Top Ten Tips to Make the Best Nice Cream

This is not just some health food trend, my friends.  This is the good stuff.

Nice cream is a frozen banana smoothie that, as the name might suggest, takes on the taste and texture of ice cream.  For the basic concept, see this post.
Since discovering nice cream several years ago, it has quickly become one of my favorite things to do smoothies.  Here are ten of my best tips to make your nice cream supreme.

1. Use very ripe to overripe bananas.  Or it will be gross.  Slice the bananas and freeze them for at least three hours.

2. It takes a heavy-duty blender.
As much as I love my Nutribullet, I wouldn't put it up against rock-hard frozen bananas.  Instead, I use the food processor.  A lot of other people have said Vitamix blenders work very well for nice cream.  If you don't have a food processor or tough blender, you can always make a smoothie using the same ingredients but not frozen, then freeze the smoothie for at least three hours.  It won't be quite the same, but it will be close.

3. For a meal, I usually use 2-3 bananas, depending on what flavor I'm making and what I plan to top my bowl with.  But that's just me- listen to your body!  It knows how much you need to eat.

4. When you're blending, be patient.  Pulse for thirty-second-ish intervals and scrape down the sides of the bowl when you need to.  It will get there.
If it really really seems like it won't get there- like if you added too much flavoring- add a splash of liquid.  I recommend a nut milk.

5. YES, IT WILL TASTE LIKE BANANAS.  It is made of bananas!
But the banana flavor won't drown out your flavoring if you use the right amount.  And bananas taste good anyway.

6. Flavor suggestions:
1 tbsp cocoa powder per banana
1/2 tbsp peanut butter per banana
1/4 sliced frozen strawberries per banana (this is my absolute favorite!)
1/4 mango per banana
Add 1/4 tsp vanilla extract to any nice cream recipe(per serving, not per banana) for that extra intangible loveliness.

7. Want to add protein but protein powder is too expensive/hard to find/trendy/icky?  Add 1 tsp ground flaxseed per banana.  It adds protein and omega-3s without lending flavor or texture.

8. You can make nice cream now and save it for later.  Here are two ways I've done that:
Just dump it all into a freezer-safe container with a lid and put it in the freezer.  Easy.  I did this when I had to make nice cream for a big group and bring it to school.
Use an ice cream scoop to make scoops on a tray lined with aluminum foil (parchment works, too, but you can recycle aluminum foil).  While this may seem overcomplicated, it's good for getting nice clean scoops for the aesthetic or proportioning the nice cream to share.
DON'T freeze berry nice cream as it will become so icy it will hurt to eat it.

9. Chocolate nice cream with blueberries on top.  Just try it.

10. My favorite toppings:
Small berries (see #8) - frozen blueberries and raspberries not only look pretty but taste fantastic.
Sliced banana

If you make nice cream after reading this post, let me know in the comments, by email, on Instagram, or on Facebook!  I would love to see your creations.  Enjoy the creamy dreamy goodness.

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  1. Bananna-focused smoothies (more milk involved) are also prettttty great, not gonna lie.
    Great tips, I failed a few times before getting it right

    1. Glad the tips helped! I've definitely failed a time or two but when it works, it's fantastic!

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