Nice cream saved my vegan life.
For those who are vegans or who have other dietary allergies, finding alternatives for conventional foods is as almost difficult as understanding the Lost series finale. If there is anything I miss from my non-vegan days, it is definitely ice cream. I would frantically search my local grocery stores for vegan ice cream; however, they were often filled with strange ingredients that I had never heard of or that I could not pronounce.
I remember one day in the summer after my sophomore year of college, my parents sat at the dinner table indulging in vanilla ice cream topped with raspberries and a sprinkle of chopped walnuts. Watching my parents twirl their spoons into the creamy goop was unbearable.
I frantically raced to the kitchen, yanked open the freezer door and grabbed all of the frozen fruit I could find and dumped them into a food processor. Although I had the intentions of making a smoothie, my strawberry-banana concoction ended up being thicker and creamier than I expected.
Over the next few weeks, I experimented with frozen bananas and started to combine peanut butter, vanilla extract, chopped nuts and cacao nibs to my faux ice-cream. I eventually learned that there was a name for my concoctions.
This savory, fruit-based dish is called nice-cream: an appropriately fitting name for a food that does not solely have to be consumed as dessert. Not only is this protein and fiber-filled dish healthy, it is also simple to make, cheap and extremely versatile.
Below is a recipe that you can try on your own:
Basic Nice Cream
Sh*t You Need:
A high-power blender or a food processor
For Your Base
A frozen fruit of your choice (typically bananas, but strawberries, mangoes, or a combination of frozen fruit can work, too)
Optional: 1-2 Tbsp milk of choice*
Optional: 2-3 Tbsp. of flavoring, such as a drop of vanilla extract, or cacao powder
*Note: you really do not want a lot of liquid because you want a smooth consistency, not a runny consistency.
1. Add frozen banana pieces (or frozen fruit) to your blender or food processor. 2. Blend until a creamy consistency. If the blade gets stuck, use a spoon to move some of the pieces around or add 1-2 tbsp of plant/non-plant based milk. 3. Scoop into a bowl and mix in toppings. 4. Enjoy!
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