3 Vegan “Nice Cream” Recipes To Enjoy This Summer (All Under 5 Ingredients!)

When sunny weather rolls around, I immediately crave ice cream. Lately, I’ve been craving a different type of ice cream though: nice cream.

Nice cream, or vegan ice cream, is typically made by blending frozen bananas until thick and creamy (try imperfect bananas – they’re ripe and ideal for freezing!). It often requires few ingredients, is incredibly simple, and takes no time at all! Sounds pretty darn nice to me.

These nice cream recipes are:

  • Sweet
  • Creamy
  • Refreshing

They are also all dairy-free, gluten-free, and under 5 ingredients! From blueberry to chocolate to coffee, these will satisfy all your ice cream cravings. Enjoy them as a snack, dessert, or even for breakfast (if you’re wild like that).

3 Easy Nice Cream Recipes

Note: All recipes serve 2 and are ready in 5 minutes.

1. Blueberry Basil


  • 3 frozen bananas (cut into slices before freezing)
  • 1.5 cups frozen blueberries
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • Optional: a tsp of sweetener of choice if your blueberries are a bit underripe. We like maple syrup or honey.
  • Note: if basil isn’t your thing, blueberry alone is heavenly as is. Simply omit the basil and add 1/2 tsp of vanilla. Top with fresh mint.

2. Chocolate Peanut Butter


  • 3 frozen bananas (cut into slices before freezing)
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of sea salt

3. Coffee 


  • 3 frozen bananas (cut into slices before freezing)
  • ½ cup strong coffee (chilled)
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Optional: ¼ cup coconut cream
  • Optional: handful chocolate chips (mix in after blending)
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Instructions for all:

  • Blend well. If you have a Vitamix, use a tamper to ensure proper blending. If you don’t have a Vitamix, we recommend using a food processor. Either way, a power blender will work, but if it’s too thick add 1 tbsp of almond or coconut milk. This makes it creamier and easier to blend. Be careful not to add too much though, or else it becomes more of a smoothie. 
  • Note: If you find that you’re having trouble blending it and add too much milk, simply pop your nice cream in the freezer for 30 minutes. The consistency should be ideal post-freezing.
  • Serve in your favourite bowl or cone. Feel free to top with chocolate chips, berries, vegan cookie dough, or even chopped up healthy chocolate peanut butter cups. Enjoy!

Outside of her role as a Social Media and Content Coordinator, Carli enjoys exploring the local trails, testing various health food trends, spending time with loved ones, and fawning over any dog she lays eyes on.

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