Indulge your taste buds with this delightful and guilt-free treat! My easy-to-follow recipe will guide you through creating a delectable banana and date ice cream also known as Banana Nice Cream that is sure to satisfy your sweet cravings. With just two simple ingredients, frozen bananas and chopped Medjool dates, you'll be amazed at how effortlessly you can transform them into a creamy and luscious dessert. Whether you're looking for a healthy alternative to traditional ice cream or simply want to explore new flavors, this recipe is bound to become a favorite. So, grab your blender and get ready to embark on a delightful journey of frozen goodness!
Vegan ice cream recipe
Don't we all just crave ice cream now and again? Even when it's winter, nothing can beat the taste. While this recipe name might be "ice cream", as it is a vegan recipe, it does not contain cream. The base for this vegan ice cream is frozen bananas. Vegans call it "nice cream" which is a fun name for this super easy dessert. Beside this recipe below, another frozen vegan treat you should try is my chocolate banana popsicles. Both fit many occasions and perfect as a parve dessert.
How to make banana ice cream
When freezing banana and blending it, you get a creamy texture that reminds you of actual ice cream, and that can make a vegan life's so much easier, especially during summer.
Because the base is that simple, you can add any flavor you like to it. It could be more frozen fruits, chocolate chips, crushed cookies, peanut butter or anything else that you like.
I choose to stay healthy and add Medjool dates to my vegan nice cream. The dates are sticky, gooey, and very sweet and it fits this ice cream very much!
Tips to help you make the perfect banana nice cream
Choose ripe bananas
The best bananas for nice cream are ripe with brown spots on the peel. Ripe bananas add natural sweetness and ensure a creamy texture.
Freeze the bananas in advance
Peel the bananas, cut them into chunks, and freeze them for a few hours or overnight. Frozen bananas are essential for achieving the ice cream-like consistency.
Use a powerful blender or food processor
Experiment with flavors
While the basic recipe calls for just bananas and Medjool dates, don't be afraid to get creative and add other ingredients to enhance the flavor. You can try adding a splash of vanilla extract, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a handful of nuts, or even a tablespoon of cocoa powder for a chocolatey twist.
Blend in stages
When blending the frozen bananas and dates, start with a low speed and gradually increase it. Pause and scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. This will ensure that everything blends evenly and you end up with a creamy consistency.
Customize the sweetness
Depending on your preference, you can adjust the sweetness by adding more or fewer dates. Taste the mixture as you blend and add additional dates if desired.
Serve immediately or freeze for later
If you prefer a soft-serve consistency, enjoy the nice cream right after blending. If you prefer a firmer texture, transfer the mixture to a container and freeze it for 2-3 hours before serving.
Frozen bananas are preferred for banana nice cream as they create a creamy and smooth texture. Fresh bananas won't yield the same consistency.
Banana nice cream is best enjoyed immediately after blending for a soft-serve consistency. However, if you prefer a firmer texture, you can store it in a freezer-safe container for up to a week. Just make sure to cover it tightly to prevent freezer burn.
Dates are commonly used to sweeten banana nice cream naturally, but you can experiment with other sweeteners such as maple syrup or agave nectar. Adjust the quantity according to your taste preferences.
If your nice cream is too soft, you can transfer it to a container and freeze it for an additional 1-2 hours until it reaches the desired consistency. Alternatively, you can blend in a handful of ice cubes to thicken it.
While a blender or food processor is the easiest way to make banana nice cream, you can also use a hand mixer or immersion blender to blend the frozen bananas and dates. Just make sure to break the bananas into smaller pieces before blending.
Yes, banana nice cream is often considered a healthier alternative to traditional ice cream. It is made with natural ingredients, contains no added sugars or preservatives, and is packed with nutrients from bananas. However, it is still important to enjoy it in moderation as it can be high in natural sugars.
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Make this banana nice cream today!
With its irresistible sweetness and velvety texture, this homemade treat is a must-try for anyone seeking a healthier alternative to traditional ice cream. So why wait? Treat yourself to a bowl of this frozen delight and embark on a journey of pure, guilt-free pleasure. Your taste buds will thank you!
Banana Nice Cream
- 2 bananas peeled, cut to chunks and frozen
- 5 pitted chopped Medjool dates
- In a blender, blend the bananas to a smooth cream.
- Add the dates and blend until they are well united with the cream.
- Freeze for 2-3 hours in a bowl, plastic box or a cake tin.
- Have a bowl of ice cream and indulge!