My goal for 2018 (when I originally posted this recipe) was to have One Snack Sunday. I originally thought about having No Snack Sunday, but that’s unrealistic. So One Snack Sunday was born. During the week, I was allowed to snack, but I would rather snack on something guilt-free like this Weight Watchers Chocolate Banana Ice Cream.
It’s so good. And it’s 0 Weight Watcher Freestyle Points, if you’re following Weight Watchers.
Plus, it’s so easy to make with items you probably have in your house right now. So instead of reaching for full-fat ice cream, this chocolate banana ice cream is perfect.
And, trust me when I tell you it’s so decadent. Like, you almost feel bad because it’s so good. Almost. We’re not monsters here.
If you have leftover bananas after making this Chocolate Banana Ice Cream, use them up in one of our recipes from our Budget-Friendly Banana Recipes list.
Weight Watchers Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
Weight Watchers Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Ingredients:
How To Make Weight Watchers Chocolate Banana Ice Cream:
Slice the banana into rounds.
Put the rounds in a closed and covered glass container, in the freezer, for at least two hours.
I’ve actually left the banana sliced in the freezer for two days and they were fine.
Put the bananas in a blender and blend until the banana rounds are finely chopped.
Add in the unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, and raw agave.
Blend until it is combined and very creamy.
This makes about 4.5 cups of banana ice cream.
You can eat it immediately, so it tastes like soft serve, or store it in the freezer to make it more icy and more like a traditional store-bought ice cream.
Banana Ice Cream Varieties:
This is our standard Banana Ice Cream recipe. But, you can definitely change it up to make different varieties.
Vanilla Banana Ice Cream
Add a teaspoon of pure vanilla with the agave, and skip the unsweetened cocoa powder, to make a vanilla version of this ice cream.
Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
Slice and freeze 1 cup strawberries along with the bananas. When you blend the bananas, blend the strawberries along with them.
Skip the unsweetened cocoa powder to make this a straight strawberry banana ice cream. Add the cocoa powder to make a chocolate strawberry banana version.
Berry Banana Ice Cream
Add 1 cup of frozen berries to blender with the frozen bananas. We would definitely suggest skipping the agave and unsweetened cocoa powder for this version.
Coffee Ice Cream
Add a half cup of cold brew coffee to the blender, along with the unsweetened cocoa powder. Cold brew is sweeter than cold coffee, so you might be able to omit the agave. If you use cold coffee instead of cold brew that’s fine, but you’ll probably need the agave.
Is this “nice” cream?
Have you heard of nice cream? It’s ice cream that’s nicer for you, so it’s nice cream.
Traditionally, nice cream is vegan. It’s made from frozen fruit, usually bananas, and that’s it. Sometimes plant-based milk is added, but usually nice cream is dairy and sugar free.
So, while this Weight Watchers Chocolate Banana Ice Cream starts as nice cream, it doesn’t finish that way. We do add the agave into this recipe, which is a sweetener. Agave is dairy free, but it is a sweetener (which is actually sweeter than sugar).
So, it’s sugar free in that there’s no sugar in it, but it is sweetened. And that kind of goes against the spirit of nice cream, even if it’s not technically wrong.
Is this vegan ice cream?
Although this Chocolate Banana Rice Cream isn’t technically nice cream, because of the agave, it’s still a vegan ice cream.
Bananas, obviously, are vegan. Agave is vegan, and unsweetened cocoa powder is vegan too. So this is absolutely a vegan recipe. And a delicious one at that.
Want more vegan recipes?
If you’re looking for a few other delicious vegan recipes, a few of our favorites are below:
Do you have to use raw agave?
We use raw agave in this recipe, but you don’t have to. Alternatively, you could use a tablespoon of honey instead of the raw agave.
Where can you buy raw agave?
You can find raw agave in the sugar section of your grocery store. Ours is usually on the top shelf. It comes in a bottle and in liquid form, rather than traditional sugar, which is heavy, bagged, and on the bottom shelf.
If you can’t find agave in your supermarket, you can order raw agave online.
Can you use sugar in this recipe?
I wouldn’t recommend using sugar in this recipe. Granular sugar will stay solid in this since the bananas are cold. So the sugar won’t really melt at all. Instead, it will stay crunchy and you’ll be crunching through each bite of this ice cream.
If you had a liquid sugar, you could use that. Although I personally haven’t, so I’m not exactly sure how much of that sugar you would need to add to this.
Overall, agave and honey are sweeter than sugar, so you have to use less of that when you’re substituting it in a recipe that calls for sugar. With that logic, you would need to use more sugar in a recipe that calls for agave (like this one), but I don’t know how much more. If you try that, let us know in the comments and we can update this.
Do I have to use ripe bananas?
Ripe or overripe bananas work best in this recipe.
As bananas ripen, they get sweeter, which is why you don’t have to add too much sweetener to this banana ice cream. Bananas are also easier to mash when they get riper, which means this is easier on your blender.
Want more recipes using ripe bananas?
Is this Weight Watchers Ice Cream?
According to this list, agave nectar is 0 points. We use a raw agave in this recipe, but we have heard from some readers who have found different brands of agave have WW Points — and varying amounts of points too.
So, be sure to check your points before adding this to your day. But we are calculating this to be 0 Points on the Freestyle Program.
We use unsweetened cocoa powder, which, according to everything I can find, is a ZeroPoint food. Cocoa powder, according to this list, is 1 PointsPlus Point aka Freestyle Point per 3 tablespoons. But we don’t use that.
If you add something like whipped cream, cherries, nuts, etc. to turn this into a full sundae, you’ll have to add the points for those toppings into your day.
Want more Weight Watchers dessert recipes?
If you’re looking for a few other tasty Weight Watchers dessert recipes, a few of our favorites are below:
- 3 ripe bananas
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon raw agave
- Pinch of salt
- Slice the banana into rounds. Put the rounds in a closed and covered glass container, in the freezer, for at least two hours.
- Put the bananas in a blender and blend until the banana rounds are finely chopped.
- Add in the unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, and raw agave. Blend until it is combined and very creamy.
Amount Per Serving Calories 108Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 34mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 3gSugar 14gProtein 2g