Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream Cake


Ok, so today’s post is super special for two reasons:

  1. I’m, like, seriously excited about this recipe. Chocolate and peanut butter. You know me, I’m obsessed, case closed.
  2. Tomorrow is my BIRTHDAY! Gahhh I’m turning 27 and I feel so. freaking. old. Did I really graduate from high school NINE years ago??Β WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE!

Ok, now that that whole getting old thing is out of the way, let’s talk CAKE! Because what better things are there to talk about in this world??

None. Especially when it’s my birthday.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream Cake {vegan, gluten free} //


When it came to creating my birthday cake this year (which is a strange concept in itself), I knew I had to channel my inner child (since I’m getting so old and all) and break out an old favorite from many years ago: ICE CREAM CAKE!

So back when I was a youngin’ in college, we had this insaneΒ homemade ice cream shop right near my campus called Dave & Andy’s. Their ice cream, as you can predict, was out-of-this-world amazing, but even better were their ice cream CAKES.

I don’t know how they did it, but their cakes were seriously like crack. You could pick any flavor of ice cream you wanted and they’d layer that on top of their baked-from-scratch-cake, all covered in this sweet, creamy icing. Now that I’m reminiscing about these cakes I’m beyonnnddd craving one right now. Delivery from Pittsburgh please???

Anyways, whenever any one of my friends would have a birthday, we’d order one of these epic ice cream cakes to start off our celebration and it was pure magic. I swear I’d eat my weight in ice cream cakeΒ every time a birthday came around. So you see, this love of ice cream cake goes WAY DEEP.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream Cake {vegan, gluten free} //

Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream Cake {vegan, gluten free} //


Now as much as I still love ice cream cake today, I thought I’d step out of the box and mesh it together with one of my NEW(er) loves: nice cream!Β I mean, who doesn’t love nice cream nowadays? So easy to throw together, creamy, perfectly sweet, and surprisingly healthy— there literally are NO downsides.

So, yes, I decided to make a Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream Cake and it is perfect. Frozen bananas blended with peanut butter and vanilla, then mixed with chopped dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Ohh and it’s all topped off with a thick layer of dark chocolate and studded with even MORE peanut butter cups. Because, remember, it’s my birthday πŸ˜‰

I seriously couldn’t be happier.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream Cake {vegan, gluten free} //

Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream Cake

Serves 6-8
Prep time 3 hours, 20 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert


  • 4 bananas, frozen
  • 4 tablespoons PB2 (powdered peanut butter), regular peanut butter will work too
  • 1/3-1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 small dark chocolate peanut butter cups, quartered (divided)
  • 3/4 cups dark chocolate chips, melted


Step 1
Line a 8x4 loaf pan with parchment paper. In a food processor or high speed blender, blend 4 frozen bananas with 1/3 cup of milk, vanilla, and PB2. Stop and scrape, then repeat until smooth. Add another splash of milk if needed.
Step 2
Fold in 5 quartered dark chocolate peanut butter cups, then pour the batter into the parchment lined loaf pan. Freeze for at least 3 hours. Once the cake is frozen, remove from the pan using the parchment paper and place on serving plate.
Step 3
Melt your dark chocolate chips and then pour them over the nice cream cake. Top the with remaining quartered peanut butter cups. Slice and serve! If the cake is still super frozen, let it sit out for 10-15 minutes before slicing (just to make it a little easier on you).

Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream Cake {vegan, gluten free} //


Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!


  1. First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I turned 27 in December and totally get feeling too old. This cake though, oh my goodness! There truly is no better combination than peanut butter, chocolate, and even bananas! Love that it’s made with nice cream. Looks like I’ll be celebrating my half birthday this year πŸ˜‰

    • No way!! Gah, we get more similar by the day! Couldn’t agree more πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much Rachel!! Don’t worry— I’ve got it taken care of πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Kaylin!! I almost did haha πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Heather πŸ™‚ It worked out so perfectly!!

  2. AHHH happy birthday dear!!! This sounds like the PERFECT summer birthday cake!!!! I hope it’s an absolutely fantastic birthday!

  3. So, I’ve NEVER even heard of Dave & Andy’s! But we can totally go when you’re here this summer! πŸ™‚ This cake looks amazing btw! Love banana nice cream!

    Happy birthday, Liz! I hope you’re getting totally pampered and having a great day πŸ™‚

    • Omg it’s so so good! You MUST go there— and I’ll happily join you hehe πŸ™‚ Thanks so much Alexa!

  4. Happy Birthday, Liz!! I hope you have a really great day. My birthday is next week (I am also turning 27 and feeling sooo old too) and I was saying to the hubby-to-be that I only want ice cream cake for my birthday… So, this recipe came at the right time. I am so excited to try this!

    • What perfect timing!! We’re almost birthday twins πŸ™‚ You’ll have to let me know what you think!

  5. Happiest of birthdays to you today, Liz! There’s no better way to celebrate than with cake, and a nice cream cake sounds like such a refreshing option for the summer! LOVE that you made it chocolate peanut butter, which is like, my favorite flavor combo in the WORLD!!! My birthday is coming up in June as well, so I may need to make this for myself, haha! Hope you have a wonderful day, my friend!

    • Thanks Joscelyn!! June is definitely the best month πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad you’re a chocolate peanut butter addict like me because you’re going to fall head-over-heels for this cake!

  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Hope you had a wonderful day and got some lovely presents πŸ™‚
    I love the idea of adding peanut butter to this nice cream cake! usually i just blend up bananas, but the PB + harded chocolate would be like something out of Dairy Queen.

    • It really is! Perfect combo and the perfect birthday dessert! Thanks so much Beverley!

  7. Haaapppyyyy birthday! This looks like the perfect way to celebrate – so much so that if my birthday wasn’t smack bang in the middle of winter, I’d totally have this as my birthday cake!

    • Thanks Kristy! Definitely the perfect way to celebrate!

  8. OHMYGOSHHH, Liz! This looks incredible. Seriously drooling over here. Alsoooo HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You totally deserve this cake, have an awesome day <3

    • Thanks girl!!! So glad you like it. It was one of my favorite birthday cakes, like, ever πŸ˜‰

  9. Happy Happy Birthday! πŸ™‚ Love this! I’m a huge fan of “nice cream” or whatever catchy name it has now! I’ve been making a greens-filled version of it for my daughter for years….throw a few sprinkles on top and I’m the coolest mom around lol! If I made it in cake form with chocolate top I’d be EVEN cooler! Perfect birthday cake! πŸ™‚

    • Oh you’d be the COOLEST! So therefore you must try it πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much Laura!

  10. Happy belated birthday, Lz! Mine is more than half a year away and despite that being in winter I wouldn’t mind this as my special birthday dessert. That’s what blankets are for, right?!

    • Thanks so much!! I would eat this in the dead of winter, no problem πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks so much Liz!! Definitely my favorite combo as well πŸ™‚

    • Yayyyy happy early birthday!!! Let me know what you think πŸ˜‰

  11. Liz, THIS “CAKE”!!!! I NEED IT. My favorite ingredients ever are in it! I’m making it as soon as I can. πŸ™‚
    Secondly, HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY! I can’t believe you graduated from high school nine years ago either, especially since I just graduated from high school last week! Craziness!
    How was your birthday? Fabulous I hope, especially because of this nice cream cake!

    • Thanks so much Ellie! I had such a wonderful birthday— went out with some of my girlfriends the night of, then had a birthday weekend in Asheville with my family. Couldn’t be more perfect!

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