Homemade Chunky Monkey Ice Cream


Total Time:

20 minutes



Raise your hand if you have a weakness for all things Ben and Jerry related! I sure do. And one of my biggest weakness is Chunky Monkey.

There is seriously nothing better than curling up on the couch after a long day, watching the Real Housewives of New Jersey, Beverly Hills, New York or whatever else is on Bravo TV, and eating some decadent ice cream. Am I right? πŸ™‚

Well I thought it was high time I made my own version of chunky monkey and I seriously couldn’t even believe how easy it was. I decided that not only was I going to add the typical banana with chocolate chunks and walnuts, but it only made sense to crumble up some brownies into this bowl of amazingness. And you know who has the best brownie recipe out there – Elise from Simply Recipes. The brownies on her site are like the brownies to end all brownies. So go ahead and whip up a batch of those, let ’em cool, and the crumble them up and set aside. You might want to make a double batch if you’re like me. Because well, I ate half of the first batch before I even had a chance to throw them into my ice cream maker. I have issues. They are totally under control through. And my brownie addiction is just fine with me.

Ok so back to the Chunky Monkey. I didn’t realize that it was so easy. It’s 4 ingredients: super ripe bananas, sugar, heavy cream and lemon juice. Throw it all into a food processor, whirl that stuff around, throw it into your ice cream maker and call it a day. Seriously, couldn’t be easier huh?

So next time you have a craving for the Chunky Monkey – make it at home! You won’t be disappointed.

Homemade Chunky Monkey Ice Cream

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 4 ripe bananas frozen and then thawed
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup brownie bits


  • Combine the bananas, lemon juice, cream and sugar into a food processor and combine for 1 minute until smooth.
  • Remove ice cream bowl from the freezer and place into ice cream machine. Transfer banana mixture to the frozen bowl and add the walnuts, chocolate chunks and 1/2 the brownie bits. Freeze according to the manufactures directions. Carefully stir in remaining brownie bits at the end.
  • Remove ice cream from the bowl and place into a freezer safe container for at least 2 hours before serving.

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  1. Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    oh my word, can you believe i’ve never heard of chunky monkey ice cream?! i am DEFINITELY craving it now!

  2. marla

    I cannot believe how easy this ice cream is!!! Love that there is only 4 ingredients πŸ™‚

  3. Double Dipped Life

    This is my favorite too- and now I can make it at home! Thanks!

  4. Angelica

    I just bought the ice cream maker attachment to my kitchenaid!! I am soooo making this. You really know how to get summer started.

    • Amy Parkinson

      Theres an ice cream attachment for a kitchenaid!?! Buying one! And then making this.

  5. Lucy Lean

    Love chunky monkey and can’t wait to try this – and thanks for the Brownies recipe – love Elise’s site and know that they will be good – especially if you say so too!

  6. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    the ice cream looks awesome but I am having a ball reading all the tweets from the IACP. I so wish I was there! eating this ice cream πŸ™‚

  7. Maris (In Good Taste)

    You are so right! Ice cream is about my favorite food group and this looks amazing!

  8. Melissa

    Heather! Never heard of Chunky Monkey? That should be considered a crime!!!

    I REALLY need to buy that KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker attachment… Way too many good ice cream recipes coming out lately!!

  9. Arianna @ laughter & linguini

    chunky monkey is my FAVORITE. thank you for sharing!!

  10. Allison [Girl’s Guide to Social Media]

    Raising my hand, like 100 times!

  11. Miranda

    Just wondering – why would you freeze and then thaw the bananas?

  12. The Italian Dish

    I can’t believe it. Chunky Monkey is my all time favorite ice cream. It’s a running joke in our house. I can’t believe you made this, Gaby! I need some!

  13. Kristen

    This could be way too dangerous to have around the house, I’m afraid!

  14. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy

    Just found your blog through Jess (How Sweet Eats) and oh man… pretty happy about it. πŸ™‚
    Chunky Monkey is my favorite after Chubby Hubby but yet one more reason why I need an ice cream maker.
    If only to enjoy while I am watching RH of Everywhere on Bravo.

  15. Shelby

    WOOOWWW! This is amazing!!!! πŸ˜€
    if only i had an ice cream machine πŸ™

  16. Baking Serendipity

    This is one of my all-time favorite ice cream flavors! I think homemade is always best…so…clearly going to have to try this already πŸ™‚

  17. Paula

    oh, with brownie it must be so delicious! love it πŸ™‚

  18. Aubri @ Tried and Tried Again

    This looks fab! Will this work in one of the small cuisinart counter-top ice cream makers? I think it’s like 1 1/2 quarts. I wanna make this πŸ™‚

  19. Miri Leigh

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to combat the hot summer sun with some of this ice cream!

  20. The Food Hunter

    i love making ice cream. Thanks for sharing this.

  21. Purabi Naha

    This recipe looks delicious and you seem to be a great shutterbug. So happy to stop by at your blog and wish to visit here again! Do visit mine as well.

  22. Kelsey (Happyolks)

    I cracked and bought my first ice cream machine a few days ago, and I’ve never seen my boyfriend Shaun more excited to be in the kitchen with me! He googled “chunky monkey ice cream” and it led him to your site, when I saw this as a still-open tab on our desktop I had to smile! Of course he would find you πŸ™‚ – He absolutely LOVED this recipe. Even calls it “healthy” because of how many bananas you used. Anyway, love the coincidences in life. You’ve made his weekend, I’m sure πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  23. Megan

    I have this pinned to make. It sounds like terrific recipe. Now, to go get that brownie recipe…

  24. Amanda

    Awesome! I’ve been on an ice cream making kick lately, so I’m definitely going to have to try this!

  25. Eileen Beran

    I made this with organic cream and it was seriously awesome. Thanks for the recipe!

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  28. meenakshi

    hello i am from India want to make this but can i use fresh bananas not the frozen and i havent understood why to freeze then thaw the bananas any particular reason for this. hope for the reply.
    thanks in anticipation.

    • Gaby

      Hi! The frozen bananas just the ice cream the right consistency πŸ™‚ Happy ice cream making!

  29. michael young

    For those who can’t have bananas for various reasons, a modification could be made by putting ripe mangoes in, and calling it “Chunky Chimp” ice cream, as the lemon will not overpower the taste of mango. I worked before as a chef, and I also have issues with eating bananas, as they are incompatible with the medication I take. As well, monkeys don’t just eat bananas, but eat other fruits. Nice recipe!

  30. Stefania Powolny

    Hey, thank you for the recepie, but DID ANYONE ELSE TRY IT? AND DID IT SURELY WORK? but i’m deffinetly going to try it anyway! πŸ™‚

  31. Danny Pattrick

    IM making this this evening… 1st Time making ice cream , wish me luck… sure it’ll taste good

  32. Danny Pattrick

    I’m also gonna add a bit of peanut butter into the mix or coconut cream… think it’ll give it that extra factor

  33. Vicki

    was wonderful except the juice of one whole lemon kinda made it way too tangy. I will cut down on the lemon juice next time. Otherwise it is a really good recipe.

  34. Rickey

    For those who do not own an icecream machine, is there an easy replacement for the ice cream machine?