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Chocolate Hazelnut Nice Cream

Category: Desserts

This rich and creamy chocolate nice cream is ready in five minutes and uses only five ingredients. For a change of pace, switch out the hazelnuts and use macadamia nuts, cashews, almonds or walnuts.

  • Recipe
  • My Notes
  • Nutrition Facts
  • Ratings & Comments (37)


1/3 cup unsweetened soy, hemp or almond milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened, non-alkalized cocoa powder
2 ripe bananas, frozen (see note)
1/3 cup raw hazelnuts or other nuts such as macadamia, cashews or walnuts
2 medjool or 4 regular dates, pitted


Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy. Freeze until firm.

Note: Freeze bananas 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 332
Protein 6 g
Carbohydrates 52 g
Sugars 31 g
Total Fat 15.3 g
Saturated Fat 1.6 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 34 mg
Fiber 8.7 g
Beta-Carotene 55 ug
Vitamin C 12 mg
Calcium 134 mg
Iron 2.5 mg
Folate 55 ug
Magnesium 111 mg
Potassium 854 mg
Zinc 1.2 mg
Selenium 2.5 ug

My Rating: 
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Elaine Garces

07/25/2013 02:34 PM

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Very good. I used medium size bananas ... Next time I will add more of the other ingredients - if I used smaller bananas I think it would be less than 2 servings :). Updated 5/2015: Last several times I've made this it turned out beyond very good. I used almonds most recently and sprinkled coconut on top. Amazing. Thank you,
This comment was last edited on 05/05/2015 07:12 AM


08/06/2013 04:40 PM

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This is very good indeed. I like my chocolate sweeter, so I added a little pure maple syrup. I chose walnuts because I don't care for hazelnuts. I will be making this again.


08/06/2013 08:01 PM

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08/06/2013 09:12 PM

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Delicious and very creamy. It's a toss up for me as to which is better - this recipe or your banana walnut recipe. Both are great!


08/07/2013 10:04 PM

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Love this recipe! Perfect chocolate fix!


08/08/2013 09:51 PM

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Unbelievably rich and delicious. I used macadamias and added!

This comment was last edited on 03/23/2021 04:21 PM

davidshyman1 replies:

08/14/2021 06:20 PM

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Why 3 stars then?

Sallie Sandstrom

08/10/2013 06:14 PM

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Very nice dessert. Satisfying when wanting something decadent. Would actually serve three.


08/13/2013 11:30 AM

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This was excellent. Good chocolate flavor. Nice consistency. I made it without hazelnuts as I am allergic (I know, bummer!). Try this ice cream.


08/13/2013 12:44 PM

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I made this last night. It's great! I didn't want wait for it to freeze, so added 5 ice cubes to make a nice milk shake. Even my boyfriend liked it with just the date sweetener.


09/23/2013 06:50 PM

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This has become our favorite dessert! Perfect little after dinner treat! My husband loves his chocolate and this has made our life style change so much easier :-)


11/13/2013 02:57 PM

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I find I don't need the sweetness of the dates when I use bananas that are really ripe.


01/09/2014 08:18 PM

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I used one large ripe banana and added a handful of frozen blackberries. Substituted walnuts and cut the cacao down to one heaped teaspoon as it makes me speedy! Left out the milk and used a food processor. Enough for two parfait glass serves. Yum!
This comment was last edited on 01/09/2014 08:18 PM


08/03/2014 09:44 PM

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We had this for dessert tonight, and it was truly delicious, and felt decadent to eat! We loved it.
I still have trouble getting the hang of blending completely with my Vitamix. I still end up with "chunks." Any suggestions?

Kissimee replies:

03/22/2017 02:06 PM

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Perhaps soak the nuts for a few hours and then blend. 

Goddess1 replies:

06/17/2017 07:56 PM

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Cut up the dates, add dates and smashed up nuts with small amt of liquif indred and blend first. Then add yhe rest



11/05/2014 10:51 PM

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I thought the cocoa taste was a bit strong. I don't know why, but I'm not a huge fan. My husband hated it...but he doesn't really like chocolate ice cream anyway.


12/02/2016 07:29 AM

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I have made this and banana walnut "ice cream" a half a dozen times.  I double or tripple the recipe as the hardest part is getting the last couple scoops out of the Vitamix. Chop the bananas a bit before freezing, they freeze faster and blend faster.  You can make variations.  Use different nuts.  Some pestatios and a bit of flavoring etc.  I also freeze portions in small individual containers - not quite as good, yet still great!

This comment was last edited on 12/02/2016 07:31 AM

Benny2000 replies:

09/11/2020 07:27 PM

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I freeze them also in small Containers. Then I put them in the microwave for 30 seconds on about 70% power and they come out just right!


12/04/2016 04:18 PM

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This is an excellent recipe! It is super easy, within my budget, and totally yummy. Thank you! 


