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8 Vegan Banana Soft Serve Recipes to Keep You Cool This Summer

Banana Soft Serve
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Vegan, Gluten-Free5 minutes
Frozen bananas pulsed in the food processor turn in to dreamy, creamy, vegan ice cream! Check out these 8 vegan banana soft serve recipes!

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8 Vegan Nice Cream Recipes

8 Banana Soft Serve Recipes to Keep You Cool

Call it banana soft serve, call it “nice” cream, call it vegan ice cream—whatever you call it, if you haven’t tried making banana ice cream at home, stop what you are doing right now and go put some bananas in the freezer! You gotta try this.

If you’ve never heard of banana soft serve before, the concept couldn’t be any simpler. Freeze some banana slices, and then when they’re frozen solid, pulse them in a food processor until you get an end result that is almost exactly the same texture as soft serve ice cream—you’d never know it was only bananas!

Banana Soft Serve

Banana soft serve is one of my favorite healthy summer treats—it’s literally just fruit—so I feel totally fine serving this “dessert” to my family all the time. We eat it for breakfast (it’s awesome on top of overnight oats). We eat it for a snack. We eat it for dessert.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with a little bit of real ice cream every now and again, but when you’re looking for a healthier option to enjoy regularly, you can’t beat banana soft serve.

Banana Soft Serve

Banana soft serve is great classic style—just with bananas—but it also lends itself to being awesome with all kinds of mix-ins. I partnered up with my friends at Musselman’s Apple Butter to bring you eight awesome ways to enjoy banana soft serve.

Musselman’s Apple Butter is a great way to add moisture, flavor, and sweetness to all kinds of recipes—including your banana soft serve creations. I love that Musselman’s has no high fructose corn syrup and only three ingredients—apples, sugar, and spices. It’s exactly how I’d make apple butter at home if I could find the time in my schedule to go pick apples, peel them all, and make apple butter (maybe one day). For now, I rely on Musselman’s!

Banana Soft Serve

Before we dig into the eight banana soft serve recipes, I want to give you a little bit of an overview of how to freeze bananas. For banana soft serve, you only want to freeze ripe bananas—green ones won’t taste right as ice cream. I avoid using too ripe bananas, too—they just aren’t my favorite. But if you like ’em, go for it!

To freeze the bananas, peel them, then break or cut into small pieces (~1″ in length). Place the pieces in one layer on a baking sheet, and freeze until hard. Then transfer the frozen pieces to a large zip-top bag. I keep a bag of frozen bananas in the freezer at all times. They are great for soft serve, for smoothies, and for banana bread. Alright, onto the recipes!

Classic Banana Soft Serve

It’s really hard to believe that this is just bananas, but it is! Not only is this a delicious treat for any day, but it’s also a good option for sore throats or unhappy tummies.

Apple Cinnamon Banana Soft Serve

All the flavor of apple pie in a super healthy treat! This one uses Musselman’s Apple Butter to give an awesome burst of apple cinnamon flavor.

Chocolate Banana Soft Serve

The chocolate and banana combo is classic for a reason—it’s super delicious! This is as close the classic ice cream flavor as you’re going to get.

Pumpkin Spice Banana Soft Serve

You know when it’s still 90 degrees outside, but you start to see pumpkin recipes on Pinterest? This recipe combines the best of summer and fall into one healthy treat! Lots of pumpkin pie flavor is added thanks to Musselman’s Apple Butter!

Strawberry Banana Soft Serve

This banana soft serve has the most beautiful bright pink color! We keep frozen strawberries on hand at all times for smoothies and banana soft serve.

Peanut Butter Banana Soft Serve

This is my favorite banana soft serve combo! I like to serve it up with a little chocolate sauce drizzled over top. Sub in almond butter or sunflower butter for a fun alternative to peanut butter.

Carrot Cake Banana Soft Serve

Love carrot cake but don’t love the way it makes you feel? This carrot cake banana soft serve has the flavor of carrot cake and the nutrition of eating healthy fruit! This recipe uses Musselman’s Apple Butter to add spice cake flavor!

Pina Colada Banana Soft Serve

A healthy taste of the tropics! Frozen bananas are blended with pineapple and coconut milk (the full fat stuff in the can) to make a creamy, dreamy treat.

