“Instant” Peanut Butter-Banana Ice Cream (Just 5 Minutes and 5 Ingredients!)

~ This crazy-delicious, luxuriously creamy Peanut Butter-Banana Ice Cream has everything going for it! It’s no-churn and ready in just 5 minutes (tops!). Plus, it’s full of nutritious ingredients and absolutely guilt free! Yet it’s a treat your family will beg you to make – again and again! It’s an all-around win! ~

This Recipe Is:     Ready in 30 Minutes or Less    Vegetarian    Gluten Free  

"Instant" Peanut Butter-Banana Ice Cream (Just 5 Minutes and 5 Ingredients!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}I’d heard the tales. But I didn’t totally believe them until I’d experienced “instant banana ice cream” for myself.

It exceeded my expectations …

My kiddos beg me to make this for a dessert treat (night after night – it never seems to get boring!). Yet … It’s jam-packed with nutrition. Healthy enough to be a keep-you-powered-up afternoon snack. Or … ahem … breakfast. Seriously! (Won’t your kids be surprised?!?)

This easily satisfies my family’s sweet tooth cravings. Yet … The only traces of added sugar anywhere are in the (also nutrient-packed!) toppings.

"Instant" Peanut Butter-Banana Ice Cream (Just 5 Minutes and 5 Ingredients!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

My family is so, so happy every time I whip this up – you’d think I’d slaved away making a precariously towering layer cake for dessert. Yet … It’s ready in 5 minutes flat. No kidding.

You’d think something this popular, this family-pleasing, this joy-inspiring, would require chic gourmet ingredients. Yet … I have everything I need to make this … on hand … all the time. Pantry staples. So easy.

Expectation-exceeding, for sure.

If you’re a Pinterest junkie (no shame there, friends!), then you’ve undoubtedly seen various “instant” banana ice cream recipes out there. And you’ve probably seen the ads for the Yonanas Banana Ice Cream Maker, which capitalized on the banana ice cream craze in a big, big way.

"Instant" Peanut Butter-Banana Ice Cream (Just 5 Minutes and 5 Ingredients!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

But I just never got around to trying instant ice cream … until last year. I think it was this recipe from Melissa over at My Whole Food Life that finally pushed me over the edge … and nudged me toward my over-ripe bananas and my blender.

I never looked back!

Dessert in my home was revolutionized!

I’ve messed around with creating one version after another … Tropical … Cinnamon-Date … Strawberry-Banana … Pumpkin Pie … (You won’t be surprised to see more 5-Minute Ice Cream Recipes from THK in the future, will you?!?)

"Instant" Peanut Butter-Banana Ice Cream (Just 5 Minutes and 5 Ingredients!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

But time after time, this is the recipe my family always comes back to. It’s our absolute, hands-down favorite (at least so far …).

Through all of my testing I realized that, while my family loves how frozen, overripe bananas create a lusciously, mysteriously creamy-dreamy ice cream base, we don’t actually love the prominent taste of frozen, overripe bananas.

Right. But those bananas are the main ingredient! And you really need to use those brown-speckled, overripe bananas because they’re sweeter – the same reason that those are the ones you’d choose for the best banana bread.

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No problem. I’ve learned to simply surround them with loads of other great flavors, so you don’t feel like you’re just eating … well, you know … frozen, overripe bananas.

That’s why this version has lots of (nutrient-rich, protein-packed) peanut butter. I’ve tested and retested, tinkered and adjusted, and found this amount of peanut butter is perfect for balancing the banana flavor. A few sprinkles of mini chocolate chips and a dusting of coconut (nothing too naughty there) … plus some fresh (NOT overripe) banana slices for garnish, and this will knock your socks off.

You won’t believe it’s so healthy!

You won’t even care!

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You’ll be too busy making more …

THK By Shelley

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“Instant” Peanut Butter-Banana Ice Cream (Just 5 Minutes and 5 Ingredients!)

Preparation 5 min. 2017-08-17T00:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 0 min. 2017-08-17T00:00:00+00:00
Serves About 2½ cups     adjust servings


  • 3 peeled, frozen, overripe bananas (see note)
  • 3/4 cup natural, creamy peanut butter
  • 5 tablespoons nonfat milk
  • Toppings: mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, sliced fresh bananas


  1. Break bananas in half and place them in a blender, along with the peanut butter and milk. Blend until creamy and smooth, scraping sides once or twice if needed.
  2. Serve immediately with chocolate chips, coconut and banana slices.


Recipe Notes

Bananas: You want to use overripe, brown-speckled bananas for this recipe because they taste sweeter (just as those are the ones you'd want to use to make excellent banana bread).

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This recipe was inspired by the concept for banana ice cream used by many other bloggers and the Yonanas ice cream maker, but most specifically by the recipe for 5 Minute Banana Ice Cream from Melissa at My Whole Food Life.

"Instant" Peanut Butter-Banana Ice Cream (Just 5 Minutes and 5 Ingredients!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}
"Instant" Peanut Butter-Banana Ice Cream (Just 5 Minutes and 5 Ingredients!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}


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  5. Hi ladies!
    I have a running blog with a section on food for runners, and I think this recipe is the perfect recovery treat for a runner! I’d love to share some of your recipes, credit given, if that’s ok with y’all? Check out my blog and let me know if that’s ok. http://www.girlsrunthis.com

    • Hi there Shirin! I just love the idea of your web site! My young daughter is a runner, currently training for her first half marathon, and as I’m sure you’ve gathered from our blog, our families are both pretty busy with all sorts of sports even when we’re not out running. I love, love the idea of empowering girls to run better, farther, smarter … and to support each other in their training.

      We’d be thrilled to have you link to our recipes! We welcome you to use our photos if you’d like, but we do ask that you don’t reprint our recipes, but instead just provide a click-through link so that your readers can visit our site to get our recipes. You can read all the details in our Terms of Use here: http://www.twohealthykitchens.com/about/

      If you have any more questions or we can help you in any way, please just reach out. Starting a blog is a lot of work, but so rewarding when it’s something you really believe in. We’re happy to help you out if we can! 😀 ~Shelley (and Gretchen, too!)

  6. Thank you so much for featuring my recipe alongside yours! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous and I’m thinking of going and making some peanut butter banana ice cream now 😉 x

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