Let's set the stage first. Have you heard of this thing called "nice cream"? I haven't till a few months ago I came across a tag on Instagram #nicecream. So what is this mysterious nicecream? You guessed it right! It is a nice version of ice cream. Let me elaborate on that. Nice in a sense that there is no dairy involved, it is made out of ingredients that are good for you, and not overloaded with sugar. Nice because you make it yourself at home without an ice cream maker. The texture is divine. It is like a soft served ice cream. You can have it as a dessert, breakfast or snack. No limits here :)
Ready to dive in?
Let's do it! First and foremost, lets talk about the main ingredient. What make this nice cream possible. What holds it together? The answer is: F R O Z E N B A N A N A S. Tada! 🍌 These guys have to be prepared 24 hours ahead (or at least overnight). Make sure they are ripe before you stick them in the freezer. This is crucial! And no skin. Peal then freeze. (Optional: cut into 1-2 inches segments to save time later). Easy!
Next. You would need a powerful blender or food processor to do this. I own a Cusinart Pro food processor and Kitchen Aid blender. Much easier to do it in a processor. Vitamix would be a great choice too. My Kitchen Aid blender struggles a little but gets the job done!
Blueberry Black Sesame Nice Cream.
I designed this flavor inspired by Japanese black sesame ice cream. You can get sesame seeds from any Japanese store, or Wholefoods Market. For Anita's yogurt follow the link below to see where to buy it. This yogurt is beyond imagination. It breaks boundaries. Trust me!
The rest is easy :)
Serves 1-2 people.
- 2 medium frozen bananas (see instructions above)
- 1 tbsp. of tahini
- 1.5 tbsp. Anita's coconut yogurt (http://anitas.co)
- 2 tbsp. of black sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries (tip: Wholefoods has 2 lbs bags of organic frozen blueberries for $8.99 a pop - can't beat that!)
- 2 tbsp. of agave or maple syrup
- pinch of salt
In a pestle or spice grinder process sesame seeds until melty. If you don't have the tools or don't have enough time you could put sesame seeds directly into a blender/food processor. In the blender/food processor combine all the ingredients. Blend, blend, blend! You would need to scoop the sides several times, to make sure it all mixes well together. If your blender struggles a lot then add a tbsp. of almond milk (or any other nut milk/water) to help the process, but don't overdo it since the mixture could become too liquid. When it all comes together and combines well, using a big spoon or spatula transfer nice cream into a bowl by building it high layer by layer. Sprinkle with some sesame seeds and enjoy!
The amazing thing is you could make any flavors you like.
- Chocolate w/chocolate chips
- Strawberry-raspberry (one of my favs!)
- Peanut butter
- You name it!
Have fun! Share your results. And remember: having dessert for breakfast is no longer a crime <3