Ah, ice cream. The glorious dessert that's perfect for any occasion thanks to the thousands of flavors it offers. Ice cream comes in many forms; soft served, gelato, sherbert, churned... Due to ice cream's ability to fit so many different pallets, it's a crowd-pleaser at any restaurant or event.
However, if you've recently gone plant-based or dairy-free, foregoing ice cream can be a tough pill to swallow for many. They miss the sweet churn of ice cream and how accessible it is to get at any time of day. But fear not, ice cream lovers! We found 10 amazing "nice cream" recipes (nice instead of ice to show the difference between dairy and non-dairy) that are so good and easy to make, you're not going to miss normal ice cream.
Besides the main ingredients, all you're going to need to make these tasty nice creams is a food processor or blender. No ice cream maker required!
10 MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP
Where are the mint chocolate chip fans at?! Chocolate Covered Katie has a super simple recipe that tastes just like the real deal. You're going to do double-take after you eat a spoonful of this green dessert.
What you'll need to grab from the store is two bananas, pure peppermint extract, and cacao nibs. Freeze the bananas beforehand so that you'll get an ice cream consistency, then blend two frozen bananas with one-eighth pure peppermint extract, some salt, and however many chocolate chips (or cacao nibs) you desire. Blend together and add some more chocolate chips on top for effect!
9 SIMPLY BANANA
As most of us know, a majority of nice creams have a base of frozen bananas. Bananas freeze easily and blend into a subtly creamy base (without too much of a strong taste). Fit Foodie Finds has a simple recipe that doesn't need many ingredients (unless you want to add more of your own).
Blend four cups of frozen banana together with two to four tablespoons of almond milk. If this base is too bland, feel free to add peanut butter, almond butter, cookies, chocolate chips — you name it. It's your dessert!
8 PEANUT BUTTER DRIZZLE
There is something so incredibly yummy about blending bananas together with peanut butter. And thanks to Yummy Mummy Kitchen, we now have the perfect recipe.
You'll need four frozen bananas, one-fourth cup of almond milk, half a cup of peanut butter, some sea salt, some chocolate chips, and if you'd like it sweeter you can add a tablespoon of maple syrup to it. Throw this all in a food processor and dessert is made!
7 DARK CHOCOLATE
Beaming Baker knows that sometimes simple is best. All these flavors and ingredients are good and all but what if we go back to the basics?
Let's focus on good old chocolate nice cream. Using only four ingredients, you'll need four frozen bananas (sliced), one to two tablespoons of maple syrup, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, and one-fourth cup of unsweetened cocoa powder. Blend together, add it to a cone or cup, and munch away!
Eating mango sends us right back to summer days. And The Kitchn has a fun and simple mango nice cream recipe that's so easy you'll wonder why you haven't been making these earlier.
The best part about this recipe is it's only three ingredients: two to three cut and frozen mangoes, one frozen banana, and two-thirds cup of almond milk. If you want to help the flavor blend nicely, add a pinch of sea salt before blending.
5 COOKIES AND CREAM
Cookies and cream rules the ice cream world. With the sweet crunch of the cookie mixed with the sweet cream from the milk, it's the perfect match. But if you think you can't have the same goodness with nice cream, you'd be wrong.
The Big Mans World has a tasty recipe consisting of canned coconut milk, almond butter (or peanut butter if you prefer), half a cup of honey or maple syrup (or a sticky sweetener of your choice), and one-fourth cup of your favorite cookie. In this particular recipe, it's a Keto-friendly recipe so the cookies offered are Keto, but you can totally use any cookie of you're liking.
When the cool air hits and the leaves begin to fall, pumpkin-flavored everything begins hitting shelves — including ice cream. But why buy sugary pumpkin ice cream when you can make your own plant-based version?
Happy Stylish Fit has the perfect fall day nice cream! Use four frozen bananas (chopped), one and one-third cup of canned pumpkin puree, two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice, and two tablespoons of map syrup! Blend together and it's the perfect holiday dessert.
What's one thing many of us plant-based eaters miss? Snickers and other traditional candy bars. Filled with white sugars and dairy, Snickers are a thing of the past for many non-dairy eaters. However, Be Forever Healthier has an awesome vegan nice cream recipe that may make plant eaters happy again.
For the base, you'll need two frozen bananas, half a teaspoon of cocoa powder, one tablespoon of peanut butter, and four tablespoons of almond milk. As for the toppings, grab some crushed peanuts, chocolate chips, and maybe some banana slices.
2 MATCHA BANANA
Matcha has a ton of benefits for you like burning fat, detoxifies your body, and keeping your calm. People can drink it as a tea or even add it to their smoothies and meals. However, Oh How Civilized had another idea — to add it nice cream.
With three frozen bananas, mix in one tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk, and two teaspoons of matcha. Blend together for the perfect, thought-provoking dessert. If it's not sweet enough for your liking, try adding some honey.
1 COOKIE DOUGH
Similar to cookies and cream, cookie dough is another crowd-pleaser in the ice cream world. The Toasted Pinenut took their spin on cookie dough and created a nice cream surrounding it.
You'll need half a cup of cashew butter, one-fourth cup of agave nectar, a splash of vanilla extract, half a cup of blanched almond flour, half a cup of chocolate chips, four frozen bananas, and a dash of sea salt. Blend together and maybe throw some chips on top as a garnish!