This Vegan Chocolate & Peanut Butter Soft Serve Ice Cream recipe is an easy and healthy way to enjoy frozen dessert with no added sugars. Make this dairy-free treat in 10 minutes or less!

bowl of chocolate soft serve ice cream with a gold spoon

On a hot day, there is just nothing more satisfying than a healthy frozen treat. I think you’ll agree that this Vegan Chocolate and Peanut Butter Soft Serve Ice Cream recipe fits the bill. It’s easy to make, it only takes 10 minutes, and it has no refined sugars. 

Ingredients

The base of this healthy homemade soft serve recipe is frozen bananas and frozen mango chunks. You can use just bananas or just mango chunks, but the combination of the two is interesting. Using mango chunks also helps to make the banana flavor not as pronounced. 

Ingredients for banana soft serve ice cream

Recipe Steps

Step One

Combine the frozen fruit, peanut butter, vanilla extract, dates, almond milk, and cocoa powder in the bowl of a food processor.

Step Two

Lock on the lid and turn the processor on high. Let the food processor run for a minimum of 5 minutes. You can stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl, if necessary.

Step Three

Turn off the food processor and use a spatula to divide the chocolate soft serve between your serving bowls. Enjoy immediately.

bowls of vegan ice cream with a bunch of bananas on a table

Recipe Tips

  • To make the chocolate soft serve easier to blend, be sure to freeze your bananas in slices. Here is a guide for how to freeze bananas
  • I have a lot of other recipes for traditional vegan ice cream, but this one is more like a soft serve. It gets made in a food processor so it only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.
  • Be sure to let the ingredients process for at least 5 minutes. It will seem like a long time to run a food processor, but it’s really the minimum to break down the frozen fruit into the soft serve texture we’re looking for.
  • You’ll see in the recipe that I give the option to use cocoa powder or carob powder. I like to use carob powder when I’m going to serve this to kids or when I’m eating it later in the day. Carob powder doesn’t have any of the stimulatory effects that cocoa powder can have for some people.

FAQs

Can I make this in a blender?

Yes, but a food processor is ideal for making homemade soft serve. It will be difficult to get the ingredients to process in a blender without adding extra liquid (which won’t result in the right consistency).

Can I leave out the bananas?

Yes, but you’ll need to add extra mango chunks and the soft serve won’t be as sweet.

Can I use almond butter instead of peanut butter?

Yes, absolutely! If you use almond butter instead of peanut butter, this will make this recipe paleo-friendly and nut-free.

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Vegan Chocolate & Peanut Butter Soft Serve

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This Vegan Chocolate & Peanut Butter Soft Serve Ice Cream recipe is an easy and healthy way to enjoy frozen dessert with no added sugars. Make this dairy-free treat in 10 minutes or less!

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Food processor
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas, broken into large pieces
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (use almond butter for paleo or nut-free diets)
  • 4 pitted Medjool dates
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder or 2 teaspoons carob powder

Instructions

  1. Place: the frozen banana chunks, frozen mango, peanut butter, dates, vanilla, 2 tablespoons of almond milk and cocoa powder in the base of a food processor.
  2. Process: on high for 5 minutes, or until the mixture is creamy and fully combined. Add an extra 1-2 tablespoons of almond milk, if necessary, to get the right consistency.
  3. Serve: immediately.

Notes

  1. To make the soft serve easier to blend, be sure to freeze your bananas in slices. Here is a guide for how to freeze bananas
  2. Be sure to let the ingredients process for at least 5 minutes. It will seem like a long time to run a food processor, but it’s really the minimum to break down the frozen fruit into the soft-serve texture we’re looking for.
  3. You’ll see in the recipe that I give the option to use cocoa powder or carob powder. I like to use carob powder when I’m going to serve this to kids or when I’m eating it later in the day. Carob powder doesn’t have any of the stimulatory effects that cocoa powder can have for some people.
  4. This recipe is best served immediately. 

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