Chocolate Nice Cream Pie

Think a healthy ice cream pie is too good to be true? Guess again! This chocolate nice cream pie combines chocolate nice cream with a gluten-free chocolate almond pie crust for an amazing dessert without the guilt!

The best part of my job? The food. Obviously. I really, really like food. The second best part? The photos! I have so much fun photographing my food. I’ve always liked making things pretty, so making my food pretty is just a no-brainer.

So, let me tell you, I definitely started out food blogging thinking that’s really all it was. Make food. Take photos of food. Write about food. LITTLE did I know, it’s so, so much more than that; however, that’s another post for another time. I don’t want to bore you ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let me dive right into this chocolate nice cream pie instead!!

I’m so excited to share this one with you guys for a couple of reasons. One, it’s my first new post in over a week (cue gasps), and two, it’s something that I’ve been experimenting with for over a year! I wanted to post it last year but I ran out of time in the summer and it just seems like such a summer dessert. I mean, it is a frozen pie!

So, what is nice cream?

Nice cream is a REALLY awesome alternative to ice cream. Trust me, I like my ice cream (I have a whole category dedicated to it) but sometimes you want something a little nicer on your waistline, and with a little less sugar for the munchkins. Nice cream is essentially just frozen bananas, blended until smooth and creamy. Once blended, the frozen bananas have a very similar texture to ice cream, and you can eat it just the way it is, or add a little sweetener or other fixings to make it what you want!

In this case, I made CHOCOLATE nice cream with the help of some cocoa powder and a touch of maple syrup. As tempting as it was to just eat it all after blending it up, I slathered it onto a grain-free chocolate crust instead! (Patting self on back).

Oh, and then I topped it with whipped cream. Woop!

Is this a healthy ice cream pie?

Yes, yes! I mean, healthy is always a subjective concept, but I consider this a healthy ice cream pie for a couple of reasons:

  • The crust is gluten-free, grain-free and free of refined sugars. In fact, it only has a touch of maple syrup to sweeten it.
  • The filling is BANANAS. No, but really. Actual bananas. 
  • You can add as little or as much sweetener (maple syrup) as you want. In this whole pie, I only used 3 tablespoons of syrup!

Convinced yet?

Let me help you with this picture…

chocolate nice cream pie

I do have a few tips for you if you make this pie (and you really should):

  • Before running your frozen bananas in the blender/food processor, chop them into smaller chunks. This will help everything blend together smoothly. Alternatively, chop your bananas BEFORE freezing!
  • Take the pie out of the freezer about 10 minutes before cutting and serving. This will make it MUCH easier to slice, and the texture is a bit softer and creamier too.

I think that’s it. The easiest, healthiest dessert this summer. Chocolate nice cream pie! Woop!

piece of nice cream pie

If you like this healthy ice cream pie, you’ll love the other desserts I’ve got stashed away in my lighter side of things category!

And if you decide that nice cream is pretty much the best thing ever, check out these nice cream pops from my friend, Leanne over at Crumb Top Baking!

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Chocolate Nice Cream Pie


  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x

Description

Think a healthy ice cream pie is too good to be true? Guess again! This chocolate nice cream pie combines chocolate nice cream with a gluten-free chocolate almond pie crust for an amazing dessert without the guilt!


Scale

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups ground almond flour
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (sub melted butter)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • pinch of salt

Pie Filling

  • 45 frozen bananas, chopped into large slices
  • 13 tbsp almond milk (sub coconut milk)
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup*

Topping

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream**
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • chocolate shavings, cinnamon, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Prepare the crust. Preheat the oven to 350 F and lightly grease a 9″ pie pan with butter or coconut oil, and set aside. In a large bowl, sift, and then whisk together the almond flour and cocoa powder. Pour in the melted coconut oil and syrup and stir until the entire mixture is slightly dampened. Empty the mixture into the pie pan, and press down firmly into the pan, creating a 1″ crust along the sides. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then allow it to cool completely before adding the filling.
  2. Prepare the filling.ย In a high powered blender or food processor, add the chopped bananas, and 1 tbsp of almond milk. Pulse or blend briefly to break up the bananas into small pieces. Add the cocoa powder and maple syrup, and continue to pulse or blend on low until the bananas become smooth and combined with the other ingredients. Add more almond milk, as necessary (about a tablespoon at a time) to smooth things out. Once the mixture is completely smooth and looks like ice cream, scrape it all into the baked crust. Smooth it out, and freeze for 10-15 minutes before adding the whipped cream topping.
  3. Prepare the topping. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or a handheld mixer, beat the whipping cream on high, along with the tbsp of maple syrup until stiff peaks begin to form. Scrape the whipped cream on top of the frozen filling and smooth out. Decorate cinnamon and chocolate shavings, if desired. Freeze the pie for at least 1 hour before serving.

