How to Make Nice Cream (Thick and Creamy)

Whether or not you’re vegan, paleo, avoiding dairy, or simply looking for a extra nutrient-dense various to conventional ice cream, good cream is for you! When made proper, it’s thick, creamy, and refreshing identical to common ice cream however requires only one ingredient – frozen bananas (see ideas beneath if you happen to don’t like bananas)!

It sounds loopy that one thing so easy may very well be so scrumptious however belief me that after you attempt it you’ll see what all the hype is about!

What is sweet cream?

Good cream is a plant-based, dairy-free various to conventional ice-cream. Most popularly, it’s made utilizing frozen bananas which can be blended utilizing a blender or meals processor till a texture kinds that resembles ice cream. It will also be made utilizing frozen coconut milk, or different frozen fruits like mango, papaya, or strawberries.

It’s known as ‘good‘ cream as a result of it's thought-about to be nicer ethically and to your well being than conventional ice cream.

How one can make good cream:

First, you’ll begin off by gathering some ripe bananas, you recognize, the type with brown spots on them. Riper bananas are sweeter which provides good cream its pure sweetness with none added sweetener. Riper bananas are additionally softer and subsequently simpler to mix.

If you happen to’re making this within the Vitamix, I’ve discovered the very best outcomes with six bananas. This quantity offers the Vitamix the quantity it must type of fold into itself and make that iconic swirl that's so satisfying to observe! I’ve additionally discovered the feel to be smoother as nicely. This quantity will make 2-Four servings.

Subsequent, freeze the bananas peeled, however complete. It may be tough to take away the peel as soon as it’s frozen. Additionally, I’ve tried slicing them earlier than mixing and whereas it's simpler than slicing them frozen, the items stick collectively within the bag and type an enormous clump that may be tough to mix and probably harm your blender. Freeze the bananas no less than 6 hours, however I’ve had the very best outcomes by freezing them in a single day.

You may make good cream with simply bananas nevertheless it takes persistence, isn’t often fairly as tasty, and might be laborious on most blenders. I like so as to add a number of different substances to assist lubricate the blades in order that they transfer simpler and smoother and to offer one other dimension of taste apart from simply banana. You need to use a juicy fruit (my favourite is dragon fruit), a fats like a nut butter or coconut cream, or plant milk (coconut, almond, oat and so forth.). All work nice, it simply is dependent upon what flavors you're within the temper for.

Earlier than you're taking your bananas out of the freezer add your flavoring/moist ingredient to the bottom of your blender.

When the bananas are correctly frozen (they need to be laborious to the contact) thinly slice them and add them to your blender on high of your fruit/liquid/fats.

Safe your lid and begin off by mixing on low pace (on my Vitamix I begin off on degree 2). Because it blends use the tamper to push the combination in direction of the blades (solely use the tamper with the lid on to keep away from harm to the blades). As you're mixing and utilizing the tamper, progressively improve the pace (till you attain degree Four or 5). Pretty quickly after you get to this degree you'll really feel the good cream fold into itself easily, that iconic swirl movement will type and you'll not want to make use of the tamper. You probably did it! It must be totally blended, thick, and creamy – able to take pleasure in!

The feel at this level might be much like soft-serve ice cream. I discover this to be the creamiest, tastiest method to take pleasure in banana ice cream. Nonetheless, if you would like one thing extra much like scoopable laborious ice cream, put the combination right into a freezer container and freeze for about two hours. If that you must make it forward and freeze it in a single day it is going to be more durable to scoop proper out of the freezer, go away it out on the counter for 15-20 minutes to make it extra scoopable.

Good Cream Taste Mixture Concepts:

Peanut Butter Fudge: Frozen bananas + Peanut Butter + Chopped Darkish Chocolate

Pink Cloud: Frozen bananas + Pink Dragon Fruit / Pitaya

Chocolate: Frozen bananas + coconut cream + cacao/ cocoa powder + dates

Vanilla: Frozen bananas + Coconut Cream + Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean

Strawberries n’ cream: Frozen Strawberries + Frozen Banana + Coconut Cream

PB & J: Frozen bananas + Frozen Strawberries + Peanut Butter Swirls + Strawberry Jam Swirls

Well being advantages of banana good cream:

Vitamins: If making good cream with bananas you're going to get round 25% of your day by day potassium wants per serving. Bananas are additionally an important supply of vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, copper, and manganese.

Digestion: Bananas are loaded with fiber (pectin and resistant starch) and function a prebiotic (meals for useful intestine micro organism).

Antioxidants: Bananas comprise antioxidants resembling catechins and dopamine.

Extra dietary advantages might be added from the substances you combine in!

How one can make good cream in a meals processor:

You may make good cream in a meals processor if you happen to don’t have a blender, and plenty of discover it to be simpler! You don’t have to fret about layering the substances in a sure approach and the frozen bananas usually mix simpler as a result of they're extra unfold out.

