A few years ago Nice Cream took the Pinterest world by storm when people realized they could make “ice cream” with frozen bananas! It was simple, only required 2 or 3 healthy ingredients, it is naturally vegan and paleo and dairy-free and all the things. I even made it for my best friend’s toddler one time when they were visiting. I thought he’d be so stoked to make his own ice cream! As it turns out, I just traumatized him with my loud food processor. But in the end I did win him over with some delicious banana nice cream.
I’m sure there are 2409829348 recipes on the interwebs for very exciting nice cream flavors like blueberry lavender and brownie batter. But I’ve never seen a bite sized banana split stuffed inside a chocolate cup! I know, it’s genius. It’s all the delicious flavors of a banana split, like bananas, strawberry, chocolate, chopped nuts, and even a maraschino cherry, turned into the perfect summer dessert!
Now, I have discovered that there are a few tricks to making these. The most important is that your chocolate layer is not too thick. Biting through thick, frozen chocolate is difficult and can quickly make the whole thing collapse. It is important to “seal” all of the nice cream inside the chocolate, but use a pastry brush to create a thin, even layer. The other trick, which is optional, is to make the strawberry sauce in advance so it has time to cool down in the fridge before assembly time.
One great thing about nice cream is that even straight from the freezer it is not rock-solid! That means you can bite right into this cup straight out of the freezer without breaking a tooth. The texture inside will be a bit more icy. If you let them sit out for just a few minutes, the inside will soften a tad. Don’t wait too long though, or it’ll be a soft, melty, delicious mess. No matter how you eat these, I hope you eat them soon! They’re the perfect summer treat!
Banana Split Nice Cream Cups
2 bananas, sliced and frozen
3/4c frozen strawberries
1T honey or maple syrup
1/2c coconut oil (virgin or refined)
1/2c cacao powder
1/4c maple syrup
2 1/2T non-dairy milk
1/3c cashews or peanuts, chopped fine
12 maraschino cherries, optional
Ahead of time, slice and freeze your bananas, and make strawberry syrup by combining the strawberries, water, and honey in a pan. Mash the berries and boil until the mixture is thick and syrupy. Refrigerate the strawberry syrup until you’re ready to assemble the cups. Do not assemble them while the strawberries are hot!
Melt the coconut oil, and whisk together with the cacao powder and maple syrup until there are no lumps.
In a 12-cup muffin pan, put a parchment paper liner in each of the 12 cups. Add about 1T of the chocolate mixture to each cup. Using a pastry brush, brush some of the chocolate up the sides of the cups about 3/4 of the way up. Once every cup is done, stick the pan in the freezer for the chocolate to harden.
While the chocolate cools, put the frozen bananas and the non-dairy milk into a food processor and blend until the mixture is thick and creamy. Add 1/4c of the strawberry syrup and pulse just 1 or 2 times so there is a strawberry streak, but it’s not completely combined with the banana. (hint: leftover strawberry syrup is great on waffles)
Remove the muffin pan from the freezer. Into each cup, scoop about 3T of the banana mixture. Even out the top, and make sure that it is below the top of the chocolate line. If you want to use the cherries, push 1 cherry down in the middle of each cup, and then smooth the banana mixture over the top again.
Scoop about 1T chocolate on top of each cup. Using the pastry brush again, try to smooth out the chocolate and push it all the way to the edges.
Sprinkle chopped nuts on top of each cup, then pop everything back into the freezer to firm up for an hour or more.
Once the cups are fully frozen, you can put them into a freezer-safe container.
If you make this delicious summer treat, snap a photo for me! Post your picture on Instagram, and tag me at #ideatthatfoodtoo. You can also Pin this picture so you don't forget to make these next time you need a treat!