Hey everyone, I was on holiday for a couple of weeks therefore posts were few and far between however I am back and am overly excited for this one. Taking some time out of my surfing schedule whilst away, I wrote up this little gem in hopes of leaving you all with a sweet taste in your mouths.
If you're new to the vegan scene you may have no clue what the hell nicecream is however I'm 99.9 percent sure you may have come across extremely aesthetically pleasing images of vibrant goodness on instagram, these bowls that replicate the pristine beauty of a dessert are known as 'nicecream'.
It will become very apparent how passionate I am about these creations but you'll soon come to realise why when you taste them. I can assure you breakfast time will never be the same again...
To put it simply, nicecream is just frozen bananas yet due to its marvelous natural properties, when blended it reaches that soft serve consistency of normal icecream. In fact in my opinion it possesses an even creamier, smoother texture than the non-vegan stuff!
There are so very many combinations I could shed light on however I'd be here all day so here are some of my favourite flavourings to which you can experiment with as much as your heart (and your belly) desires.
To make the standard nicecream you will need about 3/4 medium sized, ripe bananas (no green, patches you should be able to count the brown spots!) the riper the banana the better the taste and texture. You can of course choose to use more bananas if you want an even thicker, creamier bowl however I wouldn't recommend less than about 3 bananas because it'll leave you yearning for more!
Chop those bananas into fairly small chunks and place in a freezer-safe container or bowl and pop in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight as I usually do. Then once they are frozen remove them from the freezer and let them defrost a little to make them easier to blend. After they have melted a bit put them into your blender/food processor (I use my trusty nutribullet) add a little soy milk (or oat, hemp, nut, whichever you're feeling in the mood for-even water, just something to make blending easier). Don't add too much liquid however because it will leave your nicecream more like a smoothie bowl than that soft serve consistency we are aiming to achieve.
You may find some difficulty mixing the nicecream as I sometimes do, just be patient and either add more liquid, mix it around with a spoon manually a couple times or let the bananas thaw a little more before returning to blending.
You will know the moment it's done because there'll no longer be any lumps as the nicecream will be completely smooth (hopefully not runny) and thick enough to still hold some shape. It is now ready to display in a bowl and top or perhaps be mixed further with some flavourings.
Here comes my favourite part...
There are of course many different directions you can take the basic nicecream with so I'll just show a few of my go-to recipes that you can then replicate yourself.
Raspberry coconut bliss
One of my favouriteeee amalgamations of flavours since the sharpness of the raspberries alongside the soft sweetness of the bananas compliment the nuttiness of the coconut so perfectly to create-as the title depicts- a hevenly bliss.
Freeze 3/4 medium sized bananas with 200g raspberries overnight then allow them to defrost 5 minutes, then blend with 200ml coconut milk. Serve in a bowl and top with sliced bananas, chunks of raspberries and desiccated coconut.
This one really lives up to its name because once you start eating you'll realise it's gone within seconds and you will find yourself craving more constantly! A mellow, tangy mango and crunchy, nutty paradise drizzled with sugary date nectar.
Freeze 2/3 medium sized bananas with 300g chopped mango overnight. Allow the fruit to defrost 5 minutes then add to the blender with 200ml non-diary milk (or water) and mix thoroughly. Pour into bowl and top with peanuts and a little date nectar, swirl around and enjoy!Berry blast
This beauty I just discovered this morning! Perhaps the most scrumptious version of nicecream yet, these juicy berries alongside rawnola will provide you with a fresh scent of summer and satisfaction.
Freeze 2/3 medium sized bananas with 200g mixed berries (I used grapes, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries). Allow to defrost 5 minutes then mix in the blender with 200ml non-diary milk. Serve and top with sliced banana, strawberries, chia seeds, desiccated coconut and rawnola- I'll describe my rawnola recipe at the end of the post.
This one was purely discovered on a whim since I was feeling pretty ill one morning and desperately needed a pick-me-up so I thought to myself 'what am I craving?' Then I dreamt of a creamy caramel bowl of goodness with little specs of golden biscoff biscuits and this flavour was born.
Yes, it tastes as good as it looks.
Freeze 3/4 medium sized bananas overnight then take out in the morning and defrost for 5 minutes. Melt 2 tablespoons biscoff biscuit spread in a pan so that it liquidises then add to the blender with the bananas and 100ml non dairy milk, blend until smooth. Top with crushed up biscoff biscuits et voila.
Those were few of many different types of nicecream you can explore, I will most likely post more in the future as I discover new kinds, here's a few ones worth the mention.
More berry blast
Add a handful of dates to a mixer with 1/2 cup oats and process, if the product is too dry add more dates (one by one because their stickiness can go a long way). If it's too sticky, add more oats. Break up into little bits and put in the fridge ready to eat.
Thank you for reading and sorry for the absence, I will try to be more regular with my posts from now on. Hope you enjoyed this and contact me if you tried any of these or made your own variations, I'd love to see them!