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Soft Serve Nice Cream

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Serves 4

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “nice cream,” it refers to an ice cream-like concoction made by pureeing frozen bananas. This version takes on a smooth, creamy, soft-serve texture with the addition of a little coconut milk. A handful of soft, sticky dates and a sprinkling of salt also enhance the flavor, lending the dessert a caramel-like richness. The final touch is a crunchy coconut flake topping that adds an irresistible textural contrast that both counters and enhances the soft, creamy texture of the nice cream.


  • 4 frozen sliced bananas
  • 4 soft pitted Medjool dates (soak in hot water if firm)
  • 1/2 cup canned light coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons toasted unsweetened coconut flakes

Nutrition Information

  • calories 179
  • fat 5.3 g
  • satfat 4.6 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 2 g
  • carbohydrate 35 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 251 mg
  • calcium 9 mg
  • sugars 19 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 0 g

How to Make It

  1. Place bananas, dates, coconut milk, and salt in a food processor. Process until smooth, scrape sides of bowl occasionally. Spoon about 3/4 cup soft serve into each of 4 bowls; top each with 1 Tbsp. coconut flakes.