Author: About Julie   | Published by: The Simple Veganista

Cherry Garcia Nice Cream

Cherry Garcia Nice Cream features frozen bananas and cherries blended with chunks of chocolate for a healthy and delicious, easy, soft-serve ice cream everyone will LOVE!

WHY WE LOVE THIS RECIPE!

  • It’s healthy. Made with just 3 plant-based ingredients, each one containing its own health benefits, this cherry nice cream is 100% dairy-free, vegan, and delicious. Keep reading!
  • No churning required. We love the ease of blending this recipe using a food processor or blender, without the need for an ice cream maker.
  • Easy to customize. You can serve this nice cream as a soft serve, ready in minutes, or freeze and enjoy as scoopable, hardened ice cream.

Gather your cherries, freeze a few bananas, and get your chocolate ready – all in the name of good health and a tasty treat that you will enjoy time and time again!

 

INGREDIENT BENEFITS

DARK CHOCOLATE 🍫

Dark chocolate can happily be a part of your healthy diet as long as it’s enjoyed in moderation. I usually have a small chunk every night with a dollop of Almond Butter as my dessert.

Dark chocolate contains powerful antioxidants that may help control blood sugar and insulin levels. This may help reduce the risk of diabetes. The flavanols in dark chocolate may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s and slow the onset of dementia. It’s also rich in vitamins and minerals and can improve your mood and reduce your stress. These are just some of the benefits associated with dark chocolate.

It’s best to consume chocolate that is 70% cocoa and above or pure raw chocolate, as it will have the most health benefits. And to the men out there, it has been found that men benefit most from eating dark chocolate.

CHERRIES 🍒

Cherries are the real star of the recipe!

Known as a ‘super fruit,’ cherries are among the few food sources containing melatonin, an antioxidant that helps regulate heart rhythms and the body’s sleep cycle. These little red beauties are also packed with antioxidants called anthocyanin’s which aid in the reduction of heart disease and cancer. This same anti-oxidant can help reduce inflammation and swelling associated with arthritis and gout.

They are a perfect post-workout snack for those looking to reduce pain and joint soreness, like runners and heavy training athletes. Cherries are abundant in vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate, fiber and contain 19 times more beta carotene than strawberries and blueberries.

BANANAS 🍌

Bananas are economical, abundantly available, and are a key ingredient in nice cream recipes! Plus, they are loaded with fiber, are good for gut health, and add natural sweetness. Once frozen, blend them into a delicious soft serve or no-churn ice cream.

 

Cherry Garcia Nice Cream

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Yield4 Servings

    Ingredients

    • 2 frozen bananas, cut into 1 inch chunks
    • 1 1/2 cups cherries, pitted and frozen (divided)
    • splash of unsweetened plant milk (plain or vanilla) or Vegan Cream
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla, optional
    • scant 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks (70% +), cacao nibs or raw chocolate chips

    Instructions

    In Large Skillet

    1

    Place banana chunks, 1 cup cherries, and a splash of milk into blender/food processor and blend until just combined, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. Add another splash of milk to help the mixture move (especially if using a blender).

    2

    Add in chocolate and remaining 1/2 cup cherries, pulse until just combined.

    3

    Serve immediately as a soft serve or freeze for later and serve as hard ice cream. To freeze, place the ice cream into a sealed container and freeze for at least six hours. It will last for up to 2 months. Before serving, let sit at room temp for a few minutes, scoop and serve.

    Makes about 2 cups.

    Serves 4 small portions or 2 generously.

    NOTES:

    1. If using a food processor, you can get away without using non-dairy milk.

    2. It helps to freeze your serving bowl beforehand if possible. It will keep your soft serve chilled a bit longer.

    3. If you don’t want any chocolate chunks, try adding 1 heaping teaspoon of raw or dark cocoa powder instead

    NICE CREAM TIPS

    • Enjoy right away as a soft serve or freeze for hard ice cream. To freeze, place the nice cream in a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 6 hours to harden fully. It will last for 2 – 3 months.
    • Serve in chilled bowls or glasses.
    • Using a food processor. If using a food processor, you can skip the plant milk. Just make sure to stop and scrape down the sides as needed.