Dark Chocolate Nice Cream Recipe – 4 Ingredients!

my favorite nice cream recipe—rich ‘n creamy chocolate nice cream, made with just 4 simple, whole ingredients.

Dark Chocolate Nice Cream Recipe: my favorite nice cream recipe—rich ‘n creamy chocolate nice cream, made with just 4 simple, whole ingredients. #NiceCream #Vegan #IceCream #Banana | Recipe at BeamingBaker.com

I scream! You scream! We all scream for nice cream!! Wait a minute, that’s not how that goes. But why can’t we turn a classic into a modern-day non-dairytale? See what I did there?!

Okay, fine… I’ve had maybe a few too many scoops of nice cream and can no longer think like a calm, relaxed adult.

But who cares, because it’s summer!! We can still enjoy the last bits of summer, and perhaps make it feel just a bit longer with today’s chocolate nice cream recipe. 🙂

You in? Let’s make this! 

How to Make Chocolate Nice Cream

It’s super duper easy to make today’s nice cream recipe. Yep, it’s super and it’s duper. Easy. Lol. Check out the simple steps below:

Add Bananas & Blend

Add bananas to a food processor and blend until crumbly. This is the simple banana ice cream mixture.

Add & Blend Again

Now, add in maple syrup and vanilla to increase the deliciousness of your nice cream. Blend everything until smooth and creamy. Here is your basic nice cream mixture.

Add Cacao Powder

Now, add in your cacao powder. Blend it all together until the cacao is well incorporated. You just made chocolate nice cream! 


If you like your nice cream super soft, go ahead and enjoy immediately. If not, chill until firm and enjoy the best nice cream recipe ever! 

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Dark Chocolate Nice Cream Recipe: my favorite nice cream recipe—rich ‘n creamy chocolate nice cream, made with just 4 simple, whole ingredients. #NiceCream #Vegan #IceCream #Banana | Recipe at BeamingBaker.com

Just 4 Ingredients for the Easiest Nice Cream Recipe

Frozen Bananas

Pure Maple Syrup

Pure Vanilla Extract

Raw Cacao Powder


Amy says, “This recipe is delicious. I have such a sweet tooth that it makes dieting hard, but I think this might be my saviour!”

Ivana says, “Made the recipe exactly as described and it turned out perfect! So freaking good too!”

Michaela says, “I just found your blog and I love it. I tried your Dark Chocolate Nice Cream and it is delicious!”

How to Store Your Nice Cream


Store your nice cream in a reusable ice cream container for up to 1 week. Just make sure to thaw it for a few minutes before enjoying. I don’t recommend making your chocolate nice cream too far in advance as it’s made with whole ingredients and won’t stay super fresh and yummy for longer than 1 week. 😉

Velvety smooth, rich dark chocolate nice cream made with just 4 simple ingredients—the best nice cream recipe you’ll ever have.

Dark Chocolate Nice Cream Recipe: my favorite nice cream recipe—rich ‘n creamy chocolate nice cream, made with just 4 simple, whole ingredients. #NiceCream #Vegan #IceCream #Banana | Recipe at BeamingBaker.com

So go ahead, sing it with me: I scream! You scream! We all scream for…. NICE CREAM!!! Er… NICECREAM!! Get your ice cream cones ready, I’ll meet you by the pool. I can’t wait to hear what you and your loved ones think of my nice cream recipe. Thankful, grateful and joyful that you’re here. ‘Til the next kitchen adventure…

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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Vegan Nice Cream Recipes

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Dark Chocolate Nice Cream Recipe: my favorite nice cream recipe—rich ‘n creamy chocolate nice cream, made with just 4 ingredients and simple, whole ingredients. #NiceCream #Vegan #IceCream #Banana | Recipe at BeamingBaker.com

Dark Chocolate Nice Cream Recipe


Dark Chocolate Nice Cream Recipe: my favorite nice cream recipe—rich ‘n creamy chocolate nice cream, made with just 4 simple, whole ingredients.


