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Berry Bliss Nice Cream

Berry Bliss Nice Cream

Despite the fact Labor Day is over and pumpkin spice is already back at Starbucks and on grocery store shelves, LA is still HOT and by hot, I mean 90+ degrees. You won’t catch me wearing my fall sweaters anytime soon.

When I get back to my apartment after a long day at work, it usually is about 80 degrees inside (because leaving my AC on all day when I am gone is most definitely not in the budget). I immediately begin to crave something cool, and more likely than not, I always have a small bowl of ice cream before bed.

But, like all my fellow stubborn lactose intolerant individuals, while ice cream may be my favorite treat, that doesn’t mean it is one I feel good after eating. A spoonful or two doesn’t impact me, but if I want a whole bowl? I may as well cancel tomorrow.

A few years ago, when banana based nice cream first became popular, I nice-creamed myself out. I ate so much of it that I couldn’t even look at bananas- one of my all time favorite fruits- for a month. Well, two years later, I’m back! Just because summer is almost officially over, that doesn’t mean we can’t recall the good ol’ days by taking advantage of the season’s fresh berries in the form of delicious nice cream.

This dairy free treat is exactly what I’m craving. Creamy because of the bananas and coconut, fruity because of the berries (I used raspberries and strawberries), and icy cold because of it being frozen and all ;)

Make it! Top it with berries and chocolate and coconut shavings and all the other goodies! And eat it when you are craving summer, even though those around you may be drinking hot pumpkin spice lattes on the 90 degree LA day. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 bananas, sliced and frozen

  • 1 6 oz (5.3 to be exact) full fat coconut cream

  • 1 cup fresh then frozen mixed berries

  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger

  • 2 tablespoons coconut shavings

  • 1/4 cup fresh berries

  • 6 ice cubes

DIRECTIONS:

Add all ingredients except for the coconut shavings and fresh berries to a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Once blended, stir in the coconut shavings and fresh berries. Add into a glass dish and let sit for 2 hours before serving. If necessary, pop in the microwave for 30 seconds to thaw before scooping.

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