This Matcha Banana Nice Cream is a cold, creamy, sweet option that tastes like ice cream but is twice as nice! Plus, it's ready in just 5 minutes.
It's infused with delicate flavors of matcha and banana, and it works with any kind of sweetener or non-dairy milk that you like, so choose your own adventure!
Why this Recipe Works
Frozen bananas are the hero of nice cream. They already have a creamy mushy texture, but when frozen and blended they produce a smooth, creamy consistency that mimics the texture of ice cream.
Frozen bananas have a mild flavor, and can be blended with many different ingredients to make all sorts of flavors of nice cream. You could sub out matcha powder for cocoa powder to make a chocolate version, for example.
The best thing about this recipe is that you can add whatever your go-to sweetener and non-dairy milk is to make this recipe perfect for you.
Ingredients & Substitutions
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Sweetener – You want to use a liquid sweetener in this recipe and there are many options to choose from such as honey, agave nectar, simple syrup, maple syrup, or sweetened condensed milk. Learn how to make your own sweetened condensed coconut milk here, which is my personal favorite.
Non-dairy milk - You could use almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, or coconut milk. Oat milk doesn't freeze as well as the other non-dairy milks, but it still works great.
Bananas – They must be frozen for the recipe to work. You can adjust the banana flavor easily, too. For a heavier banana flavor, let the bananas ripen more before freezing. For a lighter banana flavor, freeze the bananas just when they turn fully yellow.
How to Make this Recipe
Nice cream is so simple to make – let's get started. Add all your ingredients to a blender and blend them on high for between 30 seconds and 1 minute until smooth.
You can serve it immediately for a soft-serve texture, or place the mix in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours for a firmer consistency, more classic ice cream consistency.
If you freeze it overnight, you will need to let it thaw at room temperature to make it scoopable again.
Frozen bananas and milk are the must-have ingredients for nice cream, with optional sweeteners and flavorings like matcha, chocolate, or peanut butter added in.
It's a play on the words 'nice' and 'ice cream', with the idea that this version of ice cream is a little bit more healthy and nutritious than regular ice cream.
Yes! Having said this, you can't expect it to taste just like store-bought ice cream. The texture is similar but not identical, and the frozen bananas mean there is always a hint of banana flavor.
You can store nice cream frozen in the freezer for 2-3 months. I think it's best consumed fairly soon after it was made. Make sure to store in an airtight container for maximum freshness. If freezing it longer than a few hours, you will need to thaw it at room temperature before scooping.
Nice cream has milk has a core ingredient, but it is usually non-dairy milk.
They should be ripe but not overripe (like they would be for banana bread for example). You should freeze them just as they turn fully yellow.
Keep cooling down with these refreshing and scrumptious dairy-free treats.
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Matcha Banana Nice Cream
- 3 bananas frozen
- 1 tablespoon culinary grade matcha powder
- 1 teaspoon sweetener like simple syrup, maple syrup, condensed milk*
- ⅓ cup non-dairy milk like almond, soy, coconut, oat**
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute until smooth.
- Serve immediately for a soft-serve texture, or place in the freezer 1 to 2 hours for a firmer consistency. If you freeze it overnight, you will need to let it thaw at room temperature to make it scoopable.
- For more banana flavor, let the bananas overripen before freezing.
- For less banana flavor, freeze bananas just as they fully turn yellow.