Ice Cream For Breakfast? – Veganuary

The best moment about becoming a vegan has to be the day you first hear about banana ice cream, aka nicecream. For a lot of people, this will be in the early stages of veganism, in which scrolling through Instagram or trawling sites for food inspiration is a common activity. For some reason this phenomenon doesn’t seem to have spread much outside the vegan community, but I think this makes a brilliant breakfast, regardless of your diet choices.

Either way, once you’ve discovered nicecream there’s no way to not see it on social media; it seems to pop up everywhere. And once you’ve tasted it yourself, there is no way to go back: ice cream really is the best breakfast, and now that childhood dream can be fulfilled in a healthy way!

The Basics

All you need to make the simplest type of nicecream is bananas. That’s it, one ingredient. Chop up and freeze around three bananas, and then using a relatively robust food processor, blend these chunks until smooth. If you leave the bananas out of the freezer for a minute or two before blending, it makes it a lot easier – similarly, adding a drop of water, juice or plant-based milk can help too.

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Fruity

Add a handful of raspberries, mango, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi or a combination of these to your basic mix to get a zingy burst. The most refreshing way to wake up in summer.

Wintery

Who said ice cream is limited to the warm months of the year? A spoonful of biscuit spread* (the yummiest thing ever to eat straight from the jar – even better than, dare I say it, nutella…) or a sprinkle of mixed spices can make a great midweek swap out for your normal bowl of porridge.

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Chocolatey

To make a breakfast really worth leaving bed for, add a few spoonfuls of vegan hot chocolate powder (or equal parts cocoa powder and golden caster sugar) and a drop of vanilla extract to your basic nicecream mix.

Snickers

This has got to be one of the best breakfasts in the world – blend a handful of dates in with your bananas (this gives it a caramel flavour), and once smooth add a couple of spoonfuls of hot chocolate powder (or cocoa powder/sugar mix), a teaspoon of peanut butter and a drop of vanilla extract.

Nutty

As I just mentioned, peanut butter is delicious in nicecream, but I haven’t yet experimented with other nutty flavours. I think ground up almonds/hazelnuts could be delicious though, or maybe another kind of nut spread.

Fancy

If you want to really up your nicecream game, there’s a whole bunch of superfood powders to explore. I don’t generally go for these because frankly they’re pretty expensive, and I’m also slightly suspicious about many of the health benefits they claim to have. However, if I am adding these, I’ll generally try to match the colour of the powder to whatever other ingredients I’m adding – so pink/red powders (often acai, goji, beetroot, etc.) I’ll put with berries, and green powders (normally spirulina, barleygrass, chlorella, etc.) with kiwi.

The ones I have in my cupboard at the moment:

*Raw Acai

*Wellbeing Blend

*Organic Vitality Mix

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Flavours I’ve Yet To Try

There are endless possibilities for nicecream – I’d really like to try orange or mint one day. If you have any flavour suggestions, let me know in the comments so I can try them out!

Toppings

Of course nicecream is great as it is; its simplicity is one of the best things about it. But what about those days when you want something a little extra? Here are the sorts of things I sometimes put on nicecream:

  • Chopped nuts/seeds, desiccated coconut
  • Fresh chopped fruit
  • Cacao nibs
  • Granola (check it has no honey in it, or make your own!)
  • Crumbled oreos/other vegan biscuits (not quite so healthy but very yummy)
  • Homemade sauces

If nicecream is something you’ve never tried, you may be feeling a little sceptical at this point – I welcome you to give it a go before turning it down though, it is truly delicious and has the texture of soft serve ice-cream. Smooth, creamy and perfect for a healthy morning energy boost!


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33 thoughts on “Ice Cream For Breakfast? – Veganuary

  1. RafstheticallyPleasing says:

    ooh yum! I bet the biscuit butter one would be amazing! how big are your banana chunks as I’m not sure how much my Nutri bullet can hold?! what blender did you use? xx

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  2. Lauren Curr says:

    I’ve known about nice cream since waaaay before I went vegan but still, after 5 months, am yet to try it!!! This really has inspired me because i’m craaaaving it now and have your amazing combo ideas stuck in my head x

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  3. Hello Bexa says:

    I’ve never heard of nicecream but it sounds delicious! I was a vegetarian for a few years and tried to be vegan but never knew what to eat! I think if I knew about this ice cream for breakfast I would have been more successful. Great post Alys, so many fab ideas! 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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    • Alys says:

      Thanks Bexa! Yes I feel like a lot of people struggle with that, which is why I wanted to share this! You should give it a go anyway, it’s so delicious!💛 xx

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  4. Minttu/ Life of Menta says:

    I’m doing Veganuary but have yet to make any nicecream. Which by the way is a term I had never heard before so I learned something new here 🙂 I have made “ice cream” before by mixing the solid part of coconut cream with bananas and popping that in the freezer for some hours and that was ridiculously delicious! 🙂

    xx
    Minttu
    lifeofmenta.com

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    • Alys says:

      Hahaha yep, that’s exactly how I felt! It is honestly so good, like you genuinely feel like you’re eating ice cream but it’s banana?! Crazy times haha xx

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