessary for this recipe. A blender tends to heat the ingredients because they are closer to the motor. And it takes some time. I find about 15 minutes is the sweet spot for perfect soft serve.


This is so good. You can add non dairy cream to make it more creamy. Delicious!


I always add a bit of plain soy "milk" to my Nice Cream, and mix it in my food processor. Not for 15 minutes though! MAYBE one minute.

Lynn Rooks

Such an easy way to be healthy. Thanks

C Gab

This was good, will definitely make again. Unfortunately it burned out the motor on my ancient Vitamix though. Oops.


8 oz strawberries...2 1/3 cups? Mistake?


If you weigh 8 ounce strawberries, it is around 2 1/3 cups

Robin Smith

Looks delicious but I have a allergy to bananas....any alternative ingredient that would suffice? Thanks


Frozen Mangos make a smooth scream.

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Nancy Macklin, RDN

Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Macklin worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals. Find her on LinkedIn.
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