Yes… Despite the words “caramel” and “icecream” in the title, I’m slotting this dish under breakfasts! Nana ice-cream, or nice-cream as it is commonly called, is one of my go-to breakfasts alongside oats and muesli. Despite its dessert-like name, it is incredibly healthy! You know why? Because it simply just frozen bananas, pulsed until super creamy and literally the texture of ice-cream. And what better way to start the day than a bowl full of nature’s energy food, bananas!
When it’s time to prepare my breakfast and I pull out perfect chunks of frozen nana from the freezer, my mind starts buzzing with all the wonderful flavours I could create and indulge in! I’m always playing around with the flavours and topping them off with a mini-mountain of toppings (just go check out my Instagram feed and you’ll see for yourself). These bowls are my absolute ideal breakfast: so super delicious (just believe me and try it for yourself!), incredibly healthy, full of all natural energy, sugars and carbohydrates and… it’ll keep you full for hours (just don’t skimp on the number of nanas, there is absolutely no need!).
So… As this is the first nice-cream recipe I’m posting on my blog I thought I’d share with you a pretty basic flavour, Caramel. The gooey, sticky, fresh dates and hint of cinnamon provide a delicious breakfast base, awaiting whatever fruity, seedy, crunchy, nutty, coconutty toppings you can imagine. If you haven’t jumped on the nicecream bandwagon yet, I suggest you do. Right now. If it isn’t breakfast time, make it for a dessert! It’s never a bad time for ice-cream, am I right?! Some more flavours I just LOVE include chocolate peanut butter, mango and spinach and plain raspberry. I’ll get around to posting those recipes some time soon!
Now, go on. Enter the world of nicecream. You’ll love yourself for it!
3 – 5 frozen bananas, in smallish chunks
3 soft medjool dates, chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp maca powder (optional)
2 tbsp rice milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- Place the frozen bananas in a food processor and pulse until a crumb forms.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse again for around 30 seconds, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides with a spoon, until a smooth, creamy mixture forms. If needed, add a little more milk to get an “icecream” consistency.
- Pour into a bowl or jar and top with whatever goodies you have around! I like topping mine with granola, berries, any other seasonal fruit and some seed sprinkle for extra nourishment.
- Grab a spoon, swirl around and dig in!
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