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Healthy Pumpkin Nice Cream

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Have your pumpkin in a healthy ice cream form! This dairy free, healthy frozen treat is a great way to use ripe bananas and get your pumpkin fix!

bowl with three large scoops of pumpkin nice cream drizzle with caramel and sprinkled with pecans.

Pumpkin puree and ripe bananas come together to make a delicious frozen treat. This pumpkin nice cream is a perfect fall transition dessert for when you feel like pumpkin but it is still warm out. 

It is also a healthy alternative to ice cream that still feels like a treat. Add a little caramel sauce and toasted pecans to really treat yourself well!

I originally posted this recipe in 2015. It was so good but the photos didn’t do it any justice. So I figured it was high time to come back and spruce it up a bit.  I forgot how much I liked the results.

It definitely feels like a treat but without the guilt. Plus it is a great way to use up some of those overripe bananas.  I almost always have some in the freezer and if we aren’t in a smoothie stage, they sometimes linger.

Are you guys like that too where you go through food phases? We definitely do. It’s all smoothies for a couple of weeks and then on to something else.

Sometimes my grocery list lags a week behind the phase du jour, so we end up with a glut of something we are no longer eat. Worry no more, ripe bananas, nice cream is here!

Now for the original post:

Some of you might remember my husband’s cousin Chris.  She is best known for being the creative mind behind making cool crafts at Madi Grace.

A while back she shared a few of her family’s favorite recipes with me.  This one required ripe bananas.  You would think that wouldn’t be a problem, except somehow all of my ripe bananas have ended up in baked goods lately.

pumpkin nice cream smoothed out in glass loaf pan.

I haven’t been able to help it.  They have just called out to be baked.  So I finally stumbled upon a group of ripe bananas that really wanted to be frozen.  That is all it took, magic was made!

This “ice cream” comes together in  just a few minutes with just a few ingredients.  With all of the bananas, it really does fill you up and it has a great texture.  You feel like you are really giving yourself a treat and you are doing your body a favor!

scooping out a ball of pumpkin ice cream with scoop.

More great nice cream recipes:

Frequently Asked Question

How ripe should bananas be for nice cream?

The riper the bananas, the sweeter the ice cream. This is a perfect way to use those overripe bananas if you aren’t in the mood to bake banana bread.

How do you make nice cream extra creamy?

Make sure to process the mixture for a nice long time. Because there’s not a lot of moisture in the mix, it will take a little while for the food processor to get through it all.

Bowl of pumpkin nice cream drizzled with caramel and topped with toasted pecans.

More healthier pumpkin treats:

Velvety Maple Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal is one of my favorite fall breakfast recipes. It is flavorful and quick to whip together. Plus the leftovers keep great so you can make a batch on the weekend and enjoy it throughout the week.

Maple Pumpkin Butter is a great sandwich spread.  If you like pumpkin pie and apple butter, you are going to love pumpkin butter!

Fall Harvest Pumpkin Sourdough Muffins are a perfect way to turn sourdough discard into breakfast! This recipe makes muffins that are loaded with autumnal goodness!

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bowl with three large scoops of pumpkin nice cream drizzle with caramel and sprinkled with pecans.

Healthy Pumpkin Nice Cream

Servings: 6 Servings
Author: Carlee
Have your pumpkin in a healthy ice cream form! This dairy free, healthy frozen treat is a great way to use ripe bananas and get your pumpkin fix!
4.91 from 10 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 4 large very ripe bananas frozen
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • optional additions: cinnamon vanilla, PB2, chocolate chips


  • In a food processor, blend together the frozen bananas and pumpkin until smooth and creamy.
    4 large very ripe bananas, ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • Slowly add in honey and blend until you get the level of sweetness you would like.
    2 teaspoons honey
  • Add any optional add-ins you’d like.
    optional additions: cinnamon
  • You can of course eat it as it is, but if you want it to be scoopable you will need to freeze it for at least a couple of hours. Let sit on the counter for a few minutes to soften before scooping.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 131kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3mgFiber: 4gSugar: 18g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Jill Fisher

Thursday 16th of December 2021

This is the solution to leftover pumpkin puree always in our fridge, we especially loved it with some of your crunchy Toasted Maple Cinnamon Granola sprinkled on top!


Thursday 16th of December 2021

Yay! And the granola is a great idea for a healthier topping!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Tuesday 6th of November 2018

I've been wanting/needing to bring a healthy twist to our meals. This would be perfect!


Thursday 8th of November 2018

It's a perfect healthy treat! I hope you enjoy it!


Sunday 4th of November 2018

Oooh I've been wanting to make pumpkin nice cream for my toddler! This looks amazing. Can't wait to try it!


Thursday 8th of November 2018

It's a perfect treat for a little one. I hope you both love it!

Family Around the Table

Sunday 4th of November 2018

I'm always happy to find new and delicious healthy desserts! This looks great.


Thursday 8th of November 2018

Thank you!

Sue Lau

Sunday 4th of November 2018

I love this kind of dessert although I haven't tried it with pumpkin...yet.


Thursday 8th of November 2018

You definitely should!