3 Ingredient Banana Nutella Ice Cream

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Have I ever told you about my idiosyncrasies? I have a few…

I’m an anxious person by nature. A hypochondriac. I overanalyze EVERYTHING. I’ve been this way since I can remember, but you’d never really detect it unless you know me incredibly well. I keep it in, and don’t let is show, which is probably why it gets so out of control every once in a while. It’s just that…I don’t want to sound like a crazy person.

The strange thing about it all, is I really have no reason to stress like this, and never have; my whole life has been pretty picturesque, carefree, blissful, perfect even. Knock on wood. Of course, there have been the common life tribulations, but those things are normal.

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In high school I would get horrible stomach aches from stressing over nothing. I mean what does a 16-year old high school student have to stress about? Zilch.

A few years ago, I got a rash on my hand that lasted for a month and I thought I was dying. For real. Dying. I later found out it was a chemical burn from getting a little clumsy with some Draino. My parents will never let me live that one down.

Side note: Don’t ever WebMD anything.

Anytime Kevin comes home later than he says he’s going to, I start panicking and immediately assume the worst. Car wreck! Mugged! Murdered!

Told ya. Kookoo…

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For me, stress manifests itself in the form of two things: Horrible stomach pains and a tightened throat. When I start feeling anxious, not only do I try to remind myself to take a deep breath, but I do other things to try and manage it, like drink lots of chamomile tea (decaffeinated), exercise, get plenty of sleep and eat healthier.

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So what exactly does ice cream have to do with my anxiety? Well, it just makes you feel better! Duh. And since I try to eat a little bit healthier when I’m feeling that way, a healthier ice cream is mandatory.

Enter: 3 ingredient banana nutella ice cream. It’s literally made out of three ingredients: bananas, vanilla and nutella.

The one ingredient banana ice cream has been floating around the internet for the last year or so, but I was never really sold on it. Buuut I kept hearing about it over and over and over, so I decided, eh what could it hurt to try?


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It tastes just like ice cream! I mean, the texture is just uncanny.

All you do is slice the bananas into one-inch pieces, freeze them for twenty minutes or so and then pop them into a food processor and turn her on. You’ll have to stop every once in a while and use a spoon to scrape down the sides, but after a few minutes you’ll see it transform into a creamy, smooth ice cream dream. It’s like magic!

At this point you can throw in whatever additions you want, I went with a vanilla and nutella mixture that was phenomenal, but peanut butter would be amazing or raspberry jam, or coconut or, melted chocolate – the options are endless.

Kevin who was also unsure of it, loved it, like love love LOVED.

Next week I’m going to try my hand at turning it into the strawberry malt I’ve been craving for weeks… But until then, I’ll be eating my anxiety away with this stuff.

3 Ingredient Banana Nutella Ice Cream

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3 Ingredient Banana Nutella Ice Cream
Serves: About 2 ½ cups or two servings
  • 5 bananas
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup Nutella
  1. Cut bananas into 1-inch slices. Place on a cookie sheet and freeze for 20-30 minutes until completely frozen.
  2. Transfer to food processor. Turn on, scrape down sides every 30 seconds. Process until mixture becomes completely smooth and looks like ice cream.
  3. Add nutella and vanilla. Pulse until combined.
  4. Eat right away or store in airtight container.


  1. I am totally a hypochondriac and over analyzer! And webMD searching = worst idea ever! Love this lighter ice cream, it looks delicious!

  2. holy crap are you serious?! this is the best idea EVER. totally replicating this tonight with PB & Co Dark Chocolate Dreams – genius!!

  3. I love this post… I can’t even tell you how many times Web MD has convinced me I was dying of something horrible.

    And ice cream will cure anything. Love how simple this is!

  4. I’ve been seeing this around the internet also but never tried it. You just convinced me though…it needs to be tried! Can’t wait to give it a whirl! Thanks for the inspiration Nicole! And nutella is the perfect flavor to start off with :)

  5. OMG you are me! I have had multiple brain tumors, spinal meningitis, exploding corneas, you name it! All because WebMD told me so….I never listen to my husband who is an actual nurse and tells me it’s just the sniffles.
    Seriously though, I need this….healthy and chocolate?! Count me all over this!

  6. Ok so I love this ice cream, I love every single thing about it.

    Im totally the same way about becoming my own doctor online, it’s horrible. Every single night I tell my husband this is it, my new disease, etc.

    • Thanks Pamela! And how can we not be like that??? Even now I have a cough for like the fourth time this winter and I’m like, what’s wrong with me?!!! hahaha

  7. haha apparently we are the same person … I pretty much constantly convince myself that I am dying over one various disease or another (all self-diagnosed of course). It drives my husband bonkers (since you know I constantly bring it up) … sigh. At least I’m not alone : ) And this ice cream looks delicious!

  8. Yummmmmmmmmmm!

  9. I love this ice cream! I’m glad you reminded me of it, it’s such a gem. I’ve never added nutella! Awesome dude. Totally trying it. January’s almost over…I’m ready for some ice cream :)

  10. Love this recipe! I’m a total Nutella freak, but whenever I buy it I’m so tempted to just eat it out of the jar with a spoon. I have a lot of anxiety too and strangely enough I find that I worry the most when things are going really well. I actually do pretty well in crisis situations. For me confronting a problem is way easier than worrying about a problem being created. :)

  11. Seriously…..its unbelievable Yummy tasty lekker devine….the list goes on!!! I’m not big on Bananas, but this is Super!!!!

  12. Do you think if I cut the bananas and freeze them until after work tomorrow they’d be too frozen? I have several that are probably going to be too brown tomorrow, but my Nutella is at work!

  13. This looks and sounds amazing, I love simple ice cream recipes that don’t need an ice cream machine — perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  14. Nicole, we loved this recipe! My kid ate it up, which is great. Anything to sneak in healthy fruits and veggies is perfect. Loved the simplicity.

  15. I made this and it was yummy but by no means is it low-cal. Still about 300 cals per about 1/2 cup.

  16. How can this be called skinny icecream. Your recipe says it serves two, that is 2 1/2 bananas and a little over 1/4 cup of Nutella per person. Hardly skinny icecream! Add the calories. You might as well eat the real stuff right out of the container.

    • Sorry Giovanna! It’s just meant to be “lighter” than a typical ice cream, which it is. I’ll modify the title to say lightened up instead. Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Can I use a blender instead of food processor?

  18. Wow. I was getting to the bottom of my Nutella container and was wondering how much I needed to make this (saw a recipe for it awhile back), searched for it and your blog came up. I started reading and you sound just me (or rather the former me)! I ditched eating wheat a couple months ago and anxiety was GONE! You could try it for a week or two — you never know…

    • I’m always looking for natural ways to reduce my anxiety!! I might have to give that a go, although it will be SO hard!!! I like my wheat…. :)

  19. Can you taste the banana in it? I can’t stand the taste of bananas and I can always taste them in smoothies. I’m keen to try this ice cream as I’m dairy free and the only thing I truly miss is ice cream.

  20. this recipe is PERFECT. Loved it! And yes, I’m the same. I’ve had everything from brain tumours to carpal tunnel syndrome because of it

  21. Do I have to use vanilla extract? I ran out and that’s the only thing I’m missing.


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