Nice Cream

At it’s bare minimum, nice cream (a.k.a. banana ice cream) can be made with one ingredient, so it’s allergy and special dietary needs-friendly. I’m going to show you my tricks to making the best nice cream, and 3 variations.

Nice Cream (banana ice cream)

I discovered nice cream several years ago, and went on a big, long kick. But then, as most of my obsessions go, it kind of phased out of it. That is, until my pregnancy with my youngest. I was crazy craving ice cream ALL. THE. TIME. I couldn’t afford to go out and buy a pint of Ben and Jerry’s or Haagen Daaz every day, financially or on the scale, so I got back into the frozen banana miracle. And that’s when I got the hang of it. I mean, you learn a thing or two when you’re making the same dish several nights a week.

I mean, have you tried this stuff? It’s so incredibly simple, yet mind-bogglingly yummy. And my kids are especially grateful because we occasionally have ice cream for breakfast. Why not, right?

Nice Cream (piña colada banana ice cream)

Nice Cream (piña colada banana ice cream);

First of all, use really ripe bananas. Like, ready for banana bread kind of bananas. Peel them and freeze them whole. Once frozen solid, slice them fairly thinly using a serrated knife. Trust me, I’ve almost cut my hand so many times trying to hack away at frozen solid bananas with a chef’s knife.

Nice Cream (strawberry yogurt banana ice cream)

Nice Cream (strawberry yogurt banana ice cream)

Second, use a food processor, not a blender. Yes, even a high speed blender. I have a vitamix that I am totally head over heels in love with, and it works, but the shallow base of the food processor is just meant for more solid foods while a blender is meant for more liquid foods. If you want a good, thick, non-runny ice cream, go with the work horse food processor.

 

Nice Cream (almond butter chocolate chunk banana ice cream)

Nice Cream (almond butter chocolate chunk banana ice cream)

And lastly, use fat. Yes, you can absolutely make it without fat, but the bananas really benefit from that lucious texture. In these three recipes I use almond butter, coconut cream, and whole milk yogurt. And they are yum. Enjoy!

Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Nice Cream
Serves 6
This banana-based ice cream is vegan and paleo friendly and will please everyone.
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338 calories
13 g
0 g
33 g
6 g
17 g
54 g
52 g
5 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
54g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 338
Calories from Fat 278
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g
50%
Saturated Fat 17g
87%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 52mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 5g
20%
Sugars 5g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
9%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the base
  1. 5 ripe banans, peeled and frozen
  2. 1/3 cup almond butter
  3. pinch of sea salt
for the chocolate chunks
  1. 1/2 cup extra virgin or virgin unrefined coconut oil, melted
  2. 1/2 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
  3. 1/4 pure maple syrup
  4. 1/4 cup smooth almond butter (or other nut or seed butter)
  5. 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar, optional
  6. pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Line a square cake pan with parchement paper. Stir together the coconut oil, dutch processed cocoa powder, maple syrup, almond butter, coconut palm sugar (if using), and salt. Pour into the prepared pan and freeze for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Once the chocolate mixture is frozen, using a serrated knife, slice the frozen bananas into 1/4~1/2 inch slices. Place the banana slices into the bowl of a food processor along with the 1/3 cup almond butter and salt. Pulse until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides and redistribute the mixture several times.
  3. Break apart the chocolate bark into large chunks and place over the banana mixture. Pulse until combined. serve immediately.
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calories
338
fat
33g
protein
6g
carbs
13g
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Strawberry Yogurt Nice Cream
Serves 6
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44 calories
8 g
3 g
1 g
1 g
1 g
104 g
15 g
5 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
104g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 44
Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 3mg
1%
Sodium 15mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 2g
6%
Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
51%
Calcium
5%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 ripe banans, peeled and frozen
  2. 2 cups frozen strawberries
  3. 3/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt
Instructions
  1. Using a serrated knife, slice the bananas into 1/4~1/2 inch slices and place in the bowl of a food processor. Add the strawberries (if using whole strawberries, you might want to cut them into slightly smaller pieces with the serrated knife) and yogurt. Pulse until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides and redistribute the mixture several times. Serve immediately.
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calories
44
fat
1g
protein
1g
carbs
8g
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Piña colada Nice Cream
Serves 6
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248 calories
33 g
0 g
14 g
2 g
12 g
204 g
11 g
24 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
204g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248
Calories from Fat 116
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
21%
Saturated Fat 12g
61%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 11mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 33g
11%
Dietary Fiber 2g
10%
Sugars 24g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
21%
Calcium
2%
Iron
14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
  2. 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
  3. 1 can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
Instructions
  1. Open the can of coconut milk and scoop out the solid coconut cream at the top. Reserve the remaining watery coconut milk for another use such as curry.
  2. Using a serrated knife, slice the bananas into 1/4~1/2 inch slices and place in the bowl of a food processor. Add the pineapple and coconut cream. Pulse until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides and redistribute the mixture several times. Serve immediately.
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calories
248
fat
14g
protein
2g
carbs
33g
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