Homemade Plant Based Ice Cream

If you’re an ice cream lover, try this small batch homemade plant based ice cream! 
It only takes minutes to blend together.
Nice cream (ice cream made from frozen bananas) is a dessert we have regularly. I like to jazz it up with berries, cocoa powder, and/or cinnamon but this plant based ice cream changes the game. 
It’s made by blending bananas, soaked and drained dates, and almond butter. The date and almond butter give it a creamy consistency without the need of an ice cream maker or added coconut oil or milk. 
I like to keep little chunks of dates for texture but feel free to blend until smooth!
Ice Cream Making Tips:
  • Use a high-speed blender with a tamper (like the beloved Vitamix).
  • Too much added milk or liquid will make the ice cream ice-y and less creamy. 
  • Don’t freeze this plant-based ice cream for too long. If so be sure to give it time to defrost before serving. 
  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder for a chocolate version. 

Homemade Plant-Based Ice Cream

Author : Ashley Madden
Servings: 4 Servings
If you're an ice cream lover, try this small batch homemade plant based ice cream! 


  • High Speed Blender


  • 1 packed cup pitted medjool dates soaked in hot water for 15 to 30 minutes
  • ¼ cup well stirred almond butter
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons almond milk or organic soy milk if needed for blending


  • Drain the dates well, discard the soaking liquid, and add them to a high-speed blender with the almond butter, bananas, cinnamon, and salt. Blend on high, using your tamper to help the blending, until completely smooth. Add more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed to help the blending.
  • Transfer the ice cream to a small freezer proof dish and freeze for 8 to 12 hours. If freezing for longer, take the ice cream out of the freezer 5 to 10 minutes before serving.


Try tahini instead of almond butter for a nut-free option.
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  1. Reply


    July 14, 2023

    Can I use frozen bananas to make this recipe?
    Thank you!

    • Reply

      Ashley Madden

      July 14, 2023

      Hi Sandy! Yes you can 🙂

  2. Reply


    October 9, 2023

    This is the best nice cream I’ve ever had! I used frozen bananas and fresh medjool dates and it turned out amazing. It tastes like caramel ice cream, just so delicious. Thank you, Ashley, for the recipe!

    • Reply

      Ashley Madden

      October 9, 2023

      Thank you for the feedback Penelope! Dates are just magic, I’m so glad you enjoy it 🙂


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