04/15/2017 05:49 PM

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Easy, a peace of ice cream in heaven


06/02/2017 09:32 PM

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Excellent for a chocolate fix! I made it exactly as written, but substituted walnuts. Next time, I'll soak the dates (chopped) and let the bananas thaw a few minutes to make it easier to blend. This is definitely a recipe I'll make again. My husband loved it too!



10/20/2017 05:43 PM

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Absolutely delicious! I felt guilty eating it as a newbie to being a nutritarian! How could I be eating anything so yummy and chocolate fro the rest of my days! Yummmmmy.!


03/08/2018 09:16 PM

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Excellent!  It satisfied my craving for a Wendy’s Frosty!  I added two Tbls of peanut butter to make it decadent!

11/10/23; this recipe is in the fall 2023 detox:  I used walnuts, and doubled the soy milk to 2/3 cup, then put it onto the Ninja Creamy cup and let it freeze overnight; then I ran it through the Creamy machine to make ice cream, not the soft serve version strait from the Vitamix.  Delicious!

This comment was last edited on 11/10/2023 06:23 PM


03/26/2018 07:43 PM

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I am so amazed.  Tastes just like chocolate ice cream!


05/02/2018 05:12 PM

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Perfect! I woke up this morning wanting to make a chilled, healthful treat for my husband and myself after we do a bunch yard work in the unseasonable heat this weekend! I have all the ingredients ready to go!??


05/04/2018 09:58 AM

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Do I understand correctly.. you put back into the freezer after you blend to firm it up more? How long before it hardens too much?

NancyC11 replies:

03/01/2019 05:58 PM

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I don’t freeze it. We eat it right away. With the frozen bananas, it’s firm enough for me. Love it. You might try the mango banana ice cream too. It’s equally wonderful 

This reply was last edited on 03/01/2019 05:59 PM

MariellaAK replies:

03/02/2019 06:56 PM

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I never freeze it again. Mine always comes out like soft-serve or even a little harder - but I also do not use any liquid in it.  Just the bananas, chocolate and sometimes a blob of peanut butter.  It's plenty sweet with just the bananas.  One of my favorites.  I also sometimes add things like a little unsweetened coconut or some kind of nut, but just the chocolate and bananas are delicious on their own.  Oops, forgot, I also make it in my food processor, since I don't have a good blender.


This reply was last edited on 03/02/2019 06:56 PM


05/04/2018 10:00 AM

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Referring to the Chocolate hazelnut ice cream 


06/07/2018 08:54 PM

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Sooooooo GOOD!!!! Thank you!!!!


11/22/2018 07:24 PM

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Does the nutritional information refers (number of calories and so on) refer to each serving or to all of the ingredients?


03/01/2019 06:02 PM

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This is one of my two favorite desserts, the other being Mango Banana Pecan ice cream. I’ve made this one with hazelnuts and pecans. They’re equally delicious. I love it that they’re both so good and also healthy. Wonderful!

This comment was last edited on 03/01/2019 06:04 PM


03/29/2020 10:06 PM

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Wonderful creamy chocolate ice cream.  My picky hubby liked it too.  Added pecans on top right after putting in bowl straight from the blender.  

patricia 1

04/22/2020 01:27 PM

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Can this be made in a food processor.?


07/28/2020 05:28 PM

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Just had dental work and couldn't eat anything solid right now, so I figured I would try making this. OMG, it was delicious and the cold helped soothe the pain. I used walnuts and put the Vitamix on high until everything was blended to perfection.  Thank you!


09/11/2020 07:23 PM

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01/05/2021 11:06 AM

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I like to "clean the blender" with almond milk after making this to have some chocolate milk with my breakfast or lunch the next day. Luscious.

vicki45 replies:

05/27/2021 03:25 PM

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What a great idea!


06/12/2021 07:12 AM

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Simple yummy treat.


10/03/2021 10:39 PM

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I am allergic to bananas.  Do you have any suggestions for a substitute?

thank you.

Agadooska replies:

07/03/2022 10:18 AM

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I wonder if baked sweet potato would work? Or yam? (I still don't know what is the difference between the two, but you could experiment with different types).


11/26/2021 04:03 AM

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I just made this for my family who are proud dairy farmers, they were mind blown, especially my 86yr old grandma, whoever made this recipe deserves a gold medal.

This comment was last edited on 11/26/2021 04:05 AM


07/04/2022 03:02 PM

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So good! I used hazelnuts and it was sooooo good. 


09/04/2022 02:57 PM

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This is a go-to recipe for me and somehow I just one-upped it today. I only had 1.5 frozen bananas so I added 3 small strawberries to make up for the missing 1/2 banana and WOW that added strawberry flavor really makes this nice cream pop. Highly recommend people try it!