Nice cream! All the flavor and frosty fun as ice cream, but with a few swaps to keep the calories down and the nutrition high. All 4 recipes are dairy and gluten free and don’t require an ice cream maker!
- Jeanette Donnarumma, Special to The Record, northjersey.com 1
Pistachio Nice Cream
The frozen banana “ice cream” trick is one I learned from my vegan friends and I’ll never look back. Add frozen bananas and a splash of liquid into the food processor and it becomes the creamiest banana ice cream you’ve ever had. Here’s that recipe, jazzed up a bit to taste like my favorite real ice cream flavor, pistachio.
- 3 bananas, thinly sliced and frozen
- 1 medium avocado, diced
- ½ cup pistachios, chopped, divided
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 pinch salt
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
Add frozen bananas, avocado, half the pistachios, almond extract, and salt to a food processor bowl. Pulse and begin to combine the ingredients. While pulsing, stream in maple syrup to get the ice cream to ‘churn’ in the processor. Continue to pulse and process until smooth and creamy.
Serve immediately in bowls topped with remaining pistachios. Serves 4.
Banana Rocky Road
At the end of the week, I’m always left with 1-2 overripe bananas that would make a lovely banana bread, but who wants to bake during these hot days of summer? Slice them up and freeze them in a plastic bag, pop them in the freezer, and treat yourself to a classic ice cream flavor, lightened up.
- 4 thinly sliced frozen bananas
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup mini marshmallows
- ⅓ cup toasted walnuts
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2-3 tablespoons water, as needed
Add all ingredients except water to a food processor and pulse until ingredients are mixed together. Slowly stream in some water until you see the food processor start to “churn” the nice cream. Continue pulsing until smooth and combined. Serve immediately in bowls. Serves 4.
2 Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet
I stumbled upon this recipe on my recipe testing journey of making frozen watermelon margaritas. I realized that before you pour the booze in, blending frozen watermelon with a bit of liquid made this really simple and yummy frozen ice mixture. We’ll call this recipe a win in the the kid-friendly side-effect of margarita testing column.
- 3 cups 1 inch pieces frozen watermelon
- ¼ cup milk or your favorite non-dairy milk
- 4 mint sprigs, for garnish
Place frozen watermelon into a food processor and pulse a few times to get it moving. Continue pulsing while streaming in the milk. Pulse until combined and almost totally smooth.
Scoop into small serving bowls and garnish with a mint sprig. Serves 4.
Pina Colada Soft Serve
If you like pina coladas and fitting into your jeans, this recipe is for you.
- 2 cups small frozen pineapple chunks
- ½ cup canned light coconut milk
- 4 tablespoons toasted coconut, for garnish
- 4 maraschino cherries, for garnish
Place frozen pineapple chunks into a food processor and pulse a few times to get it moving. Pulse while streaming in the coconut milk. Continue pulsing until completely smooth. Scoop into serving bowls and top with toasted coconut and a cherry. Serves 4.
Jeanette Donnarumma is the Senior Culinary Producer and a Digital Contributor at Rachael Ray. She is also a recipe developer, content creator and consultant, party-planner, home cook, and a great eater. She lives in Ridgewood with her husband, Jimmy, and their cat, Waffles. You can follow her delicious adventures (and cat photos) on Instagram at @JeanetteDonnarumma.
- 1 https://www.northjersey.com/story/life/food/recipes/2018/06/17/low-fat-low-sugar-nice-creams/690325002/