I grew up in a home where ice-cream was a regular treat. My family on my Dad’s side are crazy for ice-cream, and I would never dream of having a family function without serving a tub of vanilla ice-cream. Which does get me thinking that this ice-cream crazy gene may well have been passed down through me to my girls, because goodness, do they love their ice-cream.
Thankfully, someone somewhere discovered nice-cream, simply frozen bananas run through the food processor until smooth and creamy. The end result is as beautiful and creamy as a soft serve, just without the dairy, sugar and preservatives. Add a few different flavours or frozen fruits and the sky is the limit in terms of choices.
It does however, take forward planning to be able to quickly whip them up though, as the bananas need to be pre-frozen. If you find yourself faced with a load of uneaten bananas, just peel them, break them into small pieces, bag them and freeze. Do the same with berries that are about to turn, and once you have a nice stash of frozen fruit run them through the food processor using the S blade attachement and the nice-cream will be ready in minutes.
Please note, DO NOT use a Nutribullet as they require liquid for movement, and by adding liquid it will become a smoothie and not nice-cream.
Add the frozen banana chucks to your food processor and using the S blade attachement, start to blend them. Don’t be alarmed, it’s going to make a big noise as they initially start to chop, the processor may also even jump around a little, don’t stress just keep running it until they clump on the side and the blade it running empty.
It will start to resemble a rice consistency, give it a stir and move the banana around the blade, then continue to blend.
After a minute or two this is what it will look like….simply gorgeous!
For a vanilla flavour, add both vanilla extract and vanilla powder.
For a pink nice-cream add berries to the banana mixture.
And for the chocolate, add cocoa, a pinch of salt, maple syrup (optional) and a touch of vanilla extract.
Once the mixture or combination of mixtures is completed, pop them into the freezer for a few hours to firm up.
- VANILLA NICE-CREAM
- 3 banana frozen bananas (broken into small chunks)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp vanilla powder
- BERRY NICE-CREAM
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries (chopped up)
- squeeze of lime juice
- CHOCOLATE NICE-CREAM
- 3 frozen bananas
- 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp organic unsweetened cocoa
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- tiny sprinkle of Himalayan salt
- 2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
- Using a food processor (NOT a nutribullet) fitted with the S blade attachment.
- Blend the banana until the blade runs clean, the food processor might jump around a little initially.
- The banana will be fragmented and clinging to the sides of the bowl, using a spoon, mix it up and place them back in line with the blades and continue to blend.
- The banana will soon start to resemble soft serve ice-cream consistency. This is when the different flavours can be added.
- Blend banana ice-cream with vanilla
- Blend the banana with 1 cup of frozen chopped berries, add a squeeze of lime juice
- Blend the banana mixture with cocoa, salt, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
- Once the mixtures are finished, pop back into the freezer for 1 hour or until firm.
- I prefer to separate the mixture, freezing the batches that I'm not working with, only removing it from the freezer when needed.
- Clean the blender bowl and blade between flavours.