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There’s An Ice Cream You Can Eat Before The Run

I scream. You scream. We all scream for “nice” cream. (Sorry—I had to do it.) But seriously, what if I told you that there’s a way to make ice cream without any added sugar and that it’s great running fuel? You may not believe me, but it’s true with this Chocolate Peanut Butter “Nice” Cream.

The name for this homemade frozen dessert comes from the fact that it’s made with just three healthy ingredients: frozen bananas, cocoa powder and peanut butter powder. If you’re tired of your pre-run bananas, switch things up a bit with this chocolatey frozen fuel. It also tastes great after a hot and sweaty summer run, and the potassium in the bananas replaces some of the electrolytes lost in sweat. That’s why it’s totally acceptable to have more than one serving.

Related: 5 Reasons Runners Should Eat Ice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter “Nice” Cream Recipe

Serves 2-3


  • 3 frozen bananas, with peels removed
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter powder
  • 1/4 cup warm water


Combine bananas, cocoa powder, peanut butter powder and water in a food processor and blend until smooth. You may need to stir intermittently. If contents do not blend fully, add 1 Tbsp. of water and blend again. Repeat until fully smooth.


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Natalie Rizzo

Natalie Rizzo

Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian and nutrition communications expert, specializing in sports nutrition. Natalie has written for many food and nutrition publications, such as Eating Well, Spright and Food & Nutrition Magazine, and she has been featured in Fitness Magazine, Women’s Health and Men’s Health. Natalie received her Masters of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Columbia University. When she’s not writing, she’s creating delicious recipes, running and helping other runners reach their peak potential through food. To learn more about Natalie and read about sports nutrition topics, visit her blog, Nutrition à la Natalie or follow her on Twitter.