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Healthy Snacking: Piña Colada N’Ice Cream

This Piña Colada N’Ice Cream is easy to make, (no ice cream maker needed) low in sugar, non-dairy, and makes a fabulous healthy treat for a hot summer day! (You don’t even need an ice cream maker!)

This Piña Colada

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Too Many Bananas = Piña Colada N’ice Cream

Hubby has been buying bananas in bulk from Sam’s club for the kids to snack on.  I keep telling him to stop buying bananas from Sam’s because we just can’t eat them fast enough!

He keeps bringing them home anyway and this means, I have a freezer full of frozen bananas, lol.

Luckily, frozen bananas can be used in all sorts of yummy treats. (Quick tip- if you want to freeze your ripe bananas, be sure to peel them and break them into smaller pieces first.)

(Talking to you Mom- I saw those bananas in your freezer 😉 )

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The BEST Way to use Frozen Bananas!

Our favorite way to use the frozen bananas is in smoothies, but frozen bananas also make a great base for a low sugar/non dairy “ice cream.”  I’m sure you’ve seen instructions all over the internet for how to make banana “ice cream” from frozen bananas.

I’ve tried these banana only n’ice cream recipes and as much as I like bananas- I don’t care for the taste of the frozen bananas on their own.  (My kids weren’t crazy about them either.)

What is N’Ice Cream?

Blending frozen bananas to make an ice cream like treat is the original n’ice cream. But really, and frozen, non dairy, fruit-based, low sugar frozen treat  is considered a n’ice cream. (Frozen ripe bananas are usually added to the nice cream recipe due to their great texture and additional sweetens when pureed.)

Piña Colada N’Ice Cream

As part of my power snacking series, I’m sharing this fabulous recipe for this non-dairy Piña Colada N’Ice Cream today.

The N’ice cream is made with frozen bananas, pineapples and coconut milk.  The extra ingredients keep the bananas from overpowering the flavor of the “ice cream” and the entire family will love this naturally sweet treat!

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Ingredients in this Piña Colada N’Ice Cream Recipe

This n’ice cream recipe is fairly flexible.  It’s mostly frozen fruit so you don’t need to be exact with the measurements.  Just use what you have.  (In fact, I did not have frozen pineapple- I drained and frozen canned chunk pineapple just for this recipe.)

But if you want to give it a try, make sure to have these ingredients on hand:

  • 3 to 4 frozen bananas
  • 12 to 16 oz frozen pineapples
  • 1 13 oz can of unsweetened coconut milk (low fat or full fat- whatever your preference.  Full fat will be creamier. )
  • optional: 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar- this will depend on how ripe your bananas are.  Just give it a taste.
  • optional toppings: whipped cream, maraschino cherries

How to Make Piña Colada N’ice Cream

  1. Combine frozen fruit in a blender or food processor and process till smooth.  (Taste and add sugar if needed)  The mixture will be fairly soft and can be eaten immediately as soft serve or a smoothie.
  2. If you prefer to eat it as ice cream, transfer mixture to a freezer safe container and freeze for 2 to 4 hours.
  3. Add additional toppings if desired and Enjoy!

Healthy Treats: Piña Colada

Ice Cream Freezing/Scooping Tip:

Tip: if “ice cream” is hard to scoop, just let it sit on the counter 5 to 10 minutes to soften.

Other N’ice Cream Variation Ideas:

There are so many ways to dress up plain ol’ banana ice cream. Your base will always be 3 to 4 frozen bananas, 1/2 cup liquid and your add-ins.

  • Chocolate Strawberry: add 1/4 cup of chopped frozen strawberries and 2 tbsp cocoa powder, plus sweetener if needed.
  • Mint Chocolate Chip: 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips, 1 drop of peppermint extract, optional 1 drop of green food coloring, plus sweetener if needed.
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter: 1/4 cup chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, optional chocolate sauce topping, plus sweetener if needed.
  • Very Berry: 1/8 cup of raspberries, 1/8 cup of strawberries, 1/8 cup of blueberries, optional sprinkle of white chocolate chips, plus sweetener if needed. (if using fresh fruit, you night need to reduce liquid.)
  • Coffee: Reduce liquid by 1/4 cup, add 1/4 cup coffee concentrate, optional chocolate sauce topping, plus sweetener if needed.
  • Chocolate Cherry: 1 cup frozen cherries, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, plus sweetener if needed.

Healthy Treats: Piña Colada

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no churn pina colada ice cream

No Churn, Healthy Piña Colada “Ice Cream”

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: desserts
  • Method: freezer
  • Cuisine: american

Description

This Piña Colada “Ice Cream” is easy to make, (no ice cream maker needed) low in sugar, and makes a fabulous healthy treat for a hot summer day!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 to 4 frozen bananas
  • 12 to 16 oz frozen pineapples
  • 1 13 0z can of unsweetened coconut milk (low fat or full fat- whatever your preference.  Full fat will be creamier. )
  • optional: 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar- this will depend on how ripe your bananas are.  Just give it a taste.
  • optional toppings: whipped cream, maraschino cherries

Instructions

  1. Combine frozen fruit in a blender or food processor and process till smooth.  (Taste and add sugar if needed)  The mixture will be fairly soft and can be eaten immediately as soft serve or a smoothie.
  2. If you prefer to eat it as ice cream, transfer mixture to a freezer safe container and freeze for 2 to 4 hours.
  3. Add additional toppings if desired and Enjoy!

Notes

Tip: if “ice cream” is hard to scoop, just let it sit on the counter 5 to 10 minutes to soften.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 115
  • Fat: 2
  • Carbohydrates: 27
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 1

Keywords: ice cream, healthy, bananas

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3 Comments

  1. The instructions don’t mention the coconut milk do you just put the entire can in?

    1. Yes, sorry about that! Blend the fruit and coconut milk together like a smoothie. You can eat it as is or put it in the freezer so it will be more like ice cream. Which is what I did.

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