Introduction: Chunky Monkey Ice Cream Bread

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If you like banana bread, you're going to go ape for this Chunky Monkey ice cream bread!  This recipe takes the concept of 2-ingredient bread to a whole new level by incorporating chocolate chunk banana ice cream.  I tossed in a some fresh banana and some added chocolate and walnuts to give it an extra punch, but even without those, this bread is screaming good.  I will probably never make banana bread any other way again - this is way too easy, and waaaay too good. 


  • 2 pints Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream, softened or melted
  • 3 cups (375g) self-rising flour (or 360g AP flour + 1 tablespoon baking powder + 1 1/2 teaspoons salt)
Optional mix-ins:
  • 1 very ripe banana, chopped
  • 1 very delicious chocolate bar (I chose bittersweet), chopped
  • Handful of walnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Grease and flour bread pan, or line with parchment paper.  this is the pan I used
  3. Mix melted ice cream and flour until well combined.  Add optional mix-ins.
  4. Pour into prepared bread pan.
  5. Bake for 1-1.5 hrs.  This seems like a lot, but we've essentially made a double loaf in a single pan.  If the top starts to brown too much, cover it with aluminum foil and continue to bake. 
  6. Bread is done when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.


TeganJovanka (author)2012-12-27

Soo cool!

tdoleman1 (author)2012-12-19

To the kitchen/cooking handicap, such as myself, I'm loving this! Thanks :)

kithso (author)2012-12-13

Nifty, just made this recipe using butter pecan icecream. Seems like a hit. Good work.

Lorddrake (author)2012-12-06

I love these ice cream bread recipes. so much fun to do with the kids.

azharz (author)2012-12-06

Very Delicious.

jeanniedrop (author)2012-12-05

This looks AMAZING!!

cdawisconsin (author)2012-12-04

My ten year old daughter just made this for us. House smells amazing, it is so yummy, and she is super pleased with herself that she was able to do it without help. I think I'm going to have another slice =)

scoochmaroo (author)cdawisconsin2012-12-04

I'm so pleased to hear it!

poofrabbit (author)2012-12-03

OMG it's like you knew THIS is what I was thinking of when I saw your pumpkin ice cream bread!! I've had no time to try it so I'm so glad you did and now that I know it did work, I simply MUST make it!

scoochmaroo (author)poofrabbit2012-12-04

Yes. Yes, you must. It is sooo good.

maltesergr8 (author)2012-12-04

Ohhhh, this sounds heavenly! One question... Does Chunky Monkey ice cream have nuts in it? We have to stay away from nuts in our household, due to an allergy. I'm wondering how this would taste with other delicious ice cream -- hmmm, I'm guessing with the right ingreds, it would be yummy, too!!

Thanks for sharing.


scoochmaroo (author)maltesergr82012-12-04

It does have walnuts in it. I used a pumpkin pie ice cream for an earlier recipe, and it turned out great. Give it a shot with another flavor - it's too easy not to try!

kuato (author)2012-12-04

What kind of delicious sorcery is this?? You must be a witch! I assume this basically works with any ice cream? I'm pretty sure some ice cream appeared in the freezer yesterday (not sure what kind); I'll have to try this!

chefsea (author)2012-12-04

Looks soooooo good!

M.C. Langer (author)2012-12-03

Looks absolutely delicious!

scoochmaroo (author)M.C. Langer2012-12-03

psssst we'll make some when you get here!

M.C. Langer (author)scoochmaroo2012-12-03

Fantastic!!!! :-) Definitively, I can't wait!!!!!

I want to try with you some colombian recipes. The challenge is to find the correct ingredients in San Francisco. The kitchen is not my battlefield, but I will do my best!

pjamestx (author)2012-12-03


Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-12-03

Very tasty! I'm still amazed you can make bread with ice cream and flour :)

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