Nice cream: a frozen banana puree mimicking the texture of ice cream.
As a kid ice cream was a big part of celebrations, summer days and movie nights. When I went vegan I left meat and all of the animal bi-products happily behind, but ice cream continued to call my name. It’s been a struggle. I have tried many non-dairy alternatives from the grocery store and I have to give all of the companies out there making these products a big thumbs up! However, making my own alternative out of bananas sounds cost-effective and way healthier. Plus, you can literally eat this for breakfast!
The best part of making nice cream is the thousands of flavour combinations possible. Most of the time I will add other frozen fruit such as pineapple (the fibers of the pineapple help thicken it) or dry ingredients like coconut or nuts.
– Dark chocolate chips and frozen cherries
– Frozen pineapple and shredded coconut
– Dark chocolate chips and silvered almonds
– Carob chips and salted peanuts
– Dried cranberries and cashews
and most recently….and my favourite so far…..Chocolate & coffee
Chocolate & Coffee nice cream
Freeze time for bananas: 24 hours
Prep time: 5 minutes & 20 minutes in the freezer to set
You will need: A freezer, food processor, tablespoon, bowl and spoon
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 tbsps of regular soy milk
- 1 tbsp of cocoa powder (any kind)
- 1 tbsp of ground coffee
- pinch of sea salt (optional)
Get a few rip bananas and peel them. Use spotty or browning bananas as the natural sugars will help sweeten it. Place the bananas in a container or plastic bag, whichever you prefer and throw them in the freezer for at least 24 hours. When the bananas are ready, gather the rest of the ingredients and get ready to have your mind blown.
Set up your food processor. I love my food processor. It’s a life saver. I make so many great things with it where as before I would not have even bothered. My arms get tired and then I complain. I hate complainers.
Any who, break up your frozen bananas into smaller pieces and add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor
Blend until you achieve a smooth consistency
While the mixture is blending the bananas will soften up with the friction in the food processor. If you prefer ice cream a little soft it should be good to eat now, if not pop it in the freezer for 20 minutes or so to let it harden up.
I like to sprinkle a little bit of coffee and sea salt to finish it. Adds a little extra flavour! Plus chocolate and salt are a fantastic pairing.
As you can see, it is SUPER easy to make nice cream as long as you have bananas around the house. Play around with ingredients that you love and make this your own.Have fun!!