Nonetheless use frozen bananas, however you don’t want to make use of fairly as many as you do with a Vitamix. I’ve additionally discovered that I want so as to add a liquid like almond milk for greatest outcomes.

Steps:

  1. Begin off with complete, frozen in a single day bananas or various frozen fruit. Use sufficient to fill no less than the underside of your meals processor, however the quantity will depend upon the dimensions of the meals processor bowl you utilize. Slice them frozen and add them to your meals processor.
  2. If desired for ease of mixing and/or added taste, add recent juicy fruit, a fats like nut butter or coconut cream, or a liquid like almond milk.
  3. Mix till thick and creamy. If it’s caught in a crumbly texture, cease the machine, take away the lid and scrape down the perimeters of the blender. Resume mixing, and repeat (if wanted) till the specified texture is reached.
  4. Eat it instantly as mushy serve or pop it within the freezer for about 2 hours for a more durable, scoopable texture.

How one can make good cream in a less expensive blender:

Whereas the Vitamix is nice for good cream due to its energy and dimension, it’s unaffordable for a lot of. Earlier than getting my Vitamix, I used to make good cream in my Nutribullet with nice outcomes!

Suggestions if utilizing a less expensive blender:

  • It's possible you'll want to make use of extra liquid and/or fats to make up for mixing inefficiencies
  • Give it extra time – extra stopping the machine and scraping down the perimeters in direction of the blades

How one can make good cream with out bananas:

Many individuals are allergic or just don’t just like the style of bananas. The banana style is milder than you may suppose, particularly with the proper taste additions nonetheless you can also make an incredible good cream with none bananas in any respect! Listed here are some options to bananas:

Coconut Cream / Coconut Milk: Take a can of shaken full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream and pour it into an ice dice tray. Freeze in a single day after which mix it with a little bit almond milk (I attempt to hold it round 1/Four cup) to make a scrumptious mushy serve. Add no matter flavors you want!

*Some manufacturers of coconut milk/cream can have a really sturdy taste. I’ve used Dealer Joes and Complete Meals Manufacturers with nice outcomes, however check out the can earlier than making to save lots of your self a while.

Different Frozen Fruits: The most effective fruits to make use of for the majority of your good cream are fruits with comparatively low water content material. I’ve had nice outcomes with frozen mango and frozen papaya!

The Greatest Blenders for Good Cream

Vitamix

My primary suggestion for making good cream is a Vitamix. It creates the very best consistency general of any blender I’ve tried. Right here is the mannequin I exploit!

Execs:

  1. A big container, good for making a number of batches for a bunch or to make forward.
  2. Tremendous highly effective blades and a motor that creates a easy and creamy consistency.
  3. You don’t have so as to add as a lot fats or different substances as a result of the machine is so environment friendly by itself.
  4. Superior mixing creates skilled outcomes when making: nut butters, cashew-based sauces, cashew cheesecake, soups, drinks, and so forth. I exploit mine virtually every single day for numerous issues! I’m all the time discovering new makes use of for it – I made whipped cream the opposite day!
  5. Blends rapidly and quietly.

Cons:

  1. Excessive value level (~$269-$599)
  2. A really giant container that makes it tough to make single-serving sizes.
  3. Bigger than most blenders which may make it harder to move and takes up more room.

Nutribullet

I first began out making good cream in my Nutribullet! I nonetheless have it and use it after 5+ years. You'll find it right here!

Execs:

  1. Extra inexpensive price (~$49)
  2. Excellent for a smaller / particular person serving dimension
  3. You'll be able to eat it proper out of the container or put a lid on it and take it to go
  4. Made to be saved within the fridge to save lots of for later, in contrast to different blenders that may get broken this fashion

Cons:

  1. Not as environment friendly at mixing, will possible take you extra time to mix totally which may end up in a extra melted consistency at instances
  2. Much less simple / typically inconceivable to make it with simply bananas, requiring you to make use of extra substances
  3. Can’t make a much bigger batch/ a couple of individual
  4. Might not come out as easy/creamy as a consequence of mixing inefficiencies

Cuisinart Meals Processor:

If you happen to’d somewhat get a meals processor to your kitchen wants I’d suggest this one!

Execs:

  1. It’s bought three container sizes that are nice for if you need to make totally different batch sizes for various dishes.
  2. Tremendous environment friendly S blade design that blends very effectively and easily.
  3. Has attachments for slicing, chopping, and grating.
  4. Inexpensive
  5. Quiet

Cons:

  1. Very heavy and enormous.
  2. Increased value level (~$279)

Storage:

Banana good cream will keep good in an hermetic freezer container for about three months earlier than getting freezer burned.

In search of extra refreshing plant-based treats? Take a look at my mangonada recipe or my vegan ice cream cake!

I’d like to see your creations or hear about them within the feedback beneath! Tag me in your photographs on Instagram @wholesomehedonista!

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