A Basic Nice Cream Recipe
As a nutritionist, I wouldn’t recommend eating ice cream for breakfast. But be are not talking about ice cream. We are talking about Nice Cream- and that’s a completely different story. Ice cream is made from dairies, such as milk and cream, combined with fruits or other ingredients, AND sugar. Stabilizers, colorings and flavorings (often artificial) are being added as well. Ice cream is a treat, not a healthy food. In comparison, Nice Cream is made of healthy bananas. Sometimes natural flavors like cacao or matcha are being added too.
Before I started with Instagram, I had absolutely no idea that ice cream made of bananas is a thing with a name. There is not even an article on Wikipedia, and there are articles about everything. But if you google the term, there are over 28 MILLION hits. It seems like Nice Cream is a thing regardless of bein unknown to Wikipedia. But now come to the point. What do you need to make this super healthy and super yummy soft banana ice cream?
Basic Ingredients for the Perfect Nice Cream
Actually, you only need one single ingredient for Nice Cream: Frozen ripe bananas or rather frozen overripe bananas. But you may want to add other ingredients like berries or cacao. I love to decorate my Nice Cream with edible flowers, what else?
Basic ingredients include
- Frozen overripe bananas
- Frozen other fruits (optional)
- Overripe bananas
Brown and spotty or not all. Green or yellow bananas don’t work here.
- Other fruits
Berries are perfect because they enhance not only taste but color too. Pineapple and mango work fine too. Just add you favorite fruits.
Add cacao, matcha, and any kind of superfood like acai, matcha or whatsoever. Be creative!
I never froze bananas before I started to make Nice Cream. Because why? Subsequently, I made a huge beginners mistake: I froze the bananas with the skin on. Don’t do that or you will hate yourself because it’s nearly impossible to remove the skin from frozen bananas. I used to rinse them with hot water until the peel came off voluntarily but until then the banana was almost defrosted. I mean semi-frozen bananas are perfect for smoothies, but NOT for Nice Cream, not at all.
It took me a while to realize that it is possible to peel and slice bananas before they go into the freezer (ha-ha I might not be as clever as you were thinking). So, peel your banana and break them into chunks or slice roughly. Then put it into the freezer, for at least 4 hours (depends on your freezer, check for once how long it takes until they are frozen). Freeze them in a single layer – you don’t want to blend a huge frozen banana lump (and yes, I had to learn that the hard way 🙈).
Remember to use overripe bananas only. They need to have at least brown spots on the outside. I love to buy overripe bananas in bulk when they are on sale. Or buy bananas when they are in the offer and wait until they are overripe.
Of course, you do need the right equipment to blend your frozen bananas. Do not try to use your hand blender; it doesn’t work (it’s not that I would have ever tried myself 😅). You need a food processor with a strong motor or at least a Moulinex. Actually, I use my Moulinex, which is fine for small portions of nice cream but not if you want to feed a crowd.
Nice Cream is all about blending, because you want a really smooth texture. Breaking your bananas into chunks before freezing them was an essential step. Freezing them in a single layer was important too. Now throw your frozen banana chunks in your blender, your food processor or Moulinex and add a splash of liquid like plant-based milk or juice. Now blend or pulse until you reach your desired consistency. You may need to scrape around the sides of your blender from time to time.
Basic Recipe for the perfect Nice Cream
Believe me, you NEED Nice Cream in your life. It's so good. And so easy to make. All you need is overripe bananas and a really good blender.
- 2 bananas
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1 tbsp plant-based milk or juice
- 2 tbsp fresh fruits
- 1 piece dark chocolate
Peel bananas and chop roughly.
Clean, wash and chop the strawberries.
Freeze bananas and strawberries in a single layer for at least 6 hours.
Remove bananas and strawberries chunks from the freezer and blend with a high-speed blender until very smooth.
Top with fresh fruits and a drizzle of melted dark chocolate.
Substitute strawberries with your favorite fruits.
Health Benefits of Bananas
Bananas contain easily available carbohydrates and are a perfect fuel for busy working days. They are loaded with potassium, a mineral that helps to regulate blood pressure and subsequently protects against heart attacks and strokes. According to a recently published study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, a 1,600mg per day higher potassium intake was associated with a 21% lower risk of stroke. To get that 1,600 mg you need to eat 3.5 medium-sized bananas. Well, that’s easy with Nice Cream, isn’t it?
Bananas also contain pectin and resistance starch. Pectin is a soluble fiber that helps to normalize bowel function and to lower cholesterol levels. If you don’t like bananas, make sure to eat at least two apples a day to get your pectin. Resistance starch is a magic fiber that helps to stabilize blood glucose levels – I’ll write a blog post about that soon, so stay tuned.
I found a really nice and short video tutorial on Youtube, made by Alex Rossis. Note that she freezes her banana chunks in a SINGLE layer. She adds a splash of water when blending her bananas which might not be necessary when using a Moulinex.
If you prefer a long version, just watch this video by Eat more Rabbit Food. She really made me laugh because I am fighting with my kitchen machines ALL THE TIME.
My favorite Nice Cream Recipes
Cacao Nice Cream
Have you ever tried to combine chocolate and vanilla? It’s addictive. And this recipe is a classic. Not too strong but still chocolatey with just a perfect hint of vanilla. Frozen berries go extremely well with this goodness, but any kind of fruit will do. If you have never tried banana ice cream before, this may be the one to get started. Read more
Matcha Nice Cream
Green tea is not really my thing; I am more into soy latte. But I love adding matcha to smoothies or nice cream. It results in a pale green color, which is quite pretty. You might want to spoon this nice cream right out of the food processor but I’d advise you to transfer it to a papaya or pineapple boat first – because it looks so much better. Read more
Exotic Nice Cream
Pineapple and banana are one of my favorite combos for Nice Cream. It’s so delicious, especially when bedded in mango puree. You gotta try this recipe! A money-back guarantee that you will love it as much as I do. This nice cream is also a perfect sugar-free, fat-free and guilt-free dessert. Read more
2-Ingredient Strawbery Nice Cream
I am not sure if it’s appropriate to call this Raspberry Nice Cream a “recipe.” It has only two ingredients and a few toppings. But anyway, there has to be at least a rough guideline how to do it. Read more