Friday, February 10, 2012

banana 'nice' cream

Man, I am on a recipe roll. I hope you don't mind the lulls between food posts, followed by total inundation.

Sometimes, things just flow.

That's the way I prefer it. I love cooking. I love eating good food. I love being in my kitchen. But life is busy, and when I'm feeling pulled in ten different directions, I need recipes that don't slow me down.


Truth is, I sometimes just microwave frozen veggies and eat them with a little salt and vinegar. My go-to cure for a sweet tooth is peanut butter mixed with stevia. For goodness sake, I once made a salad with just lettuce and beans.

Thankfully, I also have a handful of easy recipes that are just a smidge more refined, and totally delicious. Banana 'nice' cream is one of them. I have seen this all over the blog-o-sphere, but given the risk that even one of my readers doesn't know about it, I decided it deserved its own post.


Banana 'nice' cream is nice, because it's vegan, has no added sugar, and can be whipped up in a jiffy. Oh also...it's amazingly delicious.

Peel a banana. Freeze it. Put it in the food processor. Nom.


There's little more to it. You can get super creative with this. Mix in whatever you want. Throw on some toppings. If I mix-in something that thickens it up, I add a little almond milk to get the processor going. I also usually add some stevia to sweeten up mix-ins like cocoa powder. You can experiment with that part. It's pretty hard to mess up.

Here are some ideas for mix-ins and toppings...

cocoa powder, peanut butter, nut butter, protein powder, cacao nibs, coconut whipped cream, melted chocolate, peanuts, nuts, coconut, extracts, cinnamon, fresh fruits, frozen fruits, nutmeg, sunflower seeds, cardamom, instant coffee, ginger, toasted soy nuts, pumpkin, maple syrup, agave marshmallows

And here is my ol' reliable recipe.


Chocolate Nut Butter Banana 'Nice' Cream

Ingredients:
1 frozen banana
2 tbsp cocoa powder (I like dark)
6 drops liquid stevia
2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1-2 tbsp nut butter
dash of salt

Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.


And if you've got other ideas for how to make banana 'nice' cream even yummier, please do leave a comment!

22 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh girl, you always post such mouth watering recipes! This looks absolutely delightful!!

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  2. SO good! I've also added protein powder and taken tubs of it to work, for a filling sweet tooth fix if a craving hits midday. (But, you make it look far better than I ever have!) Great post!

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    1. Yes! I made this after my workout, and stirred in protein powder after the shoot. =)

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  3. I have yet to see this recipe anywhere else, so it's new to me! And look OH SO NICE.

    Yum. And more yum.

    !!!

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  4. Oh. my. god. This looks absolutely amazing. Craving this like no other right now!!

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  5. Clair, I tagged you in my latest post to fill out this super fun survey going around the blog world. Feel free to fill it out if you haven't yet. Check it out here : )
    http://healthy-chicks.com/2012/02/10/tgif-11-things/

    XoXO,

    Rachel

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  6. YES. I've seen this on another blog, and I'm stunned at how seriously simple this is. Yours looks amazing! Dark, rich, sweet...but deceptive, because it's remarkably healthy ;)

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  7. Wow so cool!
    I wish I'd have some bananas now to make them for dessert ;(

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  8. I'm totally making this, and no, I haven't seen this before! So I'm happy you posted! I think this might be my Valentine dessert ;) Thanks Clair! Keep those recipes coming!

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  9. Hi Clair,

    I am drooling over your blog right now. I think I might have to make that vegan tortilla soup sometime in the near future…

    Just wanted to stop by and say "hey", it was so great to meet you the other night at the Boston Blogger event. So much fun was had!

    Best,
    Casey
    Girl in the Poodle Shoes

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    1. Yah, let me know if you try it!

      Great to meet you too...so glad you stopped by. =)

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  10. Of course, Clair..another super inspiring healthy/delicious recipe (with great photos, but you knew I was going to say that). I think today I'm going to go through your archives and try to make something!

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    1. Let me know if you do! I can always tweak a recipe if it needs it.

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  11. holy crap. you have taken the banana ice cream and raised it to an art. MAKING THIS.

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  12. I have a banana in the freezer for no reason other than I only wanted half one day and figured I'd use the other for a frozen dessert some other time. Clearly, this is that time!!

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  13. This is ridiculously genius. I have GOT to save this for later. I am not huge into bananas but bananas and chocolate - I can get down with that

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  14. I think I'm going to do this. Seriously. I've basically given up ice cream and it's been THE WORST. This recipe is the cure!!!

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  15. This really makes me wish I wasn't allergic to chocolate.

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    1. Oh no! So sorry to hear that. But I think you can get carob powder, right? If not, you could certainly try lots of other combos...with nut butters and such!

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  16. Just made Nice Cream for the gang for Sunday dinner dessert...bug hit! Theresa especially enjoyed that it is vegan : )

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  17. Hmmmm...thought I commented, not sure what happened. Just made Nice Cream for Sunday dinner dessert....big hit! Good for vegan Theresa!

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Thanks for making me smile. =)