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  • Makes 1 quart

Almond extract makes this frozen confection taste like Amarena gelato, an Italian favorite made with Amarena cherries and almond flavoring. Using thawed cherries gives the nice cream its deep pink hue.

Close-up shot of pink-hued almond cherry nice cream, with visible bits of cherries, and an ice cream scoop

Ingredients

  • 4 cups frozen banana pieces (4 large bananas)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened, unflavored almond milk, plus more if needed
  • ¾ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 5½ cups pitted and chopped fresh or frozen pitted sweet cherries, thawed

Instructions

  1. In a high-speed blender or food processor pulse banana pieces on low to medium-low until crumbly, stopping and scraping down sides once or twice. Add almond milk and almond extract; blend continuously 30 seconds to 1 minute or until smooth and creamy, adding more milk if needed. Stir in chopped cherries.
  2. Serve immediately or transfer to a 1-qt. container and store in the freezer up to 1 week.

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Gail MacDonald2 months ago
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I cannot believe how delicious this is! I used 2 cups of frozen cherries and it was the perfect amount!

Helen2 months ago
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Made with chopped up frozen cherries. So delicious!!

Shellie2 months ago
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I have everything to make this but only 2 cups of frozen cherries. Can I add another 2 1/2 cups of some other frozen fruit to the cherries?

Judy2 months ago
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Has anyone added cacao powder?
How about maca?

Barbara Anderton2 months ago
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Hi, I always make cacao nice cream. I will definitely try the cherry variety it sounds fabulous. Your own imagination is the only thing that can stop you, I’m talking in a kind way….The only thing you must have are the frozen bananas.
Scottish girl
stay safe everyone

Jo Coleman2 months ago
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I just made this nice cream and I throughly enjoyed it. Creamy, cold, smooth and textured. Delicious! The almond flavor made it next level. I used soy buttermilk which added a rich taste. I’m adding this one to my go-to recipe book.

Kathryn2 months ago
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I make this all the time with frozen bananas, almond milk, frozen mangos & frozen blueberries & walnuts. It makes a nice thick consistency in my vitamix.When ready I pour or scoop it into cones & freeze for later. It makes the best treat on a hot day !

Barbara Anderton2 months ago
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Same is me Kathryn. It’s such an easy recipe and I just love it. I’ve got some in the freezer right now. Aren’t we lucky to eat this way?!!!

Stay safe
Scottish girl

Marie Mclaughlin2 months ago
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Is it possible to use another fruit in place of the bananas? Thanks. Marie

Karen Schuppert2 months ago
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What can I sub for bananas?

Julia Danforth2 months ago
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I’ve made Chocolate Cherry nice cream with 1 c soy milk, 2-3 medjool dates, 2-3 T cacao powder, coconut extract &/or vanilla extract &/or almond extract blended together until smooth then add
4 c frozen dark cherries blended to desired consistency. YUM!! Or favorite dessert because my hubby doesn’t care for bananas.

Cindy Guerrero2 months ago
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Easy to make, turned out delicious! Topped with almonds,

Becky Weber2 months ago
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I adjusted the amounts down for a single serving, and I used fresh cherries. DELICIOUS!

Virginia Tabron2 months ago
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I made this, oh my it’s good. Love the cherries with the ice dream. I will be making this again.

Nancy2 months ago
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I’ve made this in a smaller quantity before and blended all the ingredients together with a little extra almond milk to make a milkshake. Yum.

steve2 months ago
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So how is a bananas ever crumbly???? It goes from bananas to paste.

Vicky2 months ago
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If your banana is frozen it should crumble into pieces before it goes creamy.

Janessa Taylor2 months ago
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Could u make this in an ice cream maker?

Peggy2 months ago
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I’ve made nice cream in my Cuisinart Ice Cream maker. It gets it really firm. I love it!

Theresa2 months ago
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Would this work with a different fruit, raspberries or strawberries, for instance?

Michele2 months ago
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Yes It works with different fruit. This has been my recipe for quite a few years. If you use the tart cherries of course the flavor will be somewhat different. But I use the same exact recipe for cherries raspberries blueberries. And I always add vanilla extract to mine and if I want a little almond flavor I will add almond as well. Most people I found were using three bananas but I liked it better with four and Have been making it that way ever since adding in the vanilla or almond extract.

Kathleen3 months ago
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Would this work with sour cherries?

Tina2 months ago
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Probably yes for soy, but using almond milk might enhance the almond flavor a bit

Smruti Shah4 months ago
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Would this work with soy or oat or even regular dairy milk?

Daniella3 months ago
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yea think so but the point of this recipe is for it to be vegan meaning no dairy products.!

Veronica4 months ago
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This sounded yummy, (and I had all the ingredients on hand) so I got up and made this nice cream right after seeing it in my IG feed. I used a little more than one cup of milk, probably closer to one and a half; and also added a bit more almond extract, because I wanted a stronger flavor. It’s a great recipe!

Karen Garnett4 months ago
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I have got to make this. Looks awesome. A great summer treat.

Shurla4 months ago
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