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Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

This vegan chocolate peanut butter ice cream is a swirly dream! Easy to make, no ice cream machine required, and dairy free! Perfect for kids and adults!

ice cream tin with chocolate peanut butter ice cream cones

One of my favorite ice cream flavors as a kid was double chocolate peanut butter ice cream (second favorite was bubble gum. I know. I regret that too).

Let me tell you, this dairy free chocolate peanut butter nice cream (yes, I meant to say nice! You’ll see why!), tastes just like the classic I used to have as a kid, with a little banana flavor added, and is incredibly easy to make, it’s almost laughable.

ice cream cones filled with dairy free chocolate peanut butter ice cream on marble slab

Rich with chocolate, every bite has a peanut butter swirl and a crunch, thanks to the chocolate chips, and it’s completely dairy free and no sugar added.

Yep, it’s sweetened with bananas!

You’re going to be making this vegan ice cream recipe all summer long, and for a good reason!

scoop of chocolate peanut butter nice cream

Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice cream Ingredients

Bananas: yes, the base is banana in this ice cream! That’s how there’s no added sugar to your vegan ice cream concoction! And let’s be honest, this is the Banana Diaries after all, so we have to have a few banana based recipes throughout, am I right? I assume you like bananas to some degree (or you really like me, and just tolerate my discussion and obsession with them ha!), so it’s a good thing you’re here! For this dairy free chocolate peanut butter ice cream, we’re going to freeze the bananas beforehand, so make sure they get some freezer time for at least 8 hours prior to making this chocolate peanut butter nice cream (preferably overnight so then you knock to birds with one stone! Get some sleep and freeze your bananas!).

Cacao Powder: I like to call myself a chocolate connoisseur, so using the right cacao powder is key here! Sure, you could use your cocoa powder, but if you want that rich and chocolate-y taste, you’re going to want to use real cacao powder. It’s definitely worth the price! If you’re confused about the difference between cacao powder and cocoa powder, check out this article here!

Peanut Butter: now, some people say use peanut butter blended into the ice cream, but I say…you’re just doing it wrong! You need swirls of peanut butter mixed with chunks of chocolate chips! I also prefer to use crunchy peanut butter (my absolute fave), but feel free to use either smooth or crunchy! I highly recommend going for organic if possible here!

Chocolate Chips: I don’t want to say these are optional because personally, I think dairy free double chocolate chip peanut butter ice cream is freaking amazing, albeit a mouthful to say. But if you don’t feel like it, you can omit these! You’ve been warned!

Almond Milk: this one is completely optional; if you have a good enough food processor, your bananas will blend completely on their own! However, you can use a little liquid to ensure that everything runs smoothly and you get a nice and creamy banana ice cream base!

close up of peanut butter swirl

How to make no churn vegan ice cream

Now I’m sure people freak out at the thought of making a vegan ice cream recipe.

It’s super complicated right?! Involves a lot of machinery?! Probably won’t come out all that well anyways?

scoop of ice cream next to ice cream container

So quick to be disappointed, I see 😉

This chocolate peanut butter nice cream is actually the easiest recipe in the book. All you need is a food processor, as well as the four ingredients, and an ice cream scoop so you can make those perfect ice cream balls atop your ice cream waffle cone!

First, start out by pureeing the frozen bananas in your food processor. It should go from this to this.

Next add in your cacao powder and swirl again. You’re going to get a nice and creamy texture, like the chocolate nice cream below.

chocolate nice cream in food processor

Now, you could absolutely stop here if you only want chocolate ice cream, but I’m pretty sure since you’ve made it this far, you want the whole circus, so next fold in your chocolate chips.

Then spoon the mixture into a 9″ baking pan covered in parchment paper (way easier to clean then and to scoop out).

chocolate nice cream before freezer

Swirl in your peanut butter then back into the freezer for about an hour, just until it sets so it’s not too melty.

Then serve atop ice cream cones!

swirl of peanut butter in chocolate nice cream

Making this vegan ice cream recipe Paleo/Nut free/etc!

Making this chocolate peanut butter nice cream into Paleo nice cream is actually quite simple! All you need to is swap out the peanut butter for your favorite Paleo friendly nut butter!

close up of peanut butter swirl

I highly recommend using almond butter or cashew butter. Cashews are really yummy here as they’re extra sweet.

To make this vegan ice cream recipe completely nut free, however, I have a few more tricks up my sleeve!

Swap out the almond milk for either coconut milk or water (go with the coconut milk, as that will taste better). Then for the peanut butter, sub in either your favorite seed butter or go with my personal favorite, coconut butter!

single scoop of chocolate nice cream

Now for the coconut butter, you’re definitely going to need to soften it. I recommend sticking it by an oven that’s on and closed or in the sun since you’ll probably be making this dairy free chocolate peanut butter ice cream in the summer!

Then just swirl in the goopy coconut butter like you would the peanut butter.

Easy as pie! Speaking of which, I have a few pie recipes for you to try as well!

hand holding nice cream

I hope you love this chocolate peanut butter nice cream recipe as much as I do! I love how easy it is to make and that it’s just a complete crowd pleaser.

Kids love it, and adults will be reminiscing of childhood! Best combo, right?

If you’re looking for a vanilla ice cream recipe to pair with your chocolate one, look no further! I also have a Paleo vegan vanilla ice cream right here!

Let me know how the ice cream making goes in the comments below, as well as what flavors I should try next! Happy swirling!

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ice cream tin with chocolate peanut butter ice cream cones

Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream


  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1/2 cup servings 1x

Description

This vegan chocolate peanut butter ice cream is a swirly dream! Easy to make, no ice cream machine required, and dairy free! Perfect for kids and adults!


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Ingredients

  • 4 large ripe bananas, frozen
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • Optional: 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  1. In a large food processor, puree the bananas until smooth. If you need to add in additional liquid, addd in unsweetened almond milk.
  2. Add in cacao powder and blend again until thorough mixed. 
  3. Mix in chocolate chips without turning on the food processor again.
  4. Pour ice cream mixture into a 9″ baking loaf tin covered in parchment paper.
  5. Stir in swirls of peanut butter into the chocolate chocolate chip banana ice cream.
  6. Place in the freezer for 1 hour or until scoopable and ready to serve.
  7. Top with favorite toppings and enjoy!

  • Category: dessert
  • Method: freezer

Keywords: banana ice cream, nice cream, chocolate peanut butter, vegan, dairy free, gluten free

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