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Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream For Breakfast

4.75 from 4 votes
Frozen bananas and naturally sweet dates make for a healthy, creamy Chocolate Ice Cream For Breakfast — you'll want to jump out of bed to eat this!
Scoops of chocolate ice cream for breakfast are served in a glass bowl, topped with fresh bananas.

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Hi Bold Bakers!

WHAT YOU GET: A refreshing, light, and healthy Chocolate Ice Cream For Breakfast! My Chocolate Breakfast Ice Cream recipe has everything you need to start your day on the right foot. 

Summer is slowly coming to a close, but for those who are always down to eat a frozen treat, my Chocolate Breakfast Ice Cream recipe will become your new go-to breakfast food. 

Filled with fibrous fruits like bananas and dates, alongside refreshing coconut milk, this recipe is unlike any other ice cream you’ve ever had. All you need is a blender, 5 ingredients, and 5 minutes — no need for an ice cream machine! 

Enjoy this dairy-free chocolate ice cream for a guilt-free breakfast or whenever you’re craving a cold, creamy dessert. Feel free to mix and match your favorite fruits for even more fun!

Smooth, cream chocolate ice cream for breakfast is served in a white cup with fresh bananas. This healthy ice cream recipe is made with frozen bananas and dates, perfect for a breakfast treat.

What is “Breakfast Ice Cream?”

My homemade chocolate “nice cream” is a creamy fruit-based frozen dessert. It primarily gets its creaminess from the blended frozen bananas, which creates an excellent base for all of the other fun flavors to shine through. 

Depending on which fruits and flavorings you use, the banana taste should be relatively mild. Similarly, coconut milk does not have a strong flavor as you would have with actual coconuts. Instead, you are left with a subtly creamy nut flavor that substitutes the “milk” in this ice cream.

Which Fruits Should I Use in Breakfast Ice Cream?

With so few ingredients in this Chocolate Breakfast Ice Cream recipe, it’s imperative that you get the right ones. For the dairy-free ice cream base, I highly recommend using ripe brown bananas. This is because we want to achieve that creamy and smooth texture for our ice cream. The softer the banana, the better.

Secondly, there are various types of date fruits, but I find Medjool dates to be the best kind to use in this recipe. Medjool dates have a deeply rich and slightly caramelly taste. They are very soft and chewy, making them perfect for blending. Since this recipe requires no artificial sugars, the addition of dates adds the perfect amount of sweetness to your healthy ice cream treat.

If you want to read more about using dates as a substitute for sugar when baking, check out this article here.

Tools You Need To Make Chocolate Breakfast Ice Cream:

Fresh bananas top healthy chocolate ice cream, made with frozen bananas and dates.

Is Nice Cream Dairy-Free?

Yes! This Chocolate Breakfast Ice Cream recipe is amazing because it’s dairy-free, vegetarian, and gluten-free. Anyone and everyone can enjoy this vegan treat!

Check out my ‘Dairy-Free Coconut Homemade Ice Cream (2-Ingredient, No Machine)’ article for more delicious dairy-free ice cream recipes!

How To Store Chocolate Breakfast Ice Cream

You can freeze my Chocolate Breakfast Ice Cream in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks. Just be sure to let it sit on the counter for about 20 minutes before serving. This recipe does not contain any cream, sugar, or aeration, so it will make your ice cream freeze very hard to scoop.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making The Best Chocolate Breakfast Ice Cream:

  • Have leftover unblended frozen bananas? Store them in a resealable plastic bag for up to 2 months in the freezer.
  • To eliminate the extra liquid when making this recipe, let the bananas soften on the counter for about 10 minutes before blending.
  • You can blend all the ingredients and pour them into popsicle molds to make healthy popsicles.
  • Make healthy milkshakes by increasing the amount of coconut milk to ½ cup (4 fl oz/120 ml).
  • Try serving these with my Homemade Ice Cream Cones!

Healthy breakfast ice cream is served in a glass bowl, topped with fresh bananas. A spoonful of the chocolate nice ice is raised above the bowl.

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Chocolate Breakfast Ice Cream

4.75 from 4 votes
Frozen bananas and sweet dates make for a healthy, creamy Chocolate Breakfast Ice Cream — you'll want to jump out of bed to eat this!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 pint
Prep Time 5 mins
Freeze Time 3 hrs
Frozen bananas and sweet dates make for a healthy, creamy Chocolate Breakfast Ice Cream — you'll want to jump out of bed to eat this!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 pint

Ingredients

  • 3 medium ripe bananas (about 3 cups/15 oz/426 g)
  • ½ cup (2½ oz/71 g) Medjool dates
  • cup (1⅓ oz/37 g) cocoa powder
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Slice the bananas and place them on a parchment-lined tray. Freeze until solid, about 3 hours.
  • Place the dates, cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons coconut milk, and the vanilla extract in a blender and puree until smooth.
  • Add the frozen bananas and process until smooth and thick. If needed, add another tablespoon or two of coconut milk.
  • Scoop and serve immediately or freeze for up to 4 weeks. If storing longer, take the ice cream out of the freezer to sit on the counter for 20 minutes before scooping.
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Kyia Star
Kyia Star
1 day ago

Could I substitute avocado and honey instead of dates? I’m not a big fan of dates and they’re pretty hard to find here in my neck of the woods.

L. Dirrim
L. Dirrim
6 days ago

I used pitted dates but they just wouldn’t blend in my blender or my Bullet. I guess I should have chopped them up & boiled them 1st to soften. Didn’t make frozen dessert (but it tasted good). Plz tell people to chop dates & soften first.

Alison
Alison
15 days ago

Do you have an idea of what the carb count for this would be and serving size?

Louise HASTIE
Louise HASTIE
21 days ago

Oooh this looks really great! I’m going to swirl some peanut or almond butter throughout before freezing it all to give me that chocolate peanut butter flavour I love in ice cream!

Mila
Mila
21 days ago

Can I leave the dates out or is there a substitute? Thank you

Tammy
Tammy
21 days ago

Can use almond milk in place of the coconut milk?

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Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, a cookbook author, and the creator of Bigger Bolder Baking. I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere with my trusted and tested recipes and baking tips. You may have seen one of my 500+ videos on YouTube & TikTok or as a guest judge on Nailed It! on Netflix or the Best Baker in America on Food Network. No matter your skills, my Bold Baking Team & I want to be your #1 go-to baking authority.

 

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