roasted banana coconut ice cream recipe

Roasted Banana Coconut Ice Cream

This Roasted Banana Coconut Ice Cream is naturally-sweetened, vegan, gluten-free and made with only five ingredients (don’t be scared by all the descriptors). I’ve based this healthy ice cream recipe on one from Karina’s Kitchen.

This ice cream is fairly easy to make; there are just a couple of steps involved. And I can tell you Roasted Banana Coconut Ice Cream is mighty tasty and my children love it –we hid it from my husband because we wanted more for the three of us –he’s been traveling a ton, so it was easy to keep it a secret.

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Roasted Banana Coconut Ice Cream
  1. Place bananas and dates in a 7 x 11 inch baking dish
  2. Drizzle with vanilla and coconut oil
  3. Bake at 375° for 35 to 45 minutes, until bananas begin to caramelize and smell fragrant
  4. Place banana fixins and coconut milk in vitamix and puree on highest setting until smooth
  5. Place mixture in ice cream maker and freeze according to directions
  6. Top with nuts, berries or sprinkles and serve

I am very happy to announce that I have been chosen as Chef of the Month by The Organic Dish.  They are a business that creates ready to eat meals from organic and farm fresh ingredients and the owners are amazing, fabulous people.

For July, (amongst their many other delicious entrees) they are featuring my Roasted Salmon with Anchovy Olive Tapenade.  Beckie, the owner, asked me to contribute this recipe since wild salmon is in peak season during July.  This is the way these people think and I like it!

During my visits to the Organic Dish, just around the corner from Whole Foods and Vitamin Cottage in Boulder, I picked up some other meals in order to get an idea of their food.  My children scarfed everything I brought home, especially the latkes.

Thanks Beckie and Toby.  I think your zero waste business using organic ingredients is a fantastic model and I love working with you!


  1. Lara says

    Sounds incredible – but I’m so sad for your husband! Can’t believe you guys would hoard all the frosty banana goodness while he’s out busting his butt (and getting excluded). Please go whip up a batch for the poor guy, stat!

  2. Angela says

    My only suggestion is that if you make this recipe, you should probably refrigerate the banana coconut mixture after you blend it. Most ice cream machines require the ice cream bar to be refrigerated for several hours before being churned. My ice cream base was more than warm because of the hot bananas.

  3. MamaCassi says

    made this last night as a warm banana pudding.

    um, WOW!

    good to know about freezing and reblending for ice cream in Vita-Mix. but wanted to say that i cut back on liquids (only used 3 bananas and a scoop of coconut cream and enough coconut milk to blend) then let it blend til smooth and rich and creamy and it was warm banana pudding only lacking little nilla wafers to bring me back to one of my favorite childhood desserts (that i’d forgotten completely til last night!)

    in case anyone doesn’t want a cold dessert!

  4. Sha King says

    Thank you for your idea,
    was making this recipe always, but never roasted bananas.
    tried it post Christmas, added some holiday spices omitted the walnuts it was delicious.
    Elana thanks a million
    Happy Holidays

  5. says

    It is SO good! You can’t make this kind of ice cream, because the ingredients you use have to be frozen. But I make a strawberry ice cream that is to die for made out of frozen strawberries, agave, vanilla extract and just a little bit of almond milk. It’s delicious! I’m sure you could make this same kind with any other fruit too in the vitamix! Yes, the vitamix is WORTH it! It’s so fun and helpful! I make smoothies almost every morning for breakfast now, since it’s so easy and fast to make. Also, it makes great nut milk (though you still need to strain it through a towel or nut-milk bag). Vitamixes are also great for making soups! I highly recommend it!!

  6. Cat says

    Hello! I have heard that the Vita-Mix can also make ice cream. I don’t have an ice cream maker but have been thinking about buying a Vita-Mix. Has anyone had experience with making ice cream in the Vita-Mix and if so, how did it turn out? Was it solid and creamy? Thanks!

    • Queen Jelly Bean says

      Yes – i make vitamix ice cream this way … After you blend the ingredients in this recipe … Pour it into ice cube trays. When the cubes are frozen you cam blend them in the vitamix for ice cream – to be served immediately and not stored. Thanks to someone who commented somewhere at Elana’s pantry, I’ve been making all of her ice cream recipes this way, and happily avoided the cost of buying yet another kitchen appliance, the ice cream maker.

  7. Darryl says

    A cinch to make and HELLO DELISH!
    I love the no sugar/ no gluten!

