‘NiceCream’

Nice cream, banana ice cream, nana ice cream…whatever you call it, it is ALL over Instagram these days.

Simply, it’s frozen banana blended either alone or mixed in with other ingredients, which end up creating a dish like soft-serve ice cream…without the guilt of eating an entire tub of Ben and Jerry’s afterwards.  It’s magical!  And don’t worry, if you’re not a banana fan, weirdly once the bananas are frozen and blended, they don’t even taste much like banana!

If you’ve still not tried it out yet, please just give it a go once…I promise you, you’ll be going nana crazy like me, and be filling your freezer drawers with bags of chopped up ripe bananas ready to blend as you wish!

Again, this isn’t really a recipe, but more just a page giving you some ideas of what you could blend or top your nicecream with, but the possibilities really are endless…


 

‘NiceCream’

Prep Time: 2 hours (least time to allow the bananas to freeze)  Cook Time: 5 minutes     Servings: 1-2

hazelnut nana
Chocolate hazelnut nicecream with roasted hazelnuts on top

Ingredients

  • Overripe bananas, skin off, chopped into chunks
    I usually use 1 – 2 bananas per person, so in my freezer I have individual bags of 2 – 3 bananas per bag, as if I make this, the other half normally wants it too!
  • A blender or food processor.  Would work a lot better in a stand alone unit, but I use a hand-held food blender and it still works, just takes a little longer!
  • Flavourings to add into your bananas to flavour the nicecream.  My favourites are berries, cacao, roasted hazelnuts, acai powder, cinnamon, vanilla paste, mango, nut butters, coconut flakes
  • Toppings to add on top.  My favourites are more banana, berries, roasted nuts, chocolate shavings, coconut flakes…

nana prep

Method

  1. Once you have chopped the bananas up, you need to put them in a bag in the freezer for at least two hours.   I normally have bags of the stuff in the freezer, all ready to pull out and blend whenever I fancy
  2. Once frozen, tip out banana coins into your blender.  I usually leave them out for a few minutes until they start to soften, but if you don’t want to wait, you can also add some liquid to the mix to get it going.  My favourite is to use coconut milk to give it more flavour, but almond, hazelnut, normal or even water would do.  You can also add in any other flavourings at this point to ensure it’s blended evenlymaking nana
  3. Keep blending until it starts to resemble a soft whip texture.  There shouldn’t be any lumps
  4. Ta Da! There is your one ingredient (if not adding other flavours!) nicecream!!! Then top away to your hearts content and devour!berry nanaRed berry nice cream
  5. If you have any left over, you can re-freeze it in a airtight container, but when you take it out again it won’t be as smooth and creamy, so will need to be blended slightly again to loosen it up.
  6. If you want to be really snazzy, you can pile on different flavours of the stuff on top of each other … just search Instagram for all the beautiful flavour combos out there!  You would just need to blend up individually, and pile on top of each other…this is next on my nana-to-do-list!

mango nicecreamNicecream topped with mango and walnuts

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