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Strawberry-Banana Nice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for NICE cream! We can’t get enough of this dessert in our household—both this specific recipe and easy-to-make, delicious variations.  For MATCHA: Simply blend two ingredients—powdered matcha green tea and blended frozen bananas—before freezing. (Please make sure the matcha is sourced from Japan, not China, due to lead contamination concerns.)
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Dr. Michael Greger & Robin Robertson from The How Not to Die Cookbook


  • 4 bananas frozen (break into chunks before freezing)
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 cup strawberries sliced
  • 1 piece split and scraped vanilla bean or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Combine the bananas and almond butter in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Add the strawberries and vanilla and pulse to mix well, leaving a few solid bits of strawberry throughout. Transfer the nice cream to an airtight container and freeze for 30 minutes for a soft texture or for 1 to 2 hours for a firmer texture. If the nice cream becomes too hard to scoop, let it stand at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
  • TIP: Keep a stash of ripe banana chunks in the freezer to make delicious soft-serve nice cream (and smoothies) in minutes.


Note: Nutrition Facts listed are for Strawberry-Banana.

21 responses to “Strawberry-Banana Nice Cream

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  1. I really hate tea, makes me vomit so maybe this is the way to go? Would you say that Brazilian Mate has the same benefits? I am in Brazil so it’s easier and cheaper of course.
    Maybe a nice video idea? Mate vs matcha..?
    love what you do thanks :G)

    1. Unfortunately mate is not a healthy option, Dr Gregor has a video on it. Matcha tastes completely different from tea, give it a try!

  2. I don’t know much about green teas. Can you suggest a brand of organic matcha tea (from Japan)? What brand did Dr. Greger use in his matcha tea & banana ice cream video? Thank you for your time. Keep these cooking videos coming please! I love them!

  3. The vanilla bean measurement was clarified in Dr. Greger’s How Not To Die Cookbook. 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract would be equivalent to a 1″ to 1-1/2″ piece of vanilla bean. I used a high speed blender for this, which worked better than the food processor for me; and I did not need to freeze it after it was blended – I used frozen strawberries, which may have made the difference. First time making nice cream and we all really liked it.

  4. Is Almond butter related to Butter like in Dairy….????? i am lactose intolerent in a big way always looking for things i can replace butter with.. like in cakes white sauce ice cream Ah i love food ..xx

  5. Quick question. My apologies if this is right in front of me and I’m just not seeing it but is each recipe broken down to tell you which of the daily dozen criteria it meets?

  6. Ok – I’m confused . . . the recipe does not call for tea of macha, so what are the comments related to that in the intro to the recipe???

  7. Ok – I’m confused . . . the recipe does not call for tea or matcha, so what are the comments related to that in the intro to the recipe???

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