I can’t believe it’s not ice cream (3 flavors)

If I had to choose one dessert to eat for the rest of my life, it would be ice cream. I love it and I eat it all year round (even in winter when normal people prefer hot chocolate). However, I don’t buy regular ice cream all that often anymore. I rather make it myself from frozen fruit, and after a lot of experimenting, I present you my three favorite flavors.

Even though I still love and occasionally eat store-bought ice cream, I feel like I have a brick in my stomach after eating it. So, I started experimenting with ice cream made from frozen fruit. And over the years, I actually started to like it more! It’s a delicious, creamy dessert, but without “empty calories.” It’s nutritious, and it keeps me full, so I sometimes eat it as a snack between meals. And it never leaves me with that unpleasant feeling in my stomach.

Many of you know this dessert as “nice cream” but you won’t hear me call it that way. I think it’s pointless because every ice cream tastes nice. Now that we got this out of the way, here are the recipes:

Chocolate peanut ice cream

You will need

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter (no worries, creamy will work too)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/4 cup plant milk of choice (add gradually*)
  • Optional: 1 tbsp chocolate whey protein (omit for vegan ice cream)

How to make

Add all ingredients into the food processor and mix until creamy.

As for milk, start by adding half of the amount at the beginning. You may need less milk depending on the size of the banana, the protein type you use etc. When you mix everything, gradually add more milk if you need it, or if you want to make the ice cream softer.

Chocolate hazelnut ice cream

You will need

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp coconut protein
  • 5 tbsp cocoa
  • A handful of hazelnuts (around 20)
  • 1/4 cup plant milk of choice (add gradually)

How to make

Add all ingredients except hazelnuts into the food processor and mix until creamy. Then add hazelnuts and process until they’re chopped.

Alternatively, you can add a handful of ground hazelnuts and fold them in with a spatula.

Raspberry coconut ice cream

You will need

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 5 tbsp coconut protein
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup plant milk of choice (add gradually)

How to make

Add all ingredients into the food processor and mix until creamy. Like in the previous examples, start with less milk and add gradually if necessary.

Tips and tricks

  • Freezing bananas: I always have bananas in my freezer so I can make ice cream whenever I want. The easiest way to do it is to peel the bananas and slice them. Then, put them on a tray or chopping board lined with parchment paper and pop them in the freezer. After 2-3 hours, you can transfer the banana pieces into an airtight container and store them in the freezer.
  • Each of these recipes lists amounts that serve one person, but if that person is a big fan of ice cream. In other words, you get quite a lot of ice cream from just one banana (which is pretty awesome, actually). I eat it alone because, as I said, I freakin’ love ice cream. But feel free to share it with someone you love, especially if you eat it as a dessert after the main meal.
  • You can omit the protein (reduce the amount of milk in that case). However, I came to realize that it gives firmness to the ice cream, it makes it melt more slowly, and the texture is waaay better with it. So I never leave it out.
  • These recipes are totally prone to experimenting. I can’t even start writing all the combinations I’ve tried so far, but these three are my favorite and I make them most often. However, I do encourage you to experiment, try your own combos, and add or remove ingredients as you please. These are just ideas. 🙂

*I didn’t add the nutrition facts for these because they vary a lot between the flavors, and they change with the amount of each ingredient that you add. You can calculate nutrition facts here.

*I will update the post with more photos when I’m less lazy to take them! 🙂

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