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We All Scream for Nice Cream

Photo: Katherine Flynn

Try these recipes to satisfy your ice cream cravings. Dairy-free and made with a banana base, nice cream is a creamy and cold treat that can take on endless flavor combinations. We tested different options and listed our favorite recipes below. All you need is a blender and a banana for this sweet treat that's better than anything you could buy from an ice cream truck. 

A blend between frozen yogurt and ice cream, "nice" cream is the easiest and healthiest way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Made with just a frozen banana, your choice of milk, and any toppings, you'll never be limited to the ice cream flavors at the grocery store. What makes "nice" cream so sweet is the amount of calories and saturated fat you'll save instead of eating ice cream while still enjoying the familiar and comforting flavors of dessert. All you need is a blender to get started. 

Lavender Honey

Photo: Katherine Flynn

The trending ice cream flavor everyone loves is now even better in nice cream form. Make your own syrup simple for the best lavender flavor.

  • 1/3 cup of water 
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon dried food-grade lavender
  • 1 peeled, frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, chilled
  • 1 tablespoon honey 

Heat water over the stove in a sauce pan. Add sugar and dried lavender. Keep stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let it cool completely. Once cooled, strain the lavender simple syrup. Blend banana, almond milk, simple syrup, and honey until fully combined. Let sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes until slightly firm. 

SERVES 1; CALORIES 162; FAT .96g (sat .11g, mono .41g, poly .20g); PROTEIN 1.41g; CARB 41.62g; FIBER 2.92g; SUGARS 29g; CHOL 0; IRON .44mg; SODIUM 44.4mg; CALC 118.8mg

Strawberry Banana

Photo: Katherine Flynn

The familiar flavors of everyone's favorite smoothie can now be enjoyed for dessert. You can substitute any berries you like, but make sure to use a frozen variety with no added sugar. 

  • 1 peeled, frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened, frozen strawberries

Blend banana, almond milk, and strawberries until fully combined. Let sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes until slightly firm. 

SERVES 1; CALORIES 114; FAT 1.01g (sat .12g, mono .41g, poly .23g); PROTEIN 1.56g; CARB 27.8g; FIBER 3.92g; SUGARS 14g; CHOL 0; IRON .73mg; SODIUM 44.5mg; CALC 125.5mg

Almond Chocolate

Photo: Katherine Flynn

There's nothing better than the salty and sweet combination of chocolate and nuts. We've elevated this classic combo with creamy almond butter and high quality cocoa powder. 

  • 1 peeled, frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, chilled
  • 4 teaspoons unsalted, creamy almond butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon unsweetened, dark cocoa powder 

Blend banana, almond milk, almond butter, and cocoa powder until fully combined. Let sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes until slightly firm. Optional garnish: Unsweetened silvered almonds and dark chocolate chips. 

SERVES 1; CALORIES 223; FAT 12.3g (sat 1.62g, mono 7.02g, poly 2.98); PROTEIN 5.84g; CARB 27.86g; FIBER 5.32g; SUGARS 13.71g; CHOL 0; IRON 1.19mg; SODIUM 49.7mg; CALC 80.0mg

Mango Coconut

Photo: Katherine Flynn

Escape to the tropics with this fruity nice cream flavor. The frozen mangoes add a subtle sweetness and smooth texture to the dessert. Add dried coconut as an optional garnish. 

  • 1 peeled, frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened carton coconut milk, chilled
  • 1/3 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut 

Blend banana, coconut milk, mango, and coconut until fully combined. Let sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes until slightly firm. 

SERVES 1; CALORIES 172; FAT 4.68g (sat 3.97g, mono .17g, poly .11); PROTEIN 1.89g; CARB 35.17g; FIBER 4.77g; SUGARS 22.05g; CHOL 0; IRON .52mg; SODIUM 12.86mg; CALC 118.9mg

Mint Chocolate Chip

Photo: Katherine Flynn

So creamy and smooth, you'll never crave that bright, fake green mint ice cream again. You can add fresh mint and dark chocolate chips as an optional garnish. 

  • 1 peeled, frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, chilled
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped mint
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips

Blend banana, almond milk, mint, and dark chocolate until fully combined. Let sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes until slightly firm. 

SERVES 1; CALORIES 171; FAT 5.52g (sat 3.13g, mono .41g, poly .23); PROTEIN 2.09g; CARB 33.27g; FIBER 4.39g; SUGARS 20.4g; CHOL 0; IRON 1.40mg; SODIUM 50.5mg; CALC 133.1mg