One of the best parts of summer is cooling off with something sweet at the end of a hot day. Instead of heading to the local ice cream shop, why not make yourself a frozen treat right in the comfort of your own kitchen? With a few tools, whip up your own unique batch of nice cream, a dairy-free ice cream substitute made from frozen bananas and a few other simple ingredients. Check out a few deliciously easy-to-make nice cream recipes below.

How To Make Nice Cream

Known for its light but creamy texture, nice cream is a great option to satisfy your sweet tooth during the warmer months. Use food processor or high-powered blender to mix frozen bananas and other tasty ingredients!

Step 1: Peel overripe bananas. Cut into slices and freeze.

Step 2: After bananas are fully frozen, put them in a food processor or high-powered blender. If you’re using a blender and your bananas are not fully breaking down, add a ¼ cup of your choice of liquid, such as almond milk or cashew milk, to help blend.

Step 3: Gradually add in flavors such as cocoa powder or peanut butter to create your desired sweet treat!

Step 4: Serve immediately or freeze for 30-60 minutes for a thicker consistency.

Nice Cream Ingredient & Topping Ideas

Whether you prefer your dessert rich or fruity, the opportunities are endless when it comes to nice cream. Start with frozen bananas as your base and add in tangy or sweet flavors to take your healthy treat to the next level! Combine smooth flavors such as chocolate, peppermint and peanut butter into their own mouth-watering creations or mix them with a sweet fruit like mango, strawberries or blueberries for a tropical twist!

When it comes to finishing off your homemade treat, don’t forget to top it off with something special! Sprinkles, chocolate chips, berries and nuts are a great way to add some extra flavor and texture. If you’re looking to add a little more sweetness to your concoction, add a drizzle of chocolate sauce or a dollop of whipped cream to give it the look and feel of a sundae.

Nice Cream Recipes

Since nice cream consists of ripe, frozen bananas as the main ingredient , it’s the perfect way to experiment with a variety of flavors and toppings. Go for something fruity if you want to be refreshed or curl up with a bowl of something rich and delicious. Either way, nice cream is simple enough to make multiple batches in a short period of time. Try one of these simple recipes below as a starting point on your nice cream journey!

Chocolate Strawberry Nice Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ¼ cup of chopped strawberries
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Directions

Mix frozen bananas, cocoa powder and chopped strawberries until smooth. Optional: Top it all off with dollop of whipped cream and a strawberry slice.

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Matcha Mint Chip Nice Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 1 drop of peppermint extract
  • 1 drop of green food coloring
  • Mint garnish (optional)

Directions

Mix frozen bananas, peppermint extract, dark chocolate chips and matcha powder until smooth. Optional: Add a drop or two of green food coloring. Garnish with mint leaves.

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Monkey Business Nice Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • Chocolate sauce (optional)

Directions

Mix frozen bananas, peanut butter, walnuts and chocolate chips until smooth. Optional: Add a drizzle of chocolate sauce and a sprinkle of walnuts on top.

Mango Piña Colada Nice Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ¼ cup pineapple chunks
  • ¼ cup mango chunks
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • Toasted coconut (optional)
  • Toasted almonds (optional)

Directions

Mix frozen bananas, pineapple chunks, mango and coconut milk until smooth. Optional: Sprinkle toasted coconut and toasted almonds over your blended mix.

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Very Berry Nice Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ⅛ cup of fresh raspberries
  • ⅛ cup of fresh strawberries
  • ⅛ cup of fresh blueberries
  • ⅛ cup of white chocolate chips

Directions

Mix frozen bananas with raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and white chocolate chips. Optional: Garnish with fresh berries.

For more inspiration and to take your nice cream making skills to the next level, check out these unique nice cream recipes below!  

Fruity Nice Cream Recipes

Chocolate Nice Cream Recipes

Specialty Nice Cream Recipes

The next time you are craving something cold and sweet, follow one of these easy recipes to whip up a delicious batch of nice cream for you and a friend! Pair a scoop of one of these delicious nice cream flavors with a piece of cake or your favorite cookie as a well-deserved treat at the end of a long day. With so many opportunities to mix and match flavors, it will be easy to quickly make and find a new favorite!

Sources: Get Healthy U | Chocolate Covered Katie | My Whole Food Life