if you are a frequent visiter to instagram (and perhaps tumblr as well), then you are probably well aware of the phenomenon known as nana ice cream. it’s refined-sugar-free, raw, vegan, and super simple to make! i recommend having either a high-speed blender or a food processor (neither of which i have) to make this as it will make things easier on you and speed things up. if you don’t have either, it’s okay as this recipe is still doable – it will just take some patience and time.
many people choose to use extremely overripe, spotty bananas to make this “ice cream” because that’s when it’s at it’s sweetest. however, if you don’t like the banana taste as much, I recommend using just spotted bananas (so not extremely brown and overripe).
banana “nice” cream / serves 1
you will need:
- 2-3 ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup non-dairy milk or water
- medjool dates (opt.)
- toppings of your choice (ex. fruit, granola, etc.)
- slice up your ripe bananas into coins and freeze them for at least 24 hours beforehand.
- place a bowl in the fridge to chill while you’re making the nice cream
- pour in your 1/4 of liquid into your food processor or blender
- soak your dates in water if they’re hard
- put in your coins, a couple at a time, into your device and pulse on high
- continue to blend/process until the mixture becomes creamy and smooth with a soft-serve texture
- it may take a couple of tries and you may have to take a spoon to push the mixture around to get things moving
- de-pit your dates and cut them up into small pieces
- place them into the mixture and mix as well (I recommend doing this towards the beginning of this procedure)
- add in any thing else that you would like as flavoring: cacao powder, different frozen or fresh fruit, etc.*
- pour mixture into a chilled bowl and place in the freezer for another 20 minute or so for it to firm up**
- top with whatever you want and enjoy!
*more flavoring ideas: cinnamon, vanilla extract, nut butters, mint extract or mint leaves. you can even add spinach to make it a green ice cream!
**note: you can leave it in there for a shorter or longer duration of time, depending on the consistency of your nice cream. however, don’t leave it in for too long because ice crystals will form on the top as there are no additives to keep it that from occurring.