Banana Ricotta Ice Cream Cake

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Banana Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Banana Ricotta Ice Cream Cake

An ice cream cake with no sugar, egg yolks, and cream? And it tastes dreamy? Absolutely! This healthy ice cream cake recipe is the brainchild of the award-winning chefs at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami. For 40 years, the renowned health resort has helped tens of thousands worldwide adopt healthy lifestyle habits.
Prep Time50 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Dessert, Entertaining
Cuisine: Gourmet, Holiday, Vegetarian
Yield: 4 people



  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sweetener "no-calorie" sucralose (Splenda) or stevia (many brands)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 cups whole-wheat flour (or quinoa)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg ground
  • 2 cups milk nonfat divided use


  • 1 pound bananas (very ripe) peeled, vacuum sealed, and frozen
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (fat-free )
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg ground
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


To Make Cake

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whip egg whites and no-calorie sweetener until fluffy. Stir in vanilla.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together baking powder, whole-wheat flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Make a well in the center of the medium bowl, and pour in whipped egg white mixture and 1 cup of nonfat milk.
  • Gently combine until smooth by cutting through the center of the mixture with a spatula and folding the mixture over on top of itself (cutting and folding). Add more milk, if needed, to achieve smooth texture. Do not over-stir. The fewer strokes made, the better.
  • Pour cake batter into 9” x 4½” x 2½” loaf pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool.

To Make Banana Ricotta Ice Cream

  • Remove bananas from freezer and let sit for 5 minutes (until they begin to defrost around the edges).
  • Place ricotta cheese in a food processor and pulse.
  • Chop the bananas and add to the food processor along with all remaining ingredients.
  • Puree until smooth and creamy.
  • Scoop mixture into a plastic bowl and cover with plastic food wrap, making sure the plastic wrap touches the top of the mixture. Place in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.

To Assemble Ice Cream Cake

  • Remove cake from loaf pan. Slice cake, lengthwise, into three long slices. Place one slice in bottom of loaf pan.
  • Remove ice cream from freezer. Spread half the ice cream mixture evenly over the cake slice in the loaf pan. Cover ice cream with second slice of cake. Spread remainder of ice cream evenly over second slice of cake. Cover with third slice of cake.
  • Wrap the entire loaf pan with plastic food wrap, and freeze.
  • When ready to serve, remove from freezer, and cut into four thick slices.


If desired, garnish your ice cream cake slices with fresh strawberries and Blackberry Compote.
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