A couple of years ago I was at a friend’s house for a potluck and she made some banana nice cream in her food processor – adding a little bit of maple syrup and frozen bananas. I had previously purchased a banana ice cream maker, where you fed a banana into a tube and it came out as creamy ‘ice cream’. I didn’t use the ‘ice cream’ maker very much, but this food processor way of making ice cream looked pretty interesting to me. Surely you can’t get ice cream from whipping up some bananas, can you?
Rewind a few years to World Vegan Day, November 1, 2015. I was in Copenhagen at the time and saw that a little ice-cream store called Nicecream were celebrating World Vegan Day with a special offer on their nice cream. Who was I to refuse a special offer? I rode my bike to the store and stood in line just trying to get a glimpse. I saw a few people leave the small store with big tubs of single serve ice cream. I just had to have some, but there was just one problem – what flavour should I have? The best thing about going out to eat with someone else is the extra variety of flavours you can enjoy.
There was a mint flavour and a peanut butter flavour. Oh, yes! we were going to have both.
Since coming home I’ve been thinking more and more about banana nice cream. It really can’t be too hard to make. All you need is some frozen bananas.
Here’s my top tip: Peel the bananas before freezing them. I’ve had a few people ask me how to peel frozen banana and the truth is you can’t. Everyone says just pop some bananas in the freezer, or just freeze some bananas. What they fail to mention is you need to peel them first. And if you can, cut them in half too. It makes it a little easier on your food processor to blend them up.
I haven’t been as adventurous as Nicecream in developing different flavours because I’ve been loving the plain banana and berry nice cream. I add half a cup of frozen berries for each banana and then top it with granola, or coconut chips, or buckinis, or a little bit of all three.
The varieties from Nicecream in Copenhagen were mint choc-chip and peanut butter chocolate. If you ever find yourself in Copenhagen, this place is a must visit. Forget The Little Mermaid, TripAdvisor should list Nicecream as the number one destination for visitors.