3 Nice Cream Recipes That Are Anything BUT Naughty February 22, 2017

by Eat Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

We know, you need a bowlful of mint chocolate chip sometimes. We support you and the chocolate syrup that goes on top, too. But we’re excited to fill you in on nice cream: a super healthy banana-based alternative that packs all the sweet and yummy you crave without any of the cavities.

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By definition, nice cream replaces your standard ice cream base with blended frozen bananas. It might seem sacrilegious, but it happens to be delicious and super easy to make. After your banana base is frozen, you can mix it with a milk of choice, like a nut milk or soy milk, and have some fun with toppings. Plus, the finished product is just perfectly messy and colorful enough to win the hearts of all those culinary Instagrammers you just started following.

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One thing we love about this high protein treat is that it can be as healthy as you’d like it to be, and a mug of nice cream with no added sugar will still get your taste buds doing a boogie. If you do want to pile on the toppings, consider berries, chia seeds, honey, granola, pomegranate seeds, peanut butter, or chocolate chips to dress up your bananas.

When you’re ready to set the classic sundae aside (temporarily, of course), try one of our easy-to-follow recipes below. Plus, use this pro tip from our test kitchen: pre-peel and slice bananas into rounds before you store in the freezer. That way, you’ll be ready for guiltless dessert nirvana whenever the mood strikes.

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1. Berry Nice Cream

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Ingredients

For the nice cream:

  • 2 Frozen Bananas, cut into small rounds
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons Frozen Berries

For the toppings:

  • 2 Tablespoons Berries (blueberries and raspberries), fresh or slightly defrosted if frozen
  • 1/2 Sliced Banana
  • Shredded Coconut Flakes
  • Mint Leaves

Instructions

  1. Use a heavy duty blender to combine all ingredients until thick and smooth. Load on the toppings and dig in!

2. Matcha Nice Cream

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Ingredients

For the nice cream:

  • 2 Frozen Bananas, cut into small rounds
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Matcha Powder

For the toppings:

  • 1 Tablespoon Pomegranate Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon Cacao Nibs
  • 1/2 Sliced Banana
  • Edible flowers

Instructions

  1. Same deal, here. Blend all ingredients and go crazy with the toppings!

3. Chocolate Nice Cream

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Ingredients

For the nice cream:

  • 2 Frozen Bananas, cut into small rounds
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

For the toppings

  • 1 Tablespoon Crushed Hazelnuts
  • 1 Tablespoon Nut Butter (peanut, almond, or cashew)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cacao Nibs
  • 1/2 Sliced Banana
  • Edible flowers

Instructions

  1. You know the drill. Blend and top!

Have some leftover bananas? Get baking! This gluten-free banana bread recipe is DIVINE.

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4 comments

Jennifer says:

I blend this with Greek yogurt to add a creamy texture! Also good with a scoop of peanut butter. Delish!

Jacqueline says:

Jennifer – that sounds AMAZING. Thanks for the tip!

Mary says:

Can you use real milk instead of almond milk?

Jacqueline says:

Absolutely!!

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