Healthy Nice Cream

Made with, at a minimum, only 2 ingredients, this healthy Nice Cream recipe is an ice cream lover’s dream come true. Nice cream is simply put, a vegan dessert made from frozen bananas and a bit of almond milk. This dairy-free and vegan frozen dessert is creamy, rich and so delicious! It’s easy to add-in a few extra ingredients to make different flavors, and we’re sharing all our favorites below!

Healthy nice cream flavors in cups.Healthy Banana Nice Cream Recipe

Don’t be fooled by the description of it being healthy, this Nice Cream is sinfully delicious! Allow us to introduce you to banana ice cream! A frozen vegan dessert made from bananas, almond milk, and a couple of optional add-ins to make your favorite flavors. While not technically ice cream, this frozen dessert is a healthy spin on the cool summertime classic that everybody loves. We are including our base banana nice cream recipe, as well as recipes for our three favorite flavors: peanut butter, chocolate, and strawberry. We are hooked on this, and think once you give it a try, you will be too!

But first…what is Nice Cream?

Nice cream is a dessert made from frozen bananas! It’s blended up with a bit of liquid (we recommend almond milk) that turns it into a creamy and sweet soft-serve like a puree. It’s called nice cream because it’s like a healthier version of ice cream.

How To Make Banana Nice Cream

Bananas are the first order of business! We have found that ripe bananas with just a few brown speckles on the yellow peel to be perfect ones for this recipe. If your bananas aren’t ripe, the nice cream won’t be sweet. And if they’re overly ripe, they’ll give the nice cream a funny flavor. Stick to perfectly ripe bananas for this!

Next, the bananas will need to be frozen, for at least 2 hours. You can either freeze the bananas whole, or sliced. Slicing them will allow the banana to freeze faster, but it also can promote oxidation and turn the bananas brown. So if you are slicing the bananas, be sure to place them in a bag or container.

Once the bananas are frozen, it’s time to blend! This can be made in either a powerful high-speed blender or a food processor. Place all ingredients in the machine and process until the nice cream is completely smooth and airy. While it’s coming together you might need to scrape down the sides of the machine to help the mixture come together once or twice.

Now there are two choices, either eat the nice cream as soft serve immediately or transfer it to a loaf pan or an other freezer-safe storage container and freeze for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Because this isn’t traditional ice cream, it isn’t scoopable right away once frozen. When ready to serve, let the nice cream sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes, or until scoopable. This will vary depending on how hot (or cold) your kitchen is.

Once it’s easily scoopable, serve with your favorite toppings!

A scoop of banana nice cream in a glass container.

Nice Cream Flavors

The options are truly endless when it comes to how you can flavor your nice cream, but we’re offering you three additional recipes in combination with the base banana ice cream recipe:

  • Peanut Butter Nice Cream
  • Strawberry Nice Cream
  • Chocolate Nice Cream

But really you can get creative and add in:

  • frozen fruit (blueberries, raspberries, etc)
  • any nut butter (almond butter, tahini, etc)
  • broken up cookie pieces (chocolate chip cookies, oreos, etc)
  • extracts (mint, almond, etc)
  • chocolate chips
  • shredded coconut and coconut milk
  • instant coffee
  • spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, etc)
  • granola

How to Store and Serve Nice Cream Recipe

Store nice cream in a covered container. Technically this can be kept frozen for up to 2 months, but we recommend you eat it as soon as possible. When it comes to nice cream, the fresher the better!

Because this isn’t traditional ice cream, it is quite solid when frozen. When ready to serve it, let the nice cream sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes, or until scoopable. This will vary depending on how hot (or cold) your kitchen is.

Once it’s easily scoopable, serve with your favorite toppings!

We loved topping it with:

  • nut butter
  • chopped chocolate
  • dye-free sprinkles
  • chocolate ganache
  • shredded coconut
  • granola

A bowl of peanut butter .banana nice cream

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Healthy Banana Nice Cream

Made with at a minimum only 2 ingredients, this healthy Nice Cream recipe is an ice cream lover's dream come true. Nice cream is simply put, a vegan dessert made from frozen bananas and a bit of almond milk. It may sound simple, but this nice cream recipe is creamy, rich and so delicious! It's easy to add-in a few extra ingredients to make different flavors, and we're sharing all our favorites below!


Yields 3 cups
Prep Time 5 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine Healthy
Difficulty: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

Nice Cream Base:

Strawberry Nice Cream:

  • 2 large bananas (about 8 ounces), sliced and frozen at least 2 hours
  • 8 ounces frozen strawberries
  • Pinch salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons almond milk or coconut milk

Peanut Butter Nice Cream:

  • 3 large bananas (about 12 ounces), sliced and frozen at least 2 hours
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • Pinch salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons almond milk or coconut milk

Chocolate Nice Cream:

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender. Process until the nice cream is completely smooth and airy, stopping as needed to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add in more liquid if needed.
  2. Transfer nice cream to a loaf pan or other freezer-safe storage container and freeze for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  3. Let the nice cream sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes, or until scoopable. The time needed to let sit will depend on how warm your home is!
  4. Scoop and serve as is, or with desired toppings.

Recipe Notes

  1. Bananas should be frozen for at least two hours, or longer. If you are freezing the bananas for more than two hours, make sure to place in a container or bag to prevent the bananas from turning brown.

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July 15, 2020

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  1. Thank you guys so much for featuring this! Dairy free and no ice cream maker needed? A woman’s dream! Would it be ok to freeze the bananas DAYS in advance, or is it better to keep it at the shorter time period?

  2. I made this nice cream in two flavors: chocolate peanut butter and strawberry. I’ve tried many other banana nice cream recipes and NONE compare to this one!! By far the most creamy and best tasting nice cream I’ve made, thanks to this recipe!!

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