A few months ago, I stumbled across Nicecream – or ‘Nana Ice Cream – on Instagram and my curiosity was immediately piqued! Turns out that Nicecream is a raw vegan “ice cream” that uses blended or puréed bananas as a base (as opposed to cream). To satisfy my ice cream cravings when I first got started with Clean Eating, I blended bananas with coconut milk, froze the mixture, and then scooped it out as ice cream – the bananas were sweet and creamy and it worked out great! It’s amazing how easy it is to make healthy sugar-free banana-based ice creams: you can whip up a healthy and delicious treat in a matter of minutes, no ice cream maker needed!

Chocolate cacao Nicecream topped with cacao nibs,* raspberries, and “All the Best”* spice mix from Sonnentor

I’ve gotten the best results from blending frozen banana slices with almond milk and then adding extras (like the raw cacao powder in the photos) before spooning it into bowls and tossing on some (healthy) toppings. The almond milk makes it easier to blend the Nicecream in the Vitamix* – I use the “ice cream” function (which some of the pricier models have).

If you don’t have a Vitamix or another high-speed blender, don’t fear – you can still make Nicecream! Try letting your frozen bananas thaw a bit, which will make them easier to blend. Alternatively, you could just blend nut milk with ripe, unfrozen bananas – which any blender can handle – and then freeze the mixture.

I always buy extra bananas and leave a few lying around to get extra ripe and fragrant, at which point I peel them, slice them, freeze them – that way I always have enough frozen bananas to make Nicecream if the craving hits.

Here’s a few inspirations for Nicecream:

Bananas + other fruits

  • Banana + Raspberry
  • Banana + Strawberry
  • Banana + Pineapple
  • Banana + Mango
  • Banana + Peach
  • Banana + Passionfruit
  • Banana + Apple

Banana + nut butters

  • Almond butter
  • Peanut butter
  • Cashew butter

Banana + superfoods

  • Raw cacao*
  • Maca*
  • Carob*

Toppings

  • Cacao nibs*
  • Goji berries*
  • Fresh fruit
  • Dried fruit
  • Freeze-dried fruit
  • Nuts

Have you guys ever made Nicecream? What’s your favorite flavor combo?

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