Banana Avocado Mint Ice Cream – No Ice Cream Maker Needed!

Banana Avocado Mint Ice Cream - No Ice Cream Maker Needed!

It’s Ice Cream Tuesday and this Banana Avocado Mint Ice Cream with Tazo chocolate-covered cocoa nibs, is the answer to all my needs today. It’s cold, creamy and healthy compared to store-bought ice creams. Plus you don’t need an ice cream maker to make it!

I have to be honest with you and let you know that this is not what I had planned to post today. This recipe an answer to my posting dilemma.

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My bourbon vanilla oat cream didn’t work out the way I planned it, so it’s not ready to share yet. I know this sounds like a big excuse, but I really think something is wrong with my ice cream maker. That, or my stand-alone freezer just isn’t doing it’s job. I’m cleaning out a place for it in the regular freezer now and will try that next. Keep your fingers crossed!

(This recipe was also submitted to the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck which is now happening every week!)

Banana Avocado Mint Ice Cream - No Ice Cream Maker Needed!

If I have got you craving oat ice cream you have to check out this recipe for Dreamy Chocolate Oat CreamSpa Bettie was kind enough to contribute this amazing recipe to my new book, OATrageous Oatmeals. I saw her post when I was almost done with the book, but knew it would be a great fit. Thanks again Kristina!

Banana Avocado Mint Ice Cream - No Ice Cream Maker Needed!

Banana Avocado Mint Ice Cream requires a little planning because you need to have frozen bananas to make it. That’s why you don’t need an ice cream maker.

The avocado adds a beautiful green color and a great mouth-feel. It is nature’s butter after all. I like my mint ice creams to be green and I have used spinach or kale to do create that color in other ice creams I’ve made.

Banana Avocado Mint Ice Cream - No Ice Cream Maker Needed!

Carefully slice the bananas or be proactive and slice them before you put them in the freezer. Add the avocado and process away. You will need to stop and scrape the bowl down a time or two.

Banana Avocado Mint Ice Cream - No Ice Cream Maker Needed!

Once it’s smooth you can add the vanilla and liquid stevia. I used peppermint stevia too because the wonderful people at NuNaturals sent me a sampling of stevias to try. It’s fine if you only have plain or if you want to use a different sweetener. This is the perfect place to sweeten to taste. Just remember if you are using the chocolate-covered cocoa nibs they will be adding some sweetness as well.

The peppermint and the orange are showing up in my iced green tea everyday. Orange is my favorite and the peppermint is the one Cheryl likes the best.

Banana Avocado Mint Ice Cream - No Ice Cream Maker Needed!

Once the banana mixture is smooth and sweetened you can add in the cocoa nibs. You could use nibs without chocolate to keep this completely sugar-free.

Process this stage gently and pulse little by little. We want the nibs mixed in and not minced. It will still be a little soft so it’s best you pop the mixture into the freezer for a couple of hours. It will freeze hard – so if it’s in the freezer overnight you may have to let it thaw a few minutes to get the creamy scoop that you’re dreaming of.

Banana Avocado Mint Ice Cream - No Ice Cream Maker Needed!

Banana Avocado Mint Ice Cream - No Ice Cream Maker Needed!

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Serves: 1 quart

This great whole foods frozen dessert is even better because it doesn't require an ice cream maker! Try adding in cocoa powder and nuts in place of cocoa nibs.
  • 5 large frozen bananas, sliced
  • 2 medium ripe avocados
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 15 drops peppermint stevia (or plain and add an additional ¼ teaspoon peppermint)
  • ¾ cup Taza chocolate-covered cocoa nibs (or plain ones)
  1. Add the banana and avocado pieces to your food processor and process until smooth. You will need to stop and scrape down the bowl a few times.
  2. Add the peppermint and stevia. Process more to get the sweetener evenly distributed.
  3. Now add in the nibs into the mixture and pulse to mix them in. You can do this by hand if you'd prefer.
  4. Scrape into a bowl (or nifty Tevolo ice cream container) and freeze for a few hours.
This will keep for several weeks, but the top will brown a bit. Just scrape it off to get to the prettier ice cream below.


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Banana Avocado Mint Ice Cream - No Ice Cream Maker Needed!


  1. says

    Looks delicious. I have an old recipe using avocado and half and half cream, but the bananas would be healthier. I’ll have to try this. I can see it’s hard to have it completely smooth…maybe in a Vitamix? No, it would be too stiff probably.

    • Kathy Hester says

      I don’t like making it as much in the Vitamix because it’s so hard to get it out. But if that’s not a pet peeve of yours I’m sure it will work just fine 😉

  2. says

    I love the combination of rich flavors and textures…it would be fun to experiment with different extracts like cinnamon or butterscotch. Or different flavors of chocolate…maybe the Taza Cinnamon Mexicano Chocolate Chunks or their Rum Raisin Limited Bar. Many thanks for the recipe! :)

    • Kathy Hester says

      You should be able to use most any sweetener. Just remember since this is never heated it could stay grainy if you used coconut sugar, for instance. I would mix dry stevia (or other dry sweetener ers) with the mint extract to dissolve it a bit, then add to the mix.

  3. says

    This looks good and easy! I have tried avocado ice cream at the Fallbrook avocado festival but never have made it myself. Even though we live on an avocado farm we usually just enjoy our avocados on toast or salads or guacamole…sliced on soup sometimes too. Our avocado subscribers and gift box clients would probably love this! Will share on the FB page!

    • Kathy Hester says

      Thank you so much for that! I’m working on a few more avocado recipes – including a fudgesicle with the amazingly delicious avocados I got from you.

  4. Chris says

    I have some frozen over ripe bananas that I was saving for banana bread. Will these work or do I need to freeze fresh ripe bananas?

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