  • 4 medium or large bananas, frozen
  • 12 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder*


  1. Add bananas to a food processor (preferred) or blender. Blend until bananas turn into a crumbly mixture.
  2. Add maple syrup and vanilla. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bin as necessary. This will take a few minutes.
  3. When you get a smooth, creamy mixture, it’s time to add the cacao powder. Add the cacao powder and blend until well incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bin as needed.
  4. Enjoy immediately if you like super soft ice cream. If you like firmer ice cream, pour into a freezer-friendly container like this ice cream tub, and chill for 3-6 hours or until firm. Then, scoop and enjoy. Storing instructions in the notes.

Vegan Nice Cream Recipes


*If you prefer less dark, milkier chocolate nice cream, leave out 1 tablespoon of cacao powder.

Storing Instructions: Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 week. Before serving, allow to thaw for about 10 minutes. Scoop and enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Freeze
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: nice cream, chocolate nice cream, banana nice cream

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  1. Can I make a big tub of this and then take it in and out of the freezer everytime I want a scoop? I live on my own so would like to make a batch in advance instead of one banana at a time!!

    1. Hi Becky, yes you may! 🙂 I usually like to make a batch in advance, and enjoy the tub within a week or so. Just follow the thawing instructions before scooping. Can’t wait to hear how it turns out! 🙂

  2. So interesting! I’m surprised the bananas seem to remove the need for an ice cream maker. Can the nice cream be made in an ice cream maker? Wasn’t sure if I wasn’t accounting for something that might go wrong

    1. Hi Dominique! Yup, frozen bananas are really a marvelous thing. They really do remove the need for an ice cream maker. Once you toss them in the blender/food processor and blend them up until smooth, you get a creamy, smooth ice cream-like texture. The only difference is that you need to thaw it for a bit before scooping (if frozen overnight). Can’t wait to hear what you think! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the recipe. I live in Miami with a Mango tree that is giving me 1-4 mangoes a day; my niece lives in a Mango grove. SO I have lots of Mangoes. I’m going to make myself a Mango Nice Cream. I could probably just use Mangoes, but I might just use up the banana I have. Instead of making it a Chocolate Mango Nice Cream, I might just scrape some chocolate candy for a topping.
    Thanks so much for suggesting such a great recipe.

    1. Hi Stasia! Thank you for telling me about your niece’s mango tree. The idea of living near a mango grove sounds like such a dream. 🙂 The mangoes you have must be so wonderfully sweet and fresh. <-- this is basically my mom's dream. Haha. Either way you make this recipe, I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you get a chance to try some of the mango recipes on this site. 🙂

    1. Marina, you should totally give it a shot! It’s so delicious, and best of all, guilt-free. 🙂 Let me know how you like it if you do!

  4. This looks so awesome! I’m going to freeze up some bananas tonight so i can make this tomorrow! Thanks! I’m thinking of substituting honey for the syrup. And using as much chocolate as possible 🙂

    1. Thanks Tiffany! 🙂 Awesome–I usually have a huge stock of frozen bananas in the freezer for this very purpose. Let’s just say when I go to the grocery store, people look at me like, “WOW. That’s A LOT of fruit.” Lol. Honey would work great! And chocolate: Oh YES. The 1/4 cup I used is gonna give you a super dark and rich flavor. Can’t wait to hear what you think of this! 🙂

      1. I realize that this is about a month late lol. But I haven’t been able to comment lately. I have done this recipe a couple of times – substituting honey for syrup – and it’s delicious, but it doesn’t seem to come out “ice-creamy”. It’s more like pudding haha. I guess i should put it in the freezer for an hour or so. Still, I don’t know if I’d be able to get it to the consistency for scooping on an ice cream cone.
        Great though! Thinking of trying it with strawberries. Strawberry banana nice cream.. has a “nice” ring to it. ?

