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

Banana Soft Serve

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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.

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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.

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Classic Banana Soft Serve


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 large serving

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, cut into slices and frozen

Instructions

  1. Place frozen banana slices 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.

Notes

Prep time does not include time for freezing bananas.

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.

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Apple Cinnamon Banana Soft Serve


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 large serving

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Place frozen banana slices 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.
  2. Add in the apple butter, vanilla, and cinnamon, and pulse until just combined.

Notes

Prep time does not include time to freeze bananas.

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.

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Chocolate Banana Soft Serve


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 large serving

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Place frozen banana slices, cocoa powder, and vanilla 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.

Notes

Prep time does not include time to freeze bananas.

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!

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Pumpkin Spice Banana Soft Serve


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 large serving

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Place frozen banana slices 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.
  2. Add in the apple butter, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice, and pulse until just combined. Serve immediately, or freeze for 10-15 minutes to solidify.

Notes

Prep time does not include time to freeze bananas.

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.

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Strawberry Banana Soft Serve


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 large serving

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Place frozen banana slices, strawberries, and vanilla 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.

Notes

Prep time does not include time to freeze bananas and strawberries.

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.

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Peanut Butter Banana Soft Serve


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 large serving

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Place frozen banana slices, peanut butter, and salt 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.

Notes

Prep time does not include time to freeze bananas.

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!

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Carrot Cake Banana Soft Serve


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 large serving

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Place frozen banana slices 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.
  2. Add in the apple butter, carrot, and vanilla, and pulse until just combined. Fold in the raisins and walnuts. Serve immediately, or freeze for 10-15 minutes to solidify.

Notes

Prep time does not include time to freeze bananas

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.

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Piña Colada Banana Soft Serve


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 large serving

Ingredients

  • 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 frozen banana slices 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.
  2. Add in the pineapple chunks, coconut milk, and coconut flakes, and pulse until just combined. Serve immediately, or freeze for 10-15 minutes to solidify.

Notes

Prep time does not include time to freeze bananas.

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  • Sarah D. SAYS

    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!

  • Katie N SAYS

    Yay!! I’m excited to try these! Thank you!!

  • maryann SAYS

    Oh my gosh! These look great. Can’t wait to try them.

  • Karina Chang SAYS

    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!! :)

    • Cassie SAYS

      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. :)

  • Alyssa Trobacher SAYS

    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 :)

  • Abdullah albezaii SAYS

    i will do it after that we now

  • Barbara Senato SAYS

    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

  • Pat SAYS

    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!

  • Patti SAYS

    They look delicious. I will definitely try most of the recipes.

  • Tammy Bates SAYS

    Love Banana Ice Cream! I have a 2 year old grand daughter and she is gonna love these recipes!! Thank you!!

  • Mike SAYS

    Tried the strawberry one and was delicious!

    Where did you get the spoons in the chocolate pic? Do you remember?

  • Emma SAYS

    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!

  • Terri SAYS

    Do these freeze well for extended storage?

  • Sydney SAYS

    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!

  • Anita SAYS

    Hello,
    ..Do you have just chocolate or strawberry recipes? Just wondering.

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