Ice cream is generally a no-no in Ayurveda, except during really hot summer days. Learn how to make a quick and friendly healthy ice cream substitute called "nice cream" with bananas, almond milk, and a blender.
2 ingredients. Endless possibilities.
It's summer and we're feeling the heat. While Ayurveda does not recommend eating or drinking cold food, an exception is made during summer hot days.
Ice cream has a really high content of sugar (plus other not so healthy ingredients), instead, why not cool off with a homemade NICE cream?
If you haven't heard of it, nice cream is a plant-based ice cream made with only two ingredients: bananas and almond milk (this is a base to add more ingredients and flavors).
4 cups of frozen banana (2 large bananas)
2-4 TB of unsweetened almond milk (or any kind of plant-based milk)
Place the ingredients in a blender or food processor. In fact, I use my juicer for the perfect smooth texture.
Blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes. Use a plastic or rubber spatula to scrape the sides and mix every so often.
If the bananas are too thick for your blender, add additional almond milk, one tablespoon at a time.
Once mixed together, the texture of your banana nice cream should be similar to a smoothie or soft serve ice cream. You can eat your nice cream immediately, or transfer it to a bread pan lined in parchment paper to freeze.
To make the banana nice cream scoopable like ice cream, freeze it for for 1 to 2 hours before eating.
Finally - get creative! Consider adding some of these to recreate your favorite ice cream flavor or make up something new:
- Ashwaganda and ginger for a pick me up
- Shatavari and rose for female balancing choice.
- Cacao powder
- Cash units and dates (nourishing)
- Mixed pre-soaked nuts
- Vanilla bean paste
My favorite for the summer is celery, and my second favorite is watermelon or melon. An Italian favorite is rice pudding with cinnamon and vanilla.