This unbelievably easy recipe for strawberry and banana nice cream requires just two ingredients and no ice cream maker. It’s vegan, contains only fruit and is 100% kid approved in the Sneaky Veg household.
Did you know that frozen blended bananas make perfect ice cream? Usually known as “nice cream” all you really need to make it are ripe bananas. There’s no need to add any other ingredients at all – no sugar, no cream – the bananas are perfectly sweet and creamy on their own.
Nearly two years ago I published a recipe for chocolate nice cream, but then I kind of forgot all about making ice cream in this way. I have made fruity smoothie ice lollies and even chocolate orange sweet potato ice lollies. The latter are amazing by the way – you just have to try them if you’re looking for an exciting hidden vegetable recipe or just a plain old healthy ice lolly.
Then last week we were at a friend’s house and she pulled out a batch of chocolate “nice cream”. I was 99% sure that eight-year-old R wouldn’t eat it but he surprised me, and probably himself, by eating a whole portion and loving it. He still doesn’t eat any fresh fruit so I thought I’d give it a go with strawberries.
And the verdict? He loved it! I didn’t want to add anything else that wasn’t fruit and it really doesn’t need it. Just a punnet of strawberries and some ripe bananas. You’ll get better results if you chop and freeze the bananas first, although you can make banana nice cream without doing this first.
Try to freeze the bananas on a tray for an hour or so before putting in a bag or box to avoid them sticking together too much – this will make it easier for your blender to break them down.
Strawberry banana nice cream
This unbelievably easy recipe for strawberry and banana nice cream requires just two ingredients and no ice cream maker. It's vegan, contains only fruit and is 100% kid approved in the Sneaky Veg household.
- 3 ripe bananas chopped and frozen
- 227 g punnet of strawberries roughly chopped
Place the frozen bananas and the chopped strawberries into a high powered blender and pulse until well combined. You can make this with fresh bananas but the results won't be as good.
Transfer to a freezer-proof dish and freeze for several hours, or overnight, until set.
Remove 15 minutes or so before serving to allow to soften. Scoop into a bowl or an ice cream cone.
If you’re looking for vegan ice cream that you can buy then check out my best vegan ice creams post over on my other blog, Cook Veggielicious.
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