Smoothy creamy vanilla nice cream is the perfect answer to all-natural dairy-free ice cream. The texture is so much like ice cream; you might even think it is ice cream. However, nice cream is a plant-based, no sugar added, alternative to ice cream that can be made with just three simple ingredients!
Have you gone dairy-free, vegan, or plant-based and missing the creamy perfection that is ice cream? I have the perfect solution for you, nice cream! It has the same creamy texture as ice cream and can be made in a lot of different flavors. This particular recipe blends bananas and vanilla to make it smooth and creamy vanilla nice cream.
What is Vanilla Nice Cream?
Vanilla nice cream is an all-natural, dairy-free alternative to ice cream using frozen bananas as the base. Nice creams are made by placing chunks of frozen bananas in a blender. Then blending until smooth and creamy. The texture of frozen bananas makes for a creamy frozen treat, much like ice cream.
Nice cream is whole food vegan and plant-based.
Nice Cream Ingredients and Equipment
Vanilla nice cream is made with three simple ingredients:
- Frozen bananas
- vanilla extract or vanilla beans
- non-dairy milk.
It really is that simple!
- You will need a blender or a food processor.
- A high-performance blender, such as a Vitamix or a Ninja, will take just 2 -3 minutes to make nice cream.
- A traditional blender or food processor will take 3 - 5 minutes or longer, depending on how frozen the bananas are and the wattage of your equipment.
Substitutions and Additions
- Vanilla - You can use regular vanilla extract, imitation vanilla or vanilla seeds. A benefit to using vanilla seeds or natural vanilla, you increase the amount of vanilla you add, while avoiding an artificial taste.
- Non-Dairy Milk- Use any type of non-dairy milk (oat, almond, soy, etc.). Normally you only need a tablespoon of non-milk for the blender. Adding too much milk will cause your nice cream to be runny instead of creamy. To avoid this, add the non-milk a tablespoon at a time and blend.
A non-dairy milk alternative would be coconut cream, which has a rich flavor and a creamy texture. Coconut cream helps to reduce the banana flavor resulting in a stronger vanilla flavor. You can substitute coconut for non-dairy milk at a 1:1 ratio.
- Fruit - Some fruits blend perfectly into a creamy texture, while others do not. If you want to use a fruit other than bananas, the flavor will change, but it will still be delicious. Try using one of these fruits:
- Mangoes - Peeled and cut into chucks. I prefer frozen mangoes.
- Peaches - Peeled and quartered. I prefer frozen peaches.
- Cherries - Pitted. Frozen is the easiest.
- Toppings - Top your nice cream as you would ice cream. Some topping suggestions include:
- Chopped up fresh fruit or berries
- Nuts (peanuts, walnuts, etc.)
- Chocolate chips (dairy free)
- Hershey syrup
- Crushed oreo cookies
- Crusted nutter bites
- Vegan cookie dough
- Vegan marshmellows
Tips, Tricks, and Trouble Shooting
I put the bananas in the blender, but they are not blending.
This sometimes happens with traditional blenders or food processors. When I tested this recipe using my old Hamilton Beach blender, I learned a few tricks, such as:
- Cut the bananas into very small pieces. This will make it easier for the blender to blend.
- If still not blending, allow the bananas to warm up for a few minutes and try again. For me, this is a process of trying, waiting and repeating until the bananas were at the right temperature.
- Using a wooden spoon stir around the bottom of the blender to loosed any chucks stuck in the bottom.
- Start a low speed and work you way up. This will reduce bananas going to the side of your blender instead of blending.
Be sure to take breaks in between. You do not want to burn out the motor of your blender.
Frequently Asked Questions
That is an excellent question. Because bananas are the base of nice cream, there is no natural way to make vanilla nice cream as white as vanilla ice cream. I will keep experimenting, and hopefully, I can find a way. But as of right now, I cannot find a good way.
Unfortunately, no. If you blend unfrozen bananas and then freeze them, the texture will be icy instead of creamy.
There will be a banana flavor to this vanilla nice cream. One trick to reduce the banana flavor is to use bananas just before their peak. At this time, the banana flavor is milder. You can also add more vanilla. However, in this instance, I recommend adding real vanilla to avoid an artificial taste.
The sky is the limit! If you are using a base of banana, I recommend adding cocoa powder, just about any freeze-dried fruit, peanut butter, or pistachios, to name a few.
If using a traditional blender or food processor, let the bananas warm-up for 2- 3 minutes and blend. Depending on your blender or food processor, this might take several tries. Stop between attempts to avoid burning out the blender motor. My blender is ancient, and I had to repeat this process 10 times.
How to Make Vanilla Nice Cream
- Blender or food processor
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon non-dairy milk
- Prep: Peel the bananas, slice them into ½ - 1 inch rounds. Place in a freezer bag and freeze for 2 hours.
- Make: Place the frozen bananas, vanilla, and non-dairy milk in a blender or food processor. Blend until creamy.
- Freeze: Once blended, freeze for 4 - 6 hours before enjoying!
- Start the blender or food processor at a low speed. If you start on too high of a speed the banana will be on the sides.
- If using a standard blender you might need to let the bananas warm-up before blending. It is important to wait between blends so that you do not burn out your motor. Here are the steps I follow:
- Wait 3 - 5 minutes
- Blend again
- If you would like a stronger vanilla flavor, I recommended using natural vanilla extract or pods. The artificial vanilla starts to leave a strange flavor if using too much.
- If the nice cream is not blending, just give it a little more time. Adding too much non-dairy milk will make your nice cream runny. The bananas will eventually cream. Again, you might need rests to avoid burning out your motor.
- Enjoy with your favorite toppings. Mine include sprinkles, Hershey syrup, peanuts, and pistachios.