Banana Berry Nice Cream (vegan, dairy-free)

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My sweet tooth has always held up ice cream as the holy grail of desserts. Add chocolate into the mix? I may marry the bowl. Fast foward one year and one dairy-dissing stomach, however, and my taste buds have gone bananas…in the best of ways.

I’d heard of banana nice cream before from fellow allergy-friendly blogs or Instagram posts, but I always figured it would taste more like fruity ice than the Dairy Queen of my dreams. One desperate summer night, though, I threw some frozen naners, a little water, and a lot of hope into my blender…and out popped a delicious bowl of frozen delight.

Packed with nutrients and easily adaptable to every pair of picky tastebuds…it’s easy to see why I devour a tower of nanaicecream every day for breakfast or a post-workout treat.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

This recipe has tons of fruits and veggies, making it a healthful treat that packs quite a punch of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. The coconut and avocado add healthful fats, and the chia seeds and yogurt add some protein. This is a terrific mini meal, especially if it tastes as good as it sounds.


By Dianne Rishikof, MS, RDN, LDN
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Banana Berry Nice Cream (vegan, dairy-free)

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Servings: 1

Ingredients

1 tablespoon chia seeds (ground for a smoother texture)
2 tablespoons coconut flour
3 tablespoons vanilla greek yogurt (OR avocado for dairy-free version)
one heaping handful (or more if tolerant) of greens
handful of frozen fruit (chopped bananas, apples, peaches, pears, berries, grapes, etc)
1/4 cup coconut milk

Optional:
Any desired flavor add-ins (powders like cacao, acai or maca; vanilla; spices; extracts; stevia drops, etc)
optional extra veggies (beets, celery, broccoli, zucchini, squash, etc) – about half as much of these as fruit to keep the smoothie sweet!

Instructions

  1.  Gather and add all ingredients to blender.  I like to layer mine by frozen fruit/vegetables, flour and chia seeds, leafy greens, more frozen fruit/vegetables, a scoop of yogurt and/or avocado, and finally any spices/flavorings plus the liquid of choice. Then push the button and ready your tastebuds for some healthy, allergy-free ice cream!
  2. Enjoy!

 

Note:
For different flavors try this out:

  1. For berry beet, use bright red fruits (like cherries, strawberries, raspberries and pomegranate seeds) plus a few pieces of chopped frozen beet to blast your nicecream off into the world of frozen flamingos! And if you have acai powder on hand, only a small bit boosts the antoxidants and the tart flavor.
  2. For citrus greens, I mix the base recipe with 1/4 of an avocado, a couple handfuls of greens, and lots of green fruits and veggies like apple, melon, zuchinni, celery, and cucumber. Finally, slices of orange or lemon give it a tropical twist!
  3. And, if you need a Holiday kick, try cacao-peppermint banana ice cream. Follow the citrus greens base to whip up a Christmas tree color, then add a few drops of peppermint extract, a teaspoon or so of cacao powder, and string on sliced up strawberries, blueberries and pomegranate seeds for some festively edible decorations!
 Gather and add all ingredients to blender.  I like to layer mine by frozen fruit/vegetables, flour and chia seeds, leafy greens, more frozen fruit/vegetables, a scoop of yogurt and/or avocado, and finally any spices/flavorings plus the liquid of choice. Then push the button and ready your tastebuds for some healthy, allergy-free ice cream! Enjoy!   Note: For different flavors try this out: For berry beet, use bright red fruits (like cherries, strawberries, raspberries and pomegranate seeds) plus a few pieces of chopped frozen beet to blast your nicecream off into the world of frozen flamingos! And if you have acai powder on hand, only a small bit boosts the antoxidants and the tart flavor. For citrus greens, I mix the base recipe with 1/4 of an avocado, a couple handfuls of greens, and lots of green fruits and veggies like apple, melon, zuchinni, celery, and cucumber. Finally, slices of orange or lemon give it a tropical twist! And, if you need a Holiday kick, try cacao-peppermint banana ice cream. Follow the citrus greens base to whip up a Christmas tree color, then add a few drops of peppermint extract, a teaspoon or so of cacao powder, and string on sliced up strawberries, blueberries and pomegranate seeds for some festively edible decorations!

Nutrition Information

 

Per Serving:  Calories: 311; Total Fat: 17g; Saturated Fat: 13g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 2mg; Sodium: 71mg; Potassium: 412mg; Carbohydrate: 29g; Fiber: 12g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 11g

Nutrition Bonus:Vit A: 29%;Iron: 20%; Calcium: 16%; Vit C: 16%

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  1. Emilie Josephine

    OOO. I’ve been trying to cut down on the added sugars and Nice cream has become my go to dessert. I use raw cocoa powder because, duh, CHOCOLATE. I don’t miss ice cream at all, and I feel so much better eating a dessert like this.

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