If you have a pulse then you like ice cream. Everyone has a favorite flavor, this one is mine. Chocolate and peanut butter is a powerful combo but throw a banana in the mix and you’ve got the ultimate ice cream. I recently stumbled upon some samples of Oikos greek yogurt and this was what I envisioned. Greek yogurt makes for a thick and creamy ice cream and also makes it very nutritious. This ice cream has no added sugar and no fat besides the peanut butter. On top of that, all you need is a blender and about 2 minutes to make this – no ice cream maker required. Ice cream is no longer relegated to dessert.


Prepare fruit ahead of time. Remove peels and freeze bananas in plastic wrap. Wash, slice and freeze peaches in a plastic bag. No-salt cottage cheese can easily substitute for greek yogurt.

1 frozen banana
1 frozen peach (or another banana)
1/2 cup cottage cheese (no salt added) or greek yogurt
2T peanut butter, preferably unsalted
2T cocoa powder
1 serving chocolate or vanilla protein powder
soy/skim milk, as needed


1. Break apart banana and place in a blender. Add cottage cheese or yogurt, peanut butter, cocoa powder and a splash of milk (the key to achieving a soft-serve ice cream consistency is to use as little milk as possible). Blend on medium-high until just a few chunks remain. Add the peach chunks and blend until smooth. The mixture should be very thick. Pour into a tall chilled mug. If it is a little runny, place in the freezer for 15 minutes and stir well. Top with granola, cereal, chopped nuts or enjoy plain. It doesn’t freeze well so enjoy immediately – as good a reason as any to finish it in one sitting.

Filed in Dessert, Gluten Free, Peanut Butter, Vegetarian

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  1. Amy says:

    Oh my. This sounds amazing! You are a genius.

    *Bows* ~ Nick

  2. Shelby says:

    Fantastic idea! PB & Chocolate are the ultimate ice cream combination! This stuff has to be healthier than Baskin Robbins, another plus!

  3. Alison says:

    Wow…that looks fabulous and healthy! Thanks!

  4. Lauren says:

    This sounds fantastic! Gotta love the chocolate/pb/banana mix. I like to keep frozen banana slices on hand in the summer for impromptu smoothies & shakes – this recipe will definitely be joining the ranks!

  5. Meg says:

    What a delicious treat! Love that you used the Greek yogurt!

  6. I LIVE on stuff like this all summer!!! I love it!

  7. Natalie says:

    WOW…looks really good and healthy. Perfect for when you’re craving something sweet!

  8. dawn says:

    there is an ice cream stand right down the road that opens up in the spring and serves the chunkiest pb ice cream ever. it has the large chunks of frozen pb in a deep chocolate ice cream. Heaven I say. But it can get too fattening. So, I must try this one as it is a bit healthlier so I can just eat more! LOL

    Sounds incredible…I suggest you intermix you’re cravings with this version, I think you’ll be surprised how rich, creamy, sweet and flavorful this recipe is! ~ Nick

  9. Sharon says:

    Mmmmm best of both worlds.

  10. Sagan says:

    Mmm delicious. Have you tried the chocolate PB2 yet? Using that instead of the cocoa powder would make this ice cream EXTRA peanut buttery! And we all know that extra peanut butter = bliss.

    I haven’t tried it but that’s a great idea. But isn’t that just regular PB2 + cocoa + more sugar? I bet you could replicate it pretty easily! Regardless, I bet PB2 would thicken this up even more, good call Sagan. ~ Nick

  11. Maria says:

    I could eat this for breakfast! Looks so creamy and delicious!

  12. I think this is a worthy indulgence of my oft-repressed ice cream addiction. :) Just in time for the warm weather!

    Indulge away Diana! ~ Nick

  13. Katrina says:

    Looks like The Peanut Butter Boy has done it again! Probably my favorite trio! Can’t wait to try this!

    Thanks, let me know how you like it! ~ Nick

  14. Dave says:

    Wow! Awesome! Thanks!

