5-Minute Mint Chocolate Chip Banana Ice Cream!

mint chocolate chip banana ice cream

Just when you thought that life couldn’t get any better, along comes the easiest, yummiest, healthiest mint chocolate chip banana ice cream recipe around. Seriously, go search the internet and try to find a better one.

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[You won’t.]

Not only is this mint chocolate chip ice cream easy, yummy and healthy, it’s CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP. Can you afford a banana? Can you afford a $2 bunch of mint leaves? Can you “splurge” on a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips? I think you can. And I think you SHOULD.

This recipe is also just perfect for summer. It’s perfect in that it’s SO LOW IN CALORIES that it’s not going to affect your bikini bod one. itsy. bitsy. teenie. weenie. BIT.

Like seriously – 1 serving is 170 calories. I think you can handle that (without growing some love handles).

It’s also perfect for summer because it’s made with BANANAS which, as you might know by now, are a phenomenal source of potassium to keep us hydrated (read: less bloated, cranky and lazy) on these hot, sweaty summer days. BANANAS are also loaded with tryptophan which gets converted to seratonin which converts us into happy happy people.

Easy + yummy + healthy + cheap + slimming + hydrating + happiness-inducing?!?


So first you’re going to make a base of basic banana ice cream which I already explained here.

If you’re too lazy to click that link, I’ll walk you through it again.

First you’re going to want to get in the habit of peeling and freezing ripe bananas. (Ripe=speckled.)

mint chocolate chip banana ice cream

You can either cut the peeled, ripe bananas into slices before popping them into ziploc bags to freeze OVERNIGHT or you can cut them into small chunks when they’re already frozen and you’re about to make your ice cream.

For banana ice cream, 1 banana = 1 serving. It’s easiest to make 2 servings at a time, so find a buddy, a lover, a neighbor or a mailman to share with (it doesn’t freeze well, which is kind of ironic).

Once you have your 2 frozen bananas, cut into slices, you’re just going to pop them into a food processor or blender and PULSE them 15 TIMES. (You should scrape down the sides if the bananas start creeping up.)

mint chocolate chip banana ice cream

Now you’re going to add 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves. (Seriously, no excuses here. They’re only a couple of bucks at the grocery store.) Make sure to PACK the 1/4 cup (and if you’re a hard-core mint devotee, feel free to pack a 1/3 cup instead.)

Pop those mint leaves into the food processor or blender and blend until everything starts getting super duper smooooooth, baby, smooooooth. (Again, pause to scrape down the sides as needed.)

mint chocolate chip banana ice cream

Finally, you’ve gotta add your chocolate chips. A handy rule of thumb is 1 tbsp of chips: 1 banana. So since you’ve got 2 bananas in there, that’ll be 2 tbsp of chocolate chips. Drop them in and process or blend again.

mint chocolate chip banana ice cream

Once it’s all smooth and stuff, you’re done. That’s it. Your 5-minute mint chocolate chip ice cream. It’s seriously incredible, it’s seriously easy and it seriously melts extremely quickly, so enjoy it right away. Even in a cup if that’s the quickest thing you can grab…

mint chocolate chip banana ice cream

Oh! And don’t forget to garnish them if your boyfriend (or girlfriend) insists.

mint chocolate chip banana ice cream

Did you like this banana ice cream recipe? Would you like more banana ice cream recipes? If so, please leave a comment below with other flavors you’d love to see here!

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5-Minute Mint Chocolate Chip Banana Ice Cream!
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Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Raw, Vegan, Plant-based
Serves: 2
  • 2 frozen bananas, cut into small-ish slices
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, packed
  • 2 tbsp semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  1. In a food processor or blender, pulse the frozen banana pieces, scraping down the sides as needed.
  2. Add the mint and process together until smooth, still scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and process again until they're dispersed and the ice cream is your ideal texture.
  4. Serve and enjoy immediately!


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  1. I just stumbled upon your website and I am in love!! Going to make your buckwheat pad thai this week 🙂 Mint chocolate chip icecream is my favorite, but I am not a massive banana fan. I eat them plain, but don’t love them in things. Does this taste strongly of bananas? I’m having a hard time getting the idea of a mint banana through my head! i’m wondering if I could make a coconut milk icecream base and then add the mint and chocolate .

    1. Aw thanks for your kind words Sarah! The pad thai is amazing, I hope you enjoy it 🙂 Do you have an ice cream maker? You can DEFINITELY use coconut milk as an ice cream base if you have an ice cream maker to process it through. The benefit of the frozen bananas is that they become the frozen, melty, ice cream-y texture just from processing them or blending them so you don’t need an ice cream maker. Freezing coconut milk would just turn into an ice cube in a can! You could blend coconut milk with mint and chocolate chips, but then you’d have to run it through an ice cream maker to get it to the ice cream consistency. Let me know if you have an ice cream maker and I’ll write a how-to-post using that method! If you don’t I would honestly just TRY the banana ice cream! It’s not realllllly super banana-y in flavor! And if you don’t like it, give it to a loved one, they’ll be so thankful 🙂

    1. ahhh, yes, the case of leftover mint leaves. I know that feeling all too well, haha. So glad you found this awesome use for them! Please let me know how it goes, I hope you love the ice cream 🙂

  2. Awesome, thanks! We do have an icecream make so I might try it this weekend with coconut milk. I’ll TRY it with the banana too- my husband and son might enjoy it that way 🙂

    1. Let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear if your husband and son like the banana, and if you liked the coconut milk!

  3. So excited to try this! I’ve been eyeing this recipe for a while, and FINALLY had the foresight to chop up some ‘nanners and freeze them. Yum!

    1. Yes yes! Of course! You can make your naner ice cream anyyyyway you guys want. You can even make half a batch with mint and half without it 😉

  4. This is a fun new take on banana ice cream!! I’ve been making it forever ….coincidentally we did JUST last night to go with the black bean brownie recipe you posted a few days ago: delicious!!

    1. Wow Deanna, you made banana ice cream AND those black bean brownies in ONE night?! Holy moly your family must looooovee you! I’m so glad you loved them. Your comment made my morning. 🙂

  5. Hi!! I just wanted to know if this taste anything like banana? I know it’s a silly question, but I was wondering if the mint leaves combining the fruit, actually separate from the bananas taste.