6 Amazing Nice Cream Recipes | Healthy + Refreshing!

Do you have a sweet tooth? We sure do, and one of our favorite sweet treats is ice cream. However, while there are plenty of vegan ice creams out there, they are often high in fat or sugar (or both). This is where our wonderful Nice Cream recipe comes in. It’s smooth, creamy, and made from 100% whole fruit. You can make this cheap, healthy, and delicious ice cream alternative right at home. All you need are frozen bananas and a blender (or a food processor)!

Jars filled with pitaya banana nice cream garnished with pear slice, strawberries and granola.

Pitaya Pear Nice Cream: 3 frozen ripe bananas (sliced), 1/2 cup frozen pitaya puree cubes and 1/2 cup frozen pear slices. Blend until smooth and creamy. Garnish with fresh pear slices, strawberries and a sprinkle of granola.

The basic recipe for Nice Cream is incredibly simple – it’s just bananas, frozen, and then blended! This is excellent news for your body because bananas are loaded with fiber and other nutrients. They have essential vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, calcium, and iron.

What is Nice Cream?

Blender filled with nice cream

Bananas are also natural energy boosters, which means this recipe would make a great breakfast. That’s right – it’s like having ice cream for breakfast! However, Nice Cream is made from fresh fruit that you freeze yourself – so you can indulge without the guilt!

Why did you think it was called “nice cream?”

Two jars filled with mango nice cream

Tropical Nice Cream: 3 frozen ripe bananas (sliced), 1 cup frozen mango. Blend until smooth and creamy. Garnish with fresh passionfruit and a sprinkle of shredded coconut.

How to make Nice Cream

Baking tray layered with frozen banana slices

All you have to do is peel some bananas (the riper, the sweeter), freeze them, and blend! However, there is a trick – if you try and blend whole frozen bananas, the rock hard fruit won’t become creamy. Instead, cut the bananas into slices and freeze them in a single layer on a baking tray. After that, they can go straight in the blender, or you can move them into a container and store them in the freezer.

Pro-tip: remember to freeze the banana slices before you put them in a container, or you’ll just end up with the solid block you’re trying to avoid!

Jars filled with chocolate nice cream layered with cherry nice cream, garnished with strawberries, cherries and chocolate protein bar

Chocolate Cherry Berry Nice Cream: Chocolate layer- 2 frozen ripe bananas (sliced) and 1-2 tablespoons cacao. Cherry layer- 1.5 frozen ripe bananas (sliced) and 1/2 cup frozen cherries. Blend until smooth and creamy. Garnish with fresh cherries, strawberries and vegan protein bar pieces.

Is this Recipe just Bananas?

Not at all! In fact, Nice Cream comes in as many different flavors as there are fruits. Indeed, your flavoring can be as simple as adding a little vanilla, or as decadent as a chocolate and peanut butter dessert! We’ve included a whole bunch of our favorite Nice Cream recipes in this post. And then, once you’ve tried them all, why not start inventing your own?

Now, while you’re busy mixing and matching, don’t forget the toppings! You can add nuts, fresh fruit, shredded coconut, or even chocolate chips for a little extra richness.

Jar filled with strawberry banana with sliced fruit for garnish

Strawberry Banana Nice Cream: 3 frozen ripe bananas (sliced), 1 cup frozen strawberries. Blend until smooth and creamy. Garnish with fresh slices of strawberries and banana.

Can you Store Nice Cream?

If – by some miracle – you have leftovers, you can freeze Nice Cream in a container and scoop it out later. However, you’ll need to let it thaw for 5-10 minutes, or it’ll be too hard to spoon. Also, it might not have the same creaminess from when it was fresh. So if you can, eat your Nice Cream right away!

Jars filled with peach nice cream layered with chia pudding and garnished with fresh peaches and coconut shreds

Peach Nice Cream Layered with Chia Pudding: 1.5 frozen ripe bananas (sliced), 1/2 cup frozen peaches. Blend until smooth and creamy. Layer with coconut chia pudding and fresh peach slices and shredded coconut.

We hope you enjoyed this refreshing, healthy treat. We’re also excited to hear what your favorite flavor combination is! If you try one of our Nice Cream recipes, let us know what you think with a comment and rating. Every bit of feedback helps make The Plant Riot even better.

And if you’re looking to stock up on frozen treats, check out our Watermelon Popsicles or Frozen Cheesecake Bites!

Pitaya Nice Cream: 3 frozen ripe bananas (sliced), 1 cup frozen pitaya puree. Blend until smooth and creamy. Return to the freezer for 30-60 minutes to firm up a little, and then scoop into ice cream cones.

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