  15. Marta says:

    Nick this sounds great, I really appreciate these healthy recipes of yours. In fact, I’m making this tonight as a dessert, may sprinkle it with some granola or swirl in some warmed up crunchy PB just to add some drama!

    Be warned, it’s filling. This usually fills me up for dinner, although I do top each bite with cereal or granola. But you can’t beat it! Let me know your results/thoughts/suggestions Marta. ~ Nick

  16. Annabel says:

    OMG peanut butter and chocolate ice cream has been my favorite flavor forever (i mean FOREVER!)! I can’t wait to try this out! i am stoked!
    p.s. you know what i was thinking would be a fun recipe? some sort of peanut butter quesadilla. Am I sick? lol

    Haha, love the excitement! I think that’s a great idea. Do you mean pb and cheese or something else? Either way, sign me up! ~ Nick

  17. Elle says:

    What? No heavy cream and millions of calories? You are my hero! I can’t wait to try this!

    Peanut Butter Boy to the rescue! ~ Nick

  18. Elle says:

    Stumbled! :)

    Gracias =) ~ Nick

  19. Anne says:

    definitely gonna try this with soygurt and almond milk

  20. Heather says:

    mmmmmmmmm. chocolate peanut butter ice cream, i think i love you!

    Haha, that’s just the peanut butter and chocolate love you’re feeling, it’s an addiction =) ~ Nick

  21. I can’t stand it: chocolate, peanut butter and banana…and ice cream! I have to have some, right now.

  22. RecipeGirl says:

    Is this more like a pb/choc smoothie or an ice cream? Either way, it sounds great to me. I love a good chocolate ice cream with HUGE chunks of PB in it! I’ll bet you do too :)

    It’s created like a smoothie, but the texture is much closer to soft-serve ice cream if done right (as little liquid as possible). Enjoy! ~ Nick

  23. ttfn300 says:

    Mmm, this sounds familiar… with cottage cheese and cantaloupe? maybe not the chocolate. i do remember it being good, so last week when i had some cantaloupe i froze it just for this purpose :)

    Mmmm, yea cantaloupe works well. Make sure to use some banana too, more for texture than the flavor. ~ Nick

  24. Elyse says:

    This ice cream looks totally incredible. I love that there’s peach in it. How fabulous!

  25. Kristie says:

    Who needs real ice cream? This sounds amazing!

  26. CakeSpy says:

    oh my god! I have got to try this. It sounds like the awesomest smoothie-ice cream hybrid, like, ever!

  27. Jude says:

    I thought I was the only one who use protein powder in ice cream. It gives it a nicer texture – my secret ingredient.

  28. Mmm. This sounds perfect as I don’t own an ice-cream maker, but love any sort of frozen creamy dessert! Now I just have to find a non-dairy sub. for the yogurt. I’m thinking cashew cream. Thanks Nick!

  29. Looks delicious Nick! Only you could make me hungry when I’m totally, utterly full…

    (one nick-picky caveat, oikos yogurt isn’t 100% certified gluten-free, so says the stonyfield yogurt website. they’re in the process but it isn’t “certified”. I know you’re not celiac, but I thought I’d pass the info along)

    – Dana

    Ah, thanks for the info, I wasn’t aware of that. ~ Nick

  30. Spiceaholic says:

    Yum, this is genius! Will definitely be trying this.

  31. Kim says:

    I am not a protein powder fan. What would happen if I left it out? Or oculd I substitute something else? I am however, a HUGE PB fan. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Nick says:

      Nothing would happen, you can definitely leave it out =). I would add more cocoa powder though and you might need some sugar/sweetener depending on your tastes.

      I will, however, mention that my girlfriend despises protein powder, but even she can barely notice it in this recipe and she loves this ice cream!

  32. Julia says:

    My husband has a pulse and hates ice cream. He’s an alien. So I always eat his portion :)

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