    *looks around innocently embarrassed that i ate the whole thing in one sitting*

  8. Xintia Preda says

    This ice cream is amazing!I don’t have an ice cream maker,but it didn’t matter too much…is still yummy!Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  9. Kelley says

    Making this ice cream right now!! It’s in the ice cream maker. Can’t wait to try it – the roasted bananas smell great! I didn’t have dates so I roasted some apples along with the bananas…hope it works! Thanks again! :)

  10. says

    Totally what I am making for our next batch of ice cream. We haven’t had a batch of ice cream with roasted bananas and I am very excited to try it. I always love your recipes and experimenting with them . It allows me to explore further with my own. Thanks again, Elana!

  11. says

    I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while, but now I think I *must* buy an ice cream maker. BTW, did we have a winner for the Friday almond flour giveaway?

  12. Magda says

    I made Karina’s recipe with almond milk a few weeks ago and it was fabulous. Just in time, too, as I have very recently (2 weeks) went dairy-free. I will definitely try this one – it looks awesome. The blueberry strawberry cobbler from Karina’s was a big hit with my family (the regular-nonGF family that is) so I’ll have to give your recipe a spin as well. I just got some fabulous organic cherries at the market this past weekend – YUM!! – and blueberries are in full swing here in the South!! Thanks for all your fantastic recipes.

  13. says

    I’ve been meaning to do Karina’s recipe with coconut milk. I was going to sub myself, but now I can use your recipe! Thanks Elana, (and Karina..)

  14. veggievixen says

    oh my goodness, another delicious ice cream recipe! this sounds so good, i rarely cook bananas other than to replace the egg in a recipe or just add flavor to pancakes…great idea!

    also, congrats, chef of the month :)

  15. says

    I love the idea of roasting the bananas…I bet they smell amazing, and I bet that adds so much flavor! Definitely going to have to try.

  16. Xintia Preda says

    Hi Elana!
    I am definitely going to try this one out! Sounds really,really yummy!
    Thank you for all your recipes! So glad I found your website on the internet :-)

  17. says

    yum. I’m staying away from bananas for now due to the sugar content, but am loving some low sugar homemade coconut milk ice cream lately. Last week I added fresh chopped mint from our csa – it was delicious.

  18. Hanne says

    This sounds absolutely delicious!

    Was just looking for something to make for dessert for my lovely sister this friday, and this is definitely it!

  19. says

    It would certainly be worth the few extra steps! This will be a great way to use up those bananas I normally reserve for baking. Banana ice cream has always been one of our favorites, and this one looks divine. :-)

    Thanks, Elana!

    • Lisa Stafford says

      I guess you have learned by now that her recipe book is not vegetarian or vegan. I have modified a couple of her recipes with egg substitutes. Ener G egg replacer works better than the ground flax and water in the ones I have tried.

  20. says

    Oh wow. This looks and sounds incredible. I am DEFINITELY making this when I get home!

    I’m really interested in your almond flour cookbook, but I haven’t been able to find out if it’s vegetarian.. or vegan.. or mostly of one of the two. Could you give a little idea of what kind of recipes are inside? I see something resembling quiche on the front cover, so I’m assuming it’s neither. Thanks for the cool recipes nonetheless!! :)

  21. says

    Wow! just the title had my mouth watering. in the vitamix step, you’re supposed to add all the other ingredients, right? i read your dessert recipes out loud to my husband…. though i did actually make the biscotti and he and my son loved them.

    my gluten-free no-refined sugar household thanks you very much for actually inspiring me to make desserts on occasion. baking is still a little beyond me, but the raw vegan and ice cream treats are right up my alley. as a slightly reformed raw vegan, your recipes tempt me enough to make me experiment, but guiltlessly!


  22. says

    i have a quick question…what if you don’t have a vita-mix? what else could you use instead? i saw that you have used it in a couple of recipes now and i can’t afford to get one. =(

  23. says

    “don’t be scared by all the descriptors”

    Haha!! Well hey, NO ONE could be frightened by your recipes – they’re all so tantalizing!! Thanks for sharing another fabulous one.

  24. Duane says


    Just wanted to say that I love you blog. I have a friend that is both dairy and gluten free and your recipes are divine and make the thinks that we love delicious and healthy!!

  25. says

    I just tried your strawberry vanilla bean ice cream and LOVED it, and this one looks just as fantastic. I really like that you adapted Karina’s fabulous recipe to use dates as a sweetener (I often use this trick with great results). I can’t wait to try it!

  26. says

    I bet the coconut milk is amazing in this recipe (I hope I can use coconut again- someday). Such a beautiful complement to the roasted banana. Lovely!

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