Banana Cantaloupe Ice Cream with Pistachio

This banana cantaloupe ice cream with pistachio will quickly become one of your go-to banana nice cream and cantaloupe desserts. Hello, melon ice cream!  

What screams summer more than banana-based ice cream? This banana nice cream recipe is ready in minutes and will be your favorite banana-based ice cream. Hello, cantaloupe dessert recipes that require no ice cream machine.

Raise your hand if you love summer! One of my favorite things about warm weather is cooling off with a refreshing treat, like this super simple fruit-based “ice cream” made with cantaloupe, banana, and pistachios. And hooray for recipes using cantaloupe, one of the tastiest summer fruits IMHO.

I love dessert, so I’m always looking for healthy ways to add it to my day. One of my favorite ways is a quickie banana ice cream, so I thought about what other flavor combos would work well. 

It turns out that cantaloupe, banana, and lemon make a delicious frozen dessert treat, aka melon nice cream! Enter this banana melon ice cream, one of my favorite cantaloupe recipes.

low sugar banana cantaloupe ice cream in a green bowl on a blue tablecloth

How to Make Cantaloupe Nice Cream

To whip up this tasty cantaloupe dessert, I froze banana and cantaloupe overnight in a zip-top bag overnight.

Then I put the frozen banana, frozen cantaloupe (2 1/2 cups), milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a high-speed blender to create “ice cream.” You don’t need a fancy ice cream maker for this cantaloupe ice cream recipe.

Note that the banana melon recipe calls for just a little milk, which makes this dessert lighter than many ice creams made with both milk and cream.

If you’d like to make this a vegan cantaloupe ice cream, just swap out the milk for your favorite plant-based alternative, such as macadamia milk.

Once I had my base for this cantaloupe dessert, I thought about what food would make the best topping. I chose pistachios because they’re full of filling healthy fats, protein, and fiber—so I chopped them up for a crunchy topping.

That crushed pistachio flavor and even dried edible flowers as a topping are so delicious!

Now go get your own bowl so you can have treat time with this melon ice cream!

banana cantaloupe ice cream

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Want more nice cream recipes? Blend up my chocolate nice cream and my blueberry nice cream. You get beautiful colors in these homemade ice cream recipes without the need for any food coloring.

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This blog post was updated in July 2020.

Cantaloupe Ice Cream

This cantaloupe ice cream with pistachio will quickly become one of your go-to banana nice cream and cantaloupe desserts.
Prep Time 7 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 (½-Cup) servings
Calories 102 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • bananas, sliced
  • cups cantaloupe, diced
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp pistachios, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Freeze bananas and cantaloupe in a zip-top freezer bag overnight.
  • Place frozen fruit, milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a food processor or high-speed blender.
  • Process, pulse, or blend until completely smooth, pausing if necessary to push the ingredients toward the bottom of the processor or blender.
  • If using a blender, you may need to mix gently with a spoon when done blending.
  • Place in bowls, and top with pistachios. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 54mgPotassium: 377mgFiber: 3gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 3786IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Banana, Cantaloupe, Ice cream
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I’d love to hear from you! Let me know if you make this melon nice cream recipe! Have you ever tasted melon ice cream? Do you love pistachios and cantaloupe as much as I do? What are your favorite healthy summer desserts? Now, go print this recipe!

Blender / Food Processor | Dessert | Fast / Easy | Gluten Free | Low Carb | Low Sodium | No Added Sugar | Pescatarian | Recipes (Organizational) | Snack | Vegetarian |

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