Peanut Butter Banana Nice Cream
This banana nice cream recipe comes to us courtesy of my 8-year-old daughter! She’s really gotten into cooking and baking lately, and one of her favorite things to make at the moment is nice cream. While she also loves baking mug cakes and edible cookie dough with copious amounts of butter and sugar, I love to see her learning to make recipes like this nice cream with real food ingredients.
Before we move into fall baking and all things pumpkin, my daughter and I wanted to share this easy cold treat with you. Peanut butter banana nice cream is an excellent after school or work treat when you get home hot from a long late summer day.
What Is Nice Cream?
Banana nice cream is like ice cream, only nicer. Nicer on our bodies, the planet, and cows. I’ve made a few nice cream recipes in the past. If you don’t like bananas, I recommend this Pineapple Vegan Ice Cream or this Mango Vegan Ice Cream, which are also both made in the food processor. Nice cream is an easy treat for kids to make, or help make, depending on age. While it feels like a special ice cream treat, it’s actually made with bananas. I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of bananas, typically. The great thing about bananas, though, is that they make smoothies and nice cream so very creamy.
Can You Make Nice Cream Without A Food Processor?
If you don’t have a food processor, nice cream can be made in a high powered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec. You may need a bit more liquid to turn the blender, however.
How to Make Nice Cream
There are only two required “ingredients” for nice cream: bananas and a food processor. Peel, slice, and freeze the bananas. I keep frozen bananas on hand at all times for smoothies, so we are always ready to make nice cream at a moment’s notice. If you can’t wait for your banana slices to freeze, you can find bags of frozen banana slices in the frozen fruit section of many grocery stores. I’ve gotten them at Sprouts in the past.
Blend the frozen banana slices in the food processor until they turn into a smooth and creamy treat resembling soft serve ice cream. You many need to stop the processor and move the frozen bananas around with a rubber spatula. This takes about 3-5 minutes. Nice cream is naturally sweet from the bananas, but you may like adding a little maple syrup, coconut sugar, or a couple of pitted dates to sweeten it up even more.
Nice cream can be eaten immediately or frozen for later. If your nice cream has been frozen, let it sit out at room temperature to soften.
Nice Cream Flavors
Banana nice cream is, of course, banana flavored, but you can add other ingredients to change it up to your liking. Here are some ideas:
- Add other frozen fruit like berries or mango
- Add a cup of dairy-free yogurt
- Chocolate Nice Cream: add 1/3 cup cocoa powder
Peanut butter goes so well with banana that this nice cream flavor works beautifully. My daughter likes it best with chocolate chips. Just like with “real” ice cream, a pinch of salt really brings out the flavors. Have you tried Nice Cream?
- 4 bananas, peeled, sliced, and frozen
- 1/4 cup almond, soy, or coconut milk
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy, unsweetened)
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup, or coconut sugar to taste (optional)
- 1/4 cup mini dairy-free chocolate chips
- Place the frozen banana slices and milk in the bowl of a food processor. Blend and pulse until just smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula occasionally. Don't over-blend.
- Add the peanut butter, a pinch of salt, and optional sweetener to taste and pulse to combine. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Enjoy immediately as soft serve or transfer to a freezer container for later. Once frozen solid, let nice cream sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to soften before eating.
Nutrition information is approximate and does not include sweetener or chocolate chips.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 295 Saturated Fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 33g Sugar: 18g Protein: 9g