Five Minute Chocolate Nice Cream

Category: Desserts

It's easy to end your meal on a sweet note with this quick chocolate "ice cream". Keep some frozen bananas on hand so you are ready to whip it up whenever the mood strikes.

  • Recipe
  • My Notes
  • Nutrition Facts
  • Ratings & Comments (22)


2 tablespoons unsweetened soy, hemp or almond milk
2 regular dates or 1 medjool date, pitted
1-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla bean powder or alcohol free vanilla extract
2 large ripe bananas, frozen (see note)


Add non-dairy milk, dates, cocoa powder and vanilla to a high-powered blender and start to blend. Drop frozen banana pieces in slowly. Add additional non-dairy milk if needed to reach desired consistency.

Note: Freeze ripe bananas at least 8 hours in advance. Peel bananas and seal in a plastic bag before freezing.

My Notes: (Click Edit to enter your notes about this recipe)

Serves 2

Per Serving:

Calories 175
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrates 43 g
Sugars 26 g
Total Fat 1.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 10 mg
Fiber 5.3 g
Beta-Carotene 46 ug
Vitamin C 12 mg
Calcium 22 mg
Iron 0.9 mg
Folate 33 ug
Magnesium 61 mg
Potassium 633 mg
Zinc 0.5 mg
Selenium 2.5 ug

My Rating: 
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09/24/2011 01:54 AM

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This ice cream is really good!!
This comment was last edited on 04/05/2015 09:08 PM


10/07/2011 04:47 PM

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Really yummy! I use almond milk instead of soymilk. This really hits the spot when my husband gets cravings for chocolate ice cream.


01/31/2013 09:46 PM

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I used a bit too much almond milk (instead of soy milk), so I used it as dip for strawberries. Super tasty!

Elaine Garces

02/15/2013 09:31 PM

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I liked this version a lot, but not as much as the Chocolate Almond Walnut Ice Cream because I did taste the banana as much as the chocolate. I like bananas a lot but I think the chocolate taste should dominate here. I will make this again especially because it's so quick and tastes good. But the other "chocolate" ice cream (more involved) is my ultimate favorite. Next time I make this one, I'll try either less banana or less ripe bananas. I'd give this 4.5 stars;)
This comment was last edited on 02/15/2013 09:33 PM


04/30/2013 08:21 PM

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Amazing! I used raw cacao nibs instead of powder and unsweetened chocolate almond milk in place of the soy. My non-nutritarian husband declared this a keeper!


07/21/2013 08:35 PM

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Awesome! Mine came out a little melts so next time ill freeze before or use less milk. I used hemp milk instead of soy.


10/15/2016 05:44 PM

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I like bananas cut up in fruit salad or banana bread not ice cream. It over powers the cocoa flavor, so replacing all of the banana with frozen cherries works really well. I've also heard cherries combined with pineapple good too.


06/21/2017 10:43 PM

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Amazing! I could have mistaken it for the real thing.


01/26/2018 01:04 PM

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The first time I made this I attempted to do it in a vita mix with a large container. Epic fail. Try using a smaller container to blend. Once I got it right it was delicious. 


03/28/2018 08:19 PM

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Excellent and quick frozen dessert. I give it 4 stars instead of 5 because the taste of banana comes through— even though I used 2 TBLS of cocoa powder. The other chocolate ice cream recipe that uses walnuts tastes more like real chocolate ice cream. 

This comment was last edited on 03/28/2018 08:20 PM


11/16/2018 01:38 PM

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I love soft-serve ice cream. This is such a great replacement!


12/07/2018 04:01 PM

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I've made this a number of times and don't even have to consult the recipe anymore. It's so easy. I use a food processor. 

I've mixed things up a bit here and there depending on what I have on hand. A handful of walnuts added and prcessed quickly toward the end is always tasty. Don't process too much or they disappear.

I've added a little cinnamon to perk it up. I've even added a little espresso powder, well blended in, of course. It really brings out the flavor of chocolate. I'd like to try some orange zest sometime, maybe some frozen cherries...just to find different flavors that work.

I have served this or a version of it to guests and was told this was the best "ice cream" they ever had!  Easy and fun!  I would give this five stars, but I can't see how to do that. 

This comment was last edited on 12/07/2018 04:05 PM

jzsusie replies:

12/08/2018 08:12 AM

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Thanks for tips!   


12/19/2018 10:59 PM

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Using Vitamix 5200 and 48 cup container I found pieces of dates got trapped under the blades even though I tried to blend the dates, milk and vanilla before adding bananas and the finished product had many pieces of unblended dates.  How can I achieve the results the other posters rave about?


vicki45 replies:

08/06/2021 11:28 AM

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Do you use the Vitamix tamper tool? We always use the tamper for nice cream moving it from corner to corner of the jar to get all the pieces. And often I too just increase by 1 serving to make more volume and smoother blending, (I.e. one more banana; one more date and one more tbsp cocoa since that is the basic ratio). Hope it helps. 

This reply was last edited on 08/06/2021 11:30 AM

lustre53 replies:

03/19/2024 06:17 PM

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I used a tablespoon of Date Lady's date syrup.

patricia 1

12/30/2018 10:09 PM

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Try soaking the dates in a little warm water

Psalm 103:5

01/01/2019 02:32 PM

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I find it easier to double the recipe so it works better in my blendtec.  I use fresh or defrosted bananas, blend the recipe and divide it into single portion small freezer containers with lids from Dollar Store and freeze for a few hours.  I then serve with fresh or defrosted strawberries.  Yummy.

This comment was last edited on 01/01/2019 02:37 PM


03/25/2020 11:10 PM

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What vitamix blender are you all using for the great results posted here?  I have a 48 cup container. I soaked the dates then cut them up. The milk, dates, cocoa & vanilla remain underneath the blades before adding the banana pieces slowly as suggested. While it tasted good I had pieces of unblended dates to chew on.  What am I doing wrong?


Georges_Canard replies:

03/27/2020 11:06 PM

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I also used Vitamix Blender with a 48 cup container.  The flavor is delicious.  However, the blender failed to blend such a small amount.

I will do 4 times the recipe serving 8 and will freeze the rest.  I will try a smaller amount of cocoa and hemp milk, add more later, if desired.  I soaked the chopped up date in the liquid for 15 minutes or so, to blend easier.  I would use at most 2 bananas so as not to overwhelm the flavor. 


jrrmd replies:

05/20/2021 08:52 PM

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I have the same question. As is I'd have to give it a 1.  I suspect if one quadrupled the recipe it might work better. I'm not going to rate it this time in case I decide to make it in a much larger quantity to see if it can blend. But as is, it did not work for me. I have a Vitamix 5000 and used the tall container specifically to make the ingredients reach "higher" in the container. Oh well.


02/26/2021 07:51 PM

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Remember Marshmallow Fluff? Freeze ever so slightly green banana, and the consistency matches that!


03/10/2021 07:23 PM

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Simply satisfying.


02/25/2022 02:28 PM

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Amazing! Dates are not needed here. SO GOOD!


02/25/2024 06:11 PM

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Awesome.  Just right when I needed a treat today and it was so quick and easy to make. I'll  be making it again!


03/19/2024 06:13 PM

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I am not big on chocolate ice cream, but with only 1 tablespoon of cocoa, it is really quite good! It definitely satisfies my desire for something on the sweet side.

Terry McWilliams

04/16/2024 09:06 AM

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Delicious! Agree with others, no dates needed, and double the recipe for easier blending, adding milk as needed.