Leftover pie should remain in the freezer. It will keep for 1 week in an airtight container!


Notes

*The amount and type of sweetener is entirely up to you. You could make the pie much sweeter with an additional 2 tbsp maple syrup (or honey, or agave)

**To keep this pie vegan, sub the whipped cream for coconut whipped cream

***Before serving, let the pie rest for 10 minutes prior to slicing and serving to make the filling a bit softer and easier to slice!

Keywords: chocolate nice cream // chocolate nice cream pie // healthy ice cream pie

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41 Comments

  1. This is definitely my kind of pie! As you know, I’m a huge fan of nice cream! At this moment, I have about 20 bananas frozen in the freezer to keep me going in frozen treats. For the next week, anyways! haha! Thanks for the shoutout on my nice cream pops. Much appreciated! Happy Monday Katherine!

    • That’s awesome, Leanne. We go through so many bananas it’s tough to actually get them ripe enough to go to the freezer! I can’t wait to see what your plans are with that giant freezer stash. Happy Monday to you!!

  2. This looks INCREDIBLE, Katherine! I love that I can have a piece and not feel guilty afterward :). I’m adding it to my must-make list! Have a great week!

  3. Definitely adding this one to our summer dessert list Katherine! It looks incredible!

  4. Katherine, this looks TOO GOOD!!! I want a huge slice and it’s currently 9 am where I am! LOL! I’m definitely going to try out that chocolate nice cream this Summer..talk about refreshing!! And when you load it into that delicious chocolate pie crust and then top it with whipped cream?!?! Literally can’t go wrong! Yay!

  5. I love a nice cream made with bananas! And if thereโ€™s chocolate, you know Iโ€™m diving right into it! Great recipe, Katherine!

  6. This is definitely going down at my house this weekend! I think I already have all the ingredients on hand! Beautiful pictures! Great idea! Thanks, Katherine!

  7. This is seriously too good to be true! I loves me some nice cream and it always amazes me how creamy it is, like ice cream only healthier. Love that it’s in a pie form…so perfect for summer! Wish I had a slight RIGHT NOW ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Yep – this is going on the summer treat list! Great idea, my friend!!

  9. Oh man, what a gorgeous pie!! It looks so dreamy and delicious. I love the flavor combination too, such a beautiful and healthy treat, can’t wait to make this!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Everything about this nice cream pie is genius, Katherine! Putting this on our summer treat menu FOR SURE!

  11. Wow ! This is perfect one for hot summer days ! Adding to my list ! Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. I definitely started out just thinking about making food and taking photos of food. And boy has it taken off from there. lol I’m in love with this nice cream pie — such a great idea Katherine!

  14. This is bananas!! I donโ€™t normally like pie, but I want a slice of this!

  15. This looks and sounds perfectly scrumptious Katherine! I know my family would love it too.

  16. This looks amazingly decadent! And it’s Nice Cream so I can enjoy it without guilt!

  17. Such a yummy and healthy treat. Thanks for a great recipe!

  18. Joni Gomes

    Loved your version of a healthier take on banana cream pie! It was a winner with the crowd I made it for. Thank you for the recipe!

  19. OMG this is SUCH a genius idea and so easy! Who wouldn’t love this?

  20. This looks heavenly! I love nice cream – what a gorgeous looking pie. This wouldn’t last long in our house!

  21. OMG, this gorgeous pie is pure decadence! My kids would fight to the death over this pie! I’m in love with those banana heart cut-outs, so cute.

  22. This looks so amazing, definitely making for company coming later this week! no doubt they will be impressed even if I make it loo half as good as yours!

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