Today is a good day to try a new dessert - and this one's a grownup take on "nice cream", the faux-soft-serve ice cream that's made with frozen bananas instead of cream.
Mocha "nice cream" with a shot of Irish cream liqueur is a quick and cool, grown up dessert.
Truth. I can easily go overboard with dessert if there's a whole cake sitting around, but these individual, mini-sized desserts are just perfect. It would be really awkward if I started digging into everyone else's portion, wouldn't it?
Plus, this recipe is kind of healthy, since it's made from bananas, and a secret ingredient - avocados - which make this Nice Cream really taste like super-creamy soft serve ice cream.
Nice Cream is the best solution for all of those overripe bananas that you'll have all summer long.
Peel them, pop 'em into a freezer bag, and keep them frozen until the moment is right. Then whip out your food processor. Cut the frozen bananas into chunks and let them soften just for a minute. Then process them until they turn into soft-serve ice cream! I like mine chocolatey (hello, unsweetened cocoa powder), and for this recipe, I also added some instant coffee.
I love this, because it's kind of like dessert, plus coffee, plus an after-dinner drink, all in one.
The key to nice cream is to serve it quickly. It can get a bit icy if you make it the day before and freeze it, but if you eat it right away... Oh my. You'll never guess it's not loaded with cream and sugar.
The healthy fat in the avocado makes it even creamier, but it also makes it nice and filling - so just a few bites really leaves you feeling happily satisfied.
Boozy Mocha Nice Cream
- 3 frozen bananas
- 1 avocado cut into chunks
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons instant coffee decaf or regular
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup optional
- Irish cream liqueur
- cocao nibs for garnish
- Let the bananas thaw for a few minutes, and then cut them into slices
- Place all of the ingredients except the liqueur and cocao nibs into the bowl of a food processor, and process until well combined.
- Stir once or twice to incorporate all of the bananas and avocado pieces.
- Process until completely smooth.
- Spoon into 6 dessert dishes, add a shot of Irish Cream Liqueur, and garnish with cocao nibs
Have you ever tried nice cream? What's your favorite flavor?