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.
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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).
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Ingredients:
4 cups of frozen banana (2 large bananas)
2-4 TB of unsweetened almond milk (or any kind of plant-based milk)
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Directions:
Place the ingredients in a blender or food processor. In fact, I use my juicer for the perfect smooth texture.
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Blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes. Use a plastic or rubber spatula to scrape the sides and mix every so often.
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If the bananas are too thick for your blender, add additional almond milk, one tablespoon at a time.
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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.
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To make the banana nice cream scoopable like ice cream, freeze it for for 1 to 2 hours before eating.
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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
  • Mint
  • Cash units and dates (nourishing)
  • Mixed pre-soaked nuts
  • Berries
  • 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.

Author: 
Raffaella Breare

Raffaella Breare is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Registered Yoga Teacher, and Reiki Master, with training and experience in Yoga Therapy, Therapeutic Thai Massage, Sound Healing, and Vedic Astrology. For more information about her classes and services, check out TheBalancedYoga.com.