8 Vegan Banana Soft Serve Recipes

8 Vegan Banana Soft Serve Recipes

Yield: 1 large serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Frozen bananas pulsed in the food processor turn in to dreamy, creamy, vegan ice cream!

Ingredients

For Classic Banana Soft Serve:

  • 2 bananas, cut into slices and frozen

For Apple Cinnamon Banana Soft Serve

  • 2 bananas, cut into slices and frozen
  • ¼ cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

For Chocolate Banana Soft Serve

  • 2 bananas, cut into slices and frozen
  • 1 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

For Pumpkin Spice Banana Soft Serve

  • 2 bananas, cut into slices and frozen
  • 2 tablespoons Musselman’s Apple Butter
  • ⅓ cup pure pumpkin puree
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

For Strawberry Banana Soft Serve

  • 1 banana, cut into slices and frozen
  • ½ cup frozen whole hulled strawberries
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For Peanut Butter Banana Soft Serve

  • 2 bananas, cut into slices and frozen
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • Pinch of salt

For Carrot Cake Banana Soft Serve

  • 1 banana, cut into slices and frozen
  • ¼ cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

For Piña Colada Banana Soft Serve

  • 1 banana, cut into slices and frozen
  • ⅓ cup canned pineapple chunks, drained
  • ⅓ cup full fat coconut milk (from a can)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the texture resembles soft serve ice cream, about 3 minutes. You may need to scrape the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula occasionally. Serve immediately, or freeze for 10-15 minutes to solidify.

Notes

Prep time does not include time to freeze bananas.

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24 Responses
  1. Sarah D.

    We have a less than ideal blender (actually, we use a NutriBullet) so we always add some unsweetened vanilla almond milk to ours to help blend. It still comes out pretty thick. And still super tasty! Peanut butter is my favorite too but I can’t wait to try these apple butter versions!

  2. Karina Chang

    Hi, I see that in the last 2 soft serves, you put “Serve immediately, or freeze for 10-15 minutes to solidify.”
    Can I do this to other soft serves or only the last 2. Thank you!! Also, I’m super excited to try these!! 🙂

    1. Cassie

      You can do it with any of them, but those ones have extra added liquid-y ingredients, so they need a bit more freezer time to set up. 🙂

  3. Alyssa Trobacher

    Thanks for all the awesome ideas Cass! I just tried banana ice cream for the first time last month, after I cut sugar 100% from my diet. We couldn’t believe how great it was! I’ll have to give these variations a go, especially that pina colada one 🙂

  4. Barbara Senato

    O M G !!! Just whipped up a batch of the Pina Colada NICE cream for vegan-skeptic hubby and he is sold !!!!! Amazing work you are doing, just love your vibe and beautiful recipes!! Cannot wait to dig in to another and see how hubby likes it. Bah !! Men !! And they say we are the crazy ones Ha-Ha!!! Anyway off track a little bit, don’t mind me, just so happy to be eating truly GUILT FREE this Christmas as first VEGAN Christmas and loving life!! Xxx

  5. Pat

    Last summer, at Costco, they were demonstrating a machine called a “Yonana.” I am NOT one to make any kind of impulse purchase but this came home that day and every day since I go to my freezer and remove the bananas and whatever other fruit I want that day. It is healthy, low fat and the taste is awesome! There are several new recipes in here and I can’t wait to give them a try! Thank you!

  6. Emma

    Hi and thanks for sharing, for some reason in the pina colada recipe it just says ‘cup of pineapple chunks’, ‘cup of coconut milk ‘ does that mean 1 cup of each? Sorry if it’s my mistake I tried to reload the page several times but it won’t appear. Cheers, looking forward to try this!

  7. Sydney

    This is my new favorite sweet treat! My whole family is in love with all of these incredible flavors. Thank you for bringing the taste of ice cream back into our lives without the tummy aches and negative side affects of milk products in our tummies. We are buying bananas by the dozen and freezing them.

    Thank you again for sharing!

  8. Brittany

    Hi!
    Do you have any tips to stop the ice cream from going hard and icy in the freezer? I absolutely love it but find t hard to store.

    1. Cassie

      It is tricky to store. The best luck I’ve had is to store it in small scoops, and then reprocess it in the food processor or blender to get it smooth again when it’s time to eat.

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