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This chocolate nice cream was a total game changer for me! I can recall many a night where I’d be craving something sweet/chocolate, and this simple vegan ice cream saved the day.
All you need are a couple frozen bananas, cocoa powder, plant-based milk, and a blender.
You can add your favorite sweetener of choice if you want (a liquid sweetener works best, like agave nectar (you can find this by the honey or in the baking aisle in grocery stores), or my personal fave, maple syrup), but the bananas are plenty sweet on their own, so you really don’t need it.
For best results, use very ripe bananas. (Let’s be honest, bananas are only good to eat when they are a little green/unripe. Once they start turning brown all over it’s into the blender!) We usually toss them in smoothies when they get too ripe, but when I am actually thinking ahead about my inevitable future chocolate cravings, I’ll put a couple in the freezer.
Prior to freezing your bananas, peel them and cut into chunks. This makes it easy to just pop them into the blender when you are ready to make your chocolate nice cream. Freeze in a freezer safe container.
Any plant-based milk—almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, etc.—will work in this recipe. Use whatever you have around/prefer. However, if you like coconut milk that’s my recommendation. The flavors are lovely together, and if you use canned coconut milk or coconut cream (scoop the top part off of canned stuff or you can buy just the cream in a can), then it makes for a richer and thicker ice cream.
You can add additional fruit like frozen/fresh strawberries, blueberries, and/or mixed berries, but keep in mind, the more extra fruits you have, the more the flavor will come through (I’m assuming you’d want this though if you’re adding it, but who tf knows?). You could alternatively use some of these as a topping.
If you are going for a strict chocolate taste, stick to the ingredients in this recipe. Contrary to what you’d think, it’s very chocolatey, and very little banana flavor.
Other toppings that are delicious include coconut flakes, vegan chocolate chips, granola, and/or peanut butter (peanut butter is also AMAZING blended into the ice cream itself). The sky’s the limit, so dress up your chocolate nice cream with whatever strikes your fancy.
You could also add little bit of pure vanilla extract or a pinch of cinnamon to your mix. Experiment and have fun!
Chocolate Nice Cream
- 1-2 frozen bananas
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- plant-based milk add less for a thicker ice cream consistency and more for milkshake thickness
- 1-3 tsp maple syrup or agave
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until free of clumps. I would start with about 1/4 cup of milk and adjust from there. Add more milk if you want a thinner consistency, like a milkshake. (I normally just eyeball it.) If you made it thinner than you wanted, add more banana to thicken it back up.
- Pour into a cup or bowl, and enjoy the shit out of it. You can thank me later. Freeze any extra (but LBH…you probably won't have any ?).
Want More Chocolate?
No problem. Try these simple homemade peanut butter cups!