Easy Banana Chai Ice Cream

easy banana chai ice cream (paleo, GAPS, dairy free, sugar free)

Banana Chai Ice Cream

This dairy free ice cream, flavored with chai spices, doesn’t require an ice cream machine or patience. It’s perfect for appeasing your instant gratification dessert cravings.

If you peruse Pinterest or the health-food-blog-scene, then you are most likely familiar with pure banana ice cream. This treat requires only frozen bananas and a blender or food processor to create a creamy, naturally sweet, “I can’t believe it’s not dairy!” result.

I like including a few special additions to my blender banana ice cream for a rich and exotic result. First, I add sunflower seed butter for creamy richness and to slow the absorption of the natural sugars.  It also offers a chai color and complements the spices. Of course, you can use whatever nut butter you want. I would suggest cashew or almond butter, but not peanut butter (of which I’m not a fan plus the taste isn’t right here). Next, I include a few spices for the chai flavor.

Then something magical happens. The whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Banana, nut butter and spices suddenly turn into a cause for celebration!

banana chai ice cream (paleo, GAPS, dairy free and sugar free)

Easy Banana Chai Ice Cream

Yield: Makes 1 serving, easily doubled or tripled.

Easy Banana Chai Ice Cream


  • 1 large, very ripe bananas, frozen
  • 1 Tbs. nut or seed butter of choice (almond, sunflower seed, cashew...)
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. each: cardamom and ground ginger
  • Pinch of salt and ground cloves


  1. Whirl everything in a blender until smooth and creamy. It may help to let the bananas soften at room temperature for about 5 minutes. Enjoy immediately or freeze it for later.


Desserts and Sweets

There's no need to be persnickety with the spices. Just add a pinch of everything, being more generous with the cinnamon. Taste and add more spices if necessary. Also, that little pinch of salt is important to bring out the flavors.

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  1. Erica M. says

    @Amber K- My boys LOVE when I add the cocoa powder.
    @Lauren- Have you tried this base/flavors as a “milk shake”? Can add almond milk or hemp milk? What do you think?

  2. Janice says

    WOW! Oh my gosh, that is SO good!! I’ve been dying to try this recipe and tonight was the night! All I had was peanut butter so that’s what I used (PB and Banana are one of my favorites anyway 😉 So shocked that it was so creamy, it really ‘feels’ like ice cream! I’m still drooling! haha! Can’t wait to make it again! Thanks! I love your website!

    • says

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed it! Isn’t the texture amazing? Just like ice cream. My family didn’t believe me when I told them this was only bananas!

  3. says

    Looks yummy! Our blender is pretty lame so I think i’ll try this in our food processor. We have a vegan restaurant in town that serves banana soft serve. It’s just whipped bananas and it tastes amazing! Can’t wait to try it with nut butter and spices.

  4. Jessica says

    This was so delicious! I had to ‘test’ it out tonight before we make it for a birthday celebration tomorrow, and I think it will be a hit with our whole family. Thanks again for the great recipe.

  5. Bedeenee says

    Hi there! Can you make up this mix before you freeze the banana & then freeze it after for the same effect? Thank you!

  6. says

    Great recipe, I have a friend who is lactose intolerant but loves ice cream. I will be forwarding this to her, or maybe I will save it and surprise her with hit next time she visits.

  7. says

    Just made this…. my little one and I ate the whole thing right out of the food processor. Never even made it into a bowl. Still licking my lips. Thanks for sharing…. I love the chai flavor… reminds me of my trip to India.

  8. Julieanne says

    J just tried this out and it is amazing. I had it with poached peaches. I used a chai mix that I already had and peanut butter and it worked well. just what i have been looking for as a subsistence for cream and icecream.

  9. Maya says

    Really great Lauren. I’ve been making banana sorbet for years but had never thought of doing it Chai style :-) Love your addition of the fats via seed butter too. Terrific!

  10. Beth says

    I’m wondering about the ripeness of the banana before freezing. Would you recommend deeply spotted or completely brown?

  11. Kátia says

    I just finished eating this recipe of Banana Chai Ice Cream. I’m in Love! The texture is perfect, I would say, even better than regular ice-cream. Thank you! My day is sweeter and healthier now. :)

  12. Gaby says

    Hi, I make sorbet ice-cream with frozen ripe bananas and strawberries for my son. I disguise his supplements in it. I use a sorbet machine from princess which I love as it’s really easy to use and better still easy to clean. The recipe looks delicious but would it fit in with LOD? The nuts being high in oxalate. Just made your salmon blinies by the way, they were delicious thanks for sharing them.

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  14. Sophie says

    I love the sound of this recipe! Since this recipe has no liquid ingredients, I was just wondering what blender you use.

  15. Manon Ruel says

    I made your recipe tonight, and added a little bit of coconut cream, pecans (had I had more time I would have made candied pecans with honey), vanilla powder (from Organic Traditions) and toasted coconut flakes. Delicious.
    @Sophie, I use my food processor, at first it makes a big clump but if you keep faith it will turn into soft ice ”cream” after a minute or two.

  16. Gwen Lawton says

    I have been making banana ice cream for some time….I add fresh strawberries, or blueberries, coconut…..Love the chai spices….can’t wait to try it!

  17. says

    This sounds delicious, I love ice cream but its just so sugary it upsets my stomach I will have to try this out and see. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Savannah says

    Ooh, this looks delicious and I love that you don’t need an ice cream maker! Thank you so much for sharing all of these recipes and your story. I’m super impressed that you have gotten your colitis under control through diet. What an inspiration you are! I have a good friend with crohn’s disease, and all of her western doctors have told her that changing her diet won’t really affect her disease. She’s also lactose intolerant, so I’ll be passing this along to her :-)

  20. says

    I made this tonight and LOVED it. It was my first time making banana ice cream, and the creaminess was amazing. What a revelation. As someone who loooooves all things dairy but does better with only small amount of it, I’m thrilled to have a truly delicious alternative. I foresee making this over and over. Thanks for such a wonderful idea!

  21. Tracy says

    You have so made my day with this! I LOVE chai. SO MUCH. I’ve missed it because it’s caffeinated and I make some from scratch from time to time with rooiboos but it’s not the same. I’m gonna add raw cacao powder and a dash of maca and WIN the day!

  22. Chelsea says

    I decided to try this recipe tonight after I read all the comments raving how good it is… I followed the recipe to a tee and lets just say mine came out no where near to what the comments are suggesting. I have no idea why, I used all the exact spices in the same measurements and it turned out with leaving a terrible taste in my mouth. My mom and I both kept trying to add more and more ingredients to combat the entirely too powerful spices (vanilla, sugar, cinnamon sugar, coconut milk, etc) we ended up giving up and dumping it. What a waste! The strange part is we are both HUGE fans of chai which is what made me want to try it in the first place……


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