        1. Oh no worries! I’m so happy you took the time to comment, Tiffany. 🙂 I like it best when it’s been in the freezer overnight, then left out to thaw for 15-25 minutes (depending on the temperature in your kitchen). Also, the level of cold in your freezer affects how frozen it’ll get too (the more frozen it is, the less pudding-like the texture). This would be fantastic with strawberry! In fact, it’d definitely, definitely be NICE.? ?

  5. We are SO on the same page with nice cream! I’m making one as we speak!! It’s my favourite go to ice cream because HOW easy it creamed bananas? It’s kind of amazing to watch actually, like cashew or coconut butter. By the way, LOL at modern day dairytale!!! I just pictured princes, princesses and unicorns eating nice cream LOL!!

    1. Oh yeah!! Go vegan ice cream goodness! 😉 I can’t wait to see yours! And, YES, so much YES on the creamed bananas. It’s one of the most fascinating, easy and satisfying ingredients to blend. I’m loving that image. Ah, the summer just gets more magical and magical. *Happy sigh* Thanks Jessica! xo

  6. I looooove nice cream! This recipe looks so decadent and delicious. When I first saw the pics, I didn’t even believe it was nice cream! It looks so much like the real stuff. This nice cream is definitely the perfect summer treat!

    1. Woot woot for a fellow nice cream lover! This recipe is the ultimate decadence and deliciousness–without the guilt! Thank goodness. Thanks so much for saying you couldn’t believe it was nice cream. Can I pat myself on the back now? Lol. Yay for perfect summer treats! Thanks Ash. xo

  7. So cute that we both ‘did’ chocolate and bananas this week…. This is beyond yum! true story – I pin my favorite ice cream recipes to a board called ICE….now I’m wondering if I should call it NICE? This is the bomb, my friend! Have a great weekend! 🙂

    1. And how! 😉 Chocolate and bananas are just a beautifully delicious combo. Ya know? Well… you probably do since… Haha. NICE!! Call it NICE! Lolol. Have a great weekend, my dear! 🙂

  8. Sharing a nice cream on my blog is due for so long! Glad that you shared it! Who wouldn’t enjoy some guilt free nice-cream specially when they look this beautiful. That chocolatey goodness is speaking to me, Demeter! Bananas and chocolate goes so well together, like a match made in heaven for me! 🙂 Thanks for this yummy share! You have a wonderful weekend! <3 Xo

    1. Oh, I can’t wait to see what you come up with! 🙂 I’m sure it’ll be so incredible, colorful and creative! Basically, signature Anu. 😉 Totally a match made in heaven. 🙂 I hope you get a chance to try this! Have a wonderful weekend, my dear friend. xoxo

  9. OMG, modern-day non-dairytale. THIS IS OFFICIALLY THE BEST EVER! You keep bringing me these awesome sayings/references and I can’t help but wanting to start to use them all.
    BTW how cool is that, that your mom loves nice cream too. Mine finds it super delicious too, but she denies to make it for herself, coz she hates blending bananas. So instead she makes unhealthy, complicated dairy recipes 🙁 😀
    Anyways, this nice cream is awesome, especially served in cones, so clever! I am just going right now to freeze a bunch of bananas to make dark chocolate nice cream 🙂
    Pinned of course!

    1. I KNEW you’d love that joke!! I was busy patting myself on the back for that one and then I’m like, wait… No one thinks that’s funny. Uh… Lol. But now I can say my good, generous friend Evi does! Hahaha. The first time I made nice cream for my mom, I didn’t tell her what it was. Just said it was a super yummy frozen dessert. She LOVED it. Then, after she was done licking the whole bowl clean, I told her. Sometimes, with my fam, I have to skip the whole “this is healthy” part, or they won’t eat it! Lol. Maybe one day you’re mom will come around. 🙂 In the meantime… more for us! 😉 Thanks for pinning